Call of Duty

  1. Gaming

    Ready Your Wallet For The Just-Announced Xbox One Launch Lineup

    My feelings on the Xbox One have gone from total resentment to excitement in the past couple of months, and the full launch lineup, just revealed at Gamescom, has only given me more reason to want it. The lineup's so special because it has a wide array of exclusives from developers around the world-- they're really throwing everyone an Xbone, huh?

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  2. Gaming

    Buying Games Like Call of Duty Might Be a Moral Choice [Video]

    Violence and video games is a tricky subject, but it's just plain factual that many games -- like Call of Duty, for example -- sometimes license the use and depiction of actual firearms. As in, the virtual sniper rifle a player's using might be about as close to the real thing as a virtual sniper rifle gets. So, is buying Call of Duty or Battlefield a moral choice? That's what Mike Rugnetta and PBS Idea Channel explore in their latest and greatest video.

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  3. Gaming

    This Just Got Real: Swedish Police Raid Call Of Duty Session

    When a ten-person strong team of Swedish police officers responded to an emergency call over the weekend, they didn't know what they were in for, but considering the details they had to go on -- the caller's description of the situation stated had included the sound of gunshots and frantic cries for help -- they can be forgiven for expecting the worst. Happily, rather than  gruesome abbatoir they may have anticipated, the officers were instead confronted with... a group of teenagers playing Call of Duty.

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  4. Gaming

    Prepare for Battle with the Premiere Episode of Mario Warfare [Video]

    Way back in August we showed you a trailer for Mario Warfare -- a gritty, action-packed fan film by the good people of Beat Down Boogie. At the time, the producers behind the project never gave us a confirmed release date, so we were all left wondering if the film went down the green pipe never to be seen again. The project's finally resurfaced, and the premiere of Mario Warfare is already here. There's even a second episode not too far behind! Also, yes, it really is all that a bag of 1-Up mushrooms.

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  5. Gaming

    Mario Warfare Trailer Shows Us Mushroom Kingdom Under Fire

    What would happen if someone took equal parts Super Mario Bros., Call of Duty, and added a touch of the movie Equilibrium? That's clearly what the good folks at Beat Down Boogie wanted to know. They've long been at work on Mario Warfare, which is exactly what it sounds like, and have finally released a rather polished looking trailer. The cast of characters seem to be entirely drawn from Mario, but the tone the video sets is unmistakably Call of Duty. Plus, they have what appears to be Toad doing gun kata.

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  6. Gaming

    Call Of Duty Black Ops 2 Revealed, Boasts Near-Future Setting, Nonlinear Sections

    There's a new Call of Duty game coming, and it's Black Ops 2. If either of those things surprise you, you probably aren't a big fan -- or even a big detractor -- of the series. It's easy to pick on Call of Duty for churning out fairly similar sequels year after year after year, but they're popular and sell well, so who could blame them? Call of Duty Black Ops 2, or CODBLOPS2 (pronounced "cod blops"), actually seems like it's taking a few tenative steps in a few interesting directions. First, with a 2025 setting, this is the furtherst Call of Duty has ever ventured into the future. Second, for the first time in the series, player actions will have an effect on the story.

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  7. Gaming

    This Weaponized Quadrotor is Fake, But Cool Viral Marketing for Upcoming Call of Duty Game

    Activision has announced today that their next Call of Duty game -- rumored to be Black Ops related -- will be revealed on May 1st during the NBA playoffs on TNT so you know what that means: Let the viral marketing begin. The first piece, in what is sure to be an onslaught, is a special episode of the YouTube series FPS Russia featuring a military quadrotor with a machine gun. It may be fake, but that doesn't make it any less fun to watch.

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  8. Gaming

    LEGO Version of CoD Modern Warfare 3 Lacks Realism, Still Awesome

    You might think that the gritty realism of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 trailer might lose something after being translated into LEGO's brightly colored palette. While certainly less gritty, and less real, this stop motion version of the COD:MW3 trailer looks pretty dang compelling, and perhaps a bit more fun than game it's promoting. Is the world ready for a LEGO Call of Duty? Who can say.

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  9. Gaming

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Sets Launch Day Record

    Released this past Wednesday, Activision announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has set an all-time sales record with 6.5 million copies sold in the United States and United Kingdom, snagging over $400 million in sales. Activision CEO Bobby Kotick pointed out that other than Call of Duty, "there has never been another entertainment franchise that has set opening day records three years in a row," with Call of Duty: Black Ops setting the record at $360 million and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 setting it at $310 million.

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  10. Gaming

    Call of Duty Elite Has a Price and that Price is $50

    The wait is over. Everything you ever wanted to know about Call of Duty's new social-networking, stat-tracking, DLC-content-delivering service, Elite, is now known to the public. Where do we start? For the sake of background, let's cover some of the features. Elite will allow users to track all kind of in-depth stats like weapon analysis, personal leaderboards, perk and screenshot sharing, advanced clan support and even video coaching in the form of tips and tricks. It also comes part and parcel with forthcoming MW3 DLC, all for the low, low price of $50.

