Gameblog and Activision Update

Last week, Gameblog.fr reported on details of Black Ops, after the game’s product page was posted live on Amazon France.  They were soon contacted by Activision’s PR, who pressured them to remove the story; when they refused, they say that Activision blacklisted them.

Gameblog editor, Grégory Szriftgiser has given an interview to Kotaku, with more details of how things happened.

Activision have responded to Kotaku, saying that “Activision doesn’t blacklist journalists.  We believe this was a misunderstanding and are working towards a resolution.”

Some misunderstanding..

Black Ops 2 and Politics

A listing for “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” was apparently included on Amazon France this week.. not the first time they’ve leaked information early, according to VG247.  This leak was spotted by GameBlog.fr, who duly took a screenshot and reported it on their site, along with the name of the developer for this title: Treyarch.

It wasn’t long before Activision contacted GameBlog.fr, demanding that they remove the news item.  When they refused, Activision blacklisted the site.

Trying to hush the information up once the press have seen and reported on it, and even had it cached by Google, seems ridiculous.

The information is already out there.  Forcing press to remove items like this does nothing to hush up the story: if anything it draws even more attention to it!  What’s more, this makes the publisher look like a heavy-handed bully.

Amazon France made the mistake: if anything, Activision should be speaking to them about sticking to release dates, rather than attacking the news sites who report the news as they see it.

As for the release of information: Joystiq reports that a Treyarch-contracted artist, Hugo Beyer, has listed “Black Ops 2” amongst his current projects.

The best thing Activision can do now is come out with a report of their own.. and I think they should also apologise to GameBlog.fr.

Modern Warfare 2

This is actually the first game since Fallout 3 that we’ve picked up on Day 1 (not counting gifts and promos here).  I tried ignoring the hype across the web over the recent weeks, but it gets harder to ignore when you find out the game is only £28 at Morrisons, and the boss offers to go to the shop to fetch it (while getting copies for half the office too).

We ended up picking the PS3 version up because the others at work were going for PS3 too.  We’d decided it was a toss-up between PS3 and 360, because if we were to choose PC, we’d have to buy two copies.  I prefer shooters on the PC, but I can see we’re going to increasingly move to consoles as we don’t want to pay for a game twice.

So – MW2.. I can see why people have been raving; it deserves the hype!

Controls-wise, it feels very like COD 4: Modern Warfare, so quite easy to pick up and get into.  Graphics, wow.  There’s an amazing level of detail, blood effects and lighting seem bang on.  Sounds seem perfect, fitting the environments, and the voice acting particularly is really well done.  More gravelly voices 🙂

So tonight I enjoyed sneaking around in the snow with a heartbeat sensor, picking off guards..  followed by a mad dash in the snow mobile section after a confrontation with some guards and a bit of a scrap.  No trophies though, which seems to be something affecting a few others too.  Tim got his, so I’m not sure quite what happened there.

For me, the single player missions need to be done first, before playing with other modes.  This does mean at my pace, which is on the slow side, but I’d rather take my time and enjoy it than race through but not really take in all the details.

After that, maybe some online, but definitely some co-op 🙂