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  • Blog Post: The 1000-Year-Old Gamer: A Look At Video Game Age Gates

    Age gates are the Internet's half-hearted attempt at preventing minors from seeing potentially objectionable material. Like most of you, my birthday is on January 1st, but I have found a good deal of variety in just how far back various game companies' website go in available birth year. Asking... More
  • Blog Post: Big Guns, Big Air, Big Riffs: A Look Back at Neversoft (1994-2014)

    Yesterday Neversoft, which had once been Activision's premier in-house development studio, was officially dissolved and absorbed into Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward. In tribute, we look back at the studio's auspicious 20-year history. Now that the Neversoft story is officially done, we... More
  • Blog Post: Exploring Freedom In Spider-Man 2

    Today we’re taking a look at games that offer a sense of freedom . The first open-world game I played was Grand Theft Auto III. As impressed as I was by my ability to go anywhere, it had the same restrictions to exploration as a non-virtual human would have in a real city. I could go anywhere,... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Destiny

    Seemingly meant to coincide with the excitement around E3, Activision and Bungie have finally released a hands-on alpha build of Destiny to a small section of the public. We had a chance to dive into the alpha ahead of public release, and explore its nooks and crannies. Jeff Cork and Andrew Reiner sat... More
  • Blog Post: Bungie's Chorus: How You Can Play Destiny This Week

    Even though you might not be at E3 2014, you can still play one of the most-anticipated games of the year this week from the comfort of your own home. Bungie has opened the door for people to sign up for the game's alpha. I spoke with Bungie's community manager David Dague about the process of... More
  • Blog Post: Does The Public Know Who Develops Call of Duty?

    With our June cover story on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare , we introduced you to the new primary developer for the Call of Duty series Sledgehammer Games. With the expanding roster of studios and new three-year development cycle between Treyarch, Infinity Ward, and Sledgehammer Games, we started to... More
  • Blog Post: Imagining The Future For Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    With Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare , Sledgehammer Games is branching out from its predecessors and creating an entirely new universe for the series. S tudio heads Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey wanted to create a futuristic world set in the year 2054, but one that can't be described as "sci... More
  • Blog Post: The Secrets Behind Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Audio

    There's a lot to absorb from the gameplay of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, but one of the key things that stood out when we saw the game in action for our June cover story was the audio. Audio director Don Veca created the lauded soundscape of the first Dead Space and is now bringing his talents... More
  • Blog Post: From Dead Space To Call Of Duty – Sledgehammer's Early Days

    In 2009, Sledgehammer co-founders Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield transitioned from Electronic Arts' Visceral Games (former EA Redwood Shores) to working for Activision with the understanding they would work on a third-person Call of Duty game ( learn more about it here ). While at EA, the pair... More
  • Blog Post: Activision CEO Discusses The Pivotal Role Of Sledgehammer Games

    This year marks a big change for the Call of Duty series. The inclusion of the new primary developer Sledgehammer Games into the classic Treyarch and Infinity Ward rotation allows the games to be built in three years instead of just two. So what does this mean for fans? While visiting Sledgehammer Games... More
  • Blog Post: Sledgehammer Talks Canceled Third-Person Call Of Duty

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the first game being created entirely by Activision’s newest studio in the development rotation, Sledgehammer Games. Prior to Advanced Warfare, Sledgehammer helped Infinity Ward complete Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 during the sibling studio’s public turmoil... More
  • Blog Post: How To Win At Hearthstone (By A Football Player Who Never Won Anything)

    So you’ve picked up Blizzard’s latest new addiction, Hearthstone. Maybe you’re a World of Warcraft survivor, sucked back into the maw of the beast; maybe your friends told you about this nifty card game in between long pauses as they planned whether or not they should use the Coin to... More
  • Blog Post: Inside Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Development

    With our June cover story on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare , we're rolling out a month of content highlighting different aspects of the game. Since this is a new primary developer for the Call of Duty series, we want explain who the folks at Sledgehammer Games are and where they come from. We spoke... More
  • Blog Post: The Inside Scoop On Kevin Spacey's Role In Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Sledgehammer Games surprised Call of Duty fans and caught the attention of gamers everywhere when it revealed Kevin Spacey’s role in Advanced Warfare ( check out our cover reveal here ). The seasoned, Academy Award-winning star of House of Cards is lending his performance chops to the near-future... More
  • Blog Post: What Makes Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Different

    Throughout the month we're going to be rolling out features highlighting our June cover story Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare . Since this year's entry in the series marks the debut of new primary developer Sledgehammer Games, we wanted to start out by having the developers explain their vision... More
  • Blog Post: A Closer Look At The Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Trailer

    Note: You might want to have the Advanced Warfare trailer up in a separate window while you read this story. Click here to see it. If you’ve been on the Internet over the past few days, you’re probably aware of a couple of stories revolving around the next Call of Duty. One is the leaked... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits movie theaters on May 2, but gamers don't have to wait that long as the video game adaptation of the same name released on almost every platform today. This is developer Beenox's fourth go with Marvel's wall crawler, and its second game based off of Sony's... More
  • Blog Post: Eleven Things You Need To Know About Skylanders: Trap Team

    Come October 5, don’t be surprised if you hear children and adults alike talking excitedly about a tyrannosaurs rex soaring through the sky in a gyrocopter. These people are not crazy; they’re talking about Chopper, one of the new faces featured in Skylanders: Trap Team, the fourth installment... More
  • Blog Post: Villains Steal The Show (And Become Playable) In Skylanders: Trap Team

    Skylanders fans (and their parents) already knew that there would be a new Skylanders game this year, but there are surprises even for veteran portal masters. Skylanders: Trap Team brings a new portal, new characters, and a way to control even the most dastardly of villains, including Kaos. After a year... More
  • Blog Post: Movie-Based Call Of Duty DLC We'd Like To See

    It had been teased before, but this week brought confirmation that the Predator would be making an appearance in Call of Duty: Ghosts' next DLC offering. This comes off after a previous pack that included a clever mode allowing players to step into the shoes of legendary slasher Michael Myers. Since... More
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