Activision is Harassing a Modder After He Reveals Odds of Drops

Call Of Duty is one of the biggest franchises in the gaming world, with releases year after year from no less than 3 developers now. With so many games it comes as no surprise that their modding community is quite active as well, bringing new maps and options to gamers all over. One modder seems to have caught the developers eye resulting in claims that Activision are harassing a modder over some of his content.

In the Reddit post, moderator and modder TheReal_DF (DecrypterFixer), explains how much of a fan he has been, especially of the zombie survival mode. Recalling everything from his average of wave 45 in the zombie survival mode and how he got into the game mode only to then discover the mysteries of easter eggs within the game. Being interested in programming TheReal_DF decided to have a look and see how the game (Black Ops 1) worked.

TheReal_DF even says that the game helped him better at reading assembly language, a skill which eventually got him his dream job. That’s where the post goes south, describing the game as something that no longer represents what he “loved”.

In a follow-up post by chefslapchop, it’s revealed that “Activision has been harassing him legally him exposing the annals of their micro transactions and creating offline mods”. If this isn’t clear he then goes on to point out that in particular Activision dislikes that TheReal_DF has been “trying to find the exact odds of supply drops so people know what they’re spending money on”.

So a community loses a great person, a modder, all thanks to a company “harassing” him over offline content (not even stuff that affects people online, unlike the many hackers that exploit the game) and the fact that he wants to help people understand and make better decisions in the game.

Do you agree with this? Who’s side are you on? Is Activision right to be upset someone is looking at and learning from their work or should we all have the right to learn and enjoy games without the companies that create them trying to bully and scare us from their communities?

Humble Store Features Deals On Activision Games

Humble Bundle are known for their bundles, but more recently they’ve started up several other offerings. If you feel like comics or books, the humble book bundles currently offering sci-fi and thriller stories from upcoming authors or you can immerse yourself in the world of elves and dwarves with the Lord Of the Rings audiobook bundle including the original hobbit story for only $15. One of the less used sources for games the Humble store gives both charity and companies are cut of the sales, and currently you can get a selection of Activision games at large discounts.

Feel like playing the merc with a mouth? Get the Deadpool game for 50% off at £14.99 or restore balance in The Legend of Korra for only £2.99 (75% off). Want something a little darker? Enjoy playing the dark side of life as a vampire in Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines for only £3.74.

Of course, any Activision  collection wouldn’t be complete without their contribution to the Call of Duty series, all of which currently feature 50% off their standard price. This collection also includes the Call of Duty Complete Zombie Experience which has every game and DLC involving Call of Duty zombies for only £67.48.

With series like the Amazing Spiderman games and Transformer War For Cybertron series also discounted your wallet may give way under the weight of the deals you are sure to find on the Humble Store this weekend.

Activision Will Not be Hosting an E3 Press Event

Activision is one of the leading attractions during press events due to the Call of Duty series which continues to sell an impressive number of units every year. You might expect given the yearly release cycle and similar gameplay mechanics, consumers to become less enthusiastic. Although, the series certainly receives some criticism for its iterative updates, and ability to make so much money! As always, each year’s unveiling of the latest entry gains a lot of media attention and publicity on social media. Whether it’s mocking the franchise, or discussing its merits, there’s a great deal of social media engagement.

However, Activision has decided to forgo their usual plans, and will not be hosting a press conference during E3 this year. The reasoning behind this is to save money, and raises questions about the importance of E3 in the gaming industry. This move follows EA’s plans to also have a small presence during E3. It’s important to remember that both companies will be in attendance, but they won’t be showcasing their games in a dedicated press conference. EA is launching their own event, which probably has much smaller fees compared to a booth on the E3 show floor. However, Activision doesn’t seem to be adopting a similar strategy and just scaling back their efforts.

So what does this mean? Perhaps, big publishers no longer see a return of investment from events like E3 and feel it’s not financially prudent. In an era where there’s a huge array of media events including Gamescom, Pax and others, they might not perceive E3 as that important. This decision clearly revolves around money and I’m sure their research suggests that any presence at E3 isn’t making a substantial difference with sales.

