Those of you rocking Team CoD t-shirts rather than Team Battlefield gear, you'll be pleased to know that Activision is getting ready to release Call of Duty: Black Ops II. We know this not because of a rumor or whispers in the wind, but because an official pre-order page by Activision popped up in the U.K. advertising that the upcoming game will start shipping November 13, 2012.
Activision's uber popular Call of Duty: Black Ops game has the dubious distinction of being the most pirated PC game in all of 2010, TorrentFreak reports.
You can add that tidbit to the list or records already nothced in the title's belt, including most sales in a 24 hour period (5.6 million). According to TorrentFreak, Black Ops has been illegally downloaded over 4.2 million times so far, surpassing the number of digitally stolen copies of Modern Warfare in 2009.
On the Xbox 360, Dante's Inferno 'won' the award for most pirated copies with 1.28 million downloads (Black Ops came in fifth), while Super Mario Galaxy 2 edged ahead of Wii Party on the Nintendo Wii.
Everyone knows the Call of Duty franchise is a cash cow, but even Activision Blizzard has to be a little surprised at just how successful the latest incarnation has been. Black Ops has netted $1 billion since its release on November 9, the game developer announced.
"In all of entertainment, only Call of Duty and 'Avatar' have ever achieved the billion dollar revenue milestone this quickly," said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. "This is a tribute to the global appeal of the Call of Duty franchise, the exceptional talent at Treyarch and the hundreds of extraordinary people across our many Call of Duty studios including Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer that work tirelessly on the franchise. Our ability to provide the most compelling, immersive entertainment experience, and enhance it with regular, recurring content that delivers hundreds of hours of audience value, has allowed Call of Duty to continue to set sales and usage records."
Chalk it up to just another record for Black Ops, which sold more than $650 million worldwide in its first five days of sales, "outpacing theatrical box office, book, and videogame sales records for five-day worldwide sell through in dollars," Activision Blizzard said.
Since its launch, gamers have logged over 600 million hours playing Black Ops.
Digital Storm becomes the latest boutique OEM to dance with Intel's 6-core Core i7 980X Extreme Edition processor. It's available in the company's high-end Black|OPS machine, which starts off at $5,642.
"The introduction of a six-core processor hyper threading capabilities is a momentous occasion for gaming enthusiasts," remarked Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm's Director of Product Development. "With our TwisterBoost overclocking package, we can overclock the i7-980X to a record breaking 4.4GHz. The results we've recorded on our test bench have been nothing short of astounding. I can honestly say that our Black OPS machines with this new CPU resulted in the most impressive gaming experience I've ever had."
So what else do you get for that kind of hefty investment? The other baseline specs include a 500GB hard drive with 16MB of cache, DVD burner, a pair of HD 5970 videocards, 6GB of DDR3-1600MHz RAM, EVGA X58 Classified motherboard, a 1200W PSU, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Kind of a quirky mix, though you're free to custom tailor the parts, assuming you have the wallet to accommodate and a penchant for buying pre-built.
Digital Storm launched their latest line-up of gaming desktops, the BlackOPS series. It offers a good amount of options in a pre-built performance desktop featuring Core i5 or i7 processors, and ATI or nVidia graphics solutions. You can start with a 2.66GHz Core i5 or blow your mind (and your budget) with the 3.2GHz Core i7.
Prices start at $1,709 for the Performance level and $3,102 for the Extreme. All models (there is a mid-line “Enthusiast” model as well) come with Digital Storm’s liquid cooling system with an optional noise-reduction package. You can also specify your machine to be overclocked and stress-tested (72 hours) before leaving the production line.