Rapid Fire Reading List: Transistor, Call of Duty and Kinect-Free Xbox One

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Welcome to the Rapid Fire Reading List! The world wide web is a big place and my deadlines are always close! So this is where I put all of the interesting links from the week when I haven’t had time to cover them for J Station X. Sometimes they cover feminism/gaming/queer theory and occasionally they cover all three! Read on to find out which big stories were making the headlines this week.

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8 Games That Would Make Brilliant TV Shows

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Video game consoles aren’t ‘video game’ consoles any more, they’re fully fledged media boxes, with TV shows, movies, games and music ready to sap away our free-time and attention like a leaky dam at the touch of a button and a flick of an analogue stick. We shouldn’t have to decide between a quick gaming session or catching up on our favourite show when both are available in the same package. So with that in mind, what would happen if the two types of media merged and 20 hour gaming epics were whittled down to concentrated 40 minute bursts of television entertainment? It would be incredible, that’s what. Read on to find out our top picks for the best games that would make brilliant TV shows.

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What J.K Rowling Could Teach The Video Game Industry

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The decade-long reigning Queen of young adult literature, J.K Rowling’s name is as synonymous with globally loved media as Michael Pachter’s is with fundamentally wrong analysis. Of course, you may not think that the insanely talented mind behind the Harry Potter series (and the reason why millions have spent billions on books and movie tickets) would have some sage advice for the video game industry but that’s where you’re wrong. Read on to find out why.

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 4 Confirmed by Sledgehammer Employee

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Despite Activision hooting and hollering from their piles of money that for now, the Call of Duty franchise is steering away from the Modern Warfare line of games, a leak from one of the developer’s own employees confirms that Call of Duty Modern Warfare 4 is on the way.

Back in May, Sledgehammer Games were adamant that their team were absolutely not working on Call of Duty : Ghosts, the next game in the FPS franchise’s line up, but this was because they were working on an a different Call of Duty game altogether. The Modern Ware 4 confirmation comes from Rob Valdivia, a VFX Artist on the title, who, unwary of the dangers of being a dev with social media, revealed on professional networking site, LinkedIn, that he is “responsible for developing photo real visual effects for the next Call of Duty – Modern Warfare release”.

You can see the screengrab below, but the actual posting is nowhere to be seen on Valdivia’s LinkedIn, hastily removed after either he, or more likely, one of the higher ups at Sledgehammer Games, pointed out that Modern Warfare 4 hasn’t even been announced yet. The posting, if innocent, would probably still be there, but the removal effectively confirms it that yes, our next dose of modern time face-shooting, quadrotor controlling and UAV-calling, is somewhere near on the next-gen horizon.

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The Modern Warfare 4 reveal is also inline not only with Sledgehammer’s goal for the future (that’d be the photo realistic visuals then) but it also coincides with a huge hiring spree that took place earlier this year, where the team began to recruit fresh talent for this thing. Hardly a surprise to anyone as this is one of Activision’s biggest cash cows (if you like your beef served with a side of ragequitting and premium DLC, that is), but we’ll keep you posted on any more big news.

Do you think Modern Warfare 4 sounds like a good idea? Or is it time to send this to see Soap in the sky? – Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

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New Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Screenshots Released

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After the truckload of Call of Duty Black Ops 2 information that landed yesterday, Activision are striving to keep us frothing at the mouth over this game by releasing (intentionally, this time) even more Call of Duty Black Ops 2 screenshots.

Because I know that you may be ~*2 legit 2 quit*~, as the saying goes, you’ll be happy to know that these bombastic new images are official and not leaked, as is the case with yesterday’s lot. You can see them after the break.

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Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Announced, Release Date, Screenshots Revealed

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Call of Duty Black Ops 2 is quite possibly the worst kept secret in all of video game history, save for maybe the slim PS3, the PS Vita or just about every Call of Duty game before this one. Nonetheless, it is my duty to report on the latest slew of Call of Duty Black Ops 2 news because you want to hear about it and I want to mock Activision’s failure at secrecy.

The first trailer for the game went live last night, detailing what many of us already expected ; Call of Duty Black Ops 2 will feature lots of guns and explosions and once we got over that giant bomb of a surprise, we got to see the first Call of Duty Black Ops 2 screenshots , as well as a release date for the game, both of which were hilariously leaked days before the proposed May 1st announcement.

If you’re interested in hearing about what Activision’s latest attempt at setting the world record for the best selling game in history (a title they garnered with Call of Duty Black Ops 1) then you can read and watch all of the latest Call of Duty Black Ops 2 info after the break.

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Amazon.fr Lists Call of Duty 9 + the 1st Details From the Game

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there’s nothing more I love than Amazon errors.

There was of course, the time that I reported that The Last Guardian release date had been leaked on the site and never one to disappoint, the French version of the retailing site, amazon.fr, has upped the ante, this time with a listing for Call of Duty 9.

Last week, gameblog.fr posted the original screencap of the Call of Duty Black Ops 2 listing and were consequently blacklisted by Activision for it, amazon.fr did delete the listing but they’ve posted another, related one and JSX has the picture. Not only that, but I’ve uncovered the very first details of Call of Duty 9 and its possible storyline.

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5 Games Every Self-Respecting Gamer Should Avoid

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Video games. They are perfect pixelated products that only the best imagineers could have invented. Words, thoughts, images and dreams of an interactive, game-playing future, all collated into a cluster of levels and missions, digitally processed onto shiny plastic discs that are barely thicker than your fingernails.

They never fail to entertain, enthral and conjure up feelings that we didn’t even know we could feel.

Except, that is, for those times when they fall flat on their binary coded rumps. For each of those hidden gems and mega-rated blockbusters, there’s a small gaggle of games that has to sour the bunch and you must keep your wits about you if you want to be able to dodge the foul-tasting punches that these games are pulling, which is why I’ve put together a list of a few games that you will want to avoid.

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‘Will there be a Fallout 4’?’ and More of Your Questions, Answered

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There are idiots on the Internet. You know it, I know it and *most* of the people on Yahoo Answers prove that statement to be true. Though once in a blue moon these idiots stop typing out words in L337 speak and ask some pretty thought-provoking stuff.

I’ve rounded up a few of the gems I’ve seen this week, complete with my own answers (note : I’m considering making this a regular feature so please tell me what you think of this post in the comments!)

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The Lazy Gamer’s Guide to Winning at Modern Warfare 3

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 and The Elder Scrolls V : Skyrim. have some very similar qualities. They both have you shouting at the telly (albeit, the former will have you yelling phrases rather more explicit than ‘FUS RO DAH!), both encourage chicken genocide and both should be played as a marathon not a sprint. Both games take an inexplicably large amount of time to master, time that you either don’t have, or don’t want to put in.

Of course, your lack of willingness to use up your every waking moment on playing this game and it’s all-conquering online multiplayer mode should mean that you will be relegated to the non-Prestige little leagues forever. But this is not the case, not at all.

I’m providing you with a handy cheat-sheet that you can use to excel at the game in no time at all. (Please do add your own tips in the comments).

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