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LONDON -- Team USA makes it back-to-back Olympic golds with a 107-100 win over spain, the same team they beat 118-107 at the Beijing Olympics in a similar down-to-the-wire thriller. LeBron James led the way with his great plays including a thunderous dunk in the fourth quarter in the tight game where Team USA only had a one point lead after starting the third and fourth quarters. Most of the Team USA ballers are also big gamers off the court including Kobe and LeBron. We talked to them exclusively about their gaming in these exclusive video interviews.


Dwightmare is apparently over. Dwight Howard is coming the the Los Angeles Lakers. In a blockbuster four team, nine player trade between the Lakers, the Orlando Magic, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets that matches the 1996 blockbuster trade for Shaquille O'Neal, the Lakers will finally get the big man that every NBA team coveted in Dwight Howard. While the trade still needs to be finalized this afternoon, the details of the trade are that the 76ers will get Andrew Bynum, arguably the second-best center in the NBA, along with Jason Richardson while the Nuggets would get Team USA forward Andre Iguodala and the Magic would get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Moe Harkless, Nikola Vucevic and three protected first round draft picks, one from each team plus two second round draft picks, according to The Lakers would ask get Chris Duhon and Earl Clark. The Lakers did not have to give up Pau Gasol and will project a lineup that also includes Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash to form a "Big Four" that will match up to Miami's "Big Three" and the Oklahoma Thunder's young core of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden. We caught up with Howard during NBA All-Star Game in an exclusive video interview to talk about his favorite off-court activity, video gaming.


To celebrate the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Content Collection #2, Activision enlisted NBA stars Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks and Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz to go head to head in a Face Off Challenge, a special edition of the Call of Duty Grudge Match for ultimate bragging rights. Jennings and Hayward captained teams featuring development studio members, online personalities and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 fans in an intense battle before settling the final score in the all new Face Off. Hayward talks about the experience and his own gaming habits in this exclusive video interview below.


ORLANDO -- The will he, won't he drama surrounding Dwight Howard has ended, at least for this year, with Howard terminating his opt-out clause in his contract and remaining with the Orlando Magic for another year. When asked what Howard would do now that everything is over at his press conference today, Dwight Howard replied "I'm going to go home and play video games. That's what I'm going to do" Howard is known as a hard-core video gamer and even boasted to us at the recent NBA All-Star Game that he can beat anybody in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 as seen below in our interview with Howard.


Kim Dotcom, the founder and mastermind of the beleaguered file-sharing site Megaupload that was recently shut down by authorities, doesn't just face prison time and substantial fines for his alleged crimes, he has also lost his status as the world’s highest ranked player in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. With millions in the bank and a huge mansion from his illegal file sharing empire, Dotcom apparently had a lot of time on his hands and was playing a lot of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 under the gamertag MEGARACER. Dotcom had earned the top spot in the first-person shooter video game late last year, according to MSNBC. With around 15 million players worldwide and over $1 billion in sales, Modern Warfare 3 is one of the best selling video games of all time.


It's inevitable.  The game industry likes to thrive with new technology, whether it's a new handheld like the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita, or a new hardware system that introduces an innovative new way to play.  With the Wii U ramping up for release this year, both Microsoft and Sony are thinking hard about their next systems, and today we've run across rumors of what the big "M" will have in mind for its hardware.  Our only concern is that they might be rushing things...


Let's make it clear right now -- the Consumer Electronics Show isn't really about video games.  Sure, they definitely have a place in the consumer electronic world when it comes to entertainment, but the show is more focused on the technological side, with gadgets, TV's and other high-priced technology that's really out there.  But some game companies managed to show up anyway and show off their wares, so we've got the wrap-up on what we saw, and whether it was really worth it.  Let's get started...


After selling 1 billion copies, four map packs and yet another Call of Duty tittle. Activision looks to return to Vietnam. It has been a year since Activision and Treyarch released Call of Duty Black Ops. Activision recently purchased, hinting that a sequel could be in development.


2011 brought a lot of sequels our way.  Some were necessary improvements to formula, while others had us scratching our heads wondering what was up.  (NOTE: Resistance 3.)  Anyway, we've decided to count down our top ten favorite retail games (a downloadable list is coming very soon), along with a few honorable mentions for good measure.  You might be shocked to see what takes number one.


For every "best of" 2011 list that is out there, there's an equally atrocious "worst of" list.  We've already run down the movies that really stunk this year, and now it's the game industry's turn.  And while we were a bit surprised that neither Brink nor Duke Nukem Forever made the list, there was still plenty of stink to go around.  So, without further ado, here are the ten games that really blew chunks...


For those of you who think that gaming doesn't provide anything good for the community...well, you can shut your damn cake holes.  A yearly event called Extra Life has taken place all throughout today, with gamers dedicating themselves to 24 hours of non-stop gaming in an effort to raise money for their children's hospitals, in an effort to finding relief for various types of illnesses that afflict them.  The event is now in its fourth year, and though it's still going strong in some circles, it's the most successful year to date.


