Game News & Features
Former dictator of Panama sues Activision over Call of Duty: Black Ops II
NEWS (Posted on: 07/16/2014)
I’ve written about many a video game-related lawsuit in my day, but this? This takes the cake in oddness.
As those of you who played Call of Duty: Black Ops II may recall, there was a mission in... [more+]
Angered Call of Duty player’s prank call leads police to kid who beat him
NEWS (Posted on: 04/24/2014)
It’s always frustrating when something stupid happens in the real world because of gamers, and this week something especially stupid, and potentially dangerous, happened when a Call of Duty player’s... [more+]
Treyarch teases new COD: Black Ops II content with 'Origins' trailer
NEWS (Posted on: 08/07/2013)
With the recent release of Call of Duty: Black Ops II’s Vengeance DLC, and the unveiling of COD: Ghosts’ next-gen multiplayer next week, it has been widely thought that Treyarch was done... [more+]
Promotional materials for rumored COD: Black Ops II 'Vengeance' DLC emerge
NEWS (Posted on: 06/18/2013)
Activision has confirmed that "Vegeance" is indeed the third piece of DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Below you'll find an embed of the official trailer.
Video Permalink: http://youtu.be/O-78MwnAAXI
Retail listings may out new Call of Duty title, 'COD: Ghosts'
NEWS (Posted on: 04/24/2013)
It’s possible British retailer Tesco, along with U.S. retailer Target, accidently revealed this year’s entry in the Call of Duty series.
A product listing appeared on Tesco’s website,... [more+]
Call of Duty PR rep caught syphoning thousands from Activision
NEWS (Posted on: 04/24/2013)
Maintaining good public relations with gamers tends to be one of the biggest challenges faced by many large publishers and developers in today's gaming landscape. Justifying shareholder-driven decisions... [more+]
Activision and Treyarch confirm Call of Duty: Black Ops II 'Uprising' DLC
NEWS (Posted on: 04/04/2013)
Surprise, surprise. The leak from earlier this week was legit after all. Today, Activision and Treyarch officially announced the next offering of DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, "Uprising",... [more+]
Rumor: Call of Duty: Black Ops II 'Uprising' DLC is coming April 16
NEWS (Posted on: 04/02/2013)
If the latest of rumors pertaining to Call of Duty is to be believed, then the next pack of downloadable content for Black Ops II is coming in two weeks, sporting the name ‘Uprising’.
Microsoft releases Xbox LIVE Marketplace DLC, Arcade, and February deals schedule
NEWS (Posted on: 02/12/2013)
Microsoft's Major Nelson today published the schedule of upcoming DLC for the Xbox LIVE marketplace, including new releases, additions to the Games on Demand service, and game discounts.
Activision and Xbox partner for the first annual $1 million Call of Duty Championship
NEWS (Posted on: 02/01/2013)
Activision announced today the first annual Call of Duty Championship. Sponsored by Xbox, the eSport event features a $1 million purse shared between 32-teams in a Call of Duty: Black Ops II tournament.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II 'Revolution' DLC map pack gameplay trailer and screenshots
NEWS (Posted on: 01/29/2013)
'Revolution', the first DLC Map Pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, is "one of the most robust and diverse DLC offerings in Call of Duty history."
