Since the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 this past November, many were left wondering what was next in store for the Call of Duty franchise. With seemingly every American war being fought in one of their games and having made up a war in the near future, we may have seen the final Call of Duty game release last year. Is this necessarily a bad thing though? The Call of Duty franchise and especially the Modern Warfare series have been raved by gamers as the best video game series of the last several years. With thrilling and fast paced online multiplayer that Mountain Dew guzzlers love and customizability that the hardcore gamer can submerge themselves into, who can argue that it isn’t?
Details are leaking out for the contents of the ultra-deluxe Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 "Hardened Edition," the fancy name for what amounts to the collector's version of the game, which you can pre-order now on Amazon. And the news doesn't come a moment too soon for rabid Call of Duty fans: According to new predictions from publisher Activision-Blizzard, the latest title in the series is expected to sell even more pre-sale copies than its previous versions.
It's not as if Activision-Blizzard has remained blind to the popularity of its first-person-shooter franchise, however. A brand-new subscription service is expected to be released alongside the November launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Dubbed, "Call of Duty: Elite," the service will give gamers the option for signing up for a free account or "premium" access to the service for the cost of $50 a year, or nearly the cash equivalent of one brand-new Call of Duty title.
So what's the point? According to Activision-Blizzard's official announcement for Elite, the online network will contain, "a wide range of state-of-the-art services, exclusive entertainment programming and all-inclusive game content for less than the cost of any comparable online entertainment service currently in the market."
It’s always good news to hear of a military device intended for war that isn’t branded “death from above,” and that actually saves lives instead of taking them. This can be attributed to the researchers at the University of Michigan who have created a new way to protect helicopters from incoming missile up to 1.8 miles away. What’s different about this missile defense is that it uses a laser based technology to “blind” incoming missiles instead of destroying them. This is done by using a mid-infrared super continuum laser that takes on the heat properties of a helicopter, confusing the missile and causing it to lose “sight” of the helicopter. The device has no moving parts, giving it a long life span on the adverse conditions of aircraft operations. Mohammed Islam, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science stated: “The laser-based infrared countermeasures in use now for some aircraft have 84 pieces of moving optics. They couldn’t withstand the shake, rattle and roll of helicopters. We’ve used good, old-fashioned stuff from your telephone network to build a laser that has no moving parts.” This technology has enabled University of Michigan to start a company called Omni Sciences, funded up to $1 million from the Army and DARPA, to develop a second generation version.
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Players of Galactic Civilizations will be happy to know that the same company, Stardock, has announced that their new game, Elemental: War of Magic, will be out in Q1 2010. That seems way down the line, so if you cannot wait, you can play their public beta next June. The game is a strategic fantasy and has magic and lore incorporated. Players rule their own kingdoms and combine spells, exploration, adventure and interaction with others. Pre-order for $49.95 on Stardock’s site, with other information available there as well.
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We know that every time we show you military gadgets you want to play with them, too. So in an effort to keep our readers happy, we have found you the ultimate vacation, a Tank Driving lesson. You and your instructor can play with an Abbott tracked gun, an Armored Personnel Carrier or a six-wheeled Stalwart for about 2 hours. There is a slight catch. You have to be between 5 ft. and 6 ft. 4-inches, weigh less than 252 lbs., and be at least 17 years of age. The cost for the lesson is £175.00 (~$343.00.)
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It appears that is isn’t just the U.S. military using robotic vehicles. The Israeli Guardium is a 4-wheeled robotic soldier, designed to replace humans in scary places. It is operated via command room with a joystick and is mounted with 360º cams, night-vision, and for the tight spots, machine guns. The bot has pre-planned routes and navigates through traffic. With a price starting at $600,000, we say we will gladly use our taxes to purchase a few for both sides and bring our guys home.
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Call me strange, but I like videogames because they help me to escape reality, not re-tell the most terrible parts of it. Hence, I’ve never really been one to heed the “Call” of WWII shooters and Desert-Storm style combat ops… still, the trailer for this game is looking quite technically impressive, and I do love me a good FPS from time to time. Plus, I’m glad to see Activision won’t be retelling WWII a fourth time!
Call of Duty 4 will be the first game in the series to deal with modern warfare, and it looks to focus mainly on Middle East conflicts (and there are lots to choose from!) In addition to the trailer above, the website is also open now at CharlieOscarDelta.com. Enjoy, you baby-killing war-fueled violence-freaks you!
No details on platform or release date are available yet, but we’ll keep you updated as the news rolls in!
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