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  • Blog Post: Terminal Map Coming To Modern Warfare 3

    Infinity Ward announced that the fan-favorite "Terminal" map from Modern Warfare 2 is coming to Modern Warfare 3 -- for free. However, some players will have to wait awhile. In accordance with Activision's deal with Microsoft, the DLC is coming to Xbox Live first; it launches on July 17... More
  • Blog Post: Activision Digs For Dirt On West & Zampella

    According to court filings, before the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (shown), Activision inaugurated Project Icebreaker to find dirt on Infinity Ward's Jason West and Vince Zampella. Giant Bomb says it was given this filing for the upcoming trail by the PR firm for West and Zampella's... More
  • Blog Post: Activision Pays Out $42 Million To Infinity Ward Employee Group

    The legal battle between Activision and former employees Jason West and Vince Zampella has grabbed the headlines, but other ex-Infinity Ward developers are also looking for their day in court and a settlement. Activision just paid out $42 million to the Infinity Ward Employee Group without being told... More
  • Blog Post: One Of Two Infinity Ward Co-Founder Lawsuit Claims Dismissed By Judge

    We're still waiting for the trial related to Infinity Ward co-founders Jason West and Vince Zampella leaving Activision to begin, but as of this week, West and Zampella have had one of their lawsuit claims against Activision dismissed by a judge. Bloomberg reports that state superior court judge... More
  • Blog Post: Pachter Says Activision Wants To Charge For Call of Duty Multiplayer

    Activision made some waves with its announcement of Beachhead Studios, a new division designed to provide online "content and services" for the company's Call of Duty franchise. The company was not clear as to what this would entail, but Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter is certain... More
  • Blog Post: Modern Warfare 3 Coming In 2011?

    Amidst all the financial reporting during its quarterly call to investors and analysts, Activision let slip that a Call of Duty FPS is scheduled to be released in 2011. Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said,"We will launch a new first-person action title during the back half of 2011."... More
  • Blog Post: If Halo And Modern Warfare 2 Had Zombies...

    ...the protagonists would look something this. Both of these illustrations come courtesy of Game Informer reader Robert Mangaoang, who you may remember from zombie Pikachu and Jedi Kevin Butler . When did the "turn licensed characters into zombie craze" start? Did this awesome movement begin... More
  • Blog Post: How Much Cash Did Halo Reach Bring In On Day One?

    During Microsoft's Tokyo Game Show press conference, Microsoft Game Studios' corporate vice president Phil Spencer touted Halo Reach's day one sales, saying the title has already brought in $200 million. Spencer also pointed out that Reach is the fastest selling game of 2010. It also bested... More
  • Blog Post: UPDATED: Modern Warfare 2 Player Attempting To Reach Rank 70 Without Killing Anyone

    UPDATE: With schoolwork piling up, Glen doesn't have a lot of free time on his hands, yet he's still managed to rack up over 32 hours into his Modern Warfare 2 no kill crusade. In terms of rank, he's halfway there. He just reached level 35. He is also maintaining a respectable win/loss ratio... More
  • Blog Post: July NPD: Industry Sales Slightly Dip, 360 Takes Top Slot, Football Reigns Supreme

    It's about that time again. The latest NPD numbers are out. Here's what's going on in the industry. This month the NPD numbers stayed relatively flat over last year. Video game sales as a whole (non-PC software, hardware, and accessories), slightly dipped from $850.6 to $846.6M. "While... More
  • Blog Post: Infinity Ward/Activision Lawsuit Heading To Court

    After much legal wrangling and mudslinging, the lawsuit brought by ex-Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella has been given a trial date. In a hearing today in Los Angeles, a judge scheduled the civil trial to begin on May 23, 2011. In addition, another hearing on August 5 of this year will... More
  • Blog Post: Modern Warfare 2 Resurgence Map Pack Deploys On Xbox Live

    Cure your mapathy by downloading the second map pack for Activision's unstoppable multiplayer machine. For $15 (or 1,200 carnival tickets Microsoft points) you can get your hands on three brand new maps, plus two renovated old-favorites from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare: Carnival - A desolate amusement... More
  • Blog Post: Modern Warfare 2's New DLC Map Pack Dated

    Activision is following up the massive success of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's Stimulus Package with a new DLC initiative entitled The Resurgence Pack. The Resurgence Pack features five new multiplayer maps, and will first release on the Xbox 360 on June 3rd. Similar to the Stimulus Package ... More
  • Blog Post: Manly Modern Warfare 2 Statue Available For $19.99

    Soap MacTavish is a bad ass. Even a 12" tall version of him contains more machismo than most modern Russian bear wrestlers. If you've got a spare twenty bucks, this awesome statue can be yours to place on a nightstand for inspiration. Originally priced at $79.99, you can save a cool sixty dollars... More
  • Blog Post: Infinity Ward Bloodletting Continues

    We can see the business class case study on Activision now: "In retrospect, threatening your employees and withholding their rightfully earned bonuses may not be the best course of action when dealing with your most talented studio." The list of veteran developers resigning from prized studio... More
  • Blog Post: Activision's Too Hot For TV Modern Warfare 2 Ad

    As if the Infinity Ward lawsuit wasn't enough drama for the mega-shooter franchise, Activision is courting more controversy with a racy new ad that has been deemed too hot for television. Though an edited version of the ad has run on broadcast television, the full clip is only airing on Youtube.... More
  • Blog Post: Real Special Forces Soldier Jumps Into Modern Warfare 2's Pit

    The fastest guns on consoles can finish Modern Warfare 2's shooting course, The Pit, in under 25 seconds. But how quickly could a real grunt run through the gauntlet? British television program The Gadget Show intends to find out by recreating the course and throwing an ex Special Forces soldier... More
  • Blog Post: A Changing Battlefield

    Modern Warfare 2 online multiplayer is a glitch-filled mess. For Infinity Ward, it’s time to explore new tactics Having problems finding a decent match while playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2? You’re not the only one. The list of competition-crippling bugs in the game is so long it looks... More
  • Blog Post: Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package Coming March 30

    Xbox 360 owners interested in acquiring Modern Warfare 2’s first new multiplayer maps don’t have long to wait. At the end of March, Infinity Ward will be unloading DLC containing the new maps to expand the game’s intense online multiplayer. Call of Duty fans without an Xbox Live Gold... More
  • Blog Post: My Take On The Infinity Ward Drama

    When I first met the three core members of Infinity Ward – Jason West, Vince Zampella, and Grant Collier (who left the company after Modern Warfare) – I was instantly drawn to their love of games. In particular, their games. These guys had an infectious swagger. They weren’t afraid... More
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