Call of Duty Scores Convention of Its Very Own

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Call of Duty Scores Convention of Its Very Own

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If you fancy hanging out with a few thousand Call of Duty fans for a weekend, Activision has you covered.

Activison has announced that it will hold a two-day fanfest for the Call of Duty games called Call of Duty XP. According to the publisher, the event is along the lines of BlizzCon, Blizzard's annual convention, but will be a very different event, as befits a very different game.

The event will take place in Los Angeles on September 2nd and 3rd, and it sounds like Activision is rolling out all the stops. As well as attractions like paintball, Activision promises Triple A music talent and a massive CoD tournament featuring a million dollar prize. There will also be demo kiosks where attendees can try out Modern Warfare 3 and real world replicas of CoD locations that they will be able to visit.

There will be 6,000 tickets available, priced at $150. Activision's Eric Hirshberg said that the ticket price was somewhere what you'd pay to attend BlizzCon, and what you'd pay for Comic Con, and that it represented fantastic value for money. "If you attend any AAA concert, that's about what you'd be paying," Hirshberg said. "So we think we're providing tremendous value that's really unreplicable [sic] anywhere else." The proceeds from the event will go to the Call of Duty Endowment, a charity that supports returning veterans and helps them find work.

It doesn't take a math whiz to realize that Activision is probably going to make a pretty hefty loss at the event. Even If it sells every single ticket, that's still only $900,000, not even enough to cover the tournament prize money, let alone hiring a venue, acts and all the other costs. But while Call of Duty XP might not make money in its own right, as a marketing tool for MW3 and Call of Duty as a franchise, it will do just fine. Tickets go on sale on July 19th.

Source: Gamepro

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Reading this on another site, I was under the impression that the million dollar prize was going to be for the paintball. I guess it makes more sense that it would be for the actual game. I am disappoint now because I love paintball.

I wonder how many people will be accused of camping and drop-shotting in the paintball?

Well, so long as people have fun its a good thing I guess.

That said, it would probably make sense for them to also talk about their other games as well on such an event, just like how Id Software talks about its other games on Quakecon even though its called QUAKEcon.

Bet you this will be more expensive than Blizzcon. And then there will probably be an "elite" service for people who want to be VIPs.

Will there be cosplay?

You know that can't smell good.

That said, I don't think that Call of Duty has a fanbase diverse enough to warrant a convention. It really just comes down to "Shoot everything."

I wonder how many people will go as a main character or antagonist?
hell if i could go i would friggen go as pvt koopman from WaW XD
if you don't know he's the guy that gets shot in the head in the level where you're landing on the beach

brazuca:
Will there be cosplay?

Tactical cos play... i think that's the only way i would be willing to do it...

yeahh...def don't wanna go to this
tho admittedly I really would like to visit Cali, but there are other cons in the state haha

I have never in my life heard of a concert referred to as 'AAA'. Is that even a thing?

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I assume one person will run around with one of these instead of shooting paintballs
(use it like a knife)

intheweeds:
I have never in my life heard of a concert referred to as 'AAA'. Is that even a thing?

Perhaps AAA is a band (with very expensive concerts it seems)? :P

Now, I'll grant that I mostly go to metal concerts, but as a rule I've not payed that much. Not even the Slayer/Motorhead/Rammstein combo was that expensive. The closet I got was an Iron Maiden one that cost 666 Danish KR.

A really smart move. It's the biggest entertainment franchise right now, they should have a convention. And I don't think they'll lose any money, they'll have DLC there for you to pay for things like food and toilets.

... and THIS is when CoD crossed the line.

I can live with $15 map packs. I can live with CoD elite. But an official CoD convention? Blantant franchise milking is blantant.

BlizzCon works because blizzard is working on multiple games that they work on for years at a time, not to mention the new releases they do offer have some real girth to them. Future expansions for existing franchises, completely new games, future patches for games that are already extremely deep.

Compare that to Activision - they have one CoD game a year, not to mention 0 support for games that are not the most current. There is no depth in the game to be discussed, its a first person shooter. The most you could do is say "gun x is too weak/strong so we plan on buffing/nerfing it".

There's no complex lore, theres no complex mechanics. And they will more than likely be talking about one game. Not. worth. it.

Oh good. I'm looking forward to the inevitable kegstands and obnoxious hollering that a only a thousand CoD fans can produce.

It'd be funny if the convention was in an airport. A Russian airport.

lol more ways to rape blind fanbois of their cash. Wonder how many more "creative" ways Activision will come up with before people start to realize....