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Revolution DLC... [more+]
Activision gives back to the U.S. Armed Forces, providing free copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops II
NEWS (Posted on: 01/28/2013)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II might not have won any awards at this years' VGA ceremonies, but that doesn't mean it's a flop; the game reached $500 million in gross sales in just 24 hours after... [more+]
GameDynamo's Best Games of 2012
SPECIAL (Posted on: 01/14/2013)
Welcome to GameDynamo's 2012 Video Game Awards! The industry has exploded. Mobile games come out every day. The indie scene is in its best moment right now. Digital delivery is starting to come into... [more+]
Activision reveals the 'Revolution Map Pack' DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops II; details trailer inside
NEWS (Posted on: 01/09/2013)
The first map pack is on its way for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Activision today announced the Revolution Map Pack DLC, which includes four new multiplayer maps, a new Zombies co-op map, and, most excitingly,... [more+]
Holiday Shopping Guide 2012: Video Games for Gamers of all Kinds
FEATURE (Posted on: 12/14/2012)
Looking to find the perfect game for yourself or your loved one? Here are a bunch of great video game choices, all released in 2012 and highly successful. There's something for everyone, so just... [more+]
November U.S. game sales down 11%; Black Ops II, Halo 4, and Assassin's Creed III headline
NEWS (Posted on: 12/07/2012)
NPD released its November U.S. video game sales numbers, and while they weren't nearly as dismaying as October's stats, the industry's retail sales still fell by some 11% (to $2.55 billion)... [more+]
Xbox LIVE Gold is free this weekend in most regions
NEWS (Posted on: 11/30/2012)
Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson, announced through his blog that Xbox LIVE Gold is free all weekend long in most regions.
From Thursday, November 29, 2012 through Sunday, December 2, if... [more+]
Report: Call of Duty: Black Ops II's first-year sales could be down 15% from previous years
NEWS (Posted on: 11/29/2012)
Yesterday, I ran a piece in which Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick expressed doubts about the annual nature of the COD franchise, stating that fans could very well become "tired" of... [more+]
Black Ops II's Nuketown 2025 taken down then reinstated after fan outrage; Open 24/7 replaced by Chaos Moshpit
NEWS (Posted on: 11/20/2012)
Fan outrage (or "fanrage", if you'd prefer) broke out yesterday when Call of Duty: Black Ops II's Nuketown 2025 map was removed from online play. But, as a testament to the power of... [more+]
Call of Duty: Black Ops II grosses more than $500 million in its first 24 hours
NEWS (Posted on: 11/16/2012)
According to Chart-Track, retail customer sell-through information, and internal company estimates, Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops II has generated over $500 million in in sales in the first... [more+]
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Presentation in Madrid, Spain - Event Highlights
FEATURE (Posted on: 11/14/2012)
On November 12th, Activision and Treyarch invited us to an exciting event under the starry sky of Madrid, at a former industrial area where they hosted the official presentation of... [more+]
Some Call of Duty: Black Ops II installation discs for PC contain Mass Effect 2 files
NEWS (Posted on: 11/13/2012)
Watching the video below, one thing is very, very clear: somewhere along the line, somebody goofed. The user who posted it clearly inserted disc 2 for Call of Duty: Black Ops II into his laptop. That... [more+]
Call of Duty: Black Ops II's 'Security & Enforcement Policy' outlines ban-worthy offenses
NEWS (Posted on: 11/12/2012)
Activision and Treyarch have released their official stance on what they'll do to your account if "you are a bad person doing bad things" in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Earlier today, Game... [more+]
Nuketown Zombies bonus map for COD: Black Ops II is coming to Season Pass subscribers starting in December
NEWS (Posted on: 11/12/2012)
Activision and Treyarch announced today that the Nuketown map for Call of Duty: Black Ops II's Zombies, not to be confused with the Nuketown 2025 map for competitive multiplayer, will be made available... [more+]
A new season of Call of Duty Elite TV starts November 13; CODETV trailer inside
NEWS (Posted on: 11/09/2012)
Treyarch and Activision today announced that a new season of Call of Duty Elite TV starts November 13.
This year, the service will be completely free, connecting the community through the best gameplay... [more+]
Call of Duty: Black Ops II will allow players to live-stream gameplay through YouTube
NEWS (Posted on: 11/08/2012)
For many gamers, there is only one thing better than rocking at a game, and that's letting others watch them be awesome. For those gamers, Call of Duty: Black Ops II is their utopia, their Shangri-La,... [more+]
Call of Duty: Black Ops II's Nuketown 2025 trailer details the revamped map
NEWS (Posted on: 11/01/2012)
Activision and Treyarch are just days away from launching Call of Duty: Black Ops II. As a reminder to players that they can get exclusive access to the Nuketown 2025 map by pre-ordering the game,... [more+]
Call of Duty: Black Ops II live-action 'Surprise' trailer; Guy Ritchie directs, Downey Jr. brings jet to gun fight
NEWS (Posted on: 10/29/2012)
Two weeks from now, starting November 13, millions of gamers from around the world will pick up Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
In order to kick off the launch celebrations in style, Activision has... [more+]
Call of Duty: Black Ops II launch trailer now playing
NEWS (Posted on: 10/16/2012)
Activision and Treyarch have released the launch trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops II ahead of the game's upcoming November 13, 2012 worldwide release.