I’d be interested to hear your thoughts regarding E3 and if you feel it’s still relevant in the modern gaming industry?

Call of Duty: Ghosts 2 Leaked by UK Gaming Magazine

Call of Duty is one of the most profitable franchises in the gaming industry and continues to set unbelievable sales records. There are many consumers out there who own a console, and play Call of Duty every year without looking into other gaming experiences. The same applies to sports games which seem to hold people’s attention despite each release being fairly iterative. Of course, users can spend their money as they choose, and the hundreds of hours invested into a Call of Duty’s multiplayer provides a great reason to buy each year’s release. Personally, it’s not for me, but I’m pleased to see different games which cater to unique audiences. Call of Duty: Ghosts received fairly disappointing reviews and sparked debate about the lack of innovation in the series.

It’s quite uncommon for a Call of Duty game to have widespread criticism from the press, as most websites usually opt for high scores. However, Call of Duty: Ghosts didn’t offer anything new, and ran extremely poorly on PC. To this day, the PC version is plagued by terrible optimization, a mundane single player and lacklustre gameplay. It’s really not worth bothering with and a waste of your time. Given the negative publicity surrounding Call of Duty: Ghosts, you might expect its sequel to undergo a re-branding exercise. Despite this, a scanned version of the February issue of GamesTM contains Call of Duty: Ghosts 2 in a segment entitled, “2016 Most Wanted Games”. The issue was scanned by Mari Fernett, and sent into the publication FragHero. Here we can see the front cover:

According to the magazine, Call of Duty: Ghosts 2 will launch in November 2016, and be produced by Infinity Ward.

A transcription of the game’s description reads:

“When creative strategist Robert Bowling exited Infinity Ward in 2012, he put the departure down to the studio doing “too much ‘pew pew’ not enough new new.” We got a look at what he meant with the release of Call of Duty: Ghosts – a solid, yet unspectacular next-gen debut for the franchise. Infinity Ward will have had three years to work on a follow up, and it needs to showcase the same creative spark that once put in on the map with Modern Warfare back in ’08 if it wants any chance of standing shoulder to shoulder with Sledgehammer and Treyyarch.”

Are you a fan of the Call of Duty franchise?

Infinity Ward to Release New Call of Duty

Video games come in all shapes and sizes, but few are larger than a release such as Call of Duty. The Call of Duty series is one that just keeps going and going, with new releases every year expanding on your weapons and abilities as you take the war from the past to the future. When it comes to producing the games, there is no one with more experience than Infinity Ward, a company who are proud to announce that this year, they will release their next Call of Duty game.

Like many Television shows, the series started a while ago, with the series going against the popular Medal of Honour series with its historic shooter, Call of Duty in 2003. Followed by Call of Duty 2, in 2005, the series kicked off to a whole new level with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare in 2007. With games released every two years, Sledgehammer games became the third studio to be added to the rotor, making three different studios releasing Call of Duty games year after year.

This year it’s back to the originals with Infinity Ward, so what could we expect from the company? With the modern warfare series behind them, the latest focus seems to be on their last release, Call of Duty Ghosts. Could we see a Ghosts 2 released this year? Only time will tell as we eagerly await more details

Top 10 PC Games Revenue Destroys Consoles During 2015

The demise of PC gaming and its impending doom is a common misnomer which doesn’t reflect how well the platform is doing financially and in terms of total players. For example, earlier this month Steam managed to hit an astonishing figure of 12 million concurrent users. According to a NeoGAF thread, the most played title during the peak period was Dota 2, with 940,373 concurrent players. New research from SuperData has tracked the total revenue by platform and makes for some very interesting reading. As you can see, the top 10 console revenue results pale in comparison to the PC and exemplifies how profitable the platform is. Unbelievably, League of Legends managed to amass $1,628 million during 2015, which is more than four times the amount from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Not only that, the top PC results actually outperformed the mobile sector, which is a surprise given the financial benefits via microtransactions. So what do these numbers actually mean? While the console market is still more popular, it’s not as financially successful and PC gaming revenues continue to rise at an impressive rate. The yearly research explains:

“Despite a heavy industry focus on mobile gaming, the combined earnings of digital PC games for the top titles came in higher, totaling $6.3B in sales compared to $6.18B for mobile. PC-based gaming–consisting of free-to-play MMOs, subscription-based games like World of Warcraft, social games and PC downloadable games–earns over $32 billion annually, well above the $25.1 billion generated by mobile games. Three of the year’s top five digital PC games (Grand Theft Auto V, Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3) were released in 2015, indicating that PC gamers have made significant progress transitioning to purchasing games digitally.”

