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Activision Blizzard Announces Guitar Hero 5, New Call of Duty 85

MTV's Multiplayer Blog reports on recent announcements from Activision Blizzard which confirm that sequels to several popular franchises are on the way. The games include a new Guitar Hero, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and a new Tony Hawk, which will use some kind of non-standard controller. "At the meeting, Activision Blizzard showcased new games that would make sense for in-game ads, including the vaguely titled "Guitar Hero 5," which included a screen shot of gameplay with a Burger King ad to the right of the note highway."
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Activision Blizzard Announces Guitar Hero 5, New Call of Duty

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  • Awesome (Score:5, Insightful)

    by skam240 ( 789197 ) on Sunday December 07, 2008 @04:49AM (#26018567)

    Awesome! Not only do I get crappy, mediocre sequels to successful franchises but I also get Burger King Ads!? Fuck! America is awesome!

  • by Gunslinger47 ( 654093 ) on Sunday December 07, 2008 @05:30AM (#26018681)
    Did ticket prices drop with the introduction of in-theater ads?
  • by Haeleth ( 414428 ) on Sunday December 07, 2008 @07:00AM (#26019027) Journal

    If Blizzard becomes synonymous with a chain-shitty-sequel-churner I'll be annoyed to sad.

    Yes, how would the world survive if the team behind such original franchises as Warcraft II, Warcraft III, World of Warcraft, Diablo II, and the upcoming Diablo III and Starcraft 2.1, Starcraft 2.2 and Starcraft 2.3 was ever reduced to chain-sequel-churning?

  • by Haeleth ( 414428 ) on Sunday December 07, 2008 @07:04AM (#26019045) Journal

    As far as I'm concerned, having advertising rammed down your throats in a game that retails for $60 is adequate grounds for piracy.

    No, it's adequate grounds for not playing that game.

    If the games have ads in, they will know how many people play them. If lots of people play them, they will make more games with ads in. If fewer people play them, they will abandon the idea.

    After all they're still going to make money off of you.

    That's all the more reason not to play the games! If they make money out of pirates, then an ad-infested game might end up being more profitable than one that respects its players. Then everyone would start putting ads in their games. Is that really the outcome you want?

  • Excuses - a rant (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Joe Jay Bee ( 1151309 ) <<jbsouthsea> <at> <gmail.com>> on Sunday December 07, 2008 @07:56AM (#26019299)

    As far as I'm concerned, having advertising rammed down your throats in a game that retails for $60 is adequate grounds for piracy. After all they're still going to make money off of you.

    You know, I swear half of Slashdot keeps its fingers crossed for someone to do something objectionable with something they'd like to buy, just so they've got an "excuse" to pirate it. Every time someone does something that goes against the Slashdot groupthink - DRM, advertising, supporting the RIAA, saying they don't want people warezing their stuff, reporting statistics saying whatever they make has a high piracy rate - there's always a load of people who come out with "Well I guess that means I have to pirate it."

    It's like a little kid faced with a huge cake, which he really, really wants, then he sees it has an expiration date of today. And he sees the date and sorta says, out loud, so nobody is in any doubt as to that he really doesn't want to, "Oh well, I guess I'll just HAVE to eat this delicious cake all by myself, because the cake-maker's actions have FORCED ME TO." Of course, we all know what the kid's original intention was, and the expiration date was just as convenient an excuse as possible. Same with this.

    "Ads? In my game?! NO THANKS! I'll pirate instead!"
    "SecuROM? Really? I guess The Pirate Bay will be getting MY business!"
    "Guitar Hero Eleventybillion doesn't have CCR's Fortunate Son? Warez time!"
    "They're not releasing for Linux?! To Mininova?"
    "They won't produce downloads in the obscure format and insanely high bitrate which I demand?! Well, I'll just download the MP3 instead! They should listen to their customers, i.e. me."
    "RIAA doesn't care about quality! So I'm gonna download this album because it's probably going to be crap anyway." (Real argument - my response is that if you know it's shitty, why are you downloading it?!)

    Urgh. You fool nobody. While I don't like piracy in general, I have more of a respect for people who come right out and say they just want the Hot New Shinies for free, rather than trying to look like Gandhi with some shitty little protest - a protest which conveniently allows them to get Hot New Shinies for free.

    Rant over.

  • by hairyfeet ( 841228 ) <bassbeast1968 AT gmail DOT com> on Sunday December 07, 2008 @08:05AM (#26019335) Journal

    Even then it would be iffy since the temptation would be to wallpaper the damned game with them instead of fitting them to the story. I don't mind seeing a Pepsi machine in the break room in a FPS instead of a "grape cola" machine, but can you imagine if EA, the kings of crappy in game ads, would have bought 2K before Bioshock came out? All those great ads that added such a feel to Rapture being replaced with modern Burger King and coke ads would have just sucked the big wet titty.

    And the part that pisses me off is with all other forms of entertainment I can bypass the ads, but in games you pretty much have your nose rubbed in it. And then to add insult to injury they don't lower the price by a single cent, if anything they are going up, and then they ream us out with DLC or lame expansions that try to squeeze us for every last cent. I for one am glad there are still plenty of games released in the last 8 years I haven't played, because frankly with all the DRM bullshit, crappy beta quality code, and half baked console controls being passed off as PC game controls I'm about ready to just wash my hands of the whole thing for a few years and hopefully some of these crappy game manufacturers will just fucking die already.

    Lets be honest here: If Activision and EA were to die out how many of us would really miss them? I know I certainly wouldn't miss the crappy EA sports games with the horrible collision detection and AI that hasn't improved since 1995 or Activision beating every franchise into the ground with 5 bazilion sequels. Would you?

  • Re:Awesome (Score:4, Insightful)

    by binarylarry ( 1338699 ) on Sunday December 07, 2008 @01:44PM (#26021753)

    Yep, thank god for capitalism and free markets.

    You can always take your business elsewhere.

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