In addition to AC/DC's "Back in... [more+]
Activision making its COD ELITE service available for free for Call of Duty: Black Ops II
NEWS (Posted on: 10/15/2012)
Besides its near-futuristic spin on warfare, Call of Duty: Black Ops II will bring another first to the series: it won't charge players for the Call of Duty Elite service, Activision announced today.... [more+]
Treyarch and Activision reveal Call of Duty: Black Ops II achievements
NEWS (Posted on: 09/27/2012)
I've got some good news for all you COD fans: multiplayer achievements are making a comeback in Black Ops II. Today saw a full list of achievements for the title released by Xbox360Achievements.org,... [more+]
Hardened and Care Package editions revealed for Call of Duty: Black Ops II
NEWS (Posted on: 08/28/2012)
We have since received an official press release from Activision with a nice set of feature bullet lists for each of the editions, including the PC Digital Deluxe Edition:
CARE PACKAGE... [more+]
Call of Duty: Black Ops II multiplayer reveal trailer shows us drones are dandy but hatchets are quicker
NEWS (Posted on: 08/07/2012)
Finally, Activision has released the first glimpse at the multiplayer side of Treyarch's upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops II. As cool as the blown out ruins, drone-laden skies, and mech-strewn... [more+]
Analysts raise concerns that the Call of Duty franchise may have peaked
NEWS (Posted on: 08/06/2012)
Following Activision Blizzard's second quarter earning's report, Ben Schachter of Macquarie Securities said something that many people have probably been thinking for a while: "we have significant... [more+]
Vivendi courting Tencent, Time Warner, and Microsoft as possible suitors for Activision Blizzard
NEWS (Posted on: 07/11/2012)
Vivendi is looking to sell, and it's not looking like it'll have any trouble finding buyers. According to several unnamed sources, the French media/telecom conglomerate began testing the waters... [more+]
The villain of Call of Duty: Black Ops II revealed in new trailer
NEWS (Posted on: 07/10/2012)
Treyarch has revealed a bit more information about Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and the first look at the game's uber-villain, Raul Menendez, "the most insidious villain in Call of Duty history."
Fan-favorite Nuketown map gets re-tooled for 21st Century warfare in Call of Duty: Black Ops II
NEWS (Posted on: 07/03/2012)
For many, the Nuketown map was where the best action was at in Call of Duty: Black Ops' multiplayer mode. Activision is aware of this, and, in an attempt to please the fans, Treyarch will be bringing... [more+]
Rumor: Call of Duty: Black Ops II may be on its way to Wii U
NEWS (Posted on: 06/11/2012)
Rumors have been on the wind of late. Rumors regarding Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and if they're to be believed, then it possible that the game may heading to Wii U. This would be the smart thing... [more+]
Microsoft Announces Black Ops 2 and Resident Evil 6 DLC Exclusivity
NEWS (Posted on: 06/04/2012)
As you well know, Activision’s got a deal with Microsoft regarding Call of Duty: Black Ops. Deal is, whenever there’s new DLC for the game, it hits Microsoft’s platforms first,... [more+]
E3 2012: Microsoft Press Conference - Highlights, Images, and Videos
FEATURE (Posted on: 06/04/2012)
Featuring games, both hardcore and casual, and partnerships for their Xbox 360 console with companies such as Nike and Nickelodeon, and even a performance by Usher, the Xbox E3 Media Briefing offered... [more+]
Lautering Bytes Podcast - Ep. 32: One Year Later, 20 Percent Cooler
FEATURE (Posted on: 05/18/2012)
Lautering Bytes Podcast feed:
May 18, 2012 (50.70 MB)Duration: 55:22 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZEp. 32: One Year Later, 20 Percent Cooler
Court filings uncover 'Project Icebreaker', Activision's systematic approach to finding dirt on Infinity Ward's West and Zampella
NEWS (Posted on: 05/17/2012)
The legal affair between Activision and Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward just got uglier.
