Communist Revolution at Infinity Ward Empowers Proletariat

Encino, France – Comrade Dan Amrich of Activision’s Ministry of Public Affairs today announced details of the sweeping compensation reform in the newly recognized People’s Republic of Infinity Ward. Spoils seized from the bourgeois tyrants Zampella and West’s personal treasury during last month’s revolution has been placed in trust and will be redistributed to the honest working class with all haste. The cowards Zampella and West remain in exile on the Isle of Man, impotent, as the proletariat they oppressed for so long continue to build their utopia!

Bullet Point BS: 4/12/2009

Trying something new today, with news and commentary all snipped up the way you twitter-kiddies like it. The Gears of War 3 announcement really got away from Epic and Microsoft last week when CliffyB got bumped from Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night and the shambling infrastructure of Xbox Live marketing failed to react to the new reality. But Epic’s “Face Man” got his camera time tonight and you can see the whole segment, including the premiere trailer on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon webnet. The Gears 3 video is entitled “Ashes to Ashes” and features a cinematic sequence set to moody acoustic rock by[…]

Bobby Kotick Wields Secret Army as Cudgel

News broke late today about a dust up between Activision and the leadership at Infinity Ward, the creators of Call of Duty. Perhaps more alarming than the sudden departure, and apparent firing, of the studio’s founders is the original report from G4tv.com which confirms the existence of Activision’s long rumored Gestapo. Infinity Ward employees sent numerous twitter and facebook updates as Bobby Kotick’s goon squad surrounded their building and stormed the premises. The artists and programmer valiantly defended their cubicles with airsoft guns, nerf darts and shaken-up cans of soda, but they were eventually routed. A reliable death count is[…]

Impotence: An Internet ROMCOM

It’s been said often that no online petition anywhere has ever accomplished anything. For example, about 12 years ago when online petition websites first started popping up I started one demanding the erraddication of all sites dedicated to the creation of Internet petitions. Got a bunch of people to sign it, too. But the owners of the site where the petition was hosted refused to shut down! Can you believe it? If the people running online petitions won’t listen to online petitions, why would anyone with a real business? Which brings us to today’s petition du ‘jour. No sooner had[…]

Great moments in dickwhickery

The following interview with Infinity Ward’s Vince Zampella over a Joystiq gets my dander up for a couple reasons. First, and I’ve been getting this sense for a while now, the developers of Modern Warfare 2 seem like dicks. I understand they aren’t real happy with the way Activision has farmed out editions of their baby, Call of Duty, to other developers. But the tactic has been undeniably successful. After the blockbuster success of CoD4 in 2007, last year’s CoD: WaW also sold like 8 million units. What’s more, World at War was actually a really fun game, and Treyarch, that[…]