Daaaah Whoosh:
It'd be funny if the convention was in an airport. A Russian airport.

They should totally re schedule it to there.
And come in cos play.
Including real guns.
While playing soundclips from the game XD.

Call me a PC elitist, but I just can't help but feel like this is overkill for a game like CoD. It's not an old school shooter, where getting the drop on someone is not an instant kill if they're better at actual combat, it's a modern shooter which boils down to "he who sees the opponent first gets the kill." It doesn't even have the dynamism of the Battlefield series, where the maps are huge and there's more ways to get to any given location than there are players; rather, the maps are generally small enough to make a decent game of TF2, with roughly the same number of alternate routes, but none of the uncertainty that comes with a firefight in that game. I guess what I'm saying is that CoD isn't the best choice for a competitive shooter; the fights are too determinate, and there isn't enough variation to make it a decent spectator sport, either.

If you look at the following examples, you can see that other games require all of the skills that CoD does, plus quite a few more -- making it effectively baby's first FPS. Competitive CoD is like Professional Teeball; sure, you can play with the training wheels, but it doesn't make you look good next to the actual MLB players.

All in all, this seems like a pretty crass attempt at marketing. CoD is officially the Budweiser of videogames.

Putting COD players in close physical proximity to each other in the real world sounds like a bad idea. At least over the internet you're limited to verbal abuse...

12 year kids everywhere.
Seriously, all the consoles will be the xbox 360 and they actually have PAINTBALL there.

Logan Westbrook:

There will be 6,000 tickets available, priced at $150. Activision's Eric Hirshberg said that the ticket price was somewhere what you'd pay to attend BlizzCon, and what you'd pay for Comic Con, and that it represented fantastic value for money. "If you attend any AAA concert, that's about what you'd be paying," Hirshberg said.

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What? All three times I've seen Iron Maiden they've only been $75 for the pit.

OT: I must admit it's a decent marketing idea. It doesn't hold the same weight to me as Blizzcon as it showcases a lot more than just a single franchise. But hey, the $1,000,000 is pretty cool for just doing something that you love.

TheOneandOnly:
Putting COD players in close physical proximity to each other in the real world sounds like a bad idea. At least over the internet you're limited to verbal abuse...

Yeah but having them all together means there might be some large scale fistfights there instead of verbal abuse. They might all kill each other. So they've got that going for them, which is nice.

Then who will I play COD against? It's no fun if they don't rage-quit...

I came into this thread expecting a lot of swollen heads up petty backsides, I wasn't wrong. That's the only problem with the Escapist, the miasma of unwarranted smugness and false superiority. I hate to sound like a broken record I have to ask, how empty is your life to draw such self importance and status from games of all things?

Might be, 'cause I'm from germany, but 150 Bucks for a Triple-A concert? That sounds like pretty much for me...
I'm more into the metal stuff but I think it's safe to consider AC/DC, Metallica or Iron Maiden as "AAA"-concerts and they would all be below 100 Bucks.

"'If you attend any AAA concert, that's about what you'd be paying,' Hirshberg said."

Mr. Hirshberg, you are being ripped off.

Is it just me, or does this seem like a bad idea?
I mean, there are a lot of people who will pay $60 fore the newest game, but honestly, how many of them are willing to pay money for tickets, and then travel to LA for a CoD convention?

febel:

TheOneandOnly:
Putting COD players in close physical proximity to each other in the real world sounds like a bad idea. At least over the internet you're limited to verbal abuse...

Yeah but having them all together means there might be some large scale fistfights there instead of verbal abuse. They might all kill each other. So they've got that going for them, which is nice.

Is it bad thing to just think "natural selection" when I read both your posts?

I'm tempted to go just to watch the morons trying to run and gun in a paintball match, to hear their sobs when respawning actually hurts, and to laugh at all the dorks in camo.

superdelux:
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I assume one person will run around with one of these instead of shooting paintballs
(use it like a knife)

Thank you, thank you, thank you. After a hard day of moving into a new house and agonizing over potentially lost objects during the move, you have made my day.

WAIT 150 dollars is a tremendous value? I just spent 130 dollars on TWO tickets to a AAA concert. How is 150 not a waste for something like this?

Okay, so, I heard about this on Facebook first, and I got really excited about this "COD-CON" everyone was going on about first, but then I figured out it was about video games and not angling and I got really disappointed anyway i hope you kids have fun with your cod-con. :(

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