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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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Oklahoma City come up short with free throws.

It was a night where defence was the real winner. Both Miami and OKC upped their defence in Game 3 that saw Miami come through victorious. Miami now lead 2-1 in this series involving two of the most well matched teams the league has seen for a while. Make no mistake, every game so far between these two giants has been decided by 1, maybe 2 possessions. So when Oklahoma shot 62% of their free throws, it’s stunning that they only lost by 6 points considering Miami hit almost 90% of their free throws. This, ultimately was where Game 3 was won and lost.

Kendrick Perkins Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat gets set to attempt a technical free throw attempt in the first half against Kendrick Perkins #5 and James Harden #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

    Miami started strong again. The 1st quarter was filled with points in the paint for Miami. they made 10 of 11 shots in the paint and missed 10 of 11 jumpshots. 20 of their 26 first quarter points came from inside. The play by play read, “James layup, James layup, Wade layup, James layup”. I was initially very worried things would crumble for Oklahoma again. However, Oklahoma made many of the shots they missed….check that….they made many of the make-able shots they missed in Game 2. So at the end of the 1st the score was 26-20 Miami.
OKC then sharpened up defensively. Switching between a zone and man-to-man defence, Miami began to struggle getting into the paint more as they started to take more jumpshots. Sefolosha had a wonderful highlight play by stealing the ball of Lebron and sprinting up the other end for an alley-oop. Sefolosha was fantastic again all night defensively. The steal on Wade in the final minute gave OKC a huge chance to win the game.
Derek Fisher also added a lot to the game. He made a three with 5.19 on the clock in the second period. This was the same 3 that he missed in Game 2, the same three that, had he made, Oklahoma would have won Game 2. Not only that but he did something he never accomplished at LA. He played very, very well defensively. Playing full court on Chalmers was genius. It meant that by the time Chalmers had found Lebron or Wade, there were only 10/11 seconds left on the clock. This led to numerous shot clock violations and turnovers for Miami.

   We’ve already covered the free throws as why Oklahoma lost, but there was one other deciding factor.
Kevin Durant’s foul trouble. He lost 8 minutes of playing time in the 3rd quarter after OKC were up 60-53 when he took a seat on the bench. The Heat then went on a 16-7 run and led at the end of the third 69-67.
My opinion? His 4th foul was complete bs. I refuse to believe that it was a foul considering it was near identical to the foul that was not called on Lebron at the end of Game 2, as Durant put up the game tying shot. What is extremely endearing is Durant’s reaction to both the Lebron foul at the end of Game 2 and his foul trouble in Game 3, “I just try to play aggressive on both ends of the floor”, “I just missed the shot”. He makes no comment on the officials decisions, something incredibly rare in sport today.
In contrast, what does Lebron do after he missed a 50 foot buzzer beater in Game 3 at the end of the 2nd? Immediately complains to the ref after no foul is called…

Yes, Miami were the better team again but only thanks to some moo points ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLwYpSCrlHU)
Durant has been in foul trouble before but he wont be every game. Oklahoma will not shoot 62% from the free throw line again. Harden will not finish in single digits again. Both of these teams are so evenly matched that it takes something out of the ordinary to win games. Game 1 was decided by Nick Collison’s offensive rebounding. Game 2 by Battier’s shooting, and Game 3 by rare free throw misses. Both Miami and Oklahoma are so well matched that this Championship will not be won by skill, because that is a given. It will be won by unforced errors and who doesn’t drink their Gatorade.

Some final points for you to mull over and respond to;

  • Did you notice all the empty seats at the beginning of second half? I guess mohitos take a while to make!
  • The technical foul called on Scott Brooks in the 2nd was bs. The ball was deflected out off Haslem but was called Miami ball. Brooks got frustrated and started arguing it should be OKC ball…just as all the OKC players did. The call was immediately reversed and it was an Oklahoma inbound. Yet, the technical foul was given.
    This is the NBA Finals. We all know that every possession counts. So are you really going to call a technical for a coach being passionate on a call that he was right on?! At least Wade missed the free throw.

Call of Duty online has improved but it still needs balance.

There are two very different Call of Duty online experiences available to fans at the moment; Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare or Treyarch’s Black Ops. Both of these have positive and negatives. Although the one thing to remember is that the online experience has done nothing but improve over the last 4 years.

