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Video games trick you into thinking you're in control, and that's bad

Instantly your mind is racing, giving substance to that room, life to that man. Perhaps it's a wood paneled room with plush velvet carpeting and a roaring fireplace, or it's bitterly cold in a castle keep, or the room is sheets of riveted steel, soulless, lost deep in space. The man is 20. No, he's 90. He's missing a leg. He's blind. He's wearing a tux. But drop into the digital skin of that man, a specific soldier in a battle standing in a forest in Call of Duty: Ghosts, and that sense of control is gone, gone despite the very real control you have over him with a gamepad. You see, video games expect a lot of you, but deliver very little actual agency in return. In fact, without you at the gamepad many of them cease to function properly. Imagine playing through the story of the...


Getting Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare one day early may be the game's best pre-order incentive

Players can get access to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare one day early if they preorder the game as part of the "Day Zero Edition" announced today by Activision. Those that preorder or purchase any of the game's collector's editions will be able to buy and play the game on Nov. 3. The incentive also gives players double XP for the entire day, two special weapons (the AK-12G assault rifle and Crossbow-B2 energy weapon) and the "advanced arsenal," a custom bullet brass exoskeleton and directed energy weapon, the Quantum EM1, according to the publisher. There is a catch, or perhaps bit of added marketing: The Day Zero Edition has limited quantities and availability is subject to demand and inventory at retailer locations. "If Day Zero Edition not is available at retailer, pre-order...


Watch Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's multiplayer premiere right here

Tune in right here to watch the world premiere of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's multiplayer component during a live event at Gamescom. The stream kicks off at 1 p.m. ET. Make sure you hang out afterward on the site to check out both our live coverage from Germany and the story package we'll be running at 2 p.m. ET. Missed that multiplayer trailer? Don't worry, we have you covered.


Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's Nuketown 2025 map finally shows up on Wii U

Two years after the game launched, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has made the Nuketown 2025 map available on Wii U, coinciding with a double XP weekend on that console. Nuketown 2025 free, and players will get it by installing an update to the game. The map was originally a pre-order incentive for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and was made available to all platforms through the Revolution DLC pack in January 2013. Additionally, the Zombies-mode map Die Rise is expected to finally arrive on Wii U. Miiverse users had said they'd seen it added to the game's menus (and included screenshots) but were unable to launch it yet. No formal announcement was made of the map's release, leaving it to players to speculate why it was coming out now. Or, as one put it in Miiverse: "This is wonderful....


Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare discusses its multiplayer on Xbox Live from Gamescom

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has already covered the story behind its singleplayer campaign. Now it's time for the real reason so many people buy it: The multiplayer, which developing studio Sledgehammer Games will discuss on Xbox Live from Gamescom in 10 days. A special multiplayer reveal will be broadcast from Germany at the super-convenient time of 1 p.m. ET (which is 7 p.m. local time there) on Aug. 11, according to Xbox Live's community managers. The broadcast also will feature interviews with Sledgehammer staff and a premiere of the game's multiplayer trailer. To catch up on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's singleplayer offerings, here's the trailer establishing the story behind the campaign. Kevin Spacey figures prominently in it.


Number of eSports tournaments in North America set to boom this year

The number of eSports tournaments held in North America jumped from 8,809 in 2011 to a projected 47,500 in 2014, according to Vancouver-based eSports platform Battlefy. Using publicly-available data, in-house developed algorithms and data from tournament organizers, Battlefy today released figures showing the growth in eSports tournaments, as well as the top 10 games played in tournaments since 2013. Riot Games' League of Legends topped the list with 7,565 tournaments held in 2013. This was followed by Valve's Dota 2 with 5,012 tournaments, the FIFA series with 4,919 tournaments and the Pokémon franchise with 3,606 tournaments. The complete list can be view below. Game (number of tournaments held in 2013)                League of Legends (7,565)                Dota 2 (5,012)        ...


Gaming's favorite villain is mental illness, and this needs to stop

They don’t swell up or wear a cast or waste away, evoking the sympathy and understanding of those around them. They sit at their cubicles or their home office desks or behind their bathroom mirrors and often suffer in silence. The discussion surrounding mental health can also be invisible. It’s one of the least-understood public health concerns, despite how common mental health problems can be in the population. This lack of open conversation creates an atmosphere in which mental health issues and the people who live with them are stigmatized and made to feel like outsiders, unable to address their concerns with family, friends and coworkers for fear of being ostracized or misunderstood. Where video games fit in Representation is the key to kickstarting discussion, and video games...


These former Infinity Ward devs are making a first-person shooter for VR and mobile

A website for a new game studio made up of developers formerly from Call of Duty studio Infinity Ward, as spotted by IGN, confirms a new first-person shooter is underway for consoles, virtual reality devices and mobile. The new development studio is called Reload Studios and features five industry veterans, four of which who previously had a career with Infinity Ward. This includes founding member James Chung, Taehoon Oh, Pete Blumel, Hougant Chen and former Disney animator Nik Ranieri. There are currently 12 employees in total. "When I first saw what the latest round of VR devices could do, I realized these were not just peripherals but brand new platforms that could transform the way we experience, interact with and create media," reads a statement from Chung in a press release on...


Neversoft closes studio by setting fire to its eyeball

Neversoft, the studio best known for its work on the Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero series, closed its studio today as part of a merger with Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward. To commemorate the closure, the studio fired flaming arrows into its skewered eye logo. Publisher Activision announced in May it was set to retire Neversoft by merging its staff with Infinity Ward. The publisher's CEO Eric Hirshberg said at the time in a company memo that the merger could lead to a "super-studio" within Activision. "As you know, Neversoft and Infinity Ward teamed up for the development of Call of Duty: Ghosts," he said. "Through that process, it became clear that the two studios have very complementary skill sets. Between these two excellent studios, it seemed like a single 'super-studio' could...

Call of Duty Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 10/29/2003
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer Infinity Ward
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    • Publisher Aspyr Media
    • Developer Infinity Ward
  • PlayStation Network
    • Released 12/03/2009
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer Infinity Ward
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 12/02/2009
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer Infinity Ward
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