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December 23, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
It killed more people in the 20th Century than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The AK-47's easy maintenance and light weight led to its becoming the armament of choice for at least 50 armies worldwide, as well as guerrilla factions, terrorist groups, drug gangs and pirates. A symbol of resistance, revolution and independence, the rifle with the signature curved ammunition clip is celebrated on the flags of Mozambique and Lebanon's Hezbollah militia. The 1940s invention of what is now the world's most ubiquitous weapon was attributed to Soviet military designer Mikhail Kalashnikov, who died Monday in Izhevsk, the Udmurtia Republic capital where the factory he ran produced about half of the estimated 100 million Kalashnikovs still waging war and terror the world over.
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December 23, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
It killed more people in the 20th Century than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The AK-47's easy maintenance and light weight led to its becoming the armament of choice for at least 50 armies worldwide, as well as guerrilla factions, terrorist groups, drug gangs and pirates. A symbol of resistance, revolution and independence, the rifle with the signature curved ammunition clip is celebrated on the flags of Mozambique and Lebanon's Hezbollah militia. The 1940s invention of what is now the world's most ubiquitous weapon was attributed to Soviet military designer Mikhail Kalashnikov, who died Monday in Izhevsk, the Udmurtia Republic capital where the factory he ran produced about half of the estimated 100 million Kalashnikovs still waging war and terror the world over.
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BUSINESS
December 11, 2009 | By Alex Pham
The video game industry last month saw its usual holiday bounty replaced with a lump of coal. Sales of video games and consoles fell 7.6% in November from the same month in 2008, despite the blockbuster release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which sold a whopping 6 million copies in the U.S. alone, according to figures released Thursday by NPD Group Inc. The game industry sold $2.7 billion of consoles and games in the U.S. last month, down...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The long-running "Call of Duty" franchise has been unstoppable in sales, but it looks like the latest iteration is slaying fewer critics than earlier installments.  Although "Call of Duty: Ghosts," released Tuesday, received largely positive reviews, it took some criticism from pundits who expected more originality from the billion-dollar series.  "'Call of Duty: Ghosts' is a solid installment, but it lacks creativity and innovation,"  ...
BUSINESS
January 14, 2010 | By Ben Fritz
The video game industry got a shot of good news Wednesday before what's expected to be a final dose of bad news on 2009 today. Activision Blizzard Inc. said sales of its blockbuster Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 have exceeded $1 billion worldwide since it launched Nov. 10. Though the Santa Monica publisher didn't specify how many units it had sold, that's probably close to 15 million based on the 8 million units the game sold in its first...
BUSINESS
November 18, 2009 | Ben Fritz
On a cloudy Friday afternoon on Venice Boulevard in West Los Angeles nearly two weeks ago, about 50 people were waiting to buy a video game that wasn't supposed to go on sale for four days. "Do you have it yet?" an eager customer asked an employee of the store Game Play. The object of his desire, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, officially launched Nov. 10. But despite the recession that has crimped consumer spending, demand was so high that many stores started selling it as soon as shipments arrived.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2007 | Pete Metzger, Special to The Times
Oh, so this is how a war game should be done. Give us spectacular, edge-of-your-seat warfare action and graphics that border on unbelievable. Seamlessly mix in a story line with unexpected turns and a variety of weapons, even a "smart bombing" aerial assault like those seen on CNN. Add to that an immersive multiplayer mode that will be this year's answer to Resistance, the PlayStation 3 online staple released last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2009 | By Pete Metzger
With 2009 drawing to a close, we thought it was important to put down our PS3 controller -- and stop playing Modern Warfare 2's brilliant online multi-player mode -- just long enough to reflect on the best games we played over the year. Though it's probably physically impossible to play every game that came out, of the titles we tried, here are our top 10: No. 10: Assassin's Creed II Renaissance Italy is the star of Assassin's Creed II, complete with ornate structures full of ledges, railings, windowsills and protruding bricks.
