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Kevin Spacey to play villain in new Call of Duty game

- May 2nd, 2014

Is Frank Underwood taking over the world?

The latest installment in the multibillion-dollar Call of Duty franchise will have two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey in a lead role, making him one of the highest-profile actors to lend his digital likeness to a video game. Spacey will play the man baddie in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, being developed by gaming giant Activision’s Sledgehammer Games studio and set for release on Nov. 4.

According to reports on gaming website Destructoid, the digital Spacey – seen eloquently ranting on the nature of democracy in the just-released trailer for Advanced Warfare – will play the head of a private military corporation that’s turned on the U.S. government. It’s a safe bet that players will be suiting up as soldiers bent on taking down Spacey’s well-funded mercenaries and their array of high-tech military gear.

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Just the games – what’s new and noteworthy

- February 7th, 2013

“Which games are good? What are people playing?”

I’m asked these questions frequently.  There’s no shortage of gaming coverage out there, but it’s not always easily digestible for the casual crowd and weekend warriors. Subscribing to nerd culture podcasts strikes many gamers as a little intense. Still, they want to know what’s new and what’s worth their time.

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Tactical goodness – Fire Emblem: Awakening has launched to universal acclaim

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The 10 most addictive games

- December 22nd, 2011

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You might as well face it, you’re addicted to games.

According to press release issued by Gamasutra in partnership with GamePress, 63% of gamers surveyed said they feel “addicted” to gaming, 42% admitted they often missed out on social events in the name of leveling up and 82% said they regularly missed out on sleep because of video games.

There are, admittedly, worse things to lose sleep over than enjoying a favourite pastime, but as someone whose been stood up for a date because of Everquest, I beg of you, don’t do that. It’s douchey.

Here are the 10 console games respondents said they were most addicted to. I’m a bit bummed that machine-gun toting bros beat out dragon-slaying nerds for the top spot, but it warms the cockles of my heart to learn that Tetris is still ruining people’s friendships and health after 27 years.

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – 73% of gamers who said they’d played said they felt ‘addicted’ to it
  2. Skyrim: The Elder Scrolls V – 70%
  3. Halo 3 – 68%
  4. Final Fantasy VII – 63%
  5. Grand Theft Auto IV – 58%
  6. Oblivion: The Elder Scrolls IV – 56%
  7. The Sims – 55%
  8. Red Dead Redemption – 46%
  9. FIFA 2012 – 42%
  10. Tetris – 39%

So what games can’t you live without?

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Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 – head to head

- November 26th, 2011

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Blockbuster first-person shooter season is upon us, and as you read this, millions of players are logged into Call of Duty and Battlefield servers, slapping C4 charges on mobile command units, racking up killstreaks and appealing to friends, through tinny headsets, to “watch your six.”

Despite the cinematic solo story modes in these games, it’s the online component that’s the main draw for a huge number of players. So how do the multiplayer modes in the console versions of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 stack up?

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Edmonton Gamers answer the Call of Duty

- November 9th, 2011

Bleary eyed and dead tired, I was stoked to be among the first to slide Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 onto my PS3 at close to 2:00 a.m Tuesday and after a marathon session ending in me waking to a string of slobber on my chin, I can safely say the game is exactly what I expected.

Fans will no doubt be ecstatic that developer Infinity Ward once again drops us into the semi-futuristic conflict Modern Warfare is praised for; a step away from the more historical warfare of Black Ops and a return to the combat setting that made Call of Duty 4 a smash hit.

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