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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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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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Bungie Buddies Up With Activision for 10-Year Deal

Bungie Buddies Up With Activision for 10-Year Deal

Even more out of left-field than HP buying Palm, Activision and Bungie come out of nowhere and announce that the two companies have just agreed to a multiple-year, worldwide exclusive agreement. Before you jump the gun, though, that doesn't mean that Halo Reach will be coming to more consoles than Microsoft's Xbox 360, but it does mean that their future titles will be doing just that.

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DJ Hero controller now sold separately

DJ Hero controller now sold separately

Having hitherto only been available as part of a game bundle, Activision have now made the DJ Hero controller available as a standalone peripheral.  Priced at $69.99 and available for PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii, the controller has a rotating deck platter, an effects dial, crossfader and three dual-color stream buttons.

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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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DJ Hero controller gets FCC teardown, flaunts manual

DJ Hero controller gets FCC teardown, flaunts manual

Poorly framed, low-quality photo?  Non-descript but brightly colored background?  It can only mean one thing: the FCC's team of crack photographers have been at it again, and in this case it's the DJ Hero controller that has born the brunt of their traditional teardown.

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Guitar Hero 5 for Wii debuts full SD streaming & loading

Guitar Hero 5 for Wii debuts full SD streaming & loading

Guitar Hero 5 is set to be the first Wii game to offer full loading from SD card, with Activision promising SDHC streaming for the upcoming music title.  IGN sat down with the team to discuss the change, which will see over 800 songs together with audio quality, note data, album art, and any mo-cap triggers or song-specific displays fitting on a 32GB SD card.

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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.

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