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Patriot Games: A July 4th Destructoid spectacular


Jul 04
// Jonathan Holmes
So, I guess it's a Holiday today. That's one of the reasons why I don't have a Sundays with Sagat to show you this week, which makes me very sad. To make up for it, I thought I'd try to throw together a couple of topical feat...
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Pachter thinks Ubisoft's DRM is just lovely


May 31
// Jim Sterling
Game industry analyst and monkey juggler Michael Pachter does not think that Ubisoft's DRM is a bad thing. In fact, as a lawyer he believes it is Ubisoft's right to protect its games in any way the publisher sees fit.  "...
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Kotick still considers West & Zampella his friends


May 07
// Jim Sterling
Despite all the legal wrangling and public airing of dirty laundry, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick still wants Jason West and Vince Zampella to know that he loves them. The former Infinity Ward bosses were fired under a bitter c...

Megaton: Bungie signs ten-year deal with Activision

Apr 29 // Jim Sterling
  KIRKLAND, Wash. and SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 29, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- Bungie, the developer of blockbuster game franchises including Halo, Myth and Marathon, and Activision, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, the #1 online games publisher (Nasdaq: ATVI), announced today that they have entered into an exclusive 10-year partnership to bring Bungie's next big action game universe to market. Under the terms of the agreement, Activision will have exclusive, worldwide rights to publish and distribute all future Bungie games based on the new intellectual property on multiple platforms and devices. Bungie remains an independent company and will continue to own their intellectual property. Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The groundbreaking alliance will provide Bungie its first such partnership since splitting off from Microsoft in 2007, significantly broadening its global reach by providing the resources and support to develop, distribute and release games worldwide on multiple platforms and devices. Activision will broaden its portfolio with a new franchise from one of the industry's most creative, successful and proven studios, whose games have sold more than 25 million units worldwide. To date, Bungie's Halo games have generated approximately $1.5 billion in revenues, according to The NPD Group, Charttrack and GfK. Activision expects this agreement to be accretive to its operating margins as of the release of the first game. "We chose to partner with Activision on our next IP because of their global reach, multi-platform experience and marketing expertise," said Harold Ryan, President of Bungie. "From working together over the past nine months on this agreement, it is clear that Activision supports our commitment to giving our fans the best possible gaming experiences." "Bungie is one of the premier studios in our industry and we are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to work with their talented team over the next decade," stated Thomas Tippl, Chief Operating Officer of Activision Blizzard. "Bungie has developed some of the most compelling and successful games, multiplayer experiences and thriving fan communities, and this alliance underscores our long-standing commitment to foster the industry's best creative talent. Our unprecedented partnership with Bungie will enable us to broaden our pipeline of exciting new games as we continue to strengthen our industry position and pursue long-term growth opportunities."  
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Wait, what!? In news that could be considered shocking at the very least, Halo developer Bungie has announced that it just signed a ten-year contract with evil publisher Activision, marking the studio's first long-term engage...

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Warning: iPad users falling prey to virus attacks


Apr 26
// Jim Sterling
So grimly predictable. The iPad hasn't been out long, but already a bunch of nefarious malware purveyors (better known as "twats") are preying upon unsuspecting (better known as "stupid") iPad users, offering better performan...
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Halo: The Movie will be the best movie ever


Apr 01
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The biggest videogame franchise ever gets the biggest movie treatment ever. I would seriously pay money to actually watch something like this in theaters. P.S. Samit Sarkar didn't find this funny at all. What a racist. P.S.S. The video sometimes autoplays for some reason, so we put it after the jump >>
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Command & Conquer 4 requires constant online connection


Mar 18
// Jim Sterling
Uh oh ... Hot off the heels of Ubisoft's serpentine PC DRM, Electronic Arts has revealed that it doesn't want to be left out of the hate and has jumped into the fire as well. Command & Conquer 4, like Ubi's recent PC game...
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Sony patents degradable demos (they degrade!)


Mar 05
// Jim Sterling
Game publishers are always looking for new ways to provide that "first free hit" as if they were nerdy drug dealers, and a fresh patent from Sony appears to have stumbled upon an interesting way of doing it. The filing detail...
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How Activision can become popular


Mar 04
// Jim Sterling
Evil publisher Activision has an image problem. Much of that problem stems from the fact that evil publisher Activision is evil, and everybody knows it. Perhaps if Activision were less evil, its public image would improve, bu...
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'Satanic-themed videogames' concern Christian alarmist


Feb 24
// Jim Sterling
Worried that videogames may be teaching your children to worship the Horned One? Fear not, my good friends, because a righteous crusader is here to save us all! Philadelphia paper The Bulletin sheds light on mostly old and/or...
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Bobby Kotick says he isn't a dick


Feb 22
// Matthew Razak
Since Activision's rise to gaming publisher domination and their commitment to rehashing money makers over and over again the gaming world has had a new face of evil to point at as the problem with everything ever: Bobby Koti...
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Dante's Inferno can't say 'Go to Hell' during Super Bowl


Feb 01
// Jim Sterling
Dante's Inferno is gearing up for one of the most prestigious advertising slots that America has to offer -- a spot in the Super Bowl commercial lineup. However, there's going to be a sacrifice in order to reach such a huge a...
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Insane Christian group wants to ban Modern Warfare 2