NEWS
January 6, 1991 | MIMI MANN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
A thick noonday fog covers Mt. Khalil. The massive walls and silent towers of the Krak des Chevaliers rise out of it like a ghost ship adrift. It has been 720 years since the last homesick Crusader rode from the gates of this invincible fortress. Long gone, too, are the sultans and their victorious Muslim armies. Today, in the fields below the deserted Krak, Syrian peasant women in billowing pantaloons till their crops.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2010 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
The cars begin rolling through the security checkpoints before dawn. Here, in a sprawling complex amid the craggy rock outcroppings of north San Diego County, 3,300 workers are building a new generation of weapons central to the military's vision for modern warfare. This is where General Atomics Aeronautical Systems makes the Predator and Reaper drones, robotic planes that can thread the rugged mountains of Pakistan, capture video images of terrorist hideouts and launch 500-pound Hellfire missiles to blast them apart.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
The newest "Call of Duty" is off to a faster start than many in the video game industry had thought -- and appears to have reached $1 billion in sales faster than any game in history. "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" crossed more than $1 billion in retail sales by Nov. 27, its 15th day on sale, publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. announced Wednesday. That's a day faster than last year's installment "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" reached the same mark. It also marks the first time Activision has announced sales figures for "Black Ops II" that exceed "Modern Warfare 3. " When the Santa Monica game publisher announced first day sales on a worldwide basis, instead of for North America and Great Britain as it had previously done, many in the game industry assumed it did not have apples-to-apples data that showed the new game performing better.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
It's beginning to look like not as many gamers are answering the "Call of Duty" this year. Though publisher Activision Blizzard has revealed very little sales data for the latest installment of the most successful franchise in the console video game business, mounting evidence indicates that this year's "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" is selling fewer copies than last year's "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. " On Nov. 16, Activision reported that...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
One video game. One day. Half a billion dollars. In the latest sign that Activision's "Call of Duty" military shooter franchise remains a retail behemoth, gamers worldwide spent more than $500 million on the latest sequel, "Black Ops II," in its first day on sale. That's far-and-away the biggest video game launch of the year, easily exceeding the $220 million spent on "Halo 4" its first 24 hours last week ("Halo 4" was available only for the Xbox 360, though, while "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" can also be played on the Playstation 3 console)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
The video game industry got a much needed bonus last Tuesday as "Halo 4" players around the world spent more than $220 million on the heavily marketed sequel. That's the highest ever first day gross for Microsoft Corp.'s blockbuster science-fiction/action franchise. 2010's "Halo Reach," the previous record holder, enjoyed a $200-million "opening day. " Microsoft did not report how many "Halo 4" units it sold on launch day, but based on the game's U.S. retail price of between $60 and $100, the total is more than 2.2 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Activision Blizzard Inc. has abandoned its plan to build an online subscription service around its military game series "Call of Duty. " The Santa Monica video game giant said Monday that beginning with the launch of this November's sequel "Call of Duty: Black Ops II," it will no longer charge a fee for its companion online service "Call of Duty: Elite. " The online service allows players to track their statistics, watch exclusive videos tied to the game, and get additional information to help them improve their play.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
A court hearing to prepare for the multibillion-dollar trial between the makers of blockbuster video game series Call of Duty and publisherActivision Blizzard Inc.was postponed at the last second Tuesday morning following a conference in the judge's chambers. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle announced that the court would be in recess until Wednesday morning. Asked whether the delay was to allow for settlement discussions, lawyers said afterward that they were under strict instructions not to discuss the matter.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2010 | By Ben Fritz
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has led to legal warfare at Activision. Jason West and Vince Zampella, the former heads of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare development studio Infinity Ward Inc. who were fired Monday, have filed a $36-million lawsuit against publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. alleging wrongful termination and breach of contract. The complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday, alleges that Santa Monica-based Activision fired the executives to avoid paying them royalties on the military shooter game Modern Warfare 2, which was released in November and has generated more than $1 billion in retail sales.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2010 | By Alex Pham
Activision Blizzard Inc. said Wednesday that its fourth-quarter loss widened to $286 million, despite strong revenue from its blockbuster Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 title along with sales of games that also have an online presence. The Santa Monica video game publisher lost 23 cents a share for the quarter, compared with a loss of $72 million, or 5 cents a share, for the previous year's final three months. Revenue fell slightly to $1.56 billion from $1.64 billion, even though sales of its Guitar Hero titles fell 35%. The results included deferred revenue of $938 million from the sale of games that included an online component.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 2012 | By Ben Fritz and Alex Pham
Activision Blizzard Inc. on Friday dropped a hint at how much money could be at stake in its high-profile lawsuit against two former developers of the company's Call of Duty games. At a pre-trial hearing in California Superior Court in Los Angeles, Activision's attorneys said the Santa Monica game publisher had created a "bonus pool" totaling $493.5 million over the last nine years for employees at Infinity Ward, the studio that created the Call of Duty franchise and developed five out of the eight games in the series.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2012 | By Alex Pham and Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Video game giants Activision Blizzard Inc. and Electronic Arts Inc. have settled their litigation as a larger trial over the Call of Duty video game franchise is scheduled to proceed this month. Santa Monica-based Activision and Redwood Shores, Calif.-based EA announced their settlement at a California Superior Court hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The long-running rivalry between the two companies heated up in 2010 when EA agreed to fund a new studio headed by Jason West and Vincent Zampella, the co-creators of Call of Duty whom Activision had fired that year.
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