Clearly, the modern gaming scene has changed substantially and the PC is a very profitable platform. Furthermore, this is down to an increased player base which illustrates how promising the future is for PC gaming as a leading platform.

Fictional Weapons Come To Life As Boomerangs

You load up that new game or sit down to the latest movie and suddenly all you notice is the high-tech gadgets and weapons they seem to pull out of every nook and crevice. From Batmans Batarang to the pickaxe from Minecraft, you’ve seen them all. You’ve never seen them in real life, which is about to change as Victor Poulin has created a series of fictional weapons as boomerangs.

Poulin is from the group Boomerangs by Vic. Not only did he dream it but he has created not just one or two but six boomerangs based on film and video game weapons. If that wasn’t cool enough, he has a little video to show you that no only do they look awesome they also all work.

From the Batarang to the Pickaxe Poulin has used “the best 10inch birch on the market” to create six weapons that if someone throws at you, you should really have started running away a long time ago.

Showing honour to not only the classic boomerang designs, like Sokka’s boomerang from Avatar the Last Airbender but the more uniquely shaped weapons like Minecraft’s pickaxe and even the tomahawk from Black Op’s 2 Zombies.

I know that if push ever comes to shove, these weapons are something I’d rather be using than facing. If you could see one weapon from a video game or movie come alive as a boomerang, what would you choose?

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Declared Biggest Entertainment Launch of 2015

Despite churning out sequel after sequel, the Call of Duty franchise continues to be extraordinary popular and a commercial success. By now, you might have expected the game’s earnings to have curtailed off, and continued on a downward slope. However, Black Ops 3 grossed over $550 million in a mere three days. To put this into perspective, Call of Duty Black Ops 3 is the biggest entertainment launch of 2015 and even surpassed major film releases. Activision relayed the news in a Twitter post which reads:

https://twitter.com/BlackOps3News_/status/664434930001154050/photo/1

This illustrates the surprising longevity of Activision’s first-person-shooter and ability to retain its loyal audience. On another note, video games are becoming so successful, and a genuine threat to the movie industry. Sadly, the game suffers from a number of performance issues on PC which revolves around strange RAM and VRAM utilization. Nowadays, Call of Duty’s main player base is on console and many people simply purchase a system to play COD and Fifa.

I’m interested to see how long the series can remain profitable and when the bubble will finally burst. Call of Duty almost seems like a dirty secret, as people often deride it in public, but the sales tell a different story.

Are you a fan of Call of Duty?

Call of Duty: Black Ops III is Best Played on PS4 According to Sony’s Adam Boyes

Call of Duty Black Ops III is available on a number of platforms including PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and PC.  As a result, the game’s performance and render resolutions varies greatly. In all honesty, I’m amazed the last generation consoles can even run the game, and this is shown in its awful visual quality. As with any multi-platform release, each version is dissected and compared via analytical videos. According to Sony’s Adam Boyes, the best place to play Call of Duty is on PlayStation 4. He said:

“This is a historic partnership that makes PlayStation the best place to play Call of Duty,”

“The massive reception to the game’s multiplayer beta only a few months ago demonstrated the huge appetite our fans have for this franchise and the anticipation for Black Ops III.”

“This is the game our fans want,”

“And we’re proud to welcome Call of Duty to its new home on PlayStation 4.”

These comments are clearly directed at Microsoft customers as the Call of Duty series did incredibly well on the Xbox 360. However, to say it’s the “best place” is frankly absurd. The PlayStation 4 version utilizes a 1920×1080 resolution at 60 frames-per-second. In contrast to this, the PC supports resolutions in excess of 4K, and an uncapped framerate. The technical differences between the Xbox One and PlayStation editions are negligible and Boyes’ remarks come across as a fairly timid marketing exercise.

