Archive for April, 2010

Official: Call of Duty: Black Ops

Earlier today, IGN has reported that the next Call of Duty was, in fact, called Call of Duty: Black Ops, despite reporting yesterday that it was more than likely going to be called: CoD: Vietnam. After the initial official announcement of the title, IGN also revealed the various locations in the game, by way of a game description on retailer Game’s website (that has since been taken down):

Now you will witness the birth of the Elite Special Forces and take part in off-the-record missions using unconventional weaponry to get the job done. From Cuba to the Arctic and the jungles of Vietnam, Call of Duty: Black Ops features stunning cinematic graphics and intense gameplay that puts you right at the heart of the action!

And finally, the Game Trailers TV unveiling of the first teaser trailer has been released and can be seen above. From the looks of things, there will be quite a bit of vehicle warfare, and I don’t know what missions these would entail, but near the end, you see a guy in a space suit, as well as an SR-71 Blackbird flying right at the edge of the atmosphere. One of the cooler, and more mysterious, details is the use of unconventional weaponry. Is that stuff we probably never seen or, possibly, the use of napalm bombs, etc? Here’s hoping Treyarch can pull this off and make Call of Duty an enjoyable experience again.

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Problems Arise For the Blu-Ray Version of Avatar

After shattering a blu-ray sells record with it’s release last week, some owners with a copy of the blu-ray version of Avatar may be ready to break their blu-ray player.

Yahoo! News is reporting that there have been numerous complaints regarding the blu-ray version of the blockbuster movie Avatar. The problems afflicting some blu-ray owners isn’t really because of the disc, it’s because of certain un-updated blu-ray players refuse to play the disc.

“When 3 out of 3 players in my house (Denon, Samsung and PC) won’t play it, then 20th Century Fox should be slapped with losses on this one,” said one customer.”

The solution to the problem may be a simple one, for some. Blu-ray players, like the PS3, need regular firmware updates. These updates require an Internet connection. Without updating the machine with the latest firmware upgrades some new dvd releases will become unplayable. This seems to be the case for those with the Avatar blu-ray.

Unlike PS3 gamers who are aware that firmware updates are necessary for playing their favorite games and keeping the system stable, those who bought a blu-ray player just for movies may be oblivious to that fact.

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Roger Ebert Hates 3D

The movie critic legend, Roger Ebert predictably hates 3D. Here are a few quotes and a brief rebuttal:

Recall the greatest moviegoing experiences of your lifetime. Did they “need” 3-D? A great film completely engages our imaginations. What would Fargo gain in 3-D? Precious? Casablanca?

By the same logic, we don’t need HD or color or stereo sound, or heck, why not just read a book, or forego the printing press and bypass these meddling technologies entirely, and stick with the pure story telling medium of “cave wall”?

THERE’S MONEY TO BE MADE IN SELLING NEW DIGITAL PROJECTORS.

Oh, of course, people who make money are evil. How did I forget that?

This is coming from the same person who is publically outraged that the days of the highly paid, highly respected movie reviewer are largely over.

The fact that there is money to be made is a good sign. Consumers vote with their wallets. And based on theater ticket sales, they have been voting in large numbers that 3D is something they enjoy and value, while opinions on movies that other people made are expected for free.

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Jaffe on DAY ONE DLC/GAME SHARING

Well once again Jaffe expresses his thoughts about game sharing and day one DLC, only this time he does it through video. He uses some strong language but hey its Jaffe what are you going do!?

I see what he is saying, In my opinion sony should scrap the whole thing and make a new version so when people try to give there games to random people via psn there is some kind of block the prohibits downloading but also giving them the freedom to download there data if there ps3 has blown up or they have more than one ps3. Whats your thoughts on this agree with Jaffe? or just keep everything the way it is? Don’t be afraid to comment guys.

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