Call of Duty: Black Ops

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Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 PS3 vs. PC Comparison Video V2

The PC version of the game is compared against the PS3 SKU running patch 1.03 which improves image quality a touch.

Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 Console Comparison Video

Xbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3 in what is likely to be the biggest game of 2012.

Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 Cut-Scene/Traversal Performance Video

Like-for-like scenes between the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Black Ops 2 compared.

Key events

21st December 2010

Black Ops sales top $1 billion

9th November 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops

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Call of Duty Black Ops PC Zombies hasn't worked for a week now

And the negative Steam reviews have begun.

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Games industry pays tribute to George A. Romero

Godfather of zombie genre also guest-starred in COD.

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Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 PS3 vs. PC Comparison Video V2

The PC version of the game is compared against the PS3 SKU running patch 1.03 which improves image quality a touch.

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Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 Console Comparison Video

Xbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3 in what is likely to be the biggest game of 2012.

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COD: Black Ops 2 earns more money in 24 hours than Black Ops 1, maybe Modern Warfare 3

But actual sales figures aren't, for first time, revealed.

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Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 Cut-Scene/Traversal Performance Video

Like-for-like scenes between the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Black Ops 2 compared.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 PS3 owners upset at broken DLC codes as Activision battles online issues

UPDATE: Activision working "tirelessly" to combat system lock-ups.

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FeatureAn audience with Syndicate

How a regular northern teen became a YouTube gaming sensation.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 1 is coming to Mac

Over one-and-a-half years late.

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PS3 digital download prices slashed in US Ultimate Edition sale

UPDATE: Promotion not coming to UK, Sony says.

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20-year-old jailed for Call of Duty hack that was really a virus

Kent man made $1-5 a pop selling credit card details.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 release date leaked - report

Pre-order card seemingly confirms direct BLOPS sequel.

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Tactics-based Call of Duty spin-off prototype unearthed

Clip from cancelled Vicarious Visions' project shows up online.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 listed on Amazon France - report

Product page pulled, Activision gets shirty.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops has best game ending ever, says Guinness World Records

Halo: Reach, Ocarina of Time and Modern Warfare 3 in top ten.

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Most played Xbox 360 games of 2011 revealed

Plus, Microsoft lists best selling XBLA titles.

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Enterprising gamer wants to be your virtual FPS bodyguard

£5 gets you 30 minutes of in-game protection.

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EU PlayStation Store update - 16th November

Call of Duty: Black Ops for £48.

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Treyarch regrets Black Ops Second Chance perk

Design director: "I f***** up."

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EU PlayStation Store update 9th November

Premier Manager! COD Elite! Black Ops for £47.99!

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20 million COD Black Ops map packs sold

That's escalation and annihilation.

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Battlefield 3 still behind Call of Duty on XBL chart

More people played Black Ops and MW2 last week.

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Xbox Live chart: COD sees off FIFA, Gears, Forza

While Dungeon Defenders takes XBLA crown.

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COD Elite beta shutting down tonight

Beta activity carries over.

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Black Ops beats Gears 3 in XBL chart

While Burnout Crash debuts at 2 on XBLA

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Activision: COD Elite to set a precedent

Social network add-ons to be a "necessity".

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Black Ops Rezurrection pack hits PS3, PC

Double XP weekend to celebrate.

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FeatureCOD XP: The Bug and the Windscreen

From the archive: A true story about guns, money, Kanye and the biggest game in the world.

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18 million Black Ops map packs sold

Average user spends $76 on the game.

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COD Black Ops: Rezurrection shots

Zombie expansion out now on Xbox 360.

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MS: Xbox exclusive games, DLC "critical"

Explains how it secures exclusive content.

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Dev says fans will want COD Elite premium

"Missing the target" if it's not a "slam dunk".

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Black Ops Rezurrection DLC announced

Plus, rosy Acti earnings report comes in.

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How Microsoft polices Xbox Live

"We focus on the really bad stuff."

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Bastion tops Xbox Live Arcade chart

While COD dominates XBL activity list.

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COD: Black Ops PC and PS3 patch released

Security updates, exploit fixes.

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EU PlayStation Store update 27th July

Annihilation! NFS sale! LA Noire DLC!

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BF3 pre-orders on a par with Black Ops

Analyst raises sales estimate.

