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Modern Warfare 2 banned in Russia
 
According to TGDaily and the Russian GotPS3 website Call of Duty - Modern Warfare 2 has been banned in Russia for the already controversial Airport Mission, in which you play the part of the terrorists and gun down civilians. This mission has already sparked more coverage than almost any other in recent memory and the game already ships with a warning that players might find it disturbing and so they can ignore it if they want.
 
However, because the airport is based in Moscow the Russians have naturally taken the view that this paints them in a none-too-positive light and so have recalled all versions of the game and are currently liaising with Activision and Infinity Ward to entirely remove the mission from the game.
 
With over five million copies sold within the first day of release, and Microsoft reporting a record number of simultaneous Live users, this mission certainly hasn't dented sales.
 
Activision want to move to subscription gaming
 
As if the furore surrounding the lack of dedicated servers for Modern Warfare 2 wasn't enough the CFO of Activision, Thomas Tippl, has revealed that they are strongly considering introducing a subscription based online service to their large franchises, including Call Of Duty.
 
"It's definitely an aspiration that we see potential in, particularly as we look at different business models to monetize the online gameplay," said Tippl. "There's good knowledge exchange happening between the Blizzard folks and our online guys."
 
Monetise the gameplay sounds good in business speak, but still boils down to charging you extra for online components. He continued : 
 
"We have great experience also on Call of Duty with the success we had on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. A lot of that knowledge is getting actually built into the Battle.Net platform and the design of that. I think it's been mutually beneficial, and you should expect us to test and ultimately launch additional online monetization models of some of some of our biggest franchises like Call of Duty."
 
Following a recent survey Activision conducted it seems that there is a sufficient portion of the user-base who would be willing to pay extra for an improved service :
 
"Our gamers are telling us there's lots of services and innovation they would like to see that they're not getting yet. From what we see so far, additional content, as well as all the services Blizzard is offering, is that there is demand from the core gamers to pay up for that,"
 
Would you be willing to subscribe to allow you to play online or would you move to one of the many subscription-free FPS games around? Discuss in our forums
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07-11-2009, 07:30:00

MeltedDuron
DFI are looking to release something I'm sure we've all been waiting for; a Mini ITX board you can stick an i7 and a 5870 in...

Continue Reading

07-11-2009, 07:36:40

tinytomlogan
Need a case with very good airflow to have that much heat in a small space though.

07-11-2009, 08:00:23

PeterStoba
Every article I've read about this has mentioned putting an i7 and a 5870 in there, but I don't see how, the 5870 needs a big PSU, how many ITX cases support a long GPU and ATX PSU? Exactly.

Even so, the price this thing will be (won't be low, things never are) you'd be better with a matx board.

07-11-2009, 08:23:47

Ghosthud1
i just ordered my 775 itx! mother......!!! meh saying that why have an i7 in a itx case lmao normally ITX computers are used for file servers/media centre so i see no point in this a nice little e5200 would suit a itx better

08-11-2009, 03:22:50

Rastalovich
I do hope this is the shape of things to come.

Little disappointed with the use of 885, but not incredibly upset.

Wouldn't worry about power, there's always something u can do about that. Even if not aimed at a 5870, a lower self powered 5xxxx card should be fine.

Best thing for me is that all the tech is finally not relying on the crazily oversized and outdated ATX. Makes a mockery of the early thrown together eatx mobos.

08-11-2009, 12:47:18

Ducky Spud

i just ordered my 775 itx! mother......!!! meh saying that why have an i7 in a itx case lmao normally ITX computers are used for file servers/media centre so i see no point in this a nice little e5200 would suit a itx better



I think like that too. ITX are great for download boxes and media centers but as a gaming PC there just isnt enough room in the case for cooling it all properly.

I like the idea of a tiny gaming PC, but its just too much hassle lol. Midi tower at least for a PC with some decent gaming power

17-11-2009, 10:31:10

Mr. Smith
This is such a sweet mobo. If it OC's I'm seriously thinking about getting a custom case so i can get a 5890 in there. Tiny powah! :D

Will you be getting this in for a review?

17-11-2009, 10:39:02

tinytomlogan
Do you mean 5970? (5870x2) as there is no 5890......yet

If it does get released I would hope we would get to test it although nothing is confirmed yet.

17-11-2009, 14:17:28

Mr. Smith

Do you mean 5970? (5870x2) as there is no 5890......yet

If it does get released I would hope we would get to test it although nothing is confirmed yet.



Yeah, ignore my typo - 4 hours sleep due to illness.

Anyway it is on the DFI website here so I think it must be released soon...
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