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Treyarch Now a CoD-only Studio

posted Sunday May 30, 2010 by Josh Henry

Treyarch Now a CoD-only Studio

There was never much thought about whether there were more Call of Duty games in Treyarch's future after Black Ops, but we were suprised to learn that that's the only thing Treyarch will be working on in the future. Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia said they've become solely dedicated to Activision's blockbuster FPS franchise.

"Treyarch is a 100 percent Call of Duty studio -- and it has been for a long time now, long before any of the Infinity Ward events occurred," Lamia said, immediately dispelling speculation this newly revealed exclusive focus may be a result of CoD creator Infinity Ward's gutting that we've mentioned many times on the show. "We focused all of our efforts on creating the best Call of Duty game we possibly can and what that meant is not working on anything else."

"We are a multiple team studio and focusing on Call of Duty and Call of Duty gameplay meant focusing all of our teams on that," Lamia continued. "Due to all this there has actually been a formation of an entire team dedicated to Multiplayer within Treyarch, which is something the studio didn't have for their past Call of Duty games, Call of Duty 3 and Call of Duty: World at War."

Mark Hamil and The Joker

posted Sunday May 30, 2010 by Josh Henry

Mark Hamil and The Joker

In an interview with IGN UK, voice actor and all-around beast Mark Hamill - also involved with a small role in something called Star Wars, apparently - revealed that he will no longer be playing the role of Joker after the release of Batman: Arkham Asylum 2. According to Hamill, he was reticent to take up the mantle for the sequel, saying, "My answer to Rocksteady for the sequel was, 'Guys, we're never going to be able to top the original.'" He added that he had intended to leave the role on "a high note" with his work on the original Arkham Asylum. So in some ways he wanted to be like Jerry Sienfeld or Ray Romano with the ending of their shows.

Foxconn Employees Pledge Not To Kill Themselves

posted Sunday May 30, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Foxconn Employees Pledge Not To Kill Themselves

The 11 attempted suicides at a Foxconn plant in China that manufactures Apple products like the iPhone and iPad has been getting a lot press lately. Foxconn has pledged to take action in order to prevent further deaths and now are having their employees make pledges to them. These aren't the usual pledges you would expect employees to make to their employers. Actually, they seem to be more along the lines of, "I promise to not kill myself." They are requiring employees to sign a pledge stating that they "will not hurt themselves or others in an extreme manner." Signing the pledge also gives the company the right to commit employees to a mental institution if they show an "abnormal mental or physical state." This of course would only be done for, "the protection of themselves and others." A top official in the province has also taken notice of the situation and is saying that the government and employers need to work together to alleviate this problem.

Hit the break to see an interview with the CEO.

You Like, We Pay

posted Sunday May 30, 2010 by Josh Henry

You Like, We Pay

In order to augment Monday's observance of Memorial Day in the US, the Call of Duty Endowment, a non-profit charity established by Activision Blizzard to assist veterans with finding employment once they leave the service, is forming an alliance with Hire Heroes USA to provide the "career transition" operation with funding through a less than expected but still very intriguing idea. The Endowment will give $1 to HHUSA for every user who "likes" C.O.D.E.'s Facebook page through 11:59 p.m. PDT on Monday, May 31, or up to $50,000, whichever comes first.

This funding is on top of the undisclosed amount C.O.D.E. has already granted Hire Heroes USA. So far, more than 8,400 users have "liked" the page since the unique fundraiser began yesterday. If you've got a Facebook account, how could you not "like" this sort of thing. Plus, it's an easy way to redeem yourself for liking that page that counts to twenty thousand.

Learn Your Lesson, Don't Make Enemies With Apple

posted Sunday May 30, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

Learn Your Lesson, Don't Make Enemies With Apple

By now everyone is aware of how great the iPhone actually is...not very great at all. Finally, it looks like Apple is attempting to step up their game. With new software being released in June, the iPhone 3Gs will have a few changes. One of the big changes rumored to be in the works is Microsoft Bing becoming the new default search feature for the iPhone. Yes, Microsoft and Apple are not two things you would usually find together, but this could be good for Microsoft.

The Department of Justice is Bobbing for Apple

posted Sunday May 30, 2010 by Jon Wurm

The Department of Justice is Bobbing for Apple

Apple has managed to stay in the limelight for over a decade now and has achieved some resounding success after becoming the most valuable technology company on the planet. Not surprisingly, Apple has made many enemies in the process. Amazon.com, Google, Adobe, and Microsoft are just a few competitors that have filed complaints and engaged in lawsuits against Apple. With Adobe's recent injunction against Apple and Amazon.com's recent complaint about Apple telling record labels to not take part in a promotional deal they were offering, or Apple would pull all the marketing support for their songs, has motivated the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into their music service and possibly their video services as well. The details of the investigations are not yet known but it seems likely that some anti-trust issues will surface and it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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