Call of Duty: Black Ops - First Strike

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CODCon: Call of Duty XP event announced

CODCon: Call of Duty XP event announced

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

Call of Duty has a big enough fan following to warrant an expo, a fanfest, a CODCon. So that's what Activision is doing.

Say hello to Call of Duty XP, a two-day event at a 12-ace compound in Los Angeles, America. Call of Duty XP takes place on 2nd and 3rd September.

Tickets cost $150, and there are a modest 6000 of them. They go on sale from 19th July, and can be snapped up by people outside the US and Canada as well as from within.

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Activision: You've got us all wrong

"We're not a big monolithic empire."

Publishing behemoth Activision is public enemy number one in many gamers' eyes, but according to one executive at the company, it has an undeserved reputation.

Black Ops DLC, update 1.07 hits PC

Black Ops DLC, update 1.07 hits PC

Plus, double XP all weekend.

Black Ops developer Treyarch shows PC gamers a little love today with the belated arrival of the First Strike DLC and a new patch.

As previously announced, First Strike is available now from all your standard digital vendors for 11.49, adding in four new multiplayer maps and one additional zombie co-op map. It launched on Xbox 360 in February and PlayStation 3 earlier this month, winning a 7/10 from Eurogamer.

There's also a new patch available, addressing various bugs and exploits. For those keeping score, this is update 1.07. There's a full list of all the tweaks, fixes and new additions below.

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Black Ops: First Strike dated for PC

DLC sees belated release this week.

PC users can finally get their mitts on the First Strike expansion for shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops this Friday, developer Treyarch has announced.

Treyarch issues Black Ops PS3 patch 1.07

Treyarch issues Black Ops PS3 patch 1.07

UPDATE: First Strike DLC out now.

UPDATE: The First Strike DLC is available to download from PSN now.

ORIGINAL STORY: Treyarch has issued an update to the PlayStation 3 version of first-person shooter phenomenon Call of Duty: Black Ops ahead of the launch of the First Strike downloadable content later today.

The patch 1.07 notes are below.

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Treyarch up for near-future Call of Duty

"It would be a unique opportunity."

In the land of Call of Duty, the battlelines are clearly drawn: Modern Warfare maker Infinity Ward creates the near future shooters and Black Ops maker Treyarch creates the shooters set in the past.

Call of Duty: Black Ops  First Strike

Call of Duty: Black Ops First Strike

Bob Crow did warn you.

Editor's note: A joke may be considered to have missed its mark when it requires further explanation to a reasonable number of people, and we apologise if anyone confused Will's tongue-in-cheek pillorying of gamers' attitudes and his future brother-in-law in this review with actual bigotry. For the record, Dave is a real person, is a casual gamer as described, but is in on the joke.

Sometimes as editors we hear the voice of the person writing in our heads when we read their work, which is not a facility necessarily available to our readers and can lead to warm hearts being mistaken for cold ones. Will is a sweet-natured man and a big fan of COD multiplayer, while FIFA is the most played game in the surprisingly unsnobby Eurogamer office by a mile. Angry Birds, though? PEASANTS.

Hi Eurogamer! Eurogamer, this is Dave. Dave might look like us, and in many ways he behaves like us, but he is not like us. He is, in fact, quite different. Note his furrowed brow and the hint of menace in his eyes. Look at those trainers. Judge him.

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