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VideoCall Of Duty Elite beta walkthrough

Thirty minutes of what Elite can do.

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Black Ops Annihilation PS3 release date

UPDATE: PC release date revealed, too.

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COD: Elite beta kicks off today

2 million volunteers ready to serve.

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CODCon: Call of Duty XP event announced

12-acres! Maps made real! MW3! COD Elite!

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Treyarch teases more COD Black Ops DLC

Will you buy a fourth map pack?

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COD Black Ops best selling UK game ever

Modern Warfare 2 surpassed.

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VideoBlack Ops: Annihilation's zombie footage

Jungle! Mine-carts! Explosive monkeys!

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VideoBlack Ops Annihilation DLC trailered

Hits Xbox 360 on 28th June.

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Black Ops DLC special edition incoming?

Retail listing points to value pack.

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VideoCOD: Black Ops Annihilation footage

Treyarch takes you through new maps.

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New COD Black Ops map DLC leaked

Silo, Drive-In, Hazard, Hangar 18.

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Black Ops: Escalation PS3 release date

Another double XP weekend to celebrate.

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How much will Call of Duty: Elite cost?

Analysts put price at around £3 a month.

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Call of Duty: Elite explained

Career, Connect, Compete and Improve.

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FeatureCall of Duty: Elite

Shot-in-the-facebook.

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VideoCall of Duty Elite vid details features

YouTube! Networking! Stats! Groups!

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First Call of Duty: Elite images revealed

Activision shows COD subscription service.

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New Black Ops PC patch available now

Plus, mod tools due next week.

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Black Ops: Escalation DLC dated for PC

But still no word on PS3 version.

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Double XP weekend for PS3 Black Ops

Treyarch welcomes Sony gamers back.

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More COD Modern Warfare 3 details

More "epic" story, more destructible.

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COD Modern Warfare 3 date - report

Game codenamed Project Collossus.

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Real Parisian COD: Black Ops zombies

Eurogamer France snaps impressive pics.

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COD Black Ops Escalation DLC released

Xbox Live download is nearly 1GB.

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VideoBlack Ops: Escalation zombie trailer

Treyarch shows off Call of the Dead.

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Black Ops: Escalation gets all-star cast

Buffy, Freddy Krueger, Romero lined up.

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XBL chart: COD rules, Homefront falters

Limbo takes weekly Arcade top spot.

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How COD will avoid Guitar Hero's fate

Acti: "It's the 'stickiest' game of all time."

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Call of Duty Black Ops: Escalation shots

The second DLC map pack detailed.

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VideoFirst Black Ops: Escalation DLC trailer

Treyarch shows off four new maps.

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'No kids' COD multiplayer dismissed

Young 'uns "want to have their fun too".

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March US Xbox 360 sales detailed

No home console stronger in 2011.

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Black Ops bigger than Avatar, Take That

COD was top entertainment product of 2010.

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Black Ops mod tool kit due in May

Tinker with the PC version.

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Activision: You've got us all wrong

"We're not a big monolithic empire."

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Black Ops: Escalation DLC confirmed

Five new maps incoming.

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COD vs. BF3 marketing war to cost $200m

EA talks up FPS battle royale.

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COD: Black Ops Escalation DLC outed

Coming 3rd May, says GAME Australia.

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Black Ops DLC, update 1.07 hits PC

Plus, double XP all weekend.

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Black Ops: First Strike dated for PC

DLC sees belated release this week.

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Battlefield 3 dev calls competition "lazy"

DICE taking potshots at Call of Duty?

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Black Ops is best selling game ever in US

COD's NPD chart domination continues.

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Can COD help soldiers deal with trauma?

Study claims gaming stops violent dreams.

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Treyarch issues Black Ops PS3 patch 1.07

UPDATE: First Strike DLC out now.

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New COD engine "counter-productive"

Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling is back.

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EU PlayStation Store update 2nd March

Black Ops demo, maps; PixelJunk Shooter 2.

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COD Black Ops Title Update 7 out

PS3 patch arrives on Thursday.

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Modern Warfare 3 reveal for GDC

UPDATE: Activision says timer website is a hoax.

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Geohot: Call of Duty hacks not my fault

"I have never played PS3 online ever."