Activision Launches its Own Film Studio

The cumbersomely-named Activision Blizzard, publishers of the World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, and Skylanders games, has decided to cut out the middleman and launch its own film studio, according to Deadline. Activision Blizzard Studios will use its gaming intellectual properties to create movies and TV shows, with children’s television action show Skylanders Academy, an adaptation of the popular Skylanders games, already in development, with Futurama’s Eric Rogers attached as showrunner.

Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, promises that the studio will “approach film and television development with the same unwavering commitment to excellence we are known for in game development,” a sentence which will mean very different things to different people.

Predictably, the studio has a “near-term initiative” to create “a robust cinematic universe based on the Call of Duty franchise” which may include “the possibility of television adaptations.”

“We’re not in the film and television business, we’re in the franchise, intellectual property business,” Co-President Nick van Dyk said during a sales call, adding that “This gives us a terrific position to pursue partnerships,” making the studio “extremely attractive to financial partners.” It’s inspiring to hear that the move is all about the art.

The studio’s inception comes in the wake of the imminent World of Warcraft movie, the first trailer for which hit yesterday.

After Activision Blizzard’s recent $5.9 billion purchase of King, can we expect a Candy Crush Saga movie soon? Or maybe the underappreciated classic Farm Heroes?

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Ready – AMD Catalyst 15.11 Beta Driver Released

Love it or hate it, Call of Duty has just seen its latest release with Black Ops III. If you’re playing or plan to play the new game sometime soon, then you’ll want to ensure you have the latest drivers to get the most out of the games performance.
AMD has just released the new Catalyst 15.11 Beta driver, which includes all the usual quality and performance optimizations for the game. The only issue that is yet to be resolved is that users using DX11 mode, while also running in Crossfire may experience some flickering, although I expect a patch for this won’t be too far away.

Highlights of AMD Catalyst 15.11 Beta Windows Driver

Performance Optimizations

    • Call of Duty : Black Ops III  – includes quality and performance optimizations

Resolved Issues:

    • [79796] The Oculus runtime may crash on launch
    • [79577] The Intel graphics is flagged in an error state in the Device Manager in systems with switchable graphics
    • [78654] An error may be experienced when installing the latest graphics driver package on some AMD Radeon R9 380 series products
    • [77255] The secondary graphics adapter is missing in the Device Manager and the AMD Catalyst Control Center after installation of the driver
    • [77176] A TDR error is experienced when launching Star Wars: Battlefront or Hitman Pro while a You Tube video plays in the background
    • [59792] An extended black screen may be experienced during bootup under Windows® 10 between the Windows® Logo and the Windows® login prompt
    • [77970] Ashes of the Singularity may crash on some AMD 300 series GPUs
    • [58233] Ashes of the Singularity may fail to launch on some GPUs with 2GB Video Memory.

Known Issues:

    • [79824] Call of Duty : Black Ops III – Flickering may be observed when running the game in DirectX® 11  mode and with AMD Crossfire enabled
    • [79484] Batman: Arkham Knight – An application crash may be experienced at some game locations
    • [78912] A black screen may be experienced on booting Windows® 10 on some systems with switchable graphics  –  with AMD Radeon HD5000 series graphics cards,  when connected to an HDMI monitor
    • [59475] Elite: Dangerous – poor performance may be experienced in SuperCruise mode

You can download the new AMD Catalyst Beta driver here.

Warcraft Movie Trailer Released

Starting as a strategy game, then moving into massively multiplayer online roleplaying games (MMORPGs) and now joining Blizzards other creations in the multiplayer online battle arena game, Heroes of the Storm, the World of warcraft lore has expanded and continues to grow with each release. After revealing a new expansion for World of Warcraft and also revealing that its subscribers for the online role-playing game have continued to drop to all time lows, new life is soon to come to the Warcraft universe in the form of a full cinematic movie.

It’s long been suggested that there would be a Warcraft movie, and the above trailer does nothing but wets our appetite for the release. Orcs, Gryphons and magic seem to rule the scene with large battles and diplomatic reasoning setting the scene for what could be the start of another truly epic fantasy series.

