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It's the end of an era. In a new post made on the World of Warcraft website, Blizzard announced that the Battle.net name is being pushed aside. From now on, the company will begin transitioning its front-facing services to ones that begin with the name "Blizzard", such as Blizzard Voice and Blizzard Streaming, which have already been revealed. When launched twenty years ago, Battle.net was setup to become an integral service for all forthcoming Blizzard titles. It was in effect the portal that allowed people to play their favorite Blizzard titles together, with the original Diablo becoming the first to make use of it on November 30, 1996. The biggest reasons for Blizzard's decision? One is the... Read more...
Following months of intense anticipation, Destiny players can finally geek it up with the game's newest expansion: Rise of Iron. While it's been said that RoI is not quite as large as The Taken King was, players shouldn't be at a loss of things to do for quite a while. If you pushed hard to hit a Light Level of 335 prior to the launch of Rise of Iron, prepare to weep as it's now unimpressive. As of today, the maximum Light Level becomes 385, and as soon as Bungie decides to release the Heroic version of the new raid, it'll jump to 400. Speaking of raid, because no one is going to be an appropriate Light Level for the new raid right now, Bungie is holding off on releasing it for a couple of days.... Read more...
Streaming is big business, and almost every developer and gamer wants in. For gamers, this couldn't be more true than with Blizzard's portfolio of games. Games like World of Warcraft and Overwatch are full of moments well-worth streaming, so in the latest version of Blizzard's own game client the company has built new streaming options right in. Unfortunately for many gamers, Blizzard's streaming platform of choice is Facebook. While Facebook itself would love for its own social network to become the de facto place for streaming, it's a website that tries to cater to everyone and everything and thus it hasn't had great success attracting hardcore game streamers that don't care for all of the... Read more...
While the world's leading GPU vendors can't seem to get enough of 4K resolutions, making sure to promote it with the release of each new top-end model in recent years, those who've discovered ultrawide resolutions tend to just not care about it. The reasons for that can be explained with simple math. At 21:9, ultrawide monitors can increase what you see in a game by just over 30% compared to 16:9 (4K, 1080p, etc) models. That benefit ties into a second one: even the mammoth resolution of 3440x1440 (as is equipped with Acer's incredible Predator X34) has just 2/3rds the pixels of 4K, meaning that you not only see more of your game, it'll perform a lot better, too. Acer's Predator X34... Read more...
If there was any doubt about Activision's interest in eSports, it was squashed this past January when the company acquired Major League Gaming - MLG for short - for $46 million. Furthering its love for all things competitive gaming is a brand-new eSports network that runs through its MLG.tv Web portal. Oh - things are going to be getting good. At the IAB Digital Content NewFronts 2016 conference, Activision showed off "EVE". No, not the game, but 'Enhanced Viewing Experience', an HD video stream that delivers a wealth of statistics during a match. The network's host is Chris Pucket, someone who has a ton of experience in the eSports realm, from both the gaming and broadcasting standpoint. Activision... Read more...
When can you pretty much guarantee that the multiplayer part of a certain game is more popular than its single-player campaign? When the publisher decides to release an MP-only "starter pack", of course. That's exactly what Activision has just done with Call of Duty: Black Ops III. It's no secret that the Call of Duty series is one of the most popular destinations for gaming on Earth, with each release selling in quantities that are enviable by every other developer and publisher out there. So why, then, would Activision risk hurting its sales by releasing an MP-only pack? By stripping many features and capping the level - those crafty buggers! But what else can we expect for the asking price... Read more...
According to an eSports tracking website, Activision has just purchased "substantially all" of the assets belonging to Major League Gaming. At the moment, this should be considered a rumor, as only a single source has information on it. However, the "proof" does look quite convincing. If the information is accurate, Activision will have paid a total of $46,000,000 to absorb MLG. That's a hefty sum, but apparently worth it to a company that wants to make a major impact on the market. It's increasingly becoming evident that many game publishers would rather run their own events than partake in someone else's. Valve has seen major success running its own show with Dota 2, and the same goes for Riot... Read more...