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Just Dance 2 sees off Dead Space 2 in US

NPD: Nobody can unseat Black Ops.

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BAFTA Game nominations announced

AC: Brotherhood, Mario, COD slug it out.

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Will COD share Guitar Hero's fate?

Analysts assess FPS behemoth's future.

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Age of Booty dev helped make Halo DLC

And Black Ops DLC, Halo Waypoint.

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Kotick: online COD fees not a priority

Making "spectacular" games is.

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BAFTA GAME Award shortlist revealed

Vote for your top title of 2010.

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What's Beachhead doing for Call of Duty?

And will you have to pay for it?

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Black Ops: First Strike dated for PS3/PC

Sells 1.4 million in 24 hours on Xbox 360.

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Beachhead to build digital COD content

Activision forms new studio.

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Bleszinski: No "COD shooter pie" left

"It's not enough just to make a shooter."

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Duty Calls has 1.25 million downloads

Bulletstorm's Call of Duty spoof is popular.

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Treyarch up for near-future Call of Duty

"It would be a unique opportunity."

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Treyarch beefs up PS3 security post-hack

Black Ops studio not taking any chances.

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DR2: Case Zero tops 2010 XBLA chart

While Black Ops takes XBL crown.

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Most popular Black Ops perks, guns

Clue: it's not Ninja, it's not Scout.

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Treyarch: angry gamers stifle creativity

Cheer up if you want devs to innovate.

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VideoCOD: Black Ops Berlin Wall footage

First Strike DLC deploys new maps.

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VideoMore Black Ops First Strike gameplay

Call of Duty goes to Kowloon.

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Black Ops: First Strike screens shown

Berlin Wall! Kowloon! A hockey stadium!

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Hefty Black Ops update for Xbox 360

New features detailed, bugs fixed.

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VideoBlack Ops First Strike DLC trailer

New map pack hits XBL 1st February.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops PS3 updated

UPDATE: v1.06 fixes detailed.

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Black Ops: First Strike screenshots

DLC air-drops on 1st February.

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Gamers' Voice reports Activision to OFT

Black Ops "in breach of Sale of Goods Act".

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Gamers' Voice to report Black Ops to OFT

"It should not be released unfinished."

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UK charts: LittleBigPlanet 2 number one

PS3 Mass Effect 2 helps RPG into seventh.

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VideoCOD Black Ops: First Strike DLC revealed

Five new maps arrive 1st February.

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UK charts: DC Universe swoops in

As COD: Black Ops regains lead.

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Black Ops tops UK 2010 chart

Brits love shooting things, dancing.

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Raven perched on Call of Duty as well?

Singularity dev hiring for "realistic" FPS.

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Which?: CEX best for buying your games

Report: games lose value faster than cars.

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Paid-for "second tier" COD online soon?

Analyst expects it in the next few months.

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Will Activision block Respawn's EA game?

Sledgehammer tipped for Nov 2011 COD.

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FeatureFingers on the pulse

Which games get your heart racing the most?

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Black Ops sales top $1 billion

COD rewrites "the rules of entertainment".

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UK chart: Christmas number one is...

Nothing to do with the X-Factor.

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First COD: Black Ops map pack announced

The First Strike on Xbox 360 first.

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EA, not Treyarch, heir to Infinity Ward?

Riccitiello takes a pop at Black Ops team.

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Treyarch answers Black Ops PS3 mob

"We're doing everything we can."

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PS3 gamers outraged at Black Ops

Patch makes things worse, accuse fans.

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Black Ops 360/PS3 updates go live

New PC patch later this week too.

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VideoLEGO takes on Call of Duty: Black Ops

See the game you'll never play.

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UK teen arrested for Call of Duty DDOS

"Phenom Booter" cripples shooter.

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NPD: Black Ops is 7th biggest game ever

Plus: Donkey Kong, NFS outsell GT5.

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New console Black Ops patch detailed

Aims to shut down glitchers, fix controls.

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UK chart: Black Ops back on top

Turismo elbowed, Jackson leaps.

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EA reveals strategy to beat COD

Riccitiello: "We can take the lead."

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Treyarch explains COD patch procedure

Find out why you have to wait.

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Ashley Cole addicted to Black Ops

"Fight, fight, fight, fight, fight for this COD."

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Kinect sold how many in Japan?