    Is that such a low, low price? When Elite was announced, we were all assured that it would cost less than the "fees for comparable online-entertainment services," and to a certain extent that seems to be true. That's cheaper than a year of Xbox Live, PSN Plus, or Netflix, but the thing is that Elite gives you MW3 and nothing else. When you take the variety of content into account (or lack thereof) the comparability to other online services kind of dies down. Still, if you take your Modern Warfare extremely seriously, this pack will have things you'll want, and if you were going to get the DLC anyway, you might as well pick up the rest of the perks by purchasing Elite. Just beware, once they start getting you to subscribe to things, they're going to keep trying to do it over and over again.

    If that wasn't enough, Modern Warfare 3 is getting its own specially designed Xbox 360 model too. Check out a picture after the jump.

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  11. Gaming

    Hilariously, Modern Warfare 3 URL Points to Battlefield 3 Official Site

    Not yet confirmed to be a secret marketing move on Electronic Art's part, but when visiting the URL, what would otherwise obviously be the official URL of the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise, you will be redirected to the official site for rival game Battlefield 3. One really must wonder why Activision didn't feel the need to reserve the most obvious URL for their next probable blockbuster title.

    Funnily enough, if you try to visit, it doesn't actually link to the Battlefield 3 site that the Modern Warfare 3 URL does, but a different Battlefield 3 site.

    The battle for video game genericness may not yet be decided, but someone -- whether it be EA or some troll -- just threw down the gauntlet.

    (via GamesRadar)

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  12. Gaming

    Authorized Time Cover Used to Promote Commercial Product for First Time, Happens to be Call of Duty

    For the first time, an authorized Time cover has been created to promote a commercial product, which just so happens to be Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The cover, seen above, depicts a destroyed Wall Street with the headline "World Stands On The Brink," which, funnily enough, is exactly how Roger Ebert, noted video game naysayer, felt when he tweeted out that the first-ever authorized fake Time cover used to promote a commercial product just so happened to go to a video game, claiming that Time "sold its honor for a video game promotion" and it is "sad, sad, sad."

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  13. Gaming

    Call of Duty Elite: Subscription Fee, Call of Duty Social Network

    Activision Blizzard announced the oft-rumored Call of Duty subscription fee service today: Call of Duty Elite, basically a social network for Call of Duty players. The network will launch its beta this summer, first being implemented with last November's Call of Duty: Black Ops, and the full service will be integrated with Call of Duty's next installment, Modern Warfare 3. Activision hasn't yet announced the price, but mentioned they are projecting it will be less than "fees for comparable online-entertainment services."

    The service offers what any sensible gamer would expect: Basic social networking features, the ability to make groups and clans, participate in tournaments, stat-tracking, and the ability to upload videos and screenshots and have users vote on which they feel are the best. Not exactly worth a monthly subscription fee? The service also offers in-depth stat-tracking, such as heat maps detailing where the player gets shot, the ability to review the minute-by-minute progression of a match, as well as aggregate data, like which weapons were used to obtain the most kills on a certain map and where the most deaths occur on a map. The subscription fee is also planned to allow subscribers access to free map packs that players will ignore while sticking to their favorite originals, whereas non-subscribers would have to purchase them separately. So, still not exactly worth its monthly subscription fee, unless you take your yearly-iterated war gaming very seriously. Luckily for Call of Duty gamers who don't exactly want to add a Call of Duty subscription to their monthly budget, Activision stated that the base game will still ship with regular multiplayer functionality that will not cost a monthly fee. Head on past the break to see the official trailer announcement, which details many of the new network's features.

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  14. Gaming

    Oh Good, More Modern Warfare is Coming

    Call of Duty, as a franchise, has never really been my cup of tea. It probably has something to do with my love for the PC for FPS gaming of any kind. But that hasn’t stopped me from playing and loving the stuffing out of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 on the Xbox 360 or even from playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to completion. It also isn’t like I didn’t play its obvious predecessors; Medal of Honor was my FPS franchise of choice for a long time. Something just never clicked with me after the transition to Activision. Which is why the fact that I admit that Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was a milestone for the genre is all the more impressive. It wasn’t that the game is (or was at the time of release) overly exceptional. It’s the fact that it pushed boundaries and challenged some very specific conventions that really made it stand out head and shoulders above the video games being published at Activision’s main competitors. Well, that and it was just well-crafted in general.

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  15. Gaming

    Floating Apple Glitch Hilariously Ruins Call of Duty: Black Ops [Video]

    Call of Duty: Black Ops released the other day and also happened to set a record for the most ever pre-orders at GameStop. What those unsuspecting, dedicated Call of Duty fans found once they brought their game home, however, was something that ended up to quite possibly be the most game-breaking glitch in video games to date. Behold: The floating apple!

    As the demonstrator of the glitch explains, "This is the most overpowered thing in the game, because it doesn't even adhere to the laws of gravity." He goes on to pose a philosophical conundrum: Could there be anything more overpowered than a floating apple?

    I just don't know, random Call of Duty player. I just don't know.

    (via Kotaku)

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