The Call of Duty series might not be for everyone, but every time Activision releases a new live-action video, I feel like it'd be a movie that many people would enjoy. They're simply well-put-together, and fun. The latest one, for Advanced Warfare, is no exception. Called "Discover Your Power", this video showcases many of the abilities and items you'll have at your perusal, such as super jumping, on-the-fly ziplines, threat grenades, and also vehicles. Here's what Activision has to say about the video, "Suit up and unleash the raw power of the advanced soldier in the live action trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Directed by Peter Berg and starring Taylor Kitsch and Emily Ratajkowski,... Read more...
It seems that not only were people interested in purchasing Destiny that amounted to $325 million in worldwide sales within its first five, but also watching it. According to Activision, Destiny content was watched by 5 million unique viewers on Twitch during its first week. This means that not only is Destiny the best-selling new video game IP so far, but also when it comes to being viewed on Twitch. Activision also revealed that nearly 240 million minutes were spent watching Destiny streams and had nearly 20 million views during the game’s launch week on the streaming service. "Our community has always blown us away with their desire to share, entertain, and inspire," said Bungie community... Read more...
Despite mixed reviews from game critics, Destiny’s sales have been great for Activision and Bungie. Activision announced today that the persistent online FPS title has sold-through over $325 million worldwide during its first five days since it was released on September 11. Activision also revealed that Destiny players had logged in more than 100 million hours within the first week and participated in 137 million activities. "Destiny fans played more than 100 million hours of the game in the first week. That's on par with the engagement levels of our most popular Call of Duty games, which obviously is an industry leader," said Activision Publishing ceo Eric Hirshberg. "Millions... Read more...
If you haven’t noticed by now, all of the Destiny trailers have been focused on PlayStation and, more recently, showcasing all of the exclusive content that will be available on Sony’s PlayStation consoles. However, Microsoft UK isn’t going to sit back and let people think that Destiny is only coming to the PS3 and PS4. To generate awareness that Destiny is also available on the Xbox One and Xbox 360, Microsoft UK has begun its own unofficial advertising campaign with Destiny Fragrance. Heading over to DestinyFragrance.com brings up a cheeky little picture of a perfume bottle with the word “Destiny” on it and the Xbox logo. In addition, there is a message that reads,... Read more...
Last month, we were given a quick preview of what to expect from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's multiplayer, and given the introduction of a power jump, it became clear that the game wasn't going to be typical CoD fare. With the just-released "deep dive" trailer, we can really see that this is the case. In fact, multiplayer in Advanced Warfare is so different from previous titles, that diehard fans might even have trouble warming up to it. For starters, a major mechanic in Advanced Warfare is "Boost", which consists of Jump (which we talked about in the last post), Dodge, Slide, Dash, and Slam. With Dodge, you can burst a short distance in any direction, while Dash allows you to change directions... Read more...
There was never any doubt that Bungie's Destiny was going to be anything other than a major hit, but some proof of that has trickled out today: The game has become GameStop's most pre-ordered new IP in history. To celebrate this milestone, and also to help kick off Gamescom 2014, a competitive multiplayer trailer has been released, seen below. The trailer highlights a number of different competitive multiplayer modes, with something sure to suit your playstyle (assuming you like player-versus-player combat, of course). The game's version of Deathmatch is called Rumble, while Team Deathmatch is called Clash. Neither of these modes include vehicles from what I can tell; for that, the Combined Arms... Read more...
We were given our first preview of Sledgehammer Games' second Call of Duty title, Advanced Warefare, back in May, so to say a multiplayer preview is a little overdue at this point would be a huge understatement. Well, that preview is here, and it comes to us in the form of a trailer. It looks like CoD fans are going to get a lot more of what they love, while CoD haters will get more fuel for their fire. Like CoD: Ghosts, Advanced Warfare will have evolving levels, usually caused by something catastrophic, like an explosion, or a barrier breaking and letting an ocean's worth of water through. I loved the levels in Ghosts that had these mechanics, and am pleased to see that Advanced Warfare looks... Read more...
At some point, the world is probably going to begin to suffer from a mental overload concerning Call of Duty titles. Even now, it's becoming fairly tough to keep track of them all across all of the various platforms. That said, it's still a premier franchise, and we doubt the wind will be taken out of the sails in the near future. For CoD loyalists who jump at the chance to see anything new, there's an official gameplay demo on YouTube that glorifies some of the new graphical elements found in Call of Duty: Black Ops II Apocalypse. This one represents Treyarch's fourth and final DLC map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Among other things, you'll find two all-new Multiplayer Maps, two re-imagined... Read more...
