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When Should a Developer Step In?

When Should a Developer Step In?

With the holiday spirit in full effect, and people talking about giving gifts to everyone they know, and hopefully receiving gifts from everyone they know, I realized that I've been thinking a lot about developer Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops. Why? Because a few comments in our recent stories about the poor connectivity for online sessions, and the fact that some people expect something from either Treyarch, or publisher Activision, have made me start wondering if that's actually an option. When should a developer step in, and start proactively trying to make those who purchased their title happy? After all, the plan that just buying the game would make them happy isn't working out. So, if there's a next step, what should it be?

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Activision Sues Former Infinity Ward Heads AND Electronic Arts (EA)

Activision Sues Former Infinity Ward Heads AND Electronic Arts (EA)

Harsh! Looks like Activision is taking a lawsuit it's filed with former Infinity Ward heads Vince Zampella and Jason West to another level by amending their complaint to include EA as well. This complaint amendment was written and sent out yesterday to the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles, the original claim being filed way back in April. Activision alleges that these two former Infinity Ward fellows along with EA secretly discussed (way back into July 2009) the possibility of creating an independent game studio, and in doing so, would both end the Call of Duty line of warfare games and drain Activision of it's talent.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Gets New 1.05 Patch, Continues to Try and Fix Multiplayer

Call of Duty: Black Ops Gets New 1.05 Patch, Continues to Try and Fix Multiplayer

The patches just keep on coming. Despite the fact that Treyarch has said in the past that it tends to take a month before patches can be issued to consoles, here's patch 1.05 just one week after 1.04 landed on the PlayStation 3. Despite the hot fix that was also released earlier in the week, Treyarch seems to be at a constant race to try and make the multiplayer experience what they wanted it to be, right out of the gate. Unfortunately for PlayStation 3 owners especially, that just hasn't been the case.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Passes $1 Billion in Sales Worldwide

Call of Duty: Black Ops Passes $1 Billion in Sales Worldwide

Since the release of publisher Activision and developer Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops, the companies have watched as their title steadily look over sales records, and sold millions of copies all over the world. In a matter of five days, the title had managed to pull in $650 million in total sales. And now, with the game's first downloadable content for the Xbox 360 coming February 1st, Activision is happy to announce that the game is still selling like hot cakes.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops First Strike DLC for Xbox 360 Landing February 1

Call of Duty: Black Ops First Strike DLC for Xbox 360 Landing February 1

It hasn't been a secret that Microsoft has a deal with all of the right people to carry the first downloadable content for the mega-hit that is Call of Duty: Black Ops, but perhaps it's the timing of the announcement that seems like it might rub all of those players on other systems, like Sony's PlayStation 3. Courtesy of Major Nelson's latest podcast, it's been confirmed that the first DLC for Black Ops, entitled First Strike, will indeed be coming to the Xbox 360 first, and it's launching on February 1st.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Gets Hotfix for Online Connectivity

Call of Duty: Black Ops Gets Hotfix for Online Connectivity

Yesterday, we reported that despite the best efforts from developer Treyarch, it looked like owners of the recently released game Call of Duty: Black Ops for Sony's PlayStation 3 were still seeing some major issues with network connectivity. Namely, while it wasn't the best connection possible right when the game released, it's actually been getting worse as each new patch was downloaded to consoles. The latest patch, v1.04, was the worst of the bunch it seemed, and many gamers for the PS3 had been voicing their opinions on the official Black Ops forums. Late last night, Treyarch's Community Manager Josh Olin stepped in, and came forward to respond to some "suggestions" in the forum, as well as announce that a hotfix had been released.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Receives Patch, Infuriates PS3 Owners

Call of Duty: Black Ops Receives Patch, Infuriates PS3 Owners

Despite the fact that the same game may be released on multiple consoles, that doesn't necessarily mean that specific console owners are getting the same experience that others are getting. It's become a well known, and much-maligned, belief that the Microsoft Xbox 360 version of the recently released Call of Duty: Black Ops is the superior edition, while the PC and PlayStation 3 variations got the shaft, more or less. To drive this point home, PS3 owners have been vocal about the deteriorating condition of their games, even with each new patch that developer Treyarch releases.

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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Breaks Record, Sells 3.3 Million Copies in 24 Hours

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Breaks Record, Sells 3.3 Million Copies in 24 Hours

There are a few properties in the entertainment market that are expected to have huge releases. That includes the newest Call of Duty game, as well as the newest installment to the Gran Turismo franchise. Both of those games managed to sell a ridiculous amount of copies, with Call of Duty: Black Ops destroying entertainment records on its own. One other franchise is just as anticipated, and when a new game launches, everyone knows that huge numbers are going to be racked up. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm didn't disappoint.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Hits $650 Million in 5 Days

Call of Duty: Black Ops Hits $650 Million in 5 Days

In a formal announcement that some probably saw coming from a mile away, Activision announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops has continued to break records, and has officially managed to rake in $650 million worth of sales in the first five days of being on sale. It would be impressive enough to be just another video game record, but just as they did with the first record breaking 24 hours, this breaks entertainment records as a whole.

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Bungie Developing Title for Activision to Launch on Major Consoles and PC

Bungie Developing Title for Activision to Launch on Major Consoles and PC

There's no doubt that publisher Activision has been on a bit of a roll as of late, especially with mega-hits like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and more recently, Call of Duty: Black Ops breaking records in the entertainment market. But, that's obviously not going to stop them from focusing on the future, and one way to make sure that you have a strong library of titles coming down the pipe is to secure strong developers. Bungie, the makers of Halo, were picked up by Activision not too long ago, and now it looks like Bungie's ready to go multi-platform, more than likely thanks to a big push from Activision.

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