Revealed at Blizzcon, their own convention, Blizzard also revealed that Activision Blizzard is creating its own film studio to release not only movies but TV series based on their games.

From the fantasy world of Warcraft and the techno shooters of Call of Duty you could soon see your films and TV shows sharing the names and voices of your favourite gaming characters.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Plagued by Performance Problems

Call of Duty: Black Ops III has finally been released and early reports suggest it’s a technical mess on PC. A large number of the Steam Reviews describe the latest COD entry as “unoptimized” which struggles to achieve a smooth frame-rate. Unfortunately, it seems the game is marred by stuttering, sudden frame drops and micro-stutter. Even on top-tier hardware, the performance is atrocious and should be avoided until patches are released to help rectify these major problems:

The general consensus is remarkably similar to early testing conducted by TechPowerUp which indicates the game utilizes a ridiculous amount of system memory and VRAM. During their initial benchmarks, a GTX 980 Ti was monitored and almost used 6GB VRAM under load, and system RAM reached a maximum utilization of 12GB. Even more concerning, when the GPU was swapped with a Titan X, the engine started to increase the VRAM usage up to 8GB. Apparently, the game runs much smoother on a GTX Titan X compared to the 980 TI which can only be a result of memory differences.

This is extremely disappointing as a spokesperson prior to release discussed improved mouse controls, a GPU bound-engine and low CPU overheads. Clearly, this isn’t an accurate reflection as people are experiencing major problems on lower threaded CPUs. An official statement reads:

Call of Duty: Black Ops III is the perfect example of why you should be very suspicious when pre-ordering video games.

Mod Support and Mapping Coming to COD Black Ops III PC

The Call of Duty franchise gained notoriety for its incredibly popular multiplayer modes which feature fluid and accessible gunplay. Since the release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, PC gamers have experienced a number of poor ports due to a low FOV, and hazy graphics. However, it seems Treyarch are trying to instill confidence in this years installment and will implement modding and mapping in 2016. The official statement reads:

“Over the years, the Call of Duty® community has proven itself to be among the most passionate in the world – and we count ourselves fortunate to make games for you.

We’ve been listening to one of your top requests and are excited to announce that modding and mapping are coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 PC!

We’ve still got a lot of work left to do, but here’s our current plan:

  • You will be able to create Maps & Game Modes and more!
  • We will include Unranked Dedicated Server Files with the tools so you can run servers with modded content anywhere you choose.
  • We will provide an Unranked Server Browser so you can easily find and join servers with modded content.
  • Closed Alpha target date:  March 2016

Please remember that this is software development, so things don’t always work out exactly as planned.  Sometimes features slip or drop off altogether, sometimes they get replaced with other, more awesome features as we hit into limitations of our original plans.

There is much more news to come including updates on Open Beta timing.  In order to keep you informed, we’ll periodically publish developer blog posts to share our progress with our fans. Stay tuned to the Treyarch blog for more information.

And yes, this is for real.

Sincerely,

Cesar Stastny

Director of Development”

This is a rather surprising announcement and I’m pleased to see the Call of Duty franchise support modding. Traditionally, this hasn’t been the case as Activision focused on locking the core experience. This was probably done to make each sequel appear more enticing. While I’m not an avid multiplayer gamer, the concept of modding and user-created maps, should add a great deal of replay value.

Call of Duty Black Ops 3 Storage Requirement Revealed

We’ve all been there, a brand new game has come out and your Steam/Origin/uPlay/Insert your chosen game utility here folder tells you to make some space, why? Because the new game you want is 40GB+ in size. Now Treyarch Studios has updated the Steam product page with the last piece of the system requirement puzzle, a large 60GB of storage space piece.

This isn’t a huge shock to the system, if you’ve been playing on the PC for longer than an hour you will know that most big titles will require anywhere from 30 to 60GB+ of storage space, just take a look at Grand Theft Auto V with a requirement of 65GB.

It’s not quite clear if the “NUK3TOWN” bonus map is included in that figure considering most of the customers for this game will likely have pre-ordered it, we’ll just have to wait and find out. For those that do not know, here are the system specifications direct from the Steam product page:

Do you think Black Ops 3 will impress the PC community with this new requirement or will it die off in the horde of zombie console gamers? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.

