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Activision Announces Race to 1,000 Jobs Fundraising Campaign With Ability To Get Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Limited Edition Dog Tags

By : Amanda Dyar on Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 4:18 PM

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Activision has announced for the two weeks leading up to Veterans Day that gamers are invited to take part in "Race to 1,000 Jobs" which helps 1,000 military veterans find high-quality jobs in support of the Call of Duty Endowment. Call of Duty players can participate by tuning in to the live twitch or purchased the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Limited Edition Dog Tags. Read on.

From the Press Release
During the two week period leading up to Veterans Day, Call of Duty® gamers can do their part to help 1,000 military veterans find high-quality jobs by joining the "Race to 1,000 Jobs" fundraising and awareness campaign (#1000Vets) in support of the Call of Duty Endowment. Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit organization that uses a venture philanthropy approach to fund and grow best-in-class organizations that place veterans in meaningful careers.


The "Race to 1,000 Jobs" features three ways for gamers to get involved:

  • Kicking off this campaign, five gamer personalities - Ernest Le, Goldglove, Goldenboy, iiJERiiCHOii, TmarTn - will launch their own fundraising effort as part of the 2014 Race to Prestige (#TheRace), powered by Twitch. During the launch week of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Sunday, November 2 through Friday, November 7), the gamers will stream themselves on Twitch playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare at www.twitch.tv/therace while taking donations for the Call of Duty Endowment.
  • Beginning Tuesday, November 4, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Limited Edition Dog Tags will go on sale at more than 11,000 participating retail locations across the United States, including GameStop, 7-Eleven, Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Toys "R" Us stores. Additionally, the Dog Tags will be available as part of a special Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare bundle at Costco stores. All profits from the sale of the Dog Tags will be donated to the Call of Duty Endowment.
Starting today, gamers can create their own fundraising pages to raise money for the Call of Duty Endowment by going to www.callofduty.com/vets. Between now and Veterans Day, November 11th, participating players will be eligible to win a variety of amazing prizes, including a Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Limited Edition Xbox One or Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Atlas Limited Edition game signed by Sledgehammer Games, by asking family, friends, and Twitch viewers to sponsor them in a gameathon that will take place on Veterans Day. On Veterans Day, these gamers can then join together to play any Call of Duty title as they game for good. Gamers that raise $100 in sponsorship will get a copy of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for Xbox (while supplies last) and the top fundraiser (must be over $5,000) will win a trip to Sledgehammer Games in San Francisco to meet the creators of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

In addition to donating all profits from the sales of the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Limited Edition Dog Tags, Activision Publishing will match all donations made to the Call of Duty Endowment dollar-for-dollar, up to $1 million, during the "Race to 1,000 Jobs."

"We are incredibly excited to offer Call of Duty gamers three ways to support connecting veterans with the high-quality career opportunities they need and deserve," said Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director of the Call of Duty Endowment. "The 'Race to 1,000 Jobs' is a terrific opportunity for Call of Duty gamers to have a lot of fun while helping put vets to work in great jobs."

"Twitch is proud to team up with Activision and the Call of Duty Endowment to advance this mission to help 1,000 veterans start new careers," said Justin Wong, VP of Partnerships at Twitch. "This campaign is an example of what the gaming community can do to channel its incredible energy for an important cause."

Working with Deloitte, the Call of Duty Endowment carefully evaluates and then funds organizations working to prepare veterans for the job market and place them in careers that take full advantage of their skills, experience and training. Recipients of the Call of Duty Endowment's Seal of Distinction must demonstrate effective and cost-efficient veteran job placement before receiving funding to encourage their growth and operations.
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Total War: Rome II Gets Free Halloween Update Adding Nightmare Mode and Festival of Lemuria

SEGA has announced a new free update for Total War: Rome II that will give players the chance to check out the festival of Lemuria and Nightmare Mode just in time for Halloween! Are you ready to take on this spooky new content and watch Rally Point Episode 22 - Rome II Halloween Update video? Read on.

From the Press Release
Live now, the latest free update for Total War: ROME II adds the festival of Lemuria to the game and a new seasonal challenge, Nightmare Mode! Lemuria was an ancient feast during which restless spirits were exorcised from the home with the alternate offering of beans and then clashing of cooking pots. Perhaps an early Roman version of Trick or Treat? Nightmare Mode can be toggled on from the game options menu, causing your troops to suffer horrifying visions in battle. Harpies descend from the skies as a terrifying atmosphere envelopes your forces. Assailed by such apparitions it is no surprise that your soldiers will find the enemy extremely frightening! Any generals skilled enough to complete a Campaign battle in Nightmare Mode will earn a new Steam achievement and the adoration of their peers. May the gods help you if you try to complete a whole campaign… More details on this update and exclusive new detail about the recently announced Total War: ATTILA can be found in this month’s Rally point: Total War: ROME II Emperor Edition is Available Now, see www.totalwar.com for details.


