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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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Activision: Sony’s Move and Microsoft’s Kinect Are Too Expensive

Activision: Sony’s Move and Microsoft’s Kinect Are Too Expensive

While listening to the executives at the major video game companies is fun (and revealing), it's also insightful to look at the world's major video game publishers, too. They're just as intrinsically wound to the market as the manufacturers of those consoles, too, considering that without the games, there wouldn't be much need for the consoles. And while E3 is over, we're still wading in some of the news from that major conference. Or, more accurately, some of the news due to its announcements.

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Tony Hawk: RIDE controller getting new Activision game

Tony Hawk: RIDE controller getting new Activision game

The Tony Hawk: RIDE controller may be clever, but it sure is expensive; happily those who couldn't help themselves will soon have more gaming options to use it.  During an interview with Develop, Robomodo CEO David Michicich revealed that "We're doing a game with Activision and we're not allowed to talk about it right now".  Although it's unclear what the game itself might be, the nature of the controller does suggest some sort of snowboarding, skating or similar title.

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Activision and Everyone Tied to Kurt Cobain At Odds Over Guitar Hero 5 Representation

Activision and Everyone Tied to Kurt Cobain At Odds Over Guitar Hero 5 Representation

With the announcement of Guitar Hero 5, nothing was bigger than the fact that Kurt Cobain, the former lead singer of Nirvana, had been licensed as a likeness within the game. We haven't really gone into depth on this at all, even as the story broke repeatedly over the last week or so. It seemed to be just a flare up from Courtney Love, Cobain's widow, as she defended herself against the myriad of complaints she had received from fans of Cobain and the band, most of which had been focused on her Twitter feed.

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Band Hero DS “Drum Grip” for Nintendo DS revealed

Band Hero DS “Drum Grip” for Nintendo DS revealed

Activision have been showing off their latest peripheral, and this time they've set their sights on your pocket.  Set to be included with every purchase of Band Hero DS, the upcoming musical game for Nintendo's clamshell console, the Band Hero DS Drum Grip is a rubberized silicon sleeve that fits over the DS Lite.