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It sure hasn't been long since we got a Call of Duty game, and already Activision is ready to release another. During a post-earnings financial call, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg revealed that they have plans to release a new entry before the year is up. Of course, Activision doesn't expect this new game to perform quite as well as their most recent entry, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which broke sales records. "The Call of Duty franchise continues to set the bar for innovation and we expect the new Call of Duty game in development for 2013 to raise that bar even higher," said Hirshberg. "There is increased volatility this year due to the ongoing console transition, which makes predicting the future more challenging than during normal years in the cycle. For Call of Duty, consistent with our past practices, we are planning for the mainline release in Q4 to be down versus 2012." Who will be developing this unnamed Call of Duty title? That hasn't been announced yet, but it will probably be one of the five developers involved with the franchise: Infinity Ward, Treyarch, Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games, and Neversoft Entertainment. Are you ready for a new Call of Duty game?
Most gamers probably already know that you can be both a gamer AND a responsible adult with a healthy relationship and plenty of friends, but we also know that a lot of other people think differently. They think most gamers are just isolated, lonely nerds who shut themselves off from other people in favor of their virtual lives. Well, that's complete and utter crap, according to a recent study. Two professors over at Penn State found interest in this antisocial view on gamers and decided to perform a study, handing out questionnaires to about 150 gamers lined up for the midnight release of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, figuring they fit the gamer stereotype well enough. Results of this study showed that these gamers, who were mostly male college students, tend to spend over $200 on video games per year. They also tend to play these games for about 20.5 hours a week. If you showed just these results to those who believe in the socially awkward nerd stereotype, they'd think they were right. However, the results also showed that regardless of their level of dedication toward games, they had just as much dedication toward their social lives. "Not all video game players are destined for lives filled with failing relationships and dwindling friendships," states Penn State's press release. Basically, the results showed that spending a lot of your time on video games in no way makes people antisocial or "forever alone." Especially since the majority of games gamers play these days are, in fact, designed to play with others. Keep in mind, however, that there are still plenty of gamers out there who spend over 100 hours a week on games, pretty much not having a chance to get outside much. Still, as more games and game platforms are becoming more community-driven, these gamers have plenty of opportunity to socialize. As for keeping a healthy relationship, that's a different matter... What are your thoughts on this study? Do you think it will change minds?
Leah posted a article in Industry NewsImagine that you just got home from waiting hours in line at the midnight launch for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. You're ready for some fiery FPS action, except there's one little problem. The game's second disc, which is necessary for completing installation, is actually for Mass Effect 2. Wait, what? This not only happened to YouTube user zeroiez (as seen in his video below), but Call of Duty fans on Steam, 4chan, Reddit, and those on the Black Ops 2 forums have reported having the same issue with the PC version of the game as well. A simple (and rather lengthy) fix is to install the entire game digitally with the included Steam key. But that's beside the point. It's mind-boggling how something like this happens, especially considering how Call of Duty is published by Activision and Mass Effect by EA. No comment has been made by Activision so far.