According to Giant Bomb, court filings are saying that the publisher inaugurated an initiative known as... [more+]
Activision pays Infinity Ward Employee Group $42 million ahead of formal trial
NEWS (Posted on: 05/15/2012)
After reviewing evidence in its upcoming case against its former employees, Activision has given $42 million dollars to a group of former employees from Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward.
The payment,... [more+]
Are Treyarch and Activision bypassing Infinity Ward with Black Ops II's futuristic setting?
NEWS (Posted on: 05/08/2012)
With Activision announcing Call of Duty: Black Ops II last week, its futuristic setting surprised many, in particular Infinity Ward.
Two years ago, a row between Infinity Ward and Activision... [more+]
First Call of Duty: Black Ops II screenshots show off new tech and utter destruction
NEWS (Posted on: 05/03/2012)
The first batch of official screenshots for Call of Duty: Black Ops II were just delivered to our inbox. The six images depict what happens when you accidentally hand the keys of destructive new technology... [more+]
Zombies mode for Black Ops II teased through Twitter pic
NEWS (Posted on: 05/03/2012)
Without any doubt, the biggest news story around the Gamersphere these last few days was the reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops II (though today's announcements of The Elder Scrolls Online and... [more+]
COD: Black Ops II first details; release date, branching storylines, new graphics, and Zombies reborn
NEWS (Posted on: 05/02/2012)
As you all must know by now, Call of Duty: Black Ops II was officially revealed yesterday by Treyarch and Activision. Today, the first set of hard details were released, giving us a better idea... [more+]
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 confirmed early
NEWS (Posted on: 05/01/2012)
Tonight, during the NBA Playoffs on TNT, Activision is set to reveal the next entry in the Call of Duty franchise. Of course, as is so often the case with worldwide releases of massive games, the... [more+]
Call of Duty: Black Ops II reveal trailer
NEWS (Posted on: 05/01/2012)
Activision and Treyarch have just released the worldwide reveal trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
It looks like we're indeed headed into the near future; a neo-Cold War where anyone can... [more+]
Next Call of Duty reveal coming May 1; further proof that it's Black Ops 2 uncovered
NEWS (Posted on: 04/23/2012)
Activision currently has a countdown timer up on CallOfDuty.com teasing the May 1 world reveal for the next Call of Duty. During the NBA Playoffs, the world premier trailer / advert will be unveiled.
Spanish media retailer lists Call of Duty: Black Ops 2; confirms November 2012 release
NEWS (Posted on: 03/01/2012)
While Activision has yet to confirm the existence of a sequel to Call of Duty: Black Ops, evidence has been popping up, such as Activision buying the domain name blackops2.com and the game being listed... [more+]
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 supposedly outed through Amazon.fr listing
NEWS (Posted on: 02/17/2012)
Evidently, GameBlog.fr has been blacklisted by Activision for publishing this news and not removing it when asked to do so. If true, this is obviously a very risky (not to mention unethical)... [more+]
Activision picks up Black Ops 2 domain, while COD ELITE apps for iOS and Android have been dated
NEWS (Posted on: 01/09/2012)
Two bits of news-related goodies for you Call of Duty fans out there.
First up, it has been reported by Fusible that Activision has purchased the domain name blackops2.com, implying that a... [more+]
Activision confirms development of next Call of Duty
NEWS (Posted on: 11/09/2011)
There’s a new Call of Duty coming next year... but you probably figured that out already.
Yesterday, in a quarterly financial statement, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick stated, "As we focus... [more+]