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Wargaming America, the video game company behind World of Tanks, World of Warplanes, World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition and World of Tanks Blitz has announced its support for National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) with plans to donate a part of the proceeds from its games this month to four military charities: AMVETS, Wounded Warriors Canada, National Armor and Cavalry Heritage Foundation and Operation Supply Drop. +Continue Reading
The World of Tanks Grand Finals took over Warsaw, Poland this past weekend with a massively produced event designed to let Wargaming.net make a definitive statement about its eSports ambitions. I was on the scene for Military.com to check out the game and witness all the spectacle.
This was the game’s second international event and the eSports version of World of Tanks plays like a completely different game from the meticulous and strategic online game that made Wargaming’s name.
There are a lot of racing around, a lot of open-field brawling and very little of the considered, tactical maneuvering you’d expect from tank commander role-playing games. There was a lot of testosterone and players made thousands of maneuvers that would get you flunked out of war college. It was also awesome to experience in a way that could appeal to audience that doesn’t think it wants to watch other people playing video games. +Continue Reading
“The age of wearable technology” has officially taken over Call of Duty: Black Ops III. The reveal trailer (and the teaser for the reveal trailer) have finally been released and it’s clear that the latest Black Ops title will feature a near-future setting derived from modern day fears and anxieties about technology. As they say at Activision, “Lines are blurred between our own humanity and the cutting-edge military robotics that define the future of combat.”
We’ve written about World of Tanks before. The massive mulitplayer online PC video game is an international phenomenon with over 110 million registered players worldwide. Its free-to-play model helped make the game a cultural phenomenon in Russia, Germany and throughout Eastern Europe. They’ve also carved out a large following in Asia. Game creator Wargaming (founded in Belarus, now located in Cyprus) has successfully launched sequel World of Warplanes in 2013 and World of Warships is set to follow later this year, but World of Tanks is still their #1 property.
Wargaming will hold the World of Tanks Grand Finals in Warsaw, Poland on April 25th and 26th. Twelve teams from around the globe will compete at Warsaw’s Expo XXI arena in front of a crowd of well over 12,000 people. That sounds like a big crowd, but the real action is online: over 4.3 million viewers watch the Grand Finals last year and Wargaming is expecting that number to grow this year. I’m traveling to Warsaw to check out the competition live and interview Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi about the future of the game. +Continue Reading
Ready for more Black Ops action? Treyarch keeps up the yearly pace with a new teaser for their latest title:Call of Duty: Black Ops III. With Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare going through its DLC phase, this year will see the return of everyone’s favorite black ops group. The teaser for the trailer (embedded below) doesn’t provide many clues to what’s in store for fans, but the swirling, digital marquee of symbols and echoing dialogue ripped from previous Black Ops titles indicates a continuation of the tightly-woven narrative fans have come to expect over the years. The ominous ending soundbite (“the only thing holding us back is how far we are willing to go”) hints at a story that keeps up the tradition of moral complexity and dark government secrets. +Continue Reading
Here’s a fact: this weekend’s #1 sporting event for the under-30 set isn’t the NCAA basketball Elite Eight. The Call of Duty Championship is taking place in Los Angeles this weekend, with 32 teams competing for a $1 million prize pool. The winning squad takes home $400,000. +Continue Reading
By Travis McKnight
The first fiscal quarter of 2015 is drawing to a close, and that means video game publishers are ramping up their release schedule. It’s no secret that video games are expensive and time consuming, and the first quarter of the year is typically a bust. Most publishers save their best games for late Q2 and early Q3. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything worth playing this spring. Although everybody’s preferences are different, these five games are what I recommend diving into before summer releases swing into full force. +Continue Reading
Fans of the Total War computer game series will want to check out The Art of Total War, a new limited-edition art book from Titan. The book has detailed images from the development of the series all the way back to Shogun: Total War in 2000 through the upcoming Total War: Attila (out next week) and the still-in-development Total War: Arena.
Check out our slideshow of images from the book below. +Continue Reading
Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault
Finally, fans of Company of Heroes 2 can depict one of the most famous engagements in World War II: the Battle of the Bulge. The latest expansion, “Ardennes Assault” adds new content to single and multiplayer. Players will be able to watch the Battle of the Bulge take place through the perspective of three unique officers as they vie for the crucial region of Ardennes.
“Ardennes Assault” includes Monte Durante, Captain of Fox Company. This fourth company features special abilities like M83 Cluster Bombs, Pinpoint Accurate Artillery, and elite Fox Company Rangers. Each company featured in “Ardennes Assault” has their own unique units, upgradeable abilities, specializations, and play styles.
Fans should enjoy the expansion as it further explores the Western European front of World War II. While “The Western Front Armies” was only a multiplayer expansion to Company of Heroes 2, “Ardennes Assault” brings home one of the most critical and lauded engagements of the war. Check out the trailer below. +Continue Reading
Lone Survivor director Peter Berg and star Taylor Kitsch (who played Lt. Michael Murphy in the film) have teamed up again for a new commercial that shows off the new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which launches next week for PC, both XBoxes and both PlayStations.
You get a first person view as Kitsch guides you through a Lagos, Nigeria war zone in 2059. The commercial represents yet another episode in Berg and Kitsch’s professional relationship. The actor got his big break starring in Berg’s Friday Night Lights and they both bravely soldiered together through the Battleship movie experience a couple of years back.
The commercial tries to focus on the new twists that are supposed to keep the game fresh. In an interview with Variety, Berg said, ““We wanted to replicate what you’ll see when you play it. It was important to Activision that the game was accurate and not promising something that it isn’t. We didn’t want to overpromise what the game could deliver. Everything we designed, we designed with the game guys there.” +Continue Reading