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Video Game News : : Black Ops Two, Everywhere.

Black Ops 2 beats modern Warfare 3 sales

Wheelchair-Bound California Man Shot While Waiting in Line for "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2"

Black Ops 2 sold 7.2 million copies in 24 hours. Modern Warfare 3 reached a more modest figure of 6.5 million. Considering that $775 million was made in revenue during the first 5 days after MW3’s release, we can safely assume Black Ops 2 will surpass that.
Amazon recently stated that Black Ops 2 was the most pre-ordered game the site ever had……ok, OK, we get it Ed, this game is a big deal….still not convinced?
1 in 4 Black Ops 2 players called in sick on the release date. In a survey of 10,000 on ign.com, 1 in 4 players claimed they would skip work or school in order to get an entire days (proper) work done.

Man shot in queue during midnight launch

At around 1 am during the biggest midnight release of any video game, ever, a man was shot. He was a 20 year old male in a wheelchair. This occurred in Korea-town, California, in the middle of hundreds of people. The most shocking thing? They still haven’t caught the suspect….even though there must have been more eye-witnesses than you can kill with your new attack dogs score-streak. Supposedly, police are merely waiting for someone to come forward with any evidence. The 20 year old was shot in his abdomen and is recovering.
It’s lunatics like this that give video games a bad name. If you’re interested in the whole “violence in video games” topic, I will shamelessly self promote an old blog I wrote that goes into heavy detail on this subject.

Black Ops 2 PC surprise

The PC version was released on two discs, one online, one offline. Turns out that when customers went to install the second disc, they were actually installing Mass Effect Two. Each disc was correctly manufactured to look like the correct Black Ops disc….however, instead of loading the multiplayer, they all received a Mass Effect Two error. The funniest part? EA and Activision are massive competitors. This will be as close as they get to releasing a game together for the rest of the world……have we found our silver lining? World peace amongst video game companies?! OMG!


(Epic side note) Assassin’s Creed/Splinter Cell movies move closer to a release date"Splinter Cell" Movie One Step Closer to Being a Real Thing, Tom Hardy to Star as Sam FisherI wrote about the possibility of these two films being produced during the early summertime. Never in a million years did I think these movies would be made. Ubisoft Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Geoffroy Sardin announced that he hoped the Assassin’s Creed movie (starring Michael Fassbender) will hopefully be in theatres by the end of 2013! Ubisoft must have high hopes for the film industry considering Bane (Batman villain, Tom Hardy) has agreed to play the role of Sam Fisher in the Splinter Cell movie.
What’s your view on video game films? I doubt any of you would refuse a Zelda OOT movie? Goodness, I’ve attempted a joke there but now can only dream of what that would be like…..until then I’ll take solace with my Zelda text tone.

I leave you with

10 hilarious Black Ops 2 launch pictures.
The latest Black Ops 2 rap song that you HAVE to hear (Brysi).
5 outrageous custom classes for all your trolling needs.

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Video Game News : : Metal Gear Mobile and Activision Succeed?!

Favela removed from MW2 due to offensive imagery

One of the fan favourite maps from Modern Warfare Two has been removed from the multiplayer rotation. ‘  Favela’ is a map set in the slums of Brazil. It showcases fast paced gameplay on multiple levels, an ideal Call of Duty map.

Two in-game paintings featuring a representation of a quote attributed to the Prophet Muhammad were hung in a bathroom, something that can be offensive to those of Islamic faith. Activision tried to worm their way out by saying,

 “We apologise to anyone who found this image offensive. Please be assured we were unaware of this issue and that there was no intent to offend. We are working as quickly as possible to remove this image and any other similar ones we may find from our various game libraries.”

     Oh so it was a mistake? I assume that whole ‘No Russian’ level also turned out a bit more extreme than you originally planned? (I’m obviously joking everyone…)

“Activision and our development studios are respectful of diverse cultures and religious beliefs, and sensitive to concerns raised by its loyal game players. We thank our fans for bringing this to our attention.”

      You know what I’m respectful of? Soap bloody Mactavish. Yup, I still haven’t forgiven you for (SPOILER) killing him Activision.


   In all seriousness it is rather impressive at the speed in which is matter was dealt with. After the whole No Russian fiasco I’m sure this is the last thing Activision wanted. Given the game is now almost 3 years old, I doubt this news was even on most UAV’s out there.

 Metal Gear Solid on iPhone

     With all MGS talk related to the upcoming open world game (you don’t know what I’m talking about?!) it has been relatively easy to miss the new iPhone game, ‘MGS Social Ops’. Watch footage online and you’ll realise it’s a blend of Peace Walker and MGAcid, that horrible card based MGS game. Still, most people who have spent hands on time with the game have expressed nothing but positivity.

Metal Gear Solid has always had a silly sense of humor buried under the layers of serious storytelling, but it looks like Social Ops is going to crank that up to 11. There’s one scene in the demo where three or four guards all cram their way inside the same cardboard box, then the box starts shaking around for a bit and explodes into dust. Amazing.”

The game brings together characters from all eras of MGS. Old Snake and Big Boss are finally working together. Let’s just hope MGS2 Raiden didn’t get the memo….

The iPhone has already been lucky enough to make Snake’s acquaintance. A game that played similarly to Time Crisis that took you through different stages from the MGS4 storyline. This was a huge success so you can bet this new project will be just as popular.

