It's going to be a great Easter for Modern Warfare 2 gamers, and that's official. Robert Bowling, Creative Strategist at Modern Warfare 2 developers Infinity Ward, has [URL="http://twitter.com/fourzerotwo/status/10738022531"]posted confirmation on Twitter[/URL] that for the weekend of April 2nd to 5th there will be double experience points on offer to players using the new maps. Ah yes, the new Modern Warfare 2 maps. The Stimulus Pack, as it is known, is due for release on March 30th. The first downloadable content (DLC) for Modern Warfare 2 players is already causing something of a stir amongst XBox 360 owners. Not so much …

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After [I]Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2[/I] set the bar as to what the franchise could achieve, nobody envied the shoes that Treyarch had been asked to fill with producing the next installment. Their previous involvement and lackluster contributions to the franchise were what Aquaman brought to the table for the Justice League of America. Not anymore, as the studio embarks on the largest launch in Activision history with guns a blazing. [ATTACH]17027[/ATTACH]Treyarch is upping the ante with Black Ops, literally. The studio just released a video highlighting their four new free-for-all modes which will make matches that much more …

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[ATTACH=LEFT]16727[/ATTACH]With the release of[I]Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock[/I] on September 28th, Acitivision has a tall order when it comes to winning back fans of the once coveted trail blazing rhythm guitar phenomenon. The franchise has been stagnant as of late, a redundant vessel too busy with its hands on all utters of the cash cow to realize that it has steadily grown light years behind [I]Rock Band[/I]. [I]Guitar Hero: Van Halen[/I] was an inexcusably lazy mess, so much so that Activision had to bundle it with [I]Guitar Hero 5[/I] to offload its supply. Released on December 22, 2009 and February …

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As is a custom now with the video game pre-orders, Activision released the first pictures today of their Hardened and Prestige collector editions of [I]Call of Duty: Black Ops[/I] today (August 12th). The $79.99 [I]Hardened Edition[/I] includes a copy of the game, a limited edition Black Ops Collector’s Medal with matching display case, four extra co-op maps, an exclusive Black Ops Xbox Live or PS Home avatar outfit, and comes enclosed in a premium SteelBook case. [ATTACH]16635[/ATTACH]The $149.99 [I]Prestige Edition[/I] is great for all the player’s sitting around in fatigues speaking to their friends in the phonetic alphabet. It includes …

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For those of you living with sheets over your windows for the better half of the last year, the record-setting opening day release of Modern Warfare 2 would only be a sign of things to come for a game that would go on to gross over $1 billion dollars since its release back in November of 2009, setting all the industry bars in its wake. Regardless of Modern Warfare’s success, as of June 2010, industry-wide software sales were at $531 million, a 15% decline from last year’s $627 million. In his latest investor report, Michael Pachter, consumer analyst at Wedbush …

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Soundgarden, one of Seattle’s seminal grunge acts, is breaking new ground in the midst of a comeback, and I’m not talking about headlining the main stage at Lollapalooza this Sunday. With the release of their first album in over 10 years on Oct. 5--[I]Telephantasm: A Retrospective[/I]--the grizzled 90s vets are smashing video game industry guitars on their way back to center stage. [ATTACH]16372[/ATTACH]In conjunction with Activision’s new [I]Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock[/I], due out on Sept. 28, Soundgarden will be bundling their latest album with the initial million shipments of the game, marking the first time a retail CD has …

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Big bucks, no whammies, and STARCRAFT II! At least that’s Activision Blizzard CEO’s Bobby Kotick’s take. According to a recent [I]Wall Street Journal[/I] interview with Kotick, Activision Blizzard has exceeded an already belt-busting budget of $100 million on their soon-to-be industry-leading cash cow. Released in March of 1998, the science fiction real-time strategy (RTS) game StarCraft would go on to take the world by storm, changing the landscape of all things to come out of the RTS genre and forever leaving a dent in Korean productivity. It would later move on to take Game of the Year accolades from many …

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You might be forgiven for thinking that Activision would be more than just a little pleased with game developers Infinity Ward which is responsible for the Call of Duty franchise, and which Activision acquired back in 2003. Forgiven, but wrong. Modern Warfare 2 is more than a game, it's [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story252883.html"]the most successful and profitable video game ever[/URL] sold. Since hitting the shelves in November 2009, Modern Warfare 2 has sold more than 15 million copies and earned owners an amazing $3 billion is sales. yes, you read that right, $3 billion! It makes that [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story263971.html"]$41,000 NES game[/URL] look positively cheap. …

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