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Activision Officially Unveils New Sledgehammer Games StudioAs news of more and more former Infinity Ward developers popping up over at Respawn Entertainment continues (not to mention the entire hoopla surrounding the whole ordeal), it’s clear that Activision is facing one of the most challenging periods in its history. Reader bunnyglomp puts it all in perspective:

“Wow. What a turnaround for Activision. Last year, the merger between Activision and Vivendi was feared because it would dethrone EA as market leader and become a powerhouse that was unstoppable. Now look at them. They lost IW, may even lose the MW title, tony hawks series is dead, They haven’t had a good Spider-Man game in years, they lost ID software. All they have left is poor ol blizzard. Talk about epic failure.”

It’s definitely been a fascinating year so far for Activision, and things will only get more so over the coming months and years. What do you think of where Activision has been and where it is headed?
 

Five Years of the Nintendo DS

The big Nintendo rumor today is that the 3D-powered Nintendo DS could very well be released by the end of the year, a year that has been dominated by 3D talk, but is also going to be the year that Sony and Microsoft introduce their answers to the motion-controller revolution that Nintendo ushered in with it Wii. An October 3DS release would make for a very interesting holiday, as RockieOllie points out:

“If Nintendo pulls that off they’re basically spitting on Sony and Microsoft saying: 'Motion controls? That is so 2006. It's all about 3D guys.' Nintendo is just going to be one innovation a head of the crowd, leaving Sony and Microsoft trying to keep up with the Joneses.”

I don’t necessarily think Nintendo things all that hard about Sony and Microsoft, considering Nintendo’s dominance in the console/handheld market. However, I also don’t think they’re totally above pointing out that Sony and Microsoft are certainly playing catch up on the motion control front, even if the PlayStation Move and Project Natal end up being far superior pieces of gaming technology. And introducing a fully 3D supported device into gamers’ hands that doesn’t require an expensive new TV and glasses to enjoy it will definitely be an enviable position to be in, especially since it could very well shape how gamers feel about 3D gaming much in the same way the Wii laid the foundation for motion-controlled gaming.

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The Daily Reacharound: New iPhone Reveal Staged?The big tech news today is that Apple’s next generation iPhone has been revealed, but not in a way befitting of the iPhone and Apple's status. And while the official story (so far) is that the prototype iPhone just happened to be found in a bar, supposedly after the entrusted owner left it behind, some people are questioning the whole ordeal. Like ShaggyMetalHead:

“It might just be a marketing ploy to raise hype for the phone. It will get alot more of a response if there is a ‘lost phone recovered’ by some random person than Apple just releasing a press statement with the specs. Consumers feel as if they got one by on Apple by thinking that they got the information by luck.”

This thought crossed my mind as well (I especially like the idea that it would make people feel like they “got one by on Apple”), but then I realized that Apple doesn’t need any help from a fake controversy to get people’s attention, especially when it comes to something like the next generation iPhone. Having said that, I have zero connections to the situation, so I could be totally wrong. What do you think?

The Daily Reacharound: Alienation Accompanies Aliens In X-Com Reboot?

One of the major topics of discussion today is obviously the big announcement that BioShock 2 developer 2K Marin is re-imagining the classic sci-fi strategy franchise X-Com as a narrative-driven first-person shooter. Gamers have been wondering about an X-Com reboot for a long time, but these early details have many eager fans scratching their heads, including reader ZyloWolfBane who brings up a particularly pertinent point:

“Whenever they take a franchise and 'Change' it the series never retains what made it great in the first place...And whats worse is they think they are making the old fans happy while making new ones while in reality they turn off old fans for screwing up a good thing and alienate new players cause they dont know anything about the game's roots, nor would they be able to since its basically a new game at that point.”

This is a topic that has arisen quite often as of late, and I’m actually working on something at the moment that takes a look at this very issue. And while it’s obviously way too early to tell if 2K Marin’s direction for X-Com will turn the game into the next Fallout 3 or send the franchise to its final resting place, I definitely understand why fans of the series are nervous. If it ends up being worth all the worry is another story.

Welcome to the of TheFeed's Reacharound, where we reward you for awesome commentary. All week long, we've been reading the comments you post to our site, silently judging your worth, picking the best to spotlight and reward.

This week, we're giving the top comment of the week an awesome G4 T-shirt, suitable for wearing, framing or totally ignoring! I'm not giving anyone the sweet Luchadore mask from Konami's Gamer Day. I need it for my wrestling career! Below are the most interesting, funny, insightful or cool comments of the last seven days:

We're gonna start the Reacharound off with a strong opinion, because that what makes the internet go. User spicypooptastic responded to the fact that Heavy Rain is selling well with the following vitriol:

I am happy for sony on actually getting pay off on taking risk. I am happy to see that games don't need to be carbon copy clones to sell well. I am however not happy to see that pretentious, stuck up douche david cage be looked at as if hes some genius artist. He hates games and wishes he could do film but he failed at that so he does this, he looks down on gamers and other game makers as well. He is a douche its insane that he thinks hes so much better when he hasn't done anyone well, he just made something so different people where like BRAVO!