I know most people will immediately argue that Call of Duty 4 still remains the greatest online shooter out of all instalments. Yet you cannot blame Treyarch or Infinity Ward for trying to extend this experience and improve it. Many fans will argue that nothing needs to be changed. Even I find that Cod 4 is probably the best out of the lot, although I wouldn’t want the companies to stop trying to expand the experience. This is something that will always be difficult given how great Cod 4 was. If Naughty Dog can do it with the Uncharted series, then everyone can.

What I want to highlight in this post are the differences between MW3 and Black Ops. Yes they were produced by different companies even though they both fall under the Call of Duty franchise. But both games have positives that can only shape future shooters for the better.

When I think of Black Ops I think of slower gameplay. Not Battlefield slow, just a lot less frantic than Mw2. In fact, it was more on par with the speed in Cod4, which in many people’s opinion was perfect. Black Ops was a more simple game than MW2, even though all that customisation gave it a facelift, it was more basic and more similar to Cod4. It rewarded good gun skill. Plain and simple. I do not remember ever being in a game that was ruined by air support or poor spawns or bad map layouts. Yes, the maps weren’t phenomenal and the guns not too exciting and the killstreaks nothing like as fun as those in MW2. But all this meant it was a more solid shooter.

Treyarch had also managed to vastly improve it’s game considering the last outing was in Call of Duty World at War. Even though I enjoyed this, World at War is considered to be the weakest of all Call of Duty games. Given the fact it was the first one released after the prestigious Cod4, it was never going to meet expectations.

However Black Ops brought something completely new to the table. For the time, game developers and community managers were listening to players. Fans voiced their opinions on sites as basic as Twitter and they saw the changes within weeks. Black Ops had patches. The game only improved after it was released. Over-powered guns were tweaked, spawns were improved, even joining parties became more stable.

You think of MW2 and the noobtubing and spawnkilling and headglitching and all the crap that game with the game. How easy it could have been to wipe all that clean and improve the game. Yet they were too stubborn back then and many fans label MW2 as a ‘broken’ game. It’s very difficult to go more the 5 games in MW2 without rage-quitting. Yes the pace was better (in my opinion) than Black Ops but the guns were too lethal and the killstreaks far too over-powered and easy to achieve. Black Ops improved all of this, but took too much of it away. They took away too much pace, too many killstreaks and too much lethality from the game.

MW3 arrived last November and managed to sell 6.5 million copies in just 24 hours. Over $400 million worth.

1.5 million people queued at midnight on Monday to grab a copy as soon as possible, myself included.

Black Ops only managed $360 million on the first day and MW2 just $310 million.

People forget that the vast majority of people simply have fun playing the game and enjoy it. However when you have this much exposure, the negatives will always manage to worm their way to the surface.

Cod4 sold 7 million copies worldwide over the last 4 years.

MW3 managed this in one day.

You can see how much less exposure the game had back then. it is obviously more difficult for the flaws of a game to appear when the fan base is smaller and very dedicated. Obviously it was still a massive game and appealed to millions of people, yet when you compare the figures of COD4 to MW3, the argument makes itself.

That all said, MW3 still has problems. The guns are far too lethal. There is still no map as exciting as Highrise, Favela or Terminal and you still get odd games that are ruined by overpowered air support.

But then to call in my counter-uav on that argument ( 😉 )- all these flaws are far less intense than they were in MW2.

I can go for longer without rage-quitting, there isn’t a bad map in the game and there is no gun as powerful as the UMP or Scar from MW2. Finally, Robert Bowling, the community manager for Infinity Ward and Modern Warfare 3 has started listening to his fans and taking on board what they are saying. For the first time, a modern warfare game has patches. Game chat has been improves, overpowered shotguns and machine pistols have been nerfed and spawns have been vastly improved. Even the new ‘Infected’ playlist that was released on the 5th February already received it’s first patch on the 6th February.

Modern Warfare is finally listening to it’s fans and taking on board what made previous games successful so that it can work towards becoming a better experience. That said, the community is finally becoming more mature in how it voices the opinions. You talk with intellect and reason, and they will listen to you. You act like a dick and call Robert Bowling a cocksucker- you will be ignored.

I loved black ops for its slower game play and consistently had an 8/10 experience on it. However, even though MW2 irritated me and left me screaming at the tv, it gave me moments of 10/10 excitement. I’ve never had as much fun on a game at times as i did with MW2. The same can be said for a lot of my friends. The flaws that made it unbearable at times are finally being recognised and altered. This window of pure rage every 4/5 games is getting smaller and smaller. The franchise is getting closer to releasing a “total” shooter.