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F1 2014 Reveals New Austin COTA Hot Lap Trailer

Are you ready for even more F1 2014? Well Bandai Namco Games and Codemasters are giving players a closer glimpse at the new title available on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC with an action-packed new trailer. Are you ready to start the race and catch this new content? Read on.

BANDAI NAMCO Games America and Codemasters today released an all-new trailer for F1 2014 showcasing the United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas. F1 2014 is available now in retail and digital stores for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC from Steam.


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Armored Warfare Shows Off M1128 MGS Stryker Armored Fighting Vehicle In New Video

Armored Warfare is showing off their latest vehicle with a new video from Obsidian Entertainment and My.com with the M1128 MGS Stryker Armored Fighting Vehicle. Read on.

Obsidian Entertainment and My.com released a brand new video to showcase the latest vehicle to join Armored Warfare, the fast and powerful M1128 MGS Stryker Armored Fighting Vehicle. The Stryker is one of the most advanced vehicles in the U.S. Army and one of the most powerful Tier 8 Advanced Fighting Vehicle (AFV) in Armored Warfare. Since it has wheels, rather than treads, the Stryker has the fast speed of an AFV paired with firepower that rivals that of main battle tanks.


To learn more, visit the official Armored Warfare website.

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New Details Revealed For Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's DLC Expansion 'Lord of the Hunt'

Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions has announced new details for the first DLC expansion for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor entitled Lord of the Hunt which will be available later this year.  Read on to learn more about the upcoming expansion.

From the Press Release
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions today revealed new details about Lord of the Hunt, the first DLC expansion pack for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, available for purchase and to Season Pass holders later this year. In Lord of the Hunt, Sauron has dispatched lethal Beastmaster Warchiefs to exterminate the monsters of Mordor. Talion will join Torvin the Dwarven Hunter and use his powers of Domination to turn these menacing new beasts against the Warchiefs, proving that Mordor cannot be tamed.


  • New Story & Lore – Discover more tales from Torvin, the Dwarven Hunter, as you work together to tame the beasts of Mordor and fight Sauron’s minions.
  • New Nemeses – Face off against the Beastmaster Warchiefs, powerful new Uruks who have the ability to ride monsters and engage in perilous mounted combat.
  • New Monsters – Ride into battle on the Wretched Graug to vomit toxin at your foes, stalk your enemies on the predatory Caragath and attack from the shadows or raise an all-consuming Ghul Horde.
  • New Missions & Challenges – New Beast Hunting challenges and collectibles open up new trophies and achievements.
  • New Epic Runes – Make your Mount unstoppable with five new epic Runes that make you the ultimate hunter.
  • Test of the Wild – Test your skills against the Beastmasters and mount your trophies on the leaderboard.
  • New Character Skin – Lord of the Hunt skin transform Talion into the ultimate Beastmaster.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delivers a dynamic game environment where the player orchestrates their personal plan of vengeance as they bend Mordor to their will. The game begins on the night of Sauron’s return to Mordor, as his Black Captains brutally execute the Rangers of the Black Gate. Players become Talion, a ranger who loses his family and everything he holds dear, only to be returned from death by a mysterious Spirit of vengeance. Based on the player’s actions with the in-game Nemesis System, every enemy encountered is distinct and can evolve to become a personal archenemy through the course of the game. As Talion’s personal vendetta unfolds, players uncover the mystery of the Spirit that compels him, discover the origin of the Rings of Power and confront the ultimate nemesis.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is available for PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, PC and Steam; November 18th on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
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Real Boxing Gets New Power Update Available On Google Play

Real Boxing has received a brand new update on Google Play for Android devices entitled the Power Update. Read on.

Real Boxing is ready to shake things up and once again deliver a knockout experience into the hands of millions of gamers with the brand new Power Update, out now on Google Play. For the first time ever, Real Boxing is available for FREE on Google Play, with explosive new gameplay mechanics introduced in the latest update. Players can now turn the tide of battle by skillfully using a set of power-ups, opening up a world of possibilities in terms of tactics, while the new Condition stat adds more depth and challenge to the award-winning gameplay. Real Boxing with the Power Update is currently available for FREE, exclusively on Google Play, with the also free iOS version to receive the Power Update content later this year.


To learn more, visit the official Real Boxing website.

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Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom Goes Gold Before November 18 Release

Little Orbit and Cartoon Network have revealed that Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom has gone gold and will release on November 18th. Read on.

Worldwide videogame publisher, Little Orbit, together with Cartoon Network Enterprises, announced today that Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom has gone gold and is now in manufacturing. The game will launch November 18, 2014 for the Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation TV, and Xbox 360, and will be available for download on Steam (PC), Nintendo eShop, The PlayStation Network and Xbox Marketplace Games on Demand. Developed by WayForward Technologies, the title is rated E10+ by the ESRB.


In Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom, players take on the persona of Finn (the human) with help from his best bro Jake (the shape-shifting dog), as they navigate through the eponymous kingdom - a mysterious never-seen-before realm in the Land of Ooo. Players will go on heroic quests, solve challenging puzzles and discover hidden secrets by exploring all corners of the Nameless Kingdom which was created exclusively for the game. New and familiar characters from the Adventure Time series will be encountered along the journey.

