Activision CEO blames dating woes on Photoshopped pic

Bobby bobby-kotick-datingKotick, CEO of Activision, is one of the most polarizing figures in gaming.

Investors love his focus on keeping the financials steady. Analysts respect his straight-talking, no-hold-barred attitude. But thanks to what many perceive as a thirst to milk every repetitive drop out of a handful of franchises, gamers aren’t exactly big fans, repeatedly tearing him apart in forums and even going so far as to deface his pictures online by, for instance, adding horns to them.

Kotick has a favor to ask, though. Say what you will about him, but could you lay off on the photo desecration? It’s hurting his love life.

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Black Ops II sales hit $1 billion in 15 days

Will black-ops-2-billion-top630Black Ops II be a bigger hit than its predecessor?

Activision announced Wednesday that the latest game in the Call of Duty franchise has hit the $1 billion sales mark after just 15 days on store shelves. That’s one day faster than last year’s Modern Warfare 3, and two days faster than 2009’s “Avatar.”

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Black Ops II pulls in $500 million in first 24 hours

Activision’s cash machine is still running smooth.

In what’s becoming a November tradition, the latest Call of Duty game is once again the biggest entertainment launch of the year. Activision announced Friday that Black Ops II earned over $500 million in its first 24 hours.

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Class action lawsuit targets Blizzard over security issues

Three months after suffering a security breach that affected millions of players, Blizzard Entertainment is facing a class action lawsuit from users who say they should have been protected better.

Carney Williams Bates Pulliam & Bowman, PLLC, a law firm in the Central District of California, has filed the suit against the publisher on behalf of players. (It’s worth noting that no user financial data was reported taken during the attack.)

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Will It Be ‘Game Over’ for Videogame Makers This Holiday?

While the videogame industry relies heavily on the holiday period to help boost publisher profits, some companies may find coal in their stocking this year.

Some titles are sure to be certain hits, but the evolving nature of players and some less-than-stellar lineups could leave some publishers who are typically strong holiday performers out in the cold.

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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria launches

World of Warcraft might be dealing with a subscriber downturn these days, but nothing draws the crowds back like a new expansion.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, the fourth expansion for the hit MMO, releases today, bringing with it a higher level cap, a new character class and a new race — pretty much catnip to lapsed WoW players.

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Millions of World of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft players at risk after server hack

Add Blizzard Entertainment to the long list of video game companies that have been hacked in the past 18 months.

Mike Morhaime, president of the company behind titles such as World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III, announced the breach of the company’s Battle.net servers in a note to users late Thursday afternoon, urging them to change their passwords.

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Ohio teen collapses after Call of Duty marathon

A 15-year old from Columbus, Ohio was rushed to an area hospital Tuesday after collapsing during a marathon session of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 that lasted between four and five days.

Tyler Rigsby was admitted to the Ohio State University Medical Center, suffering from dehydration. Hospital officials say he was released later in the day.

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World of Warcraft subscriptions take a tumble

Azeroth is a lot emptier these days.

World of Warcraft saw more than 1 million people cancel their subscriptions over the past three months, the game’s publisher revealed in its quarterly earnings statement. That’s one of the most dramatic drops in the game’s long history.

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