140 Characters: My History With Call of Duty


I wanted to do a write up of my history with the Call of Duty franchise, but I realized that I didn’t care too much about the franchise outside of a handful of games.

Thus, I decided to write little blurbs of each instalment in 140 characters or less. The platform denoted in the brackets is the platform I first played the game on.

Call of Duty (PC)
Oct. 29, 2003

An epic WWII FPS that conveyed the sense of war unlike any game before it. Replayed it many times & still one of my fav WWII shooters.

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December 2010’s U.S. NPD Results of Surprises

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npd-logoTop 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms incl. PC)

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PC)
  2. Just Dance 2 (Wii)
  3. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (PC)
  4. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (360, PS3)
  5. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
  6. Disney Epic Mickey (Wii)
  7. Madden NFL 11 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP)
  8. Michael Jackson The Experience (Wii, NDS, PSP)
  9. NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, PC)
  10. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (360, PS3, Wii, PC)

Annual 2010 Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms incl. PC)

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, Wii, PC, NDS)
  2. Madden NFL 11 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP)
  3. Halo: Reach (360)
  4. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
  5. Red Dead Redemption (360, PS3)
  6. Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
  7. Just Dance 2 (Wii)
  8. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (360, PS3, PC)
  9. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (360, PS3)
  10. NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, PC)


  1. Nintendo DS – 2.5 million
  2. Nintendo Wii – 2.36 million
  3. Xbox 360 – 1.86 million
  4. PlayStation 3 – 1.21 million

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West & Zampella Form Respawn Entertainment

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A little over a month after being fired from Activision for “insubordination“, Jason West and Vince Zampella have resurfaced with Respawn Entertainment.

Today’s the company’s first day. They don’t even have an office to even conduct an interview from. As of right now, only the two former Infinity Ward leads are on the payroll.

Needless to say, they are hiring.

While the details of the deal with Electronic Arts are scarce, one thing is certain: Electronic Arts cannot buy Respawn Entertainment. Zampella and West are in complete control of their future intellectual properties and studio. The only thing Respawn Entertainment needs to do is develop an undisclosed number of games for the publisher.

It is amusing to see the two of them “return” to Electronic Arts. They left Medal of Honor and 2015 studios to form Infinity Ward discontent with how Electronic Arts were treating them at the time. Now they’re back with a different Electronic Arts of year’s passed and under their own terms.

I am excited to see what these guys come up with next. I may now have been Modern Warfare 2’s biggest fan (especially with how the multiplayer turned out), but there’s no denying that these two people have talent and attract talented people. Everything they touched for the past decade or so has turned into gold.

Checkpoint: Easter Holiday 2010 Edition


A four day weekend which includes some Formula 1 racing, a fair bit of gaming and Cadbury Mini Eggs — the most Easter-ly thing I do.

I missed out on the Australian Grand Prix which I heard was a blast. I caught the Malaysian Grand Prix a third of the way through and at the time of writing, it’s been a pretty good race. I was also scratching my motorsport itch by playing a bit of Forza Motorsport 3 this weekend as well. After a three month hiatus from the game, getting back into the thick of things was a cinch. I simply love how the cars handle in this game; it makes life so easy yet challenging.

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