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COD: Modern Warfare 2 Delayed on PC, Activision Defends Price

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263w ago - Today Electronic Theatre (linked above) has confirmed that the PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has been delayed, and will launch on November 24 which is two weeks after its console counterparts.

There is no official reason for the delay yet, although it is speculated that it is due to insufficient manufacturing output to have enough PC copies ready by November 10 to meet demand or that Infinity Ward wants to implement more stringent copy-protection to combat piracy.

In related news, Activision UK managing director Andrew Brown has defended the publisher's decision to price Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 at £55 RRP.

When Activision originally revealed the price, retailers warned of the effect that the increase would have on consumers, which is £5 more than other Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 titles on the market.

But Brown is confident that consumers will feel that they are getting a good deal with the content provided by Modern Warfare 2.

To quote from [Register or Login to view links]: "At the end of the day, there is a spectrum of what people can afford and what people are prepared to spend. These things are key," said Brown.

"This is an industry where things cost a lot to develop...
 

Modern Warfare 2 Perks List Unveiled by Activision

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266w ago - The perks list for Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, and PC) have been released by Activision, and it looks like they've also retained some old ones apart from adding in some fresh items.

If you complete the particular challenge for each Perk, you can find yourself being upgraded to a "Pro" version.

Now, do take note that getting upgraded to Pro does not necessarily make the Perk stronger, just that there may be a new feature or a side effect.

The list of the current known Perks are below:

Akimbo | Akimbo Pro
Ability: Allows to dual-wield any sidearm
Pro Ability: ?
Note: Perk Slot for Akimbo is still unknown

Perk Slot 1

* Marathon | Marathon Pro
o Ability: Unlimited sprint
o Pro Ability: Get over obstacles faster

* Sleight of Hand | Sleight of Hand Pro
o Ability: Faster reloading
o Pro Ability: ?

* Scavenger | Scavenger Pro
o Ability: Full resupply from dead enemies
o Pro Ability: ?

* Classified (needs to be unlocked)
o Ability: ?
o Pro Ability: ?

Perk Slot 2

* Stopping Power | Stopping Power Pro
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Video: Courtney Love to Sue Activision Over Kurt Cobain Character

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267w ago - Guitar Hero 5 has featured a posthumous Kurt Cobain on their list of characters that are in the game, and apparently not only are other people not happy about it... Courtney Love isn't either, so she is suing Activision.

To quote: In a Twitter tirade for the ages, the former Hole frontwoman announced plans to sue Guitar Hero 5 publisher Activision over the way her late husband was represented in the game, reports [Register or Login to view links].

"For the record this Guitar Hero [expletive] is breach of contract on a Bullys part and there will be a proper addressing of this and retraction," she posted on her [Register or Login to view links] account. "WE are going to sue the [expletive] out of Activision we being the Trust the Estate the LLC the various LLCs Cobain Enterprises."





Cobain appears as one of five exclusive in-game artists in Guitar Hero 5, joining the likes of Carlos Santana and Johnny Cash as playable characters.

In particular, Love is incensed over the look of Cobain's avatar, which can be used by gamers to play non-Nirvana songs with Cobain lip-synching along. Love insisted she "never...
 

Gamers Turn to Piracy and Boycotting Efforts Against Activision

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272w ago - With the recent (very understandable) anger with Activision and their CEO Bobby Kotick over the company's seemingly callous and arrogant stance lately toward gamers, and even other companies, gamers are in the process of figuring out how to make their statement.

The obvious choice would be the [Register or Login to view links] that is beginning to make headway. But such things are only as reliable as the honor of the person who agrees. Someone who is angry now, might not be as angry a few months from now when his buddies are playing Modern Warfare 2 or Guitar Hero 5 and he isn't.

For those who are angry but plan to play Activision's games anyway, it seems that their plan of attack is piracy. Below are some things to keep in mind if your plans include going this route, to quote:

All over the message boards of the gaming community, in private conversations, and the like, apparently this is the intent of many.

Activision is a business, and a business as its bottom line is to make as much profit as possible.

Part of making as much profit as possible obviously includes not enraging your customers to stand against you. And obviously...
 

Activision Renames Modern Warfare 2 Again

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275w ago - Modern Warfare 2 has once more been renamed, shifting back to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 after ditching the franchise name for a few months.

Why the back and forth? It's not really clear. But this is what Activision has to say about the name game, to quote:

"Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare 2 is the direct sequel to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare," a spokesperson told Kotaku.

"We have focused our attention on Modern Warfare in order to most effectively communicate the fact that this is the first true sequel in the Call of Duty series. Infinity Ward, the original creators of the Call of Duty franchise, has said from the beginning Modern Warfare 2 resides in the Call of Duty universe. This is reflected in the title's package."

What this doesn't answer is why the game initially ditched the Call of Duty moniker for the title, calling it just Modern Warfare 2, only to put the franchise name back on the box.

Stranger still, why did the world find out about this latest change through a tweet by Infinity Ward? Could this latest move be concerns over brand awareness?
 
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