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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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Call of Duty: Black Ops Rakes in $360 Million in First 24 Hours, Breaks Records

Call of Duty: Black Ops Rakes in $360 Million in First 24 Hours, Breaks Records

It was only three days ago, when we reported that it looked like Activision, and analysts alike, were preparing for the worst when it came to the release of the latest Call of Duty title, Black Ops. It was believed that the new game would manage to sell 20% less than what the previous mega-hit, Modern Warfare 2 managed to sell, and that everyone was pretty much okay with that. However, on the street, and amongst gamers, it was pretty evident that Black Ops was seeing ridiculously strong pre-sales, and that the first 24 hours would be pretty big. As it turns out, the results were actually huge.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Will Sell 20% Less Than Modern Warfare 2, Says Analyst

Call of Duty: Black Ops Will Sell 20% Less Than Modern Warfare 2, Says Analyst

The talk about Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops is winding down, as players brace themselves for the launch tomorrow. (Have you checked to see if there's a midnight release happening in your neck of the woods?) But, that's not stopping one analyst from piping up just hours before the game goes on sale, saying that he doesn't think that Black Ops (which is developed by Treyarch) will be able to reach the sales figures that Modern Ware 2 managed not too long ago.

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The Daily Slash: October 19th 2010

The Daily Slash: October 19th 2010

Welcome to the Tuesday edition of The Daily Slash. First up, as we take one last look over the Internet for something interesting, we find that our story from around the Web has Activision officially releasing the DJ Hero 2 bundle, just in time for their Fall predictions made at the beginning of the year. And then, as we wrap up the night, we'll take a look at what's been going on around the R3 Media Network.

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Activision Top Shot Elite Controller Passes Through the FCC

Activision Top Shot Elite Controller Passes Through the FCC

There's plenty of video game controllers shaped like a gun, which are all designed to help the player experience their favorite First Person Shooter (FPS) title in a whole new way. With Activision's Top Shot Elite Controller, which recently passed through the FCC, they're making sure that you have plenty of options console wise to pick up the accessory.

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Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops will Feature 3D as an Option

Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops will Feature 3D as an Option

For development studio Treyarch, the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops is a lot of things. First and foremost, though, it's the Call of Duty after Modern Warfare 2, so they know they have a lot of work ahead of them. But Activision obviously has faith in the development house, as they've released popular titles in the past, like World at War. And now it looks like everyone agrees that 3D will help Black Ops stand out, so the feature has bee included as an option that users can either turn on or leave alone.

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Activision Says Blocking Violent Video Games from Minors Goes Against Free Speech [Update]

Activision Says Blocking Violent Video Games from Minors Goes Against Free Speech [Update]

Violent video games aren't new. And the fight against them has been robust, igniting every so often as a new game is released and gets brought to the forefront of media as an exceptionally violent or explicit title. Arguments vary, but the main gist is that video games shouldn't be considered art, and ultimately there should be a way to ban the most heinous titles from getting into the hands of those who shouldn't have them. In this case, a California law that blocks the sale of violent video games from minors is being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on November 2nd, and the video game industry is beginning to join forces to fight it, including Activision Blizzard.

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Halo Reach Will Outsell Call of Duty Black Ops, Boasts Xbox UK Director

Halo Reach Will Outsell Call of Duty Black Ops, Boasts Xbox UK Director

The video game industry is a tough one. It's just as fierce and competitive as any other market in the tech world, and so it's no wonder that someone from Microsoft would boast some pretty fantastic predicted results for the upcoming title Halo: Reach. And when competition is brought up, First Person Shooter (FPS) titles Halo and Call of Duty are the two bodies entered into the title fight. With Reach and Black Ops set to release within arm's reach of one another, talk about sales numbers is starting to heat up.

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Activision would “very aggressively” support plug-and-play PC games console

Activision would “very aggressively” support plug-and-play PC games console

Outspoken Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has been throwing gaming cats among console pigeons again, describing the Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft games systems as "walled gardens" and promising to "very aggressively" support HP, Dell or any other PC manufacturer who chose to push a plug-and-play computer that hooked up directly to the TV.  Such a PC would allow the game developer increased access to the revenue stream; Kotick told the Financial Times [subscription required] that he believed "60 per cent of [Microsoft’s] subscribers are principally on Live because of Call of Duty."

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