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    by Published on November 19th, 2012 23:12
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    UPDATE: Amazon is currently offering a 250GB Xbox 360, 12 months of Xbox Live and a copy of Halo 4 for £150. The console alone usually costs £159.99.The bargain is currently listed on HotUKDeals but is seemingly unrelated to Amazon's Black Friday deals.Users can also add FIFA 13 or Need for Speed: Most Wanted for £20 or Call of Duty: Black Ops for £30.ORIGINAL STORY:Online megastore Amazon has kicked off its yearly Black Friday celebrations - a week of dramatic price-cuts on items available for a limited time or until stock runs out.
    All the deals are viewable on Amazon's Black Friday Lightning Deal page. Sale prices are only revealed when items go live.Available now (for just over an hour longer) are cut-price copies of WWE '13, this year's entry in the long-running wrestling series. The sale price gives you a third off, meaning £16.99 for Wii copies or £24.99 on PS3/Xbox 360.At 7.45pm UK time this evening Amazon will begin a sale on uDraw for Wii and Xbox 360.At the same time, PS3 and Xbox 360 copies of Darksiders 2 will also go cheap.The day started with a huge PlayStation 3 bundle offering a new 12GB super slim console, PlayStation Move, Wonderbook gadget and the Harry Potter-themed Book of Spells game.During the writing of this article the item sold out at its Black Friday price (£169). It's now back at its pre-deal price of £199.We'll keep this article updated every morning with the coming day's deals.
    by Published on November 16th, 2012 22:57
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    Sony's PlayStation 3 console has shipped more than 70 million units since its launch in 2006, the company has announced.
    As well as hitting the impressive landmark on November 4th, the firm said it had also shipped 15 million PlayStation Move controllers as of November 11th.

    Microsoft recently revealed that it had sold over 70 million Xbox 360 consoles, although both this and the PS3 are dwarfed by sales of the Wii, which has sold around 100 million units.
    Despite the impressive life-time sales, all the console manufacturers are now gearing up for the next-generation of systems.
    Nintendo's Wii U is set to launch on November 18th in the US and November 30th in Europe, whilst Microsoft and Sony have yet to officially announce the existence of a new Xbox or a PS4.
    by Published on November 16th, 2012 22:56
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    Latest Call of Duty beats Modern Warfare 3 first day sales by $100 million

    The year's biggest gaming blockbuster Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has garnered more than $500 million in sales in its first 24 hours.
    The exact number of individual game sales has yet to be revealed, but the money generated beats previous record-setter Modern Warfare 3, which had accrued $400m in its first day of release.

    It remains to be seen whether Black Ops 2 will also smash past Modern Warfare's five days sales which generated the title $775 million, even breaking through the $1 billion barrier just 16 days after release
    “With first day sales of over half a billion dollars worldwide, we believe Call of Duty is the biggest entertainment launch of the year for the fourth year in a row,” said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick.
    “Life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded worldwide theatrical box office receipts for “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars,” the two most successful movie franchises of all time. Given the challenged macro-economic environment, we remain cautious about the balance of 2012 and 2013.”
    by Published on November 15th, 2012 23:31
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    Modern Warfare 4 will be Call of Duty’s next offering, according to alleged voiceover leaks from the game.
    Siliconera has word from anonymous sources that voice acting work is already underway in Los Angeles for a Call of Duty title that’s said to carry on the Modern Warfare arc.
    Given Activision has two separate developers for the series and knowing the franchise’s history, it’s likely the game will see release sometime before the end of next year.
    Call of Duty’s latest release Black Ops II came out earlier this week, and is already setting launch records.
    by Published on November 14th, 2012 13:50
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    Consumers who use the new PS3 lv0 bootloader key to play games illegally online are being banned from PSN.
    “Unauthorised software for the PlayStation 3 system was recently released by hackers,” a Sony statement reads. “Use of such software violates the terms of the ‘System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System’ and the ‘Terms of Services and User Agreement’ for the PlayStation Network/Sony Entertainment Network and its Community Code of Conduct provisions.
    “Violation of the System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 system invalidates the consumer's right to access that system. Consumers running unauthorised or pirated software may have their access to the PlayStation Network and access to Sony Entertainment Network services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently.
    “To avoid permanent termination, consumers must immediately cease using and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.
    “In order to help provide a safe, fair, online environment, consumers who we believe violate ‘Terms of Services and User Agreement’ for the PlayStation Network/Sony Entertainment Network or the applicable laws or regulations of their country or region risk having access to the PlayStation Network and access to Sony Entertainment Network services terminated permanently.”
    How effective the move will be remains open to debate, considering that hackers now reportedly have access to the complete dataset the PS3 uses to identify itself on PSN servers.
    It’s also worth noting that it was Sony’s attempt to restrict owners from freely using their console that started this all off in the first place – hacker George Hotz argued that Sony had no right to remove Linux functionality from the console and that he and others should be free to sue the hardware they own as they please.
    by Published on November 12th, 2012 23:17
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    The Biggest game of 2012 has just been released. All over the UK theres thousands of shops opening just for the release.