Call of Duty XP has officially come to a close -- for this year, and it might just come back -- and what better way to close it out than with a powerhouse tournament for a big amount of cash?  Saturday night, actor Nick Swardson and YouTube sensation iJustine hosted the final battle between L.A. based team OpTic gaming and the UK-based team Infinity.  And a battle it was -- but in the end, the local crew managed to do the gaming world proud and win the tournament.


A lot of folks aren’t there aren’t too crazy about subscription plans or season passes, but to be honest, game companies set them up to try and save people a little cash.  The Call of Duty Elite Premium Membership is no exception, and Activision broke down what to expect from the service, and how it complements Modern Warfare 3 with exclusive content.


The Xbox 360 is take huge precedence at the Call of Duty XP event in Los Angeles this week, as Microsoft is co-sponsoring the event and the million dollar Modern Warfare 3 tournament.  But that’s not all – Microsoft and Activision are also teaming up to produce yet another limited edition game console, just as they did with Modern Warfare 2 a couple of years ago.  The difference?  This one’s way better.


Activision and Treyarch will be releasing Rezurrection, the all-Zombies content pack for Call of Duty®: Black Ops on the Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network on August 23rd and we've got the latest screenshots and preview trailer to show all the zombie goodness off. Rezurrection hurls players into orbit with Moon, the climax of the Call of Duty Zombies saga and the first in the series to drop zombie-slaying into low-G lunar battlegrounds. With new outrageous weapons, high-tech gear, and a bloodthirsty undead menace, Moon is the most challenging and thrilling Zombies adventure yet, Activision claims. Check out the new trailer and screenshots after the break.

When Call of Duty: Black Ops hit the market last year, sales numbers hit amazingly high numbers, totalling over $1 billion in sales worldwide. However, there wasn't much competition against it in the world of first-person shooters because Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was released 8 months prior to Black Ops. Now that Battlefield 3 is right up against Modern Warfare 3 by being only two weeks apart in release, you would think that it would slow Call of Duty's momentum down even just the slightest bit. However, CEO of Activision Bobby Kotick likes to think otherwise.

It's not very often that you see a video game franchise picked up by another developer, but when it happens, it's a pretty surprising move.  Electronic Arts picking up NBA Jam, WB Games acquiring Mortal Kombat, and so forth.  Now you can add Square Enix to the list, as the company has snagged the cancelled True Crime: Hong Kong project from Activision's camp.  Here's why we think United Front Games' third person action romp deserves a second chance.


We've seen some gutsy moves when it comes to promotion, but Electronic Arts is really stepping up.  Over the past few weeks, the company has been pushing Battlefield 3 something fierce, which has led to a boost in pre-orders -- even beyond its greatest competition, the supposedly unstoppable Modern Warfare 3.  But today, we saw a bold move that we didn't even see coming -- a website redirection that has no doubt left a few at Activision feeling a cold burn.

Yesterday, I took a look at the rivalry that's brewing between Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 this holiday season. After shots have been fired at Call of Duty by John Riccitiello, I commented on 4 things that Modern Warfare 3 needs to do to come out on top this year. But what about Battlefield 3? Many gamers are beginning to grow a little tired of the Call of Duty franchise, mainly because each title offers the same gameplay each time. So with people looking for something different for a change of pace, here are 4 things Battlefield 3 must do to dethrone the Call of Duty franchise.
This upcoming holiday season will be hosting an interesting battle taking place between two of the biggest franchises in video games: Call of Duty and Battlefield. At E3 this past June, John Riccitiello, CEO of Electronic Arts, took some shots at the Call of Duty franchise, boasting that Battlefield has what it takes to usurp the throne that Call of Duty currently sits on. To heighten the rivalry, EA moved Battlefield 3's release date to October 25, placing it merely two weeks before Modern Warfare 3 hits store shelves. With all of this in place, just what does Modern Warfare 3 need to do in order to win the rivalry?

Because Blizzcon just wasn't enough for them, Activision has announced a new fan-specific event for Call of Duty, set to take place in early September in Los Angeles.  It'll feature a number of events based around the mega-popular first person shooter franchise...but one has to wonder if it's really needed.

Although Call of Duty fans may have their eyes set on Modern Warfare 3, there still is some fun to be had in Call of Duty: Black Ops. The game has already seen the release of two map packs since it's release in November of last year, but a third map pack very well may be on the way. A photograph leaked out onto the internet, showing off 5 possible maps for an upcoming DLC map pack.

Games based on movies generally don't inspire much confidence, but all that can change with the right developer. High Moon Studios, known for the fairly well received Transformers: War for Cybertron, is holding the reigns for the upcoming Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie tie-in. Given High Moon Studios' love for the Transformers franchise, it does inspire a certain hope that this is a move tie-in worth playing. Given a quick hands-on with the game, I got to see if that hope was well-founded.

 Following the release of the trailer for Modern Warfare 3, Activision sent out a press release to officially announce the next installment of the series. Within the release, the date of the game has been set for November 8, 2011. Activision also took the time to voice their confidence in the next game, claiming it will raise the bar both for the franchise and all other first-person shooters.