Dec 22
// Jim Sterling
It wouldn't be Christmas without some good ol' fashioned Christian intolerance, would it? A bunch of radical wingnuts have taken issue with Modern Warfare 2, declaring that all decent people should denounce it and the "massac...
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ESRB: Dante's Inferno contains demon penis


Dec 21
// Jim Sterling
Oh yes, it's that time again! Time for another brilliant ESRB rating. We've had Street Fighter IV's flexed gluteus, Mass Effect 2's future blouse, and Final Fantasy XIII's breast side portions. Now the ESRB has given us the m...
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Activision: Gamers 'demand' to pay more for Call of Duty


Nov 15
// Jim Sterling
Evil publisher Activision loves the color of money, and apparently having the biggest game franchises in the world just doesn't rake in enough cash for the nefarious company. With that in mind, Activision is looking at ways t...
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Modern Warfare 2 gets $10 price hike on PC


Oct 15
// Jim Sterling
It seems there is no low to which evil publisher Activision will not sink. Still licking its lips after raising the UK RRP of Modern Warfare 2, Activision has now turned its eyes upon America, singling out PC gamers and deemi...
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Kotick explains how to screw $500 out of a $50 game


Sep 15
// Jim Sterling
It seems lately that every time Bobby "Possibly Had Sex With Hitler's Ghost" Kotick opens his venomous mouth, he says something thoroughly disgusting. The evil CEO of Activision has laughed about charging high price...
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Activision wants to take the fun out of making games


Sep 15
// Jim Sterling
Evil publisher Activision is evil, and Activision CEO Bobby Kotick is its dark and villainous ruler. We all know this, but if you needed any further evidence that Kotick is indeed the flame-haired spawn of Satan's cruel uncle...
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Kotick: Videogames can eclipse movies and TV


Aug 31
// Jim Sterling
Bobby "Slightly Worse Than Satan" Kotick, CEO of evil publisher Actvision, believes that videogames have the potential to eclipse movies and television to become the ultimate form of entertainment, and he won't even...
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Dante's Inferno will be popular because everyone knows Hell


Aug 27
// Jim Sterling
A few people have complained about the Dante's Inferno promotional team telling consumers to "Go to Hell," but EA Games president Frank Gibeau believes that everybody's favorite realm of post-mortem punishment is a ...
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Microsoft 'destroyed development culture'


Aug 26
// Jim Sterling
Microsoft ruined fun, which is something we all know. However, according to FASA Interactive founder Jordan Weisman, Microsoft ruined far more than that. It in fact destroyed an entire studio after acquiring it, and very near...
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Modern Warfare 2 might be causing a stink in the UK thanks to its disgusting RRP of £54.99, but if you think evil publisher Activision cared, you'd be mistaken. In fact, CEO Bobby Kotick has admitted, without a shred of...

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Pachter: Modern Warfare 2's UK price is an evil test


Jul 22
// Jim Sterling
Michael Pachter, industry analyst and professional guess-barbarian, has stated that evil publisher Activision's decision to price Modern Warfare 2 at £54.99 has nothing to do with a weak pound. The excuse of a poor UK e...
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New Darksiders trailer may be generic, but it gets my vote


May 20
// Joseph Leray
Poor Darksiders: Wrath of War just can't catch a break -- the game's no where near being released (it's slated for August 25), and the general around the internet seems to be that it's just too generic to stand out. After all...
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Activision wants Modern Warfare 2 to sell sh*tloads


Apr 02
// Jim Sterling
Evil publisher Activision has laid out its nefarious plan to make Modern Warfare 2 the best selling game of all time. Since Activision routinely sacrifices lambs and children to satisfy bargains with the Old Gods, it will lik...
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Noby Noby Boy update coming, will include 'offline' multiplayer


Mar 13
// Jim Sterling
Noby Noby Boy creator Keita Takahashi has posted on the PlayStation Blog, revealing a new update is coming to his game. I'm hoping they plan to patch out the pure, rampant Satanism contained within that evil file, but I'm dou...
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Activision promising better, original Wii games. Yeah, right


Mar 10
// Jim Sterling
Activision CEO and drinker of virgin blood Bobby Kotick has promised that evil publisher Activision will be looking to provide better content on the Wii, instead of the cheap ports and endless Guitar Hero sequels that the com...
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Why the Dante's Inferno criticism can go to Hell


Feb 28
// Jim Sterling
Much ado has been had over Electronic Arts' Dante's Inferno, a God of War-esque action game that has used the famous poem of the same name as its thematic backdrop. As in Dante's epic, players will have to travel the nine cir...
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Dante's Inferno has a video and pictures, will ruin books forever


Feb 24
// Jim Sterling
There have been a number of complaints lodged against EA's upcoming action title, Dante's Inferno, mostly because it looks to be nothing like the book, and apparently serves only to piss upon everything that has ever been w...
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Videogame consoles now cause skin sores: Their list of crimes grows!


Feb 24
// Jim Sterling
Just when you think that videogames couldn't be blamed for anything else, along come those famous experts to identity a skin condition caused by gaming. "PlayStation palmar hidradenitis" is the name of the "new...

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