    Call of Duty: Black Ops II is released on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC, also soon to be released on the Nintendo WiiU. Also the Playstation Vita is getting its own Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified.

    Pushing the boundaries of what fans have come to expect from the record-setting entertainment franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops II propels players into a near future, 21st Century Cold War, where technology and weapons have converged to create a new generation of warfare.

    Futuristic missions give you new weapons and scenarios to get to grips with
    The CLAW is a Cognitive Land Assault Weapon that can be utilised as an in-game vehicle
    Call of Duty: Black Ops II is a new story with elements and characters from previous games
    Attacks come from land and sky with the new quadrotor guns
    Combining incredible high-dynamic range graphics and sensational new gameplay, Black Ops II sets you off on secret operations as Frank Woods – the protagonist from the original Black Ops game.

    The non-linear storyline will see you battling during a futuristic Cold War, as well as tackling flashbacks from historical missions and playing as various members of the Mason family. Every decision you make during this story will affect future consequences, giving you a different experience every time you play.

    With new futuristic weapons, the chance to master a number of different vehicles and modes of transport, and a mysterious villain - known simply as Raul Menendez - Black Ops II is set to be the ultimate Call of Duty game.

    Beyond the Campaign
    Alongside the epic Campaign and branching story is the all-new Multiplayer mode. New maps, new game-styles and new perks make this the most engaging Multiplayer yet!

    The fantastic Call of Duty Elite service is provided for free alongside the action-packed game, allowing you to use a number of incredible features which will enhance and extend your Multiplayer experience.

    Zombies Mode also makes a comeback with a series of challenging maps and missions that enable you to fight off the dead in even more ways.

