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  • Blog Post: Knife In A Gunfight: The History And Evolution Of First-Person Melee Combat

    It’s easy to see why guns get all the glory in video games. Unleashing the BFG on a group of Hell Knights never gets old, and sniping a headshot from across the map is always satisfying. Compared to their louder, flashier cousins, melee weapons were often a neglected portion of the first-person... More
  • Blog Post: The Giant List Of Games Our Readers Must Defend

    Yesterday I posed a question to readers : What generally disliked games do you defend? The responses from readers were wide and varied, covering games I didn't even realize needed defending. I've gathered the results here . Click here for a larger chart First up, in the chart above, you will... More
  • Blog Post: Let's Play The Nickname Game: E-sports Athlete Or Mobster?

    Earlier today, we covered the guilty plea by noted video game violence detractor Leland Yee. Yee didn’t operate alone, collaborating with a criminal named Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow . We realized that organized crime isn’t the only place you’ll find colorful names. It’s... More
  • Blog Post: E3 Rivals – The Best Shooters Of E3 2015

    E3 2015 was a big show for shooters, with several surprising announcements and plenty of bullet-raining gameplay on display. Game Informer's Matt Bertz and Brian Shea got a chance to play some of the biggest shooters at the show and were eager to compare the highs and lows of each. To learn even... More
  • Blog Post: 10 Call Of Duty Settings We’d Rather See Than ‘Near Future’

    The near-future setting of Call of Duty: Black Ops III is interesting from a gameplay perspective , but with three consecutive games relying on that setting, the franchise is sacrificing one of the key things that made the multiple-developer approach to the franchise work well. Black Ops III is set in... More
  • Blog Post: Treyarch Talks Designing Black Ops III And What An Extra Year Does For Call Of Duty

    The Call of Duty franchise is often criticized for its iterative nature. With Black Ops III, Treyarch is hoping to address those complaints through a bevy of new additions to the gameplay. From the MOBA-inspired Specialists to the Titanfall-like movement mechanics, Black Ops III has ambitions to deliver... More
  • Blog Post: Gaming’s 10 Biggest ‘First-World Problems’

    Game characters have a lot to complain about. Whether it’s the love of your life being stolen by a giant talking dinosaur turtle thing or a nuclear apocalypse wiping out the majority of life on the planet, a lot of video game characters have a rough go. Amidst of all of these trials and tragedies... More
  • Blog Post: 9 Series That Have Found Their Footing Without Their Creators

    Swirling rumors would have you believe that Hideo Kojima, the man who is synonymous with the Metal Gear series, is set to leave Konami – and the franchise he built – behind following Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. To this point, no official confirmation has come from Konami or Kojima... More
  • Blog Post: Franchises That Are Nearly Unrecognizable From How They Started

    This week sees the release of two games that have more in common than you might think. Resident Evil HD Remaster and Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell both feature monstrous enemies, but they’re also examples of two franchises that have significantly changed since they debuted. Today, we’re looking... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion - Twitch Viewership Data Has Little Value Without Industry-Wide Context

    Yesterday, we learned that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has become the most streamed console game on Twitch in 2014. While that's certainly notable in the sea of releases that have arrived this year, it doesn't really tell us much. "Most" is a great starting point for a conversation... More
  • Blog Post: An Ode To The Most Important Power-Up: Double Jump

    This week, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare released into the palms of millions of excited gamers. This series has evolved from a World War II shooter, to an intense sequence of modern military moments to a well-researched projection of what the future of warfare might look like. This year's entry... More
  • Blog Post: Call Of Duty Should Always Have Single Player

    I know a good portion of Call of Duty players never fire up the campaign, opting instead to dedicate their time to the multiplayer modes. I agree that the multiplayer is the best part of Call of Duty. I don’t get the fascination of reaching prestige numerous times, but I’m a sucker for trying... More
  • Blog Post: Life After Game Over: Pro Gamers Face Retirement

    Professional gaming, the loose confederacy of leagues, organizations, and tournaments that fall under the large banner of “eSports,” has experienced dizzying growth in the last decade. Once little more than glorified LAN parties with some sponsors and prize money, the popularity of watching... More
  • Blog Post: Interview: Hector "OpticH3CZ" Rodriguez Of OpTic Gaming

    [photo by Brett Kramer, all rights reserved] As owner of OpTic Gaming, Hector “OpticH3CZ” Rodriguez is an eSports jack-of-all-trades, guiding his team’s efforts both as game casters and high-stakes Call of Duty tournament players. We recently spoke with him about his work and overall... 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: Inside Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Future Tech

    Sledgehammer Games' Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare ( check out our cover reveal ) is not the first game in the series to move the timeline into the future. However, the studio's 2054 vision of futuristic tech is more deeply integrated into the gameplay than anything the franchise has seen before... 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
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