Black Ops' Lag, Douchebags & Free Female Avatar Gear
Call of Duty: Black Ops finally launched yesterday to rave reviews- but the coverage hasn't stopped yet. Several reports indicate that the PC version frequently suffers from mysterious crippling bouts of lag, even during singleplayer cutscenes. There are plenty of fixes, tweaks and suggestions doing the rounds at the moment, but the current consensus is that it's having real trouble with multiple-core processors. Something to watch out for.
Secondly, Treyarch has responded to the glitchers and hackers who are already starting to ply their pathetic trade on the servers.
We are disinterested in making mini-celebrities out of douche-bags. You better think twice before you glitch. You never know who in your game doesn't like glitchers who reports you and saves the game in their File Share and tells us about it. Our forum admins and VIPs along with JD_2020 (Community Manager) will be managing the communication directly. - Black Ops multiplayer designer David Vonderhaar on the CoD forums
Remember, folks- the new file share allows you to shop hackers and glitchers straight to Treyarch with all the proof they'll need to swing the banhammer.
In other news, Activision found themselves in hot water this week for only printing male avatar codes in the Hardened and Prestige editions. Springing into emergency damage control, they've now issued two universal codes to nab the female avatar gear. Girls, start your downloading!
Redeem code GYVF8-PF7RY-28D7V-VGWV8-CFGRM will snag you the SR 71 Flight Suit, and R76BQ-CR3MF-G2TTF-9G36R-BQWJD provides the Woods Outfit.
Rumour Control: Space CoD, Overkill 2, Late Rising!
- Sledgehammer's Call of Duty to be set in space? Okay, this is a strange one. It's no secret that Sledgehammer is working on a CoD "action adventure" that's going to try something different The internet is currently buzzing with suggestions that this latest title will be set in the future... in space... featuring "space marines"... in space. This is nutty enough to be true- though I'd file under wait and see for now. [Gamasutra]
- House Of The Dead Overkill 2 in the works? Oh God, I hope this turns out to be true. HOTD: Overkill was a vulgar, self-aware and utterly groovy grindhouse homage that rebooted the venerable franchise with a newfound sense of humour. NintendoLife has reported that a sequel is on the way (to the Wii, we can safely assume). File this one under very likely.
- MGS Rising Delayed Until 2012? Raiden's 'Lightning Bolt Action' title has ostensibly been pushed back until 2012 (though the 2011 release date was far from certain). Considering the long wait between most Metal Gear Solid games, I'd go ahead and file this one under almost certain.
Microsoft Still Discussing iPlayer With BBC
BBC iPlayer was once again conspicuously absent from the latest Xbox 360 title update despite both Sony and Nintendo adding it to their consoles. However, Xbox UK boss Stephen McGill has revealed to Eurogamer that Microsoft is still in “discussions” with the BBC about finally making this happen.
There are conversations going on. The thing for us is, how do we add some magic sauce to that so that it’s different? A lot of people are watching that on their PC. How many people are going to watch it on the console unless we add something different?
Here's an idea, Steve. Stop trying to make money from it (as an anonymous BBC source claimed earlier this year) and don't add any magic sauce at all! Just upscale, stick it on the dashboard and have done with it.
Kinect Out Today
Well we've been banging on about it long enough. Microsoft's vaunted motion capture camera peripheral has released today, with many retailers predicting that they'll sell out in as little as 24 hours.
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