    Heres the cheapest places to buy Call of Duty: Black Ops II

    by Published on November 12th, 2012 22:10
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    Dan Houser, co-founder of Rockstar and co-writer of Grand Theft Auto 5, has said the immense size of Los Santos was necessary to accommodate flying.
    Last week Houser was quoted as saying thatGTA 5's world is bigger than Red Dead Redemption, San Andreas and GTA 4 combined.Now Houser has told The Guardian that players will be doing a lot of flying in GTA 5 so it was important to the studio that there's plenty of airspace.
    "We wanted to make a big place, as much as anything, to allow you to fly," he said. "A lot of the decisions, we're talking about them here on a philosophical level, but they're also practical decisions, too: we're making a game. You have to understand the medium.
    "On an obvious level we wanted somewhere big so you can fly properly - we have a lot of missions that involve flying, in helicopters or whatever, it was logical. Also, Jet skis work better around LA than they would in New York.
    "We're using the environment to let us have toys we couldn't have had otherwise," Houser added. "And equally, we're using the story and environment to introduce missions that can be more extreme. In some ways we wanted the game to have a larger-than-life Hollywood feel; the stories we heard in LA, we wanted to capture them in the game. If the place isn't informing what we're doing, we're not using it correctly."
    For details on bank heists, dynamic missions and underwater gameplay read our GTA V full details story.
    by Published on November 12th, 2012 20:40
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    Activision insists it takes street dates 'very seriously' following reports of early selling of Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
    The firm told MCV that it is 'looking at appropriate action,' but insists that these incidents are the 'exceptions.'
    Some consumers have received their copies of Black Ops II early, as certain online retailers - including online indie – have sent the game out ahead of time.
    "We take street dates very seriously," Activision's UK MD Peter Hepworth told MCV.
    "The vast, vast majority has held the line. Everyone wants the big community event at midnight when the sales come through. I am aware of some exceptions. We are looking at appropriate action. But we are pleased to say we have got the support of all of the retail partners, and they are not causing these issues. They want to help us celebrate it at midnight tonight."
    Call of Duty: Black Ops II launches tonight with over 6,500 retailers selling the game, with in excess of 2,000 midnight openings. There's a big launch event and there will be 'surprises' at the HMV official event at midnight.
    by Published on November 10th, 2012 22:33
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    The EU PlayStation Network will be partially affected by "scheduled maintenance" on Monday morning.
    Scheduled from 6-9am UK time, the outage will bring the PlayStation Store offline, along with PlayStation Network Account Management and account registration.You'll also no be able to sign into PSN via the official PlayStation website.
    Online gaming will go unaffected, and any Trophies you gather during the downtime will be updated to your online profile once full service is restored.
    by Published on November 9th, 2012 20:07
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    All the research suggests that Call of Duty has peaked.
    Last year’s Modern Warfare 3 sold significantly fewer units in the UK than 2010’s Black Ops and 2009’s Modern Warfare 2.
    Anecdotally, MCV has been told that online traffic and magazine sales for Call of Duty editorial and covers have dropped year-on-year.
    Yet it’s wrong to suggest Call of Duty is in a death spiral. Modern Warfare 3 is the fifth best-selling game in UK?history, and is close to overtaking Modern Warfare 2 to become the second highest grossing UK game since records began.
    Activision’s shareholders may disagree, but when a game is selling this much, does it matter if it’s peaked?
    Yet as the movie makers behind Saw will attest, releasing a blockbuster every year can lead to diminishing returns as consumers get bored of the formulae.
    And with a drop in sales for Modern Warfare 3, there’s more pressure on Activision to try something a little different with Black Ops II. Developer Treyarch has sought to ‘surprise’ fans this year, with a futuristic setting and a new-look multiplayer, both of which took centre-stage in the game’s high-profile live-action TV ad.
    “‘Surprise’ is one of the many messages around Black Ops II,” Activision’s UK boss Peter Hepworth told MCV
    “Black Ops II delivers innovation at every level, and for many this will drive a re-assessment of a franchise.
    “With 40m players it’s important to deliver an experience which feels fresh every year, while retaining the features which our core fans know and love. With such a massive community you have to ensure there is something for everyone.”
    Each year Activision has sought to raise the bar in terms of spectacle. The firm has recruited Hollywood talent – and not just for the game. Even the live-action TV ad was directed by Guy Ritchie and starred A-lister Robert Downey Jr.
    “Every year Call of Duty pushes media boundaries to ensure we deliver a high impact campaign,” continued Hepworth.
    “This year is no different with presence at key events such as the Champions League Final and The Dark Knight Rises. At launch the campaign will be unavoidable, encompassing TV, press, radio, outdoor and digital.
    “Call of Duty is now blurring the lines of entertainment with many parallels with Hollywood and cinema being drawn. This link is apparent in the level of talent which Treyarch has been able to recruit to create the most ambitious Call of Duty yet, such as scriptwriter David S. Goyer [who co-wrote the Batman trilogy], musical talents such as Trent Reznor [who won an Oscar for The Social Network score] and Jack Wall, as well as A-list actors Sam Worthington and Michael Rooker. The TV ad is the embodiment of this.”
    In terms of revenue, Black Ops II will almost certainly be the biggest entertainment launch of the year. Activision’s marketing muscle, plus its A-list supporting cast will ensure that.
    The game’s biggest rival is the new James Bond movie Skyfall, which made £37.2m in Box Office receipts in its first week in the UK. Compare that to last year’s Call of Duty, which generated over £90m in its first week, and Black Ops II would need to suffer a 60 per cent drop in sales year-on-year to tumble behind Skyfall (it’s important to note that cinema tickets are considerably cheaper than video games, so Skyfall has a larger audience).
    But the real challenge for Activision and Call of Duty is how it is performing in three months’ time. Modern Warfare 3’s sales curve dropped off sharply after launch, far more severely than in previous years.
    Can Black Ops II prove a longer-term success? It won’t be easy. Next year is a busy one for video games, with a congested Q1 release schedule, plus the highly anticipated arrival of Grand Theft Auto V in spring. It will be interesting to see what Activision has planned for Black Ops II in the New Year.
    Ultimately a bit of perspective is needed. Will Black Ops II beat Black Ops? Probably not.
    We’re talking about a game that has sold almost 4m units in the UK, generating well over £150m. If next week’s shooter comes even close to that it will be deemed a triumph, particularly when you consider how the games retail market has struggled this year.
    Next week UK stores are expecting to make around £80m in less than a week from one game alone. Even if it has peaked, even if it is in decline, Call of Duty is still the biggest entertainment launch of the year.