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Kotick sets sights on paying a Fee for Call of Duty ELITE

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Kotick sets sights on paying a Fee for Call of Duty ELITE      For some it is news, for us it isn't.

Almost a year ago, E3 - Saturday, June 19 2010, we already published an article about Mister Kotick (the BIG boss of Activision), who openly admitted his goal was to get a "Call of Duty with an online subscription service...".  And knowing Kotick, he rather die than give up on what he wants.

So now he has got one step further in the realisation of what he wants to have.


Wall street journal - Article by NICK WINGFIELD

Consumers are used to paying $60 each for videogames that run on consoles like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Now the publisher, Activision, behind the industry's biggest videogame franchise Call of Duty is about to find out whether it can get them to pay a monthly bill, too.

Activision Blizzard Inc. plans to launch an online service called Call of Duty Elite this fall that will work with the next major edition of the game, "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3," and future instalment of the hyper-realistic combat-simulation game. In a move industry executives describe as a first, Activision plans to charge a monthly subscription fee for the service, which will provide extra content that isn't offered on game discs sold in stores, including downloadable map packs that give players new "Call of Duty" levels to play.   Rest of this article in read more.


And an other Project : Kotick wants "just" a share of used games market.

Chinese prisoners forced to MMO gold farming

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Gold farming may be looked down upon in the world of MMOs*, but players cannot deny its shady existence.

What is it? Gold farming is the act of acquiring in-game gold and selling it, for real dollars, to lazy gamers. With "gold" these gamers can buy in-game items, like better armor.

A 2008 report on the virtual economy on online games from the University of Manchester already stated that about 80 percent of all gold farmers are from China. 

Chinese prisoners forced to MMO gold farming

A World of Warcraft Mining Map with the locations where to find gold.  Its all like the real thing.

But now it seems that a Jixi labor camp in China has taken the practice of gold farming even further by apparently forcing their prisoners to work in actual coal mines by day and farm for gold in online games at night.

The Guardian has a detailed story about one prisoner from such a labor camp. By the pseudonym of Liu Dali, this man talked about his ordeal.

Dali stated that "if [he] couldn't complete my work quota, they would punish me physically. They would make me stand with my hands raised in the air and after I returned to my dormitory they would beat me with plastic pipes. We kept playing until we could barely see things."

This online operation was much more lucrative than the work the prisoners did in the real coal mines.

"Prison bosses made more money forcing inmates to play games than they do forcing people to do manual labour." Dali said that a prisoner could find between 5,000 to 6,000 rmb ($770 to $925) worth of in-game gold. Prison officials then exchange this "gold" for real dollars.

Dali added that "In a lot of prisons across the north-east of China, inmates are forced to "play" MMO games."

* Massively Multiplayer Online  -  Role-Playing Game

Phishing website found running on a Sony server

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A credit card phishing site has been found running on one of Sony's servers

A credit card phishing site has been found running on one of Sony's servers, adding to the company's already extensive security breach.

Users were encouraged to apply for a credit card on this fake site, at; although the site doesn't mention Sony at all, the URL may encourage confidence in unwitting consumers.

With even the whole PlayStation Network NOT BACK ONLINE yet ! Sony is still reeling from its last security breach with the PlayStation Network having three weeks of downtime last month; after hackers broke in and compromised PS3 users' credit card and personal details.

F-Secure, which discovered the phishing site, alerted the tech giant to its existence. And Sony has removed the Phishing website.

This latest revelation comes after Sony was forced to take the NEW PSN password reset website down because it required users' email addresses and dates of birth to verify their IDs; information that had already been compromised by the hackers.

New Call of Duty Names registered by Activision

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The following NEW Call of Duty names are registered as Trademarks by ACTIVISION PUBLISHING.


The files will be Published For Opposition on 5/17/2011.

So does Activision need the tainted Modern Warfare name ?   Nope.


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And it is so simple to detect fake Call of Duty news...

by Vrandas

Ugly design MW3 logo    It seems that the horrible design is the real MW3 logo.... My mistake.

It's just that I have never seen such a bad designed CoD logo & box-art before.

The weird looking Call of Duty logo, looks to wide for the silouette, and a squashed MW3 is pushing up against COD.

There is no "balance" in this picture. In Design class this picture would fail.  Let's hope it will only be the new logo.....


I don't like it when Google News websites and even BIG Gaming sites place fake Call of Duty News on their website.

Like the latest: "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 logo leakedor something similar. Just to lure visitors to their websites ? 

With a little interest in what you publish; you could easily notice that the "leaked" logo and box cover were poorly made fakes.

Have a look at the trademark logo of Call of Duty.  First used by Infinity Ward and now even Sledgehammer Studio uses it.

trademark logo of Call of Duty

The Call of Duty: Black Ops logo was all white but the same.    Now have a look at what supposed to be a new CoD title logo....

Fake CoD Logo


More about the Call of Duty: MW3 Box Art "design" can be found here.

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