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Talking about Gilmore Girls while playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare just doesn't seem right photo
Talking about Gilmore Girls while playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare just doesn't seem right
by Bill Zoeker

Max and I continue giving the benefit of the doubt to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Max started talking about a crazy theory he has connecting the television shows Gilmore Girls and Californication because his brain was polluted by a combination of oysters and vodka. Don't do booze, kids.

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Max and I suck at Advanced Warfare, but that never stops us from doing anything photo
Max and I suck at Advanced Warfare, but that never stops us from doing anything
by Bill Zoeker

Max and I got our hands on a copy of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. We figured we should probably play it because people like to watch men get sweaty in videogames or whatever. Anyway, we recorded this the day after Max's birthday, so we were both pretty hungover, which served to exacerbate our lack of shooter skill and the incoherence of our jokes. Enjoy.

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Review: The Voice: I Want You photo
Review: The Voice: I Want You
by Brittany Vincent

Do you live for the thrill of belting out your favorite songs whenever you've got five minutes to yourself? Are you an amateur singer looking for guidance, or a professional looking for something fun to brush up your vocal technique? Do you love NBC's The Voice? Then go out right now and pick up Rock Band 3 or Guitar Hero 5. Or, get a karaoke machine and a vocal coach. Whatever the case, you're going to absolutely loathe The Voice: I Want You.

But, you're not going to hate it because it has a dizzyingly awful male version of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" or embarrassingly haphazard song accompaniments that resemble Just Dance crossed with a slapdash lyric video on YouTube created with iMovie. You won't even hate it because it features a startling lack of interesting or exciting songs to sing along to. You'll hate it because it's such an obvious money grab, an uninspired cash-in that exists solely to rake in dough from unsuspecting buyers looking to replicate the experience so many dream of having -- standing onstage before The Voice's celebrity judges and angling for stardom. 

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1:45 PM on 11.07.2014

Old Man Tony Hawk making another game with Activision

46-year old skateboardman Anthony Frank Hawk tweeted this today: "I'm currently working with Activision on a console game for 2015 (along with a new mobile game). I think fans of THPS series will be hyped." I've looked at tha...

Steven Hansen

2:00 PM on 11.06.2014

Activision's not playing nice: Call of Duty blocked from PS4 Share Play

Activision's taking one of the most basic social skills that everyone learned in kindergarten and totally disregarding it. The publisher's using its biggest title of the year to be the first, and most prevalant, example of a ...

Brett Makedonski

9:30 PM on 11.04.2014

Call of Duty dev says community is not misogynistic

Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey has spoke out against the notion that the gaming community is corrosive, telling BBC Newsbeat he and his team has a "pretty low tolerance for toxic behavior" while downplaying its...

Kyle MacGregor





6:30 PM on 11.04.2014

Destiny's child: Work has started on Destiny 2

Activision Blizzard is making all sorts of money in its latest financial quarter. This is due in large part to the success of Destiny, which has 9.5 million "registered users," the average of which is playing the game for thr...

Steven Hansen

7:00 AM on 11.04.2014

Conan O'Brien is better at Call of Duty than Frogger

Conan O'Brien, the self-professed "Clueless Gamer," is back for another round with one of the year's biggest videogames. This time, it's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Ever the sharp mind, Conan immediately jumps all over the emotional try-hard "pay respects" scene near the beginning.  Then, he dies a lot. Not from bullets, however -- from ruthless morning commuters.

Brett Makedonski

8:00 PM on 11.03.2014

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare channels its inner GoldenEye 007

Everyone knows that the best part about GoldenEye was the immense satisfaction of rolling up behind your friends with an RC-P90 and painting the back of their heads with rainbow-colored death. Paintball mode was the bes...

Brett Makedonski

3:05 PM on 11.03.2014

Press F to pay respects: Call of Duty jumps the grave

There's a bit in Watch Underscore Dogs where Trench Coat McBall Cap has a sad over his niece's (oh, right, a gruffman not sad about his dead wife, right) grave. After the flashback and his tortured inner monologue&n...

Steven Hansen



Review: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare photo
Review: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
by Chris Carter

After the disappointing Call of Duty: Ghosts, Activision needed fresh ideas, and Sledgehammer was just the developer for the job. Even before it delivered its first game, a weight has been lifted off of Infinity Ward and Treyarch's shoulders. No longer does it need to turnaround a Call of Duty every other year, and there is more time to figure out how to make the series fresh again.

As a result, Sledgehammer has a lot riding on Advanced Warfare, the newest game in the series. It has everything going for it -- a fresh futuristic theme, the same core multiplayer gameplay everyone knows and loves, and the talented Kevin Spacey running the show with the campaign.

The gambit paid off, even if it won't bring back in those who have sworn off the series.

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10:30 AM on 10.29.2014

Judge tosses former Panamanian dictator's Call of Duty lawsuit

Earlier this year, Panama's former dictator and friend to the CIA Manuel Noriega sued Activision for the use of his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Not for defamation of character for portraying him a murderous badman...

Steven Hansen

7:20 AM on 10.29.2014

Destiny's first expansion gets some official details

Activision has just sent some details our way for Destiny's first expansion, The Dark Below, which will be available December 9. Dark Below will feature new weapons, armor, and gear, as well as more Legendary gear and Exotics...

Chris Carter

11:30 AM on 10.28.2014

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on sale one day early at Walmart

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which we definitely previewed here, yep, it all checks out, will be available to purchase one day in advanced at Warfare, uh, I mean Walmart. Close, close. Select stores will have tournaments a...

Steven Hansen



If Bungie envisions Destiny as an MMO, it should start acting like it photo
If Bungie envisions Destiny as an MMO, it should start acting like it
by Chris Carter

Destiny was a functional game at launch, but a number of design choices were made that left all of us scratching our heads. The Cryptarch system in 1.0 was horrible in that it allowed players to earn legendary engrams (randomized items) only to consistently find out they were rares.

There were bounties that were active for playlists that weren't even available to play. The list goes on -- these are things that Bungie possibly didn't have time to test as it was rushed out of the door by Activision to ship on time.

All of Destiny's patches so far haven't been actual improvements to the game -- they've been backpedaling "we didn't intend for this to happen" or "oops this was bugged" fixes. There have been no meaningful quality of life changes like an "Orbit to Tower" function, more bank space, a better user interface, or anything that would make the game more enjoyable.

Bungie needs to start making actual improvements to the game -- before the DLC in December and before people need to pay for it.

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Review: The Legend of Korra photo
Review: The Legend of Korra
by Chris Carter

One of the biggest surprises of 2014 had to be the announcement of a Legend of Korra game, published by Activision and developed by Platinum Games. Yes, that Platinum Games -- the current master of action titles.

It's only been a few months since the reveal of said Korra game, and already it's out on just about every platform imaginable outside of the Wii U. While the core result is indicative of Platinum's seal of quality, it feels rushed in many ways.

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