Boosts Xbox 360 sales.

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Black Ops hits top spot in Japan

COD makes FPS chart breakthrough.

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Users demand PS3 Black Ops refund

Petition insists it's an "inferior product."

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Acti: Online part of the COD "package"

Again insists it won't charge for multiplayer.

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(I COD get no) Satisfaction

Black Ops spikes Rolling Stones song sales.

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Microsoft defends Live swastika bans

"It's fundamental respect," says StepTo.

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UK chart: COD blops Creed from top

Need for Speed in hot pursuit.

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Infinity Ward restructuring complete

Activision "happy" with the results.

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Black Ops Wii patch in a "week or so"

Treyarch targeting connectivity issues.

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Call of Duty takes top two XBL spots

Black Ops dethrones Modern Warfare 2.

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Black Ops takes $650m in five days

Beats Modern Warfare 2 by huge margin.

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Black Ops sold how many this week?

COD: no need to fish for compliments.

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UK chart: COD batters competition

UPDATE: Why Kinect Adventures is absent.

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Digital FoundryCOD Black Ops: PC 1080p vs upscaled Xbox 360

Xbox 360 scaling up against the PC's real deal.

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Digital FoundryCOD: Black Ops resolution: PC vs. Console

Console sub-HD meets PC native 720p in this comparison.

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FeatureBack to Black

The media cares more for COD's sales figures than its violence, which marks the end of a very different war.

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Black Ops sets new sales records

Beats Modern Warfare 2.

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Cuba attacks "sociopathic" Black Ops

Furious at Castro assassination sequence.

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Treyarch gets tough on Black Ops cheats

Won't make "douche bags" celebrities.

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VideoCelebs blab at Black Ops party launch

Plus front-of-the-queue Imran.

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Digital FoundryCOD Black Ops: cut-scene analysis

PS3/360 comparisons in like-for-like scenes.

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Digital FoundryCOD Black Ops: gameplay performance analysis

Xbox 360 vs. PS3 in a series of gameplay comparisons.

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Crytek: Crysis can be as big as COD

"There's no reason it can't be."

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Digital FoundryCOD Black Ops: PS3 2D vs. 3D

PS3's 3D mode fails to impress from a performance standpoint.

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Digital FoundryCOD Black Ops: Xbox 360 2D vs. 3D

Frame-rate comparisons of cut-scenes and gameplay.

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Black Ops hits a million XBL users

New COD enjoys unexpected popularity.

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Next COD to be set in space?

Sources: Sledgehammer looking to the stars.

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Who queues 13 hours for Black Ops?

"I've never been first in anything."

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Acti urges Black Ops fans to report bugs

"Every game has bugs; it's a reality of gaming."

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COD's twin-stick shooter mode revealed

Welcome to Dead Ops Arcade.

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VideoCOD: Black Ops PS3 vs. 360 video

Comparison footage of 2010's biggest game.

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VideoCall of Duty: Black Ops - first 15 minutes

Capture of the complete Cuba mission.

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Black Ops breaks pre-sale records

Gets closer to "biggest game ever" crown.

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No COD on Battle.net any time soon

We're "two separate entities" - Blizz.

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Where is the price of COD cheapest?

Black Ops going for as low as a squid.

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HMV details tonight's Black Ops launch

Opening 70 shops, giving out prezzies.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops

Redaction stations.

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GAME selling Black Ops for £24.99

COD price war kicks off.

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VideoBlack Ops reckons we're all soldiers

Even Jimmy Kimmel and Kobe Bryant.

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COD: Black Ops gets UK age rating

Bloody violence. Spoilers within.

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MS: Exclusives justify XBL price hike

"We get COD map packs before anybody else."

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Unusual suspects in Black Ops Zombies

Four surprising faces. Spoilers.

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Black Ops gets online split-screen MP

Plus Custom Games Editor and other tweaks.

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GAME reveals Black Ops midnight openings

Will you brave the cold, soldier?

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COD: Black Ops ditches drop-shots

Treyarch details MP alterations.

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Most expensive game merch ever detailed

Chrysler demand $33k for Call of Duty Jeep.

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Black Ops PC specs released

Has your machine got what it takes?

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Hacker denies COD: Black Ops leak reports

Claims reports are false, he was "scammed".

