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Why Microsoft Should Acquire A Major Game Publisher

Why Microsoft Should Acquire A Major Game Publisher

Microsoft’s success in the gaming market has been nothing short of astounding. From starting out as a company with little knowledge about how the market works to becoming the leading console maker for over a year, Microsoft has cemented itself as a major player.

However, the one thing the company is missing right now is a deep first-party game lineup. 343 Industries will undoubtedly help with the Halo 4 launch, and every now and then, something good comes out of Microsoft Game Studios, but I think it’s about time the software giant acquires a major publisher.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II theme song composed by Trent Reznor

Call of Duty: Black Ops II theme song composed by Trent Reznor

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is probably going to be the biggest game of the year, so it's only appropriate that Activision finds some big names to attach to the game's development. One of these big names is Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor, who has composed the theme song for the highly-anticipated military shooter. Apparently, the tune is an "aggressively sounding" rock arrangement, which should fit well with Black Ops II's gritty gameplay and style.

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Call of Duty hits free online play in China

Call of Duty hits free online play in China

This week China has been announced to be getting a healthy dose of none other than Activision's hit shooter game Call of Duty for completely free online play. This game will be "free-to-play" entirely online and Activision will be using this move to expand their footprint across Asia. They'll be partnering with Tencent Holdings Limited, a group that provides Internet and wireless services across the nation, with them having exclusive license to operate Call of Duty online throughout China.

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Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 might head to Wii U

Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 might head to Wii U

Forget the new touchscreen controller. Forget the fact that Nintendo will finally offer HD graphics in a video game console. And you can even forget the new online community Miiverse. All of those things are irrelevant if the Wii U doesn't manage to bring significant third-party support and blockbuster franchises that have helped deliver success to its rival consoles.

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Activision/Bungie legal documents oust potential PS4, Xbox 720 dates

Activision/Bungie legal documents oust potential PS4, Xbox 720 dates

If you're curious about when the next-generation Microsoft and Sony consoles will be coming out, well lucky for you someone decided to read through page after page of boring legal jargon to find the Activision and Bungie may have ousted potential launch date windows for each platform. Activision and Bungie have firmed up plans to forge a publishing deal together, and as a complete formality they have to submit legal paperwork about the terms of the joint partnership.

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Treyarch Call of Duty Black Ops II doesn’t need new engine

Treyarch Call of Duty Black Ops II doesn’t need new engine

The next version of Call of Duty will run on the same old engine as many of its predecessors. The Call of Duty franchise has been running on the IW3.0 engine since 2007, with the exception of Modern Warfare 2, which used IW4.0. But don't expect a major under-the-hood overhaul for Black Ops II. But that doesn't mean it won't still be an amazing experience, the developer says.

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Sony PS3 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 bundle announced

Sony PS3 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 bundle announced

Even though Call of Duty publisher Activision is in bed with Microsoft and gives the Xbox 360 all kinds of early and exclusive content, Sony has decided to show that it still loves the company, and the call of Duty franchise, and will be offering a special edition version of the PS3 designed specifically to target fans of the quintessential first-person shooter franchise.

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Nielsen finds Call of Duty’s social presence swells 4X after Black Ops II

Nielsen finds Call of Duty’s social presence swells 4X after Black Ops II

The media tracking firm Nielsen had an interesting idea - it decided to track the social reach of Activision's Call of Duty franchise before and after the company announced its latest title, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. It found that in just the span of two days, the amount of tweets, Facebook messages, YouTube videos, blog postings, and message board postings related to Call of Duty increased four-fold.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 landing on November 13th

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 landing on November 13th

Activision has officially announced the next game in the Call of Duty series, Black Ops 2. It’s the successor to the massively popular Black Ops, originally released in November 2010 and quickly becoming the fastest selling game in US history. It’s also the best selling game of all time in the US, UK, and Europe with 25 million sales. As for Black Ops 2, it’s pegged for a November 13th release, just in time for the holiday season.

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Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II gets trailer

Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II gets trailer

Activision has just confirmed that the next entry in the Call of Duty series will be Call of Duty: Black Ops II. It will be a sequel to the game that set global sales records just a couple years ago. Developer Treyarch, which was responsible for the first Black Ops title, has also been confirmed to be at the helm of the technical side of this new project. The new trailer was revealed on TV tonight during the NBA playoffs.

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