Idiotic PR Alert – Call of Duty Tweets Fake Terror Attack

Update: Call of Duty have now changed their Twitter name back to @CallofDuty, which earlier read as Current Events Agg. The embedded tweets below now look more representative of the game.

In a fit of inspired viral marketing, which was not at all tacky and inappropriate, the official Call of Duty Twitter account scared the Hell out of unsuspecting followers by reporting a made-up terrorist attack on a densely-populated area in Singapore.

https://twitter.com/CallofDuty/status/648905858529759232

To aid the ruse, the verified Call of Duty account changed its name to the rather obfuscating ‘Current Events Aggregate’, posing as a genuine news outlet, which just happens to be a breach of Twitter’s terms and conditions – a verified Twitter account is not permitted to change key information that might obscure the reason it was verified – for reasons of, y’know, fooling people into thinking that this was something other than a cheap promotional stunt.

A series of tweets followed, painting a picture of death and destruction in the fictional Singapore bombsite:

https://twitter.com/CallofDuty/status/648943510268284928

https://twitter.com/CallofDuty/status/648925311623655425

https://twitter.com/CallofDuty/status/648913308238643200

https://twitter.com/CallofDuty/status/648944146644905988

The final tweet reads, “That was a glimpse into the future fiction of #BlackOps3,” but might as well say, “Gotcha!”. Even if people weren’t fooled by it, using the imagery of tragic real world events, out of context, to push your factory-churned product is deplorable. Bombs, quarantine zones, and martial law, all to sell a few video games. Stay classy, Activision.

COD Black Ops III Single Player Not Coming to PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360

Activision has announced in a community post, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops III will not include the single player campaign. This decision was made due to the last-generation consoles technical limitations. However, Activision didn’t delve into great deal what caused the setbacks and simply said:

“Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is a truly next-generation experience designed from day one to harness the full potential of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Black Ops 3 pushes the boundaries of the franchise to new levels across all modes of play on next generation hardware.”

“As we announced back in June, we know that there are still fans waiting to make the switch to the newest console hardware and developers Beenox and Mercenary Technology have been working tirelessly to bring as much of the Black Ops 3 gameplay as possible to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.”

“The Black Ops 3 PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will feature Multiplayer and Zombies gameplay only, not Campaign. The ambitious scope of the 1-4 player coop Campaign design of the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions could not be faithfully recreated on old generation hardware.”

One theory is, the Xbox 360 uses DVD-9 disks  which doesn’t contain adequate storage for large voice files and video cutscenes. Obviously, Activision could have used multiple disks and forced users to install the game. Clearly, Call of Duty players obsess on the multiplayer aspect and rarely play the single player campaign. Furthermore, the game will include the highly-popular zombies mode. Therefore, it does seem like the only mode being omitted is with large audio/video files. Honestly, I’m sure Activision could have found a solution but probably believes the time investment wasn’t worth it.

The news is a shame for those on last-generation consoles who enjoy the single player aspect. However, this is a very niche sector of the market.

Image courtesy of GeekSnack.

Call of Duty Player Wows With Rendition of Coldplay’s Fix You

In theory, online gaming is a marvellous invention but can be marred by people eating, shouting abuse or constantly talking. While I’ve heard some extraordinary tales over the years, few come close to matching an unknown COD player reciting Coldplay’s “Fix You” in the heat of battle. Obviously, the user was unaware he was broadcasting to the entire lobby and began to sing without any hesitation.

While the COD player isn’t a vocal genius, the rendition is surprisingly decent and fits the gameplay rather well. The song’s depressing, minor tone emphasizes the horrors of war and macabre setting which Call of Duty is known for. However, I’m guessing other users in the lobby during this moment were less than impressed and pressed the mute button. The lesson here is to always setup your microphone as push-to-talk.

Granted, the video is quite old, but has only just come under my radar. I’d be interested to hear your first-hand experiences of people’s behaviour in online games. One example which I will always remember occurred during an online race in Need For Speed Hot Pursuit. Two members in the lobby decided to publicly review every racing game in the past 5 years and weigh up the pros and cons. It was an interesting tale, and something I never expected.