F him I hate people like that dude, he probably sits around and talks about how cleaver and smart he is, and how hes some gift to the world

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The Reacharound

Welcome to the of TheFeed's Weekly Reacharound, where we reward you for awesome commentary. All week long, we've been reading the comments you post to our site, silently judging your worth, picking the best to spotlight and reward. This week, we're giving the top comments of the week a great prize: A code for an early look at either the Xbox 360 or PS3 version of Lost Planet 2's  exclusive multiplayer demo.

Allow me to direct your attention to the photo above. Reader JediMasterChief, a past Reacharound comment winner, was too tall for his free T-Shirt, so I sent him the signed certificate you see above (and the cool, Modern Warfare 2 throat microphone next to it.) I'm happy to see my certificate in a place of honor, and to once again prove that TheFeed doesn't discriminate against the gangly or the portly. And now, on to the comments...

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Welcome to the of TheFeed's Reacharound, where we reward you for awesome commentary. All week long, we've been reading the comments you post to our site, silently judging your worth, picking the best to spotlight and reward.

This week, we're giving the top comment of the week an awesome G4 T-shirt, suitable for wearing, framing or totally ignoring! Below are the most interesting, funny, insightful or cool comments of the last seven days:

Gamers on TheFeed seem pretty cautious/dismissive of the newly-named PlayStation Move motion controllers. Reader thexcheat said:

I couldn't help thinking about the Wii when I was watching the video.
Yeah, it's got 1:1 but so what? It's like trying to sell a 120hhz TV to a market that just bought a 60hz TV.
It might attract some people, but most casual people won't tell the difference except one is black, costs more, and doesn't give much different than what they have. I see Sony losing major $$ over this. They will need a large campaign to attract even the smallest number of consumers.

Sony is not going to be able to capitalize on what Nintendo has already done.
The Nintendo Wii was the revolution in gaming. People bought it, played it for what it's worth, and now they're moving on with their lives. The "Move" has no place in this market, but to "move" on.

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Welcome to the of TheFeed's Weekly Reacharound, where we reward you for awesome commentary. All week long, we've been reading the comments you post to our site, silently judging your worth, picking the best to spotlight and reward.

This week, we're giving the top comment of the week an awesome G4 T-shirt, suitable for wearing, framing or totally ignoring! Below are the most interesting, funny, insightful or cool comments of the last seven days:

Adam Sessler examined the link between Commerce and Art in this week's Sessler's Soapbox, prompting eckoampua to opine:

In response to this creativity vs. big business point, I'm glad that Adam brought up Bobby Kotick and Activision. Personally, I'm really scared that Activision is so successful, mainly with Call of Duty. By now these games are arriving every year, and the series is, for the most part, stagnant. What's worse is the amount of people that are so excited for the next installment. If this is the case, then why would developers invest ANYTHING into creativity, if we so quickly throw money at the publishers that are dishing out cheap cash-ins and sequels?

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The Reacharound: Where Your Comments Are Rewarded Handsomely

Welcome to the of TheFeed's Weekly Reacharound, where we reward you for awesome commentary. All week long, we've been reading the comments you post to our site, silently judging your worth, picking the best to spotlight and reward. This week, we're giving the top two comments some serious swag: A very, very cool Dante's Inferno action figure, and a Tekken 6 faceplate for an Xbox 360.

Below are the most interesting, funny, insightful or cool comments of the last seven days:

Early this week, Miss America said some not-positive things about video games. I said some not-positive things about Miss America. BigKevSexyMan said some not-positive things about me:

"Ok, I understand wanting to defend video games against people like jack thompson and stuff, but seriously, get over yourself. You don't have to attack every single public figure that doesn't like video games. Lighten up already."

Point taken, Kev. Please accept this reacharound.

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The Reacharound: Where Your Comments Are Rewarded Handsomely

Welcome to the second ever Reacharound, where we call out and reward our commenters for being insightful, intelligent, funny, interesting and awesome. This week's top comment will receive a truly impressive Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks t-shirt, and two runners-up will be playing Shadow Complex on Xbox Live courtesy of the codes we'll send out.

I'm going to start off with the big news of the week: Apple's revelation of the iPad. We went all-out on our coverage of the cutting-edge device, and asked our readers a simple question: Now that you know everything about the iPad, would you purchase one? cmdluke answered:

nope.com

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TheFeed's Weekly Reacharound

Welcome to the triumphant(?) return of TheFeed's Weekly Reacharound, where we reward you for awesome commentary. All week long, we've been reading the comments you posts to our site, silently judging your worth. Below are the most interesting, funny, insightful or cool comments of the last seven days:

Reader IcemanMX summed up the mixed feelings many gamer have about Bobby Kotick delivering the Keynote at this year's DICE show:

"As someone who owns Activision/Blizzard stocks, I like the guy for increasing my net worth by a few bucks. As I gamer, I absolutely loathe Bobby Kocklick (I like my spelling better) with the most venomous, darkest, putrid, vile disgust that can ever emanate from a human or gopher that gets confused for a prairie dog.

Damn you, voices in my head!"

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