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From COD: Black Ops Dedicated Servers to Nintendo DS Sales - News Roundup Friday 14th May

Marius Goubert
Call of Duty: Black Ops, Infinity Ward, News, Nintendo DS
Call of Duty: Black Ops

Call of Duty: Black Ops to get dedicated servers

From COD: Black Ops Dedicated Servers to Nintendo DS Sales - News Roundup Friday 14th May

In an interview with PC Zone, studio head Mark Lamia has confirmed that Treyarch will be providing dedicated servers for Call of Duty: Black Ops. Unlike COD predecessors Infinity Ward, who caused uproar after deciding  to replace the popular feature with a console-like matchmaking system for PC versions of Modern Warfare 2, Treyarch insist they have nothing but love for dedicated servers. ‘I think they’re excellent’ said Lamia ‘I don't see any reason not to see them unless... well, I just don't see any reason not to.’

Acknowledging the importance which the PC gaming community places on dedicated servers (as they allow players greater freedom to customize and create maps, add new weapons and create new game types) Lamia added, ‘It seems people like them and we're excited about what we're doing right now. We do work very hard to reconcile the desire to manipulate and modify those dedicated servers with offering them the persistent experience and benefits that the console system provides.’

‘We're working very hard to marry those two things, so people can run dedicated servers and also participate in the communal experience the console players get to have, given they're all on first-party servers.’ The full interview can be found in issue 221 Of PC Zone which also features an eight page section dedicated to Treyarch’s forthcoming COD: Black Ops. [Techtree]

April Industry Decline Amongst worst on record

From COD: Black Ops Dedicated Servers to Nintendo DS Sales - News Roundup Friday 14th May

According to figures released by the NPD Group, April 2010 has seen one of the worst declines in US videogame sales in the entire history of the industry. Sales totalled $766.2; a figure which reveals a 26% drop compared to the previous year in which overall revenue reached $1.03 billion. Analyst Anita Frazier described it as the worst decline since ‘July 2009’ and the forth worst on record.

She did go on to cite a possible explanation for the drop: ‘Some of the decline is explained by the shift of Easter timing. In April '09, consumers attributed $55 million of industry sales to Easter as a purchase occasion, which would account for about 21% of the decline from last year since Easter purchasing happened in March this year.’ Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo have all released statements saying they are remaining positive in spite of the down-turn. [1up]

Nintendo DS to become best selling console of all time

From COD: Black Ops Dedicated Servers to Nintendo DS Sales - News Roundup Friday 14th May

Nintendo are remaining particularly defiant in the wake of the April slump – and with good reason. Sales of Nintendo Wii and DS consoles are continuing to consistently outsell the competition while the DS is expected to grab the title of ‘Best Selling Console of All Time’ by the end of this year. Despite the fact that sales are slowing, 440,800 DS consoles were sold in the US throughout April which sent Nintendo’s handheld to the top of the hardware charts. To date, Nintendo have now sold 129 million units since the release of the DS back in 2004. [techradar]

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