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Black Ops may be "biggest game ever"

UK shops see record pre-orders.

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Treyarch: "We are a PC developer"

Never "wavered" on dedicated servers.

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Call of Duty DS dev "down but not out"

Studio boss blames "mess" of an industry.

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VideoCall Of Duty: Black Ops teaser

A teaser for a trailer.

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FeatureCall of 3D

Treyarch's senior manager speaks out.

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Black Ops more lenient with XBL chat

Not all MW2 blocks "make sense" - Treyarch.

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PC, PS3 and 360 Black Ops runs in 3D

"Could be definitive 3D game experience."

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COD: Black Ops Nazi zombies sighted

Official game guide coffin up proof.

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Treyarch supports Medal of Honor team

Taliban ruckus was “unfair”.

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Chrysler issues Call of Duty Jeep

The ultimate videogame collectible?

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Activision has no plans for online fees

Kotick goes on charm offensive.

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Analysts doubt Reach can beat Black Ops

Either across all platforms or just on 360.

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COD: Black Ops censored in Japan

Exploding limbs off the menu.

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No campaign co-op for COD: Black Ops

But has two-player online splitscreen.

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Gary Oldman and Ed Harris in Black Ops

Batman writer David S. Goyer helping, too.

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VideoCOD: Black Ops Wager Match trailer

Gamble your new COD Points.

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Treyarch unveils Black Ops multiplayer

Wagers, COD Points, bots. Vid inside.

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COD: Black Ops PC to allow modding

But not until after launch.

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COD: Black Ops Prestige Edition is mental

RC-XD Surveillance Vehicle in £130 bundle.

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Treyarch warns of Xbox Live COD scam

Gamertags lifted from multiplayer trailer.

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VideoCOD Black Ops multiplayer teaser

Full reveal on 1st September.

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5000 applied to work on COD

Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer ranks swell.

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EA admits COD and Halo will rule 2010

But has FPS crown in its sights.

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Hardened, Prestige vers for Black Ops?

US retailer listings sighted.

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Black Ops playable through a browser?

InstantAction wants a deal with Activision.

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Kotick: 60% of XBL subs exist for COD

Wants to make money out of them.

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Treyarch: Black Ops will be "best COD"

Separate teams working on "core pillars".

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VideoEGTV: Call of Duty vs. Medal of Honor

We speak to developers Treyarch and EA LA ahead of their Q4 showdown.

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Kotick wishes COD was sub-based MMO

"Our audiences are clamouring for it."

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VideoCall Of Duty: Black Ops remix Feat. Eminem

Few new scenes, bit of rapping. What's not to like?

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COD DLC first on 360 for three years

Any add-on or map pack, apparently.

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Microsoft E3 Conference

Full news breakdown inside. New Xbox 360! Forza Kinect! Reach! Kinect date! Fable III date! Loads more.

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Multiple co-op modes in COD: Black Ops

Separate from the single-player story.

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Treyarch now "100 per cent" Call of Duty

"We are a multiple team studio."

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COD: Black Ops MP preceded campaign

Single-player team could reuse MP assets.

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Treyarch reveals COD: Black Ops details

"It's time," says developer.

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COD: Black Ops for Wii confirmed

Simultaneous launch in November.

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COD: Black Ops detailed in USA Today

4-player co-op, switchable ammo, spy plane.

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Infinity Ward working on Call of Duty

Activision confirms project in conference call.

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New COD features Cuba, Vietnam, Arctic

Witness "the birth" of special forces - GAME.

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Co-op confirmed for COD: Black Ops

Treyarch "can't wait" for you to have a go.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops named and dated

Treyarch-developed sequel in November.

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Report: Treyarch's game is COD: Vietnam

Trailer to reveal all overnight.

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New Call of Duty trailer this week

Will premiere on GameTrailers this Saturday.

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Activision unveils Call of Duty reshuffle

Three more CODs? Plus IW shake-up.

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COD7 Vietnam rumours resurface

Casting call hints at characters.

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More COD, GH, Spidey, Shrek for 2010

"Strong, innovative new titles," says Acti.

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Call of Duty 7 "currently in production"

What price a late 2010 release?

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Treyarch using Cold War for Call of Duty 7?

Source cites Vietnam, Cuba, Africa, Russia.