Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 leaked, Activision implicated in blacklisting cover-up [update]

Along with the ESRB, online game retailers are notorious for revealing unannounced games long before their publishers would like them to be. Amazon France seems to have done just that, according to GameBlog.fr. GameBlog took a screencap of the above product listing before stating that title was changed to “Call of Duty 9″ and then delisted altogether.

Raptr unveils new data about Zynga’s social gamers

All eyes are on Zynga now as the social gaming company prepares to go public in an initial public offering. The social game maker has revealed some data about itself in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. But Raptr, the social network for gamers, has been mining its own data on 10 million users for information about Zynga, and it is releasing it in a report today.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 trailer debuts

Activision Blizzard released its not-so-secret revelation today: a trailer for its next blockbuster game, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, which debuts Nov. 8. The video game is the latest installment in a multibillion-dollar franchise that has shattered all records for best-selling games of all time.

Review: Black Ops Escalation map pack gives Call of Duty a fresh boost

Gamers won’t be disappointed with the newest multiplayer map pack for Call of Duty Black Ops video game. The new maps make it exciting to replay the combat shooting game, which debuted six months ago and is still engaging to play today. As we’ve noted before, Call of Duty Black Ops is one of the most engaging video games ever made. Extending its life through map packs is a smart and lucrative move.

Calling all gamers! U.S. video games sales dip 5 percent in January

Video game players may have been too busy playing with their Christmas toys last month, as U.S. sales of video games fell 5 percent in January. Total sales of game hardware, PC games, console games, and portables fell to $1.16 billion from $1.22 billion a year ago, according to market researcher NPD. And January a year ago was down from the year before that.

From Kinect to Angry Birds — the biggest video game stories of 2010

During 2010, we wrote about 1,100 stories on the video game industry — and the year isn’t over yet. But here’s a look back at what we thought were the biggest stories of the year. For fun, here’s a link to our story from a year ago, when we deemed that the biggest story of 2009 was that the industry discovered that video games weren’t recession proof.