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Call of Duty


Monday, January 26 2004

Call of Duty

Is it still in good taste to use the war as material for popular entertainment? Does the idea of playing an infantryman mowing down rows of German soldiers seem more profane than fun in this new era of reverence?


Thursday, November 20 2014

The Mixed Messages of 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare'

By addressing real world themes too cautiously, Advanced Warfare wastes an opportunity and subverts one of the few positive narrative trends established in the Call of Duty franchise as a whole.

Friday, May 16 2014

Why I'm Excited About 'Call of Duty'

In just 11 years and 11 games Call of Duty has a history that rivals gaming mainstays like Resident Evil, Final Fantasy, and Tomb Raider.

Friday, December 6 2013

The Evolution of 'Call of Duty'

Ghosts doesn't have the same ambition of social commentary as Modern Warfare, so it's free to blow up half the nation in the opening cut scene. Just 'cause.

Thursday, November 14 2013

The Spirit of 'Call of Duty'

Tradition? Necessity? Philosophy? What keeps the Call of Duty campaign going?

Wednesday, December 5 2012

'Black Ops 2' and American Fears

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 touches upon themes of America's economic decline, technological dependencies, and the loss of international political capital in the face of a costly empire.


Wednesday, November 19 2014

Call of Duty non-profit more than triples veteran job placements under new leadership

Last year there were nearly three-quarters of a million unemployed veterans in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor. And it’s likely going to get worse as the military continues to downsize.

Monday, February 18 2013

The Evolution of Call of Duty Elite

In the time it’s taken me to write this sentence, more than 900 hours of “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” has been cumulatively played around

Wednesday, November 9 2011

A video game company wants to turn virtual war into our next national pastime

Baseball, hockey, football ... “Call of Duty”? If the people behind “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” have their way, the next big sport people around the

Tuesday, April 13 2010

Duo behind popular 'Call of Duty' franchise plan a new studio and link with Electronic Arts

LOS ANGELES — In the video game world, "respawn" means a character that was killed off has come back to life. So when two of the

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