Infinity Ward's highly anticipated Call of Duty: Ghosts comes out on November 5, 2013, which is 10 days before Sony's PlayStation 4 (PS4) console will be available in the U.S. and Canada. If the thought of waiting a week and a half to play Ghosts is just too much bear, Activision comes to the rescue with a $10 upgrade offer so you don't have to skip a beat. It's pretty simple. Gamers who purchase Ghosts on PlayStation 3 (PS3) will be able to upgrade their copy to a PS4 version for $10. Full details will be offered in the weeks to come, but in the meantime, you can rest easy knowing that you won't have to pay full price for Ghosts all over again if you're planning to hop on the PS4 when it comes... Read more...
Tired of crappy console ports that have been lazily transferred over to PC? So are we, which is why we're thrilled Infinity Ward plans to give its upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts game a bit of additional TLC for Windows. Set to launch on November 5, 2013, Ghosts will be available on Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and Xbox 360, along with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 when they come out, making it the first Call of Duty game available on next generation consoles. Be that as it may, it will look best on the PC. Ghosts will be the tenth main installment in the CoD franchise and the sixth developed by Infinity Ward. Previous PC ports by Infinity Ward used the same graphics assets as the Xbox 360 and... Read more...
When video games hit the mainstream news, it’s usually just more fuel for the tired “Do games increase violence?” debate. But a new study focuses on games from an entirely different angle: how action games affect “cognitive flexibility.” The finding suggest that certain action games – like Blizzard's StarCraft – might actually help players improve their cognitive capabilities in the real world. If you haven’t printed out this article yet so you can show your spouse, get on it. StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm. Image credit: Blizzard Researchers Brian D. Glass, W. Todd Maddox, and Bradley C. Love published their findings in an article on the online... Read more...
Gaming has changed a lot over the years, primarily due to our reliance on the cloud, broadband Internet connections, and the seemingly never-ending desire for more, more, more. Replay value has taken on an entirely new meaning, and for developers, they're able to squeeze more revenue out of existing titles on the shelf. Call of Duty needs no introduction, and those hooked on Black Ops II will find themselves hard-pressed to keep their credit card at bay due to a new DLC available today. Black Ops II Vengeance is now available to download for PlayStation 3 and PC, bringing four new Multiplayer Maps, including the return of a re-imagined Multiplayer classic, an all-new epic Zombies chapter and... Read more...
The CEO of Activision Blizzard Bobby Kotick announced this morning that he would lead an investor buyout of the company worth approximately $8.2 billion dollars. The move would free Blactivision (how has this moniker never caught on?) to become an independent publisher and free it from the clutches of Vivendi, the evil French entertainment conglomerate. Vivendi has reportedly been attempting to sell Activision Blizzard for years, due to an apparent hatred of actually turning a profit, given than the game developer owns some of the most popular franchises on Earth. Kotick, otherwise known as Satan (if you think I'm kidding, hie thee to Google and type "Bobby Kotick is a" in the search bar and... Read more...
It's pretty tough to sell gaming consoles when major game developers are shunning your system, and Nintendo is actually facing such a threat with the Wii U. Facing tough reviews, half-baked software and general confusion on whether the Wii U is simply a spec-bumped Wii, Nintendo found out in May that Electronic Arts would not be working the Wii U into its forthcoming development cycles. In other words, major next-gen titles from EA wouldn't be produced for the Wii U; only the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. The biggest fear, of course, is if such a move triggered a wave of followers. Nintendo has surely been on pins and needles as it waits, but today some good news came down the pike. Activision... Read more...
One of the best things about any Game Developers Conference is that it's where much of the interesting tech soon to hit our video games is first shown off. It's no surprise, then, that it's been the place to be for advanced character rendering and of course, the Holy Grail of them all, facial animation. While facial animation has come a long way over the years (L.A. Noire was an outstanding example), we've hardly seen a perfect example. In our opinion, though, Activision's demo at this week's GDC could be the closest we've ever come to that. It's again not perfect, but at certain points in the demo video, you may just be freaked out by the realistic reactions of the character. This... Read more...
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