To learn more, visit the official Little Orbit website.
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Twisty Hollow Celebrates Launch With Fun New Trailer

Arkadium has announced the release of a brand-new trailer for Twisty Hollow to celebrate its launch on the App Store. Gamers can now download the game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch for $3.99. Are you ready to learn more and start your adventure? Read on.

From the Press Release
Arkadium, a game industry veteran and one of the most successful developers to come out of New York City, today revealed details and a video trailer for their premium puzzle game Twisty Hollow, launching exclusively on the Apple App Store on October 30, 2014, for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


Introducing a never-before-seen game mechanic, Twisty Hollow has players spinning multiple layers of a wheel in order to synchronize the right workers with the correct tools and resources to solve unique puzzles and fulfill eccentric requests. With genre-defining gameplay, a striking paper-art style, and a whimsical, smartly crafted storyline, Twisty Hollow becomes increasingly intriguing as you complete each level. It will be available to download for $3.99.

In Twisty Hollow, a self-appointed mayor is spinning the town out of order with nonsensical rulings. His cryptic instructions vary from the culinary (bacon is frowned upon), to the absurd (fashion tips for ghosts). Support the citizens of Twisty Hollow by fulfilling their increasingly eccentric needs, from burgers, to hand knit sweaters, to diamonds. Work quickly through each puzzle to restore order and find out what twisty conclusion the mayor and its citizens face.

Twisty Hollow Key Features:
  • Explore an imaginative story enriched by original and polished visuals in paper-art stylings
  • Be challenged by a cast of unbelievable characters, from insolent Robomoles to a menacing bear with a delicate manicure
  • Travel across 50 unique levels, each with a different surprise and increasingly difficult challenges
  • Solve the demands of a crowd of quirky customers, from ghosts to beavers
  • Let Twisty Hollow take you on a journey you won’t forget – even if (and when) pigs fly

To learn more, visit the official Twisty Hollow website.

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Costume Quest 2 Now Available For Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U

Midnight City and Double Fine Productions have announced that Costume Quest 2 is now available on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U. The fun RPG puts costumed kids up against a Dentist who wants to wipe Halloween off the map. Are you ready to suit up in brand new costumes and save Halloween? Read on.

From the Press Release
Costume Quest 2 is the sequel to the Halloween hit Costume Quest and features all the humor, style and fun of the original with all new outfits, a brand new story and time travel! Team up with trick or treating twins Wren and Reynold as they set out to save October’s most hallowed day from Dr. Orel White, a misunderstood dentist dedicated to a world free of cavities, candy and Halloween.

Track the Dentist and his Time Wizard associate through three expansive timescapes and get things back to normal. Updated combat streamlines the process, while adding new features like Battle Cards and Persistent Health which can be replenished at one of the many Water Fountains sprinkled in the levels. While checkpoints are plentiful to keep the action moving, players can equip the Candy Corn costume to add a little more challenge to their quest! (And get a super sweet trophy, to boot!)

Costume Quest 2 is rated E10+ and will be available today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One at only $14.99 through the on the Xbox Live online entertainment network for Xbox One and Xbox 360 games worldwide. The Wii U version is planned to launch on 10/30 in North America and Europe. www.costumequest2.com

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F.E.A.R. Online Reveals Scary New Content Just In Time For Halloween

Aeria Games has announced the arrival of the Blood Lust game mode and creepy new characters and skins for F.E.A.R. Online just in time for Halloween. Read on.

Just in time for Halloween, F.E.A.R. Online has released new horror-themed features for brave souls looking for a terrifying game experience! Publisher Aeria Games announced today an all-new Blood Lust game mode and creepy new characters - in addition to scary skins - for the free-to-play first-person shooter. The new content will go live on both Steam and the Aeria Games portal beginning tomorrow.


Loyal fans of the celebrated horror series are now able to experience the new "Blood Lust" mode, which allows players the possibility to utilize enhanced weaponry and transform into monsters with special abilities. Players can also wield exclusive Halloween-themed items against new bosses and haunting enemies for even more carnage. In addition, new zombie nurse characters will be added to the game in time for the holiday.

"Halloween is the perfect time of the year to bring more F.E.A.R. to our fans," said Pascal Zuta, CEO of Aeria Games. "The new features take the game to another level of revulsion and ghastly gameplay, delivering what our fans expect and have been asking for in the game."

In F.E.A.R. Online, tensions reach a boiling point as the F.E.A.R. task force investigates Armacham Technology Corporation's unsettling experiments.With several team combat modes spanning over ten ominous maps, the game follows the terrifying occurrences surrounding the F.E.A.R. team, in parallel to the events of F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin. Up to four players can team up and fight for their lives against both hostile Armacham personnel and hideous monsters lurking around every corner.

To learn more, visit the official F.E.A.R. Online website.
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