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'Infinite Warfare' Had the Best FPS Campaign of 2016

The best shooter campaign came from the game I had the lowest expectations for, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

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The Rise of and Risk of Multiplayer Gaming

Competitive muliplayer gaming has evolved a great deal over the last 30 or more years, but then again, it also hasn't really evolved that much. How many times can we play the Atari 2600's Combat?

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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.

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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.

Brian Crecente
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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.

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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.

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The Spirit of 'Call of Duty'

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

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A Colonist's Fantasy: The Problem with the Fair Fight

Agarest illustrates just how much fun it is to be the scrappy underdog in games without actually being the scrappy underdog. It’s striking how often games suggest that the power of the victim’s moral high ground is equitable to that of the conquistador’s rifle.

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A Tale of Two Shooters: 'Spec-Ops: the Line' and 'Black'

Spec-Ops: The Line has been critically lauded as a game that takes a hard, self-aware look at the shooter genre. But all good shooters are self-aware. It's how they're able to distill conflict into something fun that matters.

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'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.

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The Real World in 'Call of Duty: Black Ops II'

Call of Duty: Black Ops II shrewdly utilizes the trappings of reality while avoiding the murky quagmire of history.

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The Method to the Madness of 'Modern Warfare'

In a series in which World War III is just a subplot, it’s clear that Infinity Ward is more concerned with character resolution than it is with plot resolution.

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‘Modern Warfare 3’ Successfully Revisits the AC-130

It’s interesting that the AC-130 makes a return in Modern Warfare 3, and it's impressive that it’s not just a repeat of what’s come before.

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A Good Menu Sets the Mood Redux: Three More Memorable Menus

There are three semi-recent games that I feel deserve special mention for their creative use of the normally bland main menu.

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How Not to Make a Multiplayer Game

Medal of Honor's multiplayer tries to marry elements from Battlefield: Bad Company and Call of Duty but only borrows the surface trappings of these elements and none of the depth.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: War Stories in Video Games, or Lovin' the Battlefield

With a focus on combat and bloodshed, many games find themselves telling stories about human struggle of the most calamitous kind. This week the Moving Pixels podcast discusses war stories told in video games.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

The biggest example of the developer’s new confidence can be seen in their desire to depict modern warfare without glorifying it.

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Call of Duty: World at War

Call of Duty: World at War's catalysts for combat personalize the brutality that the player will mete out on the Axis by dehumanizing and "othering" the Japanese and the Germans as barbarians and monsters.

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Call of Duty 4

Call of Duty 4 is a game that warrants its "Mature" rating for far more complex reasons than simply the degree of violence present.

Arun Subramanian
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Call of Duty: Roads to Victory

Call of Duty has nothing to do with the reality of World War II. It is a heroic version of an idea that we hold about being in a war that most us of don't remember, but only understand through movies and books.

Gregory Trefry
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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?

Bryan Byun

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