Video Game News : : 12th June 2012

1) Call of Duty XP 2012 will not happen.
        Activision revealed at E3 that the CoD event would not be annual. They instead explained how they would be focusing on ‘Gamescon’, a German based convention.
Whilst Activision said that they haven’t ruled out any future XP events, it will be interesting to see what happens to Black Ops 2 now players cannot demo the multiplayer pre-release. The 2011 event brought together thousands of fans to try out MW3 as Kanye West gave a life performance.
Maybe Black Ops 2 doesn’t need any more hype considering that it is the sequel to the best selling video game of all time.

2) By 2012, video game revenue will reach $70 billion.

DFC Intelligence, an accounting firm, has stated that video game revenue will rise from $50 billion (2011) to $70 billion (2017). PC gaming leads the market with 39% of the revenue whilst console gaming amounts 35%.
In America there are 64 million children alone that fall into the category of ‘core-gamers’. David Cole, the CEO of DFC explains how the main consumer remains male, aged 12-30 and will spend between $85 – $100 every 2 years.

3) Metal Gear Solid HD – PS VITA
     This week brings the release of the HD remakes: Metal Gear Solid 2, Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3, Snake Eater to the PS Vita. I clicked onto the amazon page yesterday just to see how much it would be and almost started laughing when I saw the accolade section on the web page-

METAL GEAR SOLID 2 Accolades:

  • “PSM” February issue/PSM10 Award Ranking 1st Place
  • 5th Annual AIAS (Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences) Interactive Achievement
  • Awards /Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
  • “Dengekiou” May issue 2001 Dengekiou Game Software Grand Prix /Heat Up Award
  • “Dengekiou” May issue 2001 Dengekiou Best Creator Award/Director Grand Prix
  • “EDGE” May issue (Awards Special Issue) / Innovation of the Year
  • (Britain) European Computer Trade Show AWARD/Console Game of the Year France
  • (Germany) GAMES CONVENTION/Game of the Year Award
  • (Germany) GAMES CONVENTION/Action Adventure Award
  • 6th Annual CESA GAME AWARDS/GAME AWARDS YEAR 2001-2002 Excellence Award
  • Electronic Entertainment Expo 2001/Console Game Grand Prix
  • Electronic Entertainment Expo 2001/Best Adventure Game
  • Electronic Entertainment Expo 2000/Best Creation
  • Electronic Entertainment Expo 2000/Best Visuals
  • Electronic Entertainment Expo 2000/Best Adventure Game
  • PS AWARD02/Best Programming Award
  • PS AWARD02/Best Design Award
  • PS AWARD02/Best Planning Award
  • PS AWARD02/Best Sound Award
  • “Dengekiou” Game Software Grand Prix 2001/Heat Up Award
  • “Dorimaga” Reader Race/ “Meiyo Meiba” Award 2001
  • 2001 E3 Game Critics Awards /Best Console Game
  • 2001 E3 Game Critics Awards /Best Action/Adventure Game
  • 2000 E3 Game Critics Awards /Special Commendation for Graphics
  • Game Developers Choice Awards /Excellence in Audio
  • Game Informer.com/ Innovation of the Year award
  • Game Spot 2001 Game of the Year Awards /Best Music
  • Game Spot 2001 Game of the Year Awards /Biggest Surprise
  • Game Spy 2001 Game Awards /Best Action/Adventure Game
  • Game Spy 2001 Game Awards /Reader’s PS2 Game of the Year
  • Game Spy 2001 Game Awards /Best In-Game Cinematics
  • Game Spy.com/Best Force Feedback
  • IGN/Editors’ Choice Award (Number 9)
  • IGN.com Best of 2001/Best Graphics
  • IGN.com Best of 2001/Best Sound
  • IGN.com Best of 2001/Best Story

METAL GEAR SOLID 3: SNAKE EATER Accolades:

  • 9th Annual CESA Game Awards/Excellence Award
  • 8th Annual CESA Game Awards/Game Awards Future award
  • Gaming Convention Germany/Best PS2 Game
  • German “Official PlayStation2 Magazine” E3Awards /Best of E3
  • US Game Site “GameSpot” Best of E3 2003 /Must See Movie #1
  • US Game Site “GameSpot” Best of E3 2003 /Best PS2 Game Award
  • 7th Annual CESA Game Awards/Game Awards Future award
  • Famitsu Award 2004/Platinum Palace Induction
  • IGN Best of 2004/Best Overall Action Game
  • IGN Best of 2004/Best Overall Story
  • IGN Best of 2004/Best PS2 Use of Sound
  • IGN Reader’s Pick/Top 100 Games of All Time (Number 10)
  • GameSpot Best of 2004/Best Story
  • GameSpot Best of 2004/Best Sound Effects
  • GameSpy Game of the Year 2004 Awards /4th Best Overall Game of 2004
  • GameSpy Game of the Year 2004 Awards /2nd Best PS2 Game of 2004
  • GameSpy Game of the Year 2004 Awards /Most Amazing Comeback
  • Game Audio Network Guild 2005/Best Original Vocal Song – Pop : “Snake Eater”

If you needed any reminder as to why this is one of the most successful gaming series ever, look no further. In about 20 minutes I’ll be on my way to pick up both these games and start collecting all the dog-tags all over again.
Finally, if you really are a Snake fan, the popular clothing brand Uniqlo (think ‘cheaper American Apparel) are now selling unique Metal Gear clothes-

http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2012/06/11/metal-gear-solid-hideo-kojima-uniqlo/