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Infinity Ward is going all out to make the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 the biggest ever for the franchise. For those lucky few getting a hands-on look at the game at the Call of Duty XP event, you will get to enjoy some awesome perks. If the CoD XP event is just beyond your grasp, check out this behind the scenes look at all the mayhen with Infinity Ward Community Manager Robert Bowling.
In addition to being able to play in a MW3 multiplayer tournament, Bowling walks his audience through several life-size recreations of classic Modern Warfare 2 levels. You can even shoot your way through them… with a paintball gun, of course. I don’t think it would be wise to give a bunch of twitchy FPS enthusiasts real guns while they’re on their favorite killing field. Stepping onto the recreated Burger Town, The Pit (where you can race for the best time), and the Scrapyard (where teams will go at it flinging bits of paint at one another), someone is sure to scream “BOOM. HEADSHOT!”
Kanye West, whose duet with Jay-Z (Watch the Throne) is this week’s #1 album, will also perform the closing concert at next month’s Call of Duty XP event.
“We’re pulling out all the stops,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “We promised our attendees and fans around the world a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the first Call of Duty XP, so we’re thrilled to have Kanye on board. Everything about XP will be as epic as the games themselves. Whether you’re competing for one of the open slots in the $1 million [Black Ops] tournament, playing Modern Warfare 3 for the first time, dodging paintballs in a spectacular life-size recreation of Modern Warfare 2‘s Scrapyard level or just mingling with developers and fellow gamers, Call of Duty XP is a celebration of one of the greatest games in the world. So what better way to top it off with one of the greatest artists in the world?”
Is it too late to drop an “I’mma let you finish” in the middle of Hirshberg’s comments? Call of Duty XP will held on September 2nd and 3rd in Los Angeles. Tickets are still available at CallofDuty.com/xp/tickets.
The Call of Duty franchise is Activision’s billion-dollar baby and it’ll be celebrated this September in the very first CoD “fan experience.” Call of Duty XP 2011 will be held on Labor Day Weekend, September 2nd and 3rd, in Los Angeles. For two days, the festival will immerse 6,000 fans in all things Call of Duty, including an announcement of the full feature for Call of Duty Elite and the world premiere of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3‘s multiplayer mode.
“From the high production values of our live, immersive events – all the way to the smallest details in every design and activity – we’re pulling out all the stops to make Call of Duty XP the ultimate gathering for the global community of Call of Duty fans,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “The celebration will immerse attendees in a Call of Duty experience unlike anything they’ve ever seen before. Over the course of two days, gamers can trade Call of Duty war stories, experience the official unveiling of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer and the full feature functionality of Call of Duty Elite, as well as enjoy world-class entertainment and compete head-to-head for some serious cash prizes.”
Attendees at Call of Duty XP 2011 will experience a ton of other exciting events as well:
- $1 million Call of Duty: Black Ops tournament
- Discussion panels and Q&A with Call of Duty developers
- Onsite Call of Duty armory and museum
- Paintball matches on a life-sized Call of Duty multiplayer map
- Speed-run attempts for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2‘s legendary “The Pit”
- More attractions to be announced
Tickets for Call of Duty XP 2011 will be available July 19 for $150 apiece. All proceeds will benefit The Call of Duty Endowment, Activision’s organization that helps soldiers transition to civilian life.
Guitar Hero may be dead (for now at least), but the franchise has certainly left its mark on the gaming world. In a report released by The NPD Group yesterday, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock was crowned the king of all video games… in terms of total sales dollars that is. The music game has brought $830.9 million into Activision’s coffers, no doubt thanks to the expensive guitar bundle you see above.
Activision can also lay claim to the number two game on the list, Call of Duty: Black Ops (even though gamers have bought more copies of CODBLOPS than any other game ever). All told, the publisher snapped up half of the spots in the top ten.
But when it comes to printing money, the only other name that comes to mind is Nintendo. The consolemaker has four games in the top ten: both versions of Wii Fit, Wii Play and Mario Kart Wii. The only non-Activision/Nintendo title in the top ten was MTV Games’ Rock Band.
Interestingly, no game on the list was released before 2007, but CNBC pointed out that the list may not be entirely accurate as Super Mario Bros. 3 sold 18 million copies back in 1990 (before The NPD Group started tracking game sales). Originally retailing for $50, the game’s $900 million dollar tally would surpass every other game on the list.
Hit the jump for the full top ten. (more…)
Hackers beware, your days of hacking Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to shreds on the PS3 are numbered. Robert Bowling, Infinity Ward’s Community Manager, has revealed on the company’s official forum that a “title update [that] will address security issues that have affected online play” will be made available to PS3 players worldwide on March 8. PC and Xbox 360 owners will also receive the patch, however a release date has not determined.
Keeping out the hackers isn’t the only purpose of this patch, according to Bowling it’ll also “address a small geo exploit on the map Fuel, which players exploited in order to get inside a rock on the outskirts of the map.”
Relying on data from the NPD Group, Chart-Track, and GfK, Activision announced today that Call of Duty: Black Ops is the highest selling game on Sony’s PlayStation 3 since the console launched in 2006. The PS3 is in its fifth year on the market, and CoDBlOps managed to accomplish this feat in less than four months. The announcement came with the arrival of the First Strike DLC map pack on the PlayStation Store this week.
We recently compared the game with its immediate predecessor, Modern Warfare 2, and came out with Black Ops as the superior game. While Call of Duty isn’t necessarily the greatest series in the world, it’s nice to see Black Ops surpass the records of the last one.
When Infinity Ward released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in 2009, it launched one of the biggest names in gaming into the stratosphere of pop culture. A year later, at the time it needed to deliver most, Treyarch released Call of Duty: Black Ops, which not only matched the records of Modern Warfare 2, but shattered them. This prolific series fought its way to the top of the charts while spurning out ugly legal battles and one of the most caustic rivalries in the history of gaming. Now that the first map pack for Black Ops is about to be available on all platforms, it’s time to examine the comparative merits of these two games, and this is our focus for the second installment of The G-Spot. (more…)
Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 may have been a smashing success, but it has also become a paradise for players looking to exploit online multiplayer games. Although Javelin glitches and leaderboard tampering may have seemed like world-ending catastrophes at the time, these are minuscule compared to how broken the game is now on the PlayStation Network. In Spectator Mode, players can be seen opening up “VIP” menus which include God Mode, wall-hacks (shooting through walls), and some kind of aimbot as large red boxes appear around enemies who attract every bullet. I even witnessed a “Drug Mode” activated where the gameplay is displayed through alternating purple and grey filters and damage seems to be completely negated. After finishing a match with hackers, many players report their Clan Tags being changed; all emblems, titles, and equipment are unlocked; and Infinity Ward’s ticker displays “YOU GOT F****** OWNED!!!” in red along with the player’s kill and score ranks. This appears similar to challenge lobbies online (private matches where players can access a menu to unlock everything in the game), except it’s being used in public matches and accounts are being tampered with by other players.
Users in Infinity Ward’s forums have been reporting these issues since just before the new year, but the community moderators do not seem to have acknowledged the situation. Many have reached out to community manager Robert Bowling on Twitter, but his responses vary little from the usual rhetoric responding to reports of hacking. These issues may be a consequence of the recent hacks on the PlayStation 3’s security measures.
A video showing some of the issues can be seen after the break. Jump to the 2:00 mark to see some of the hack menus being used. (more…)