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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.

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 DeanBeat column: Stopping to think about the culture of bloodlust

Welcome to the front lines of gaming. I’ve been covering the game industry on a day-to-day basis for about 15 years, mainly by immersing myself in the environment. I play games and I interview people in the game industry daily. But it sometimes helps to pull back and see the industry from afar, as outsiders might see it.

Call of Duty consumes the time of four or five Activision studios (video)

Dave Stohl is one of the guys who decides how many developers Activision Blizzard puts to work on its Call of Duty games. With Call of Duty bringing in a monster share of Activision’s revenues, that’s a big responsibility. We caught up with Stohl, whose official title is executive vice president for studios at Activision Publishing, at the Call of Duty XP event last week to ask him how the company is keeping up with the demand for Call of Duty games.

Die-hard fans offer verdict on Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer (video)

The fans that showed up at the Call of Duty XP in Los Angeles are a pretty dedicated lot. Many flew to the event from around the world and paid $150 to get on the 6,000 tickets for the exclusive event where Activision Blizzard showed off the multiplayer version of of the upcoming Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 video game.

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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.

First demo: Modern Warfare 3 promises to be another nonstop combat shooter

Last week, I saw a preview of a little game called Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 in a darkened theater. From what I’ve seen, the tens of millions of fans of this video game franchise won’t be disappointed when the modern combat shooting video game debuts on Nov. 8.

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.