Activision Wins Award For Idiot Of The Week

So yes, in its attempt to promote the upcoming Call Of Duty: Black Opps 3, Activision has made itself look very stupid…

Yesterday, on the official Call Of Duty Twitter page, began series of live tweets that appeared to indicate a terrorist attack had just occurred in Singapore’s Marina Bay. Following the series of tweets it was eventually revealed that it was “a glimpse into the future of Black Opps III.” You read that right, Activision used a terrorist attack in order to try and promote their game. Ok I appreciate that people need to take any indication of a terror attack from the Call Of Duty Twitter account with a pinch of salt, but in this day and age there are certain things you need to more tactful about. On the plus side, Activision did finally reveal a new story mode trailer today, which you can view below:

October is the month of Halloween and horror is very much the theme. In keeping with this theme, Krillbite Studio has announced, via the PlayStation Blog, that their psychological horror game Among The Sleep is coming to PS4. On December 10th, players will be able to dive into this first person exploration experience, through the eyes of a 2-year old toddler and his imagination. I’ll be honest when I say that I had never heard of this game before, until today. That being said the idea interests me. The fact that would be so defenceless against anything you face, is what helps make a really good horror game. December is a fairly quiet month so I may just check this out. In the meantime, here is the trailer:

We never talk about Nintendo enough here, but today we got news of a release date for an upcoming Wii U title. Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash will be coming to the console on November 20th. Mario has had many sport iterations over the years, and this is not the first tennis game we have seen, nor will it be the last. While these sports games are often fun, I love Mario Golf: World Tour on the 3DS, I do really worry about Nintendo’s over reliance on its famous Italian plumber (and friends). With the Nintendo NX coming next year, I really hope they begin to take the next on some new fresh ideas — like they did, to great success, with Splatoon earlier this year.

Over the past few weeks we have heard that both Ubisoft and Nintendo are getting involved in the theme park business. Now it appears that Bioware is getting in on the action. Coming to California’s Great America in 2016 will be a Mass Effect-themed ride. The “dynamic 3D adventure” will “take guests on a journey to a distant planet, where they will face off against larger-than-life foes and fight to save the day.” As part of the ride you can expect to be jumping aboard the Normandy as there is reference to “Commander Shepard’s favourite ride.” The increase in video gamed-themed attractions at these theme parks shows just how much larger the industry is in terms of its mass appeal. There was once a time when nearly every ride was based on TV/Film. Only time will tell if any of these rides will be good.

That’s enough from me for today. Have a good one.

Matt