Watch Master Chief Take on Call of Duty Players and a Juggernaut

There is a never ending battle going one between the two console races and it never seems to take any end. Which is best, Xbox or Playstation. Which is better, that’s really a personal choice and down to one’s needs, but the latest video from Danny & Michael Philippou gives a take on it.

Danny Philippou AKA Racka Racka describe themselves as wannabe filmmakers on a rampage in their Facebook profile, and that is a pretty fitting description of the video. A mayhem of funny destruction. The two twins come from Australia and this is far from their first video. If you haven’t seen any of their work before, it’s surely worth to check out.

In the video, Master Chief takes on a couple of Call of Duty players and a juggernaut in a battle to the death! PS4 VS Xbox One! But that isn’t all as the whole place also gets invaded by grandparent-zombie-apocalypse.

Don’t take it all too serious, just enjoy the video editing skills in this action packed video created by RackaRacka, 4 minutes and 40 seconds well spent in my opinion.

The video contains guns and bad language, so keep in mind that it’s NSFW.

Please don’t try this at home as you’ll probably end up in pieces, either shot, stabbed, or had you cheeks pulled off by the evil elderly zombies.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Details Leaked

Another year, another predictable entry in the modern history of computer games, a new Call of Duty is on the way! Now, that obviously comes as absolutely no shock to anyone who’s even played an FPS in the last decade or so, but what is interesting is that the game is expected to have a Beta; a first in the game’s history.

The new Call of Duty is expected to be out in November, not counting any delays of course. Although, no offence to most developers, but I’d expect this game to launch broken rather than miss that important Christmas release window, but that’s just my two cents on the matter.

Those who pre-order the game can expect access to the Beta on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC; no details have been mentioned in regards to Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, but it’s safe to expect a version will be released on these formats. Interestingly, the leaked information states that “actual platform availability and launch date(s) to be determined.” So that does hint that even the already mentioned formats are subject to change, perhaps a possible timed exclusive at launch?

According to the leaked information, which is believed to be handed out to GameStop staff, details a co-op campaign, multiplayer, a new movement system and no doubt most entertaining of all, the latest Zombies mode.

Excited, or have you become weary and tired of the franchise?

Teaser for “Call of Duty: Black Ops 3” Drops

Another year, another Call of Duty to add to the franchise and this year it is the third installment of Black Ops. The game is being made by Treyarch, the studio who worked on the original Black Ops installment.

The teaser trailer showed up on YouTube today and the Call of Duty fans are getting very excited. The world reveal of Black Ops 3 is April 26th as stated in the ending of the teaser. For the COD fans out there you will have to impatiently wait until then for any more information. Though with Treyarch at the helm of this game there is a good chance that you will be happy with what they bring out. Right now it seems that everyone is getting excited for the zombies, which should come if this game follows the same path as the previous games.

Source: Call of Duty

Activision Finally Patches Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare ‘XS1 Goliath Scorestreak’ Exploit

Activision has finally released a new update for all Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare platforms that also fixes an exploit where players could have had unlimited health using the XS1 Goliath scorestreak.

Alongside the exploit, the update also patches several other exploits across different multiplayer maps. Users will have the update automatically downloaded once it rolls out. Also, you can view the update’s complete changelog below.

Map Updates:

    • Fixed various out of map exploits across different multiplayer maps.

Game Mode Updates:

    • Players no longer advance more than one gun rank with a multikill in Gun Game.

Scorestreaks:

    • Fixed an exploit where players were able to have infinite health using the XS1 Goliath scorestreak.

Exo Zombies:

    • Fixed various out of map exploits where players could remain in place and not be attacked by zombies.

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Parents Will Be Reported by Head Teachers If Their Children Play GTA or COD

British parents are now in danger of being reported to the police and social services if they let their children play videos games not suited for their age, specifically mentioned, were games like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto.

A letter sent by a group of schools in Cheshire raised concerns about the “levels of violence and sexual content” young people are being exposed to by playing games such as Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto which have a PEGI 18 classification. If teachers are made aware of children playing these games then they will contact police and social services.

