Modern Warfare 3

Are you done with Modern Warfare 2? Here is more for you to look forward to:

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Mentioning stocks, I think ATVI is worth buying as well

I guess I should make a legal disclaimer that I’m an immature investor who lost more money than he made in the Stock market so don’t take my word for stock tips. However, I like to share my analysis and get people’s opinions and feedback on what I think is going on in the industry.

So I think Activision-Blizzard stock is definitely worth buying right now. Based on their sales figures and potential for 2010, analysts expect an upside of about 25-30% on the stock price.

Activision Blizzard reported better than expected results driven by Call of Duty and Guitar Hero franchises as well as World of Warcraft. During a challenging economic climate, Activision Blizzard was the #1 U.S. third-party console and handheld publisher3.For the first half of 2009,Activision Blizzard had two of the top-five best-selling titles in the U.S.A and Europe – Guitar Hero World Tour and Call of Duty: World at War.

Two great looking open world games coming soon

Prototype is an open world action game developed by Radical Entertainment (an Activision studio). Release Date is 6/9/2009 coming out on the PS3, Xbox360, and PC. Check out this missions video to see what it offers:

InFamous is another open world action game developed by Sucker Punch and published by Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA). I see a lot of similar and dissimilar elements to Prototype. Release Date is 5/26/2009 coming out exclusively on the PS3.

Check out this developer video to see more about InFamous:

Both games offer a range of techniques and more freedom to the player to explore how to accomplish tasks.

Activision and Vivendi

What a huge deal?? I did not see that coming. Interestingly enough, although Vivendi will own 52% of the merged company, the CEO of Activision Robert Kotick will be President and Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard, and Vivendi Games’ Bruce Hack will be CCO of the combined company.

EA recently acquired Bioware and Pandemic and Mythic/Warhammer so they are still bigger. Huge companies with many studios are rising in the industry. Sony is also acquiring studios. Microsoft is also expanding their game studios and trying to offer more exclusives for their systems. Nintendo on the other hand has been laying low in terms of expansion, publishers are choosing to make Wii exclusives based on numbers. Besides, given the Wii’s limited horse power, it can’t handle the same quality expected from next-gen games. It will be very interesting to see what strategy the new Activision Blizzard will take. Personally, I do not think they will change much on the outside. There will be quite a bit of internal structuring. I wonder if we might see the death/rise of a couple of studios.