Midnight is for Modern Warfare 3

At the stroke of midnight Nov. 8, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 went on sale around the world. As midnight came in each time zone, the midnight madness started with long lines and combat dress-up.

Battlefield 3 sells 5M copies in first week

Battlefield 3, the modern combat game from Electronic Arts, sold more than 5 million units in its first week, the company has announced. At retail, the game has already generated more than $300 million in estimated revenue.

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Review: Battlefield 3 is EA’s biggest fumble since Medal of Honor

Battlefield 3 is easily the most important holiday release for Electronic Arts. All year the publisher has aggressively hyped the DICE-developed sequel as a Call of Duty-killer, and with Modern Warfare 3 still two weeks from release, EA has the vital first-to-market advantage. Although EA seems to have bet the farm on this title, analysts still expect Modern Warfare 3 to outperform Battlefield 3 by a 2:1 margin. Last year’s Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: Black Ops, generated over $1 billion in revenuewithin its first six weeks on the market.

Battlefield 3 suffers severe launch issues, players outraged [Updated]

Update [11/07/11]: EA has sent along some information on the current status of the Battlefield 3 servers. According to VP of Public Relations Tammy Levine, “Server stability has remained consistent at 98.9%.” However, to address connectivity concerns and provide “full transparity” EA has also launched a server status page, which tells whether the online features are operational on each platform, though it lacks any in-depth view at individual servers.

Two pictures show how far Battlefield 3’s 3D graphics have come

A picture is worth a thousand words. Electronic Arts is launching Battlefield 3 on Oct. 25. The screenshot above shows you what the images in the 3D combat game will look like on a PC. Compare that to a shot from Battlefield 2 (pictured below), which was released as a state-of-the-art game in 2005.

Our picks for the best video games of the fall season

NOTE: Each week, I’m writing a column on videogames called The DeanBeat that’s available to newsletter subscribers a day before it appears on the VentureBeat website. This week, my column was co-written with Matthew Lynley.

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The DeanBeat: The video game industry’s grudge matches

EDITOR’S NOTE: Welcome to VentureBeat’s new newsletters. Each week, I’m writing a column on an aspect of gaming world that GamesBeat covers. My colleague Dylan Tweney is writing a column on technology and business called Dylan’s Desk. Together, these columns will be available to newsletter subscribers a whole day before they appear here on the website.

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The best games of E3 2011

We saw lots of video games at the E3 trade show in Los Angeles last week.

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EA’s Frank Gibeau steps into the grudge match between Battlefield and Modern Warfare

Frank Gibeau, president of the EA Games label at Electronic Arts, is responsible for taking the battle to EA’s arch rival, Activision Blizzard, in a big way this fall with the coming launch of Battlefield 3. That’s a heavy burden, since Activision Blizzard has the world’s most popular modern combat shooting game franchise — which generates more than $1 billion a year in revenues — and it is preparing to launch Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 on Nov. 8. Last week, EA announced that it was launching Battlefield 3 on Oct. 25 and that the game will have its own social network.

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VentureBeat’s photo gallery captures the noise of E3 2011 (part 1)

The only thing bad about an E3 photo gallery is that you can’t hear the sounds. E3, the video game industry’s trade show, is an extremely loud trade show, with game exhibitors blasting sounds as much as they can to draw attention to their games. The convention drew an estimated 45,000 people to Los Angeles this week. We were there from the first parties to the last. We saw many of the 35,000 screens showing off new games. Here’s the show in pictures.

EA shows live demo of combat scenes from Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3 is a critical game for the comeback of Electronic Arts. And today, at EA’s E3 press event, gamers got a first good look at the way the game will play when it launches on Oct. 25.

VentureBeat’s most anticipated games of E3 2011 (take our poll)

The E3 video game trade show will draw about 45,000 attendees to the Los Angeles Convention Center next week. We aren’t sure of all of the big titles being announced, but we attended the pre-E3 judge trip a couple of weeks ago as part of the Game Critics Awards group and we have a good idea of what the big games will be.

EA chief says Battlefield 3 will take down Call of Duty

In the multibillion-dollar first-person shooter video game business, the war of words is on. Electronic Arts wants its Battlefield 3 game coming this fall to knock Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty game from its throne as the most popular game of the genre.

EA’s Battlefield 3 will wage hand-to-hand combat with Call of Duty

Electronic Arts is eager to prove it can beat Activision Blizzard in the first-person shooter business, which has become one of the most competitive markets in all of video games with a punishing schedule for game developers. Billions of dollars are at stake, and the winner will capture some of the most hardcore fans for any product in any market.