The fear is that the games violent content could lead to children being left more vulnerable to grooming and abuse. The letter goes further than video games and also recommends that children don’t use Facebook or Whatsapp, but rather other social platforms geared for their generation and not adults.

The letter is clearly a result of the pressure put on teachers and social workers by David Camerons announcement that they could face up to five years in prison if they don’t speak out about suspicions of children that are being neglected or abused. Headteacher Mary Hennessy Jones, who helped draft the letter, told the Sunday Times: “We are trying to help parents to keep their children as safe as possible in this digital era.”

The message from Nantwich Education Partnership has however been criticised by parents as going too far by threatening parents rather than helping them. Margaret Morrissey, of Parents Outloud, told the newspaper: “Accepting the huge concerns about these violent games and their effect on children, I think the schools are stepping outside the realm of what is probably acceptable.”

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Win a Share of a $1M Purse Playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

This coming March, the third annual Call of Duty Championship begins in Los Angeles, offering the top Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players to compete for a share of a $1 million prize purse, Activision announced today.

The tournament, hosted by Activision, Sledgehammer, and Xbox, in partnership with Major League Gaming, will take place between 27th and 29th March, and will be broadcast live over Xbox Live.

Michael Condrey, Co-founder and Studio Head of Sledgehammer Games, said in a statement: “From Day 1, the team at Sledgehammer Games set out to bring a new way to play Call of Duty multiplayer to fans. We couldn’t be more thrilled of how the competitive community has embraced and mastered the new player movements and game modes of Advanced Warfare.”

“This is poised to be one of the most exciting Call of Duty competitive seasons with the Call of Duty Championship being one of the best eSports tournaments of the year.”

Regional qualifiers across every continent begin on Xbox One in February, running through to early March, with the regional finals being broadcast on MLG.tv and other broadcast partners.

Any interested parties should read the official rules and regulations to check that they meet the qualification requirements.

Source: Polygon

The New Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Looks Awesome

The latest DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is here, for Xbox season pass holders anyway, as they get early access to the new Havoc DLC today.

The beautiful new AE4 directed energy assault rifle, and AE4 Widowmaker custom weapon variant are now at your disposal, with both guns looks seriously awesome. The above video shows off the new guns, and just how mouth watering they look.

Source: Polygon.

Minecraft’s YouTube Videos Have Had 47 Billion Views

Minecraft is not just the game people love to play, it seems: the plethora of Minecraft videos on YouTube, showing off users immense creativity, have amassed a whopping 47 billion views between them, according to online video firm Octoly. That figure is three times the number of watches of Grand Theft Auto videos, ranked as the second most popular video game on YouTube, with Call of Duty (10.2 billion) and Angry Birds (6 million), in third and fourth, respectively.

The number of Minecraft viewers has rocketed in the last five months alone, jumping by 16 billion over that period. On their website, Octoly said, “In June, our Octoly360 system found 81,000 separate YouTube creators talking about Minecraft. Today there are 147,000 creator channels with Minecraft videos, almost double.”

The 47 billion watches could equate to somewhere near $2.5 billion value in ad revenue.

Source: The Guardian

Call of Duty Video Game Franchise Tops $10 Billion in Global Sales

The Call of Duty video game franchise has topped $10 billion in global sales, Activision proudly boasted, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the biggest game title, movie, or book launch of the entire year.

Advanced Warfare also is the highest-selling digital launch in game console history, according to Activision’s internal estimates. Considering the extremely high level of anticipation for the title, including months of marketing efforts, it wouldn’t be too surprising if the news is true.

Here is what Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg said in a statement:

“We poured our hearts into making Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare an epic ride, and we are pleased with the performance. Sales and engagement are up through the first week compared to last year. Season Pass sales are up, as well. The game has been very positively reviewed and the response from fans has been tremendous. We believe Advanced Warfare will be the most successful game of the year and we thank our fans for making it the biggest entertainment launch of the year.”

Video games have evolved into a major business, raking in billions of dollars in sales, especially with the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4. However, PC gaming is far from dead, with PC gamers also enjoying hours of fun, forking over cash for the latest generation of video games.

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