Happy New Year, from 'Black Ops Guy' and Starbuck

The gentleman who dressed up as the box of Call of Duty: Black Ops at this year's Fan Expo in Toronto was one of our favorite cosplayers of 2011. He starred in one of Kotaku's best 'Shop Contests and is currently featured in the all-star revue going on now. » 1/01/12 3:30pm 1/01/12 3:30pm

Video Proof That I Fought On Modern Warfare 2's Scrapyard in Real Life…

One of the highlights of the Call of Duty XP convention was its paintball field recreation of "Scrapyard," a multiplayer map plucked from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. I took a few stinging paintballs to the thigh and bicep for your enjoyment, if you couldn't make it to Los Angeles this past weekend. » 9/06/11 6:00pm 9/06/11 6:00pm

The Insanity, Players, and Games of Three Huge Gaming Events

It's been a crazy few weeks here at Kotaku as we scrambled to cover the world's biggest game show in Germany, the largest Penny Arcade Expo in history and the first ever convention dedicated to all things Call of Duty. » 9/06/11 10:00am 9/06/11 10:00am

New Multiplayer Details, Sumo Wrestling, and the Price of Being Elite:…

Badges awarded at Call of Duty XP [above] give an idea of the activities that expo attendees enjoyed over the weekend. Kotaku spent the past two days the inaugural gathering for fans of Activision's combat shooter, where the publisher revealed more details about the premium Call of Duty Elite subscription, we spent… » 9/05/11 4:00pm 9/05/11 4:00pm

Call of Duty XP 'Juggernaut Sumo' Pits Grandpa vs. Grandson

One of the many activities on hand at this weekend's Call of Duty XP event—activities that earn attendees badges of honor—is Juggernaut Sumo. The game? Put on a bulky fat suit gussied up to look vaguely like a Juggernaut from Modern Warfare 2's Spec Ops mode and... fight! » 9/03/11 5:30pm 9/03/11 5:30pm

Find Makarov: Operation Kingfish Is More Explosive Than Your Average …

Operation Kingfish is the sequel (of sorts) to Find Makarov, the fan-made short film based on the Modern Warfare series—the mini-movie that fooled us into thinking a Modern Warfare 3 announcement was imminent in February. (Oops!) » 9/03/11 4:30pm 9/03/11 4:30pm

Call of Duty XP's Real-Life Achievements and Badges of Honor

Activision has a long and storied history of making some of the best video game patches in the business. Or at least they did during the Atari 2600 era. At Call of Duty XP, Activision returned to its patch-making ways, rewarding XP attendees for braving real-life and virtual challenges. » 9/02/11 9:30pm 9/02/11 9:30pm

Guns! Guns! Guns! A Tour of the Call of Duty XP Armory

Hey, you like guns? Then you should really be at Call of Duty XP this weekend. They got guns! Lots of 'em. They even have a FGM-148 Javelin and an alien head. Just head to "The Armory." Or take a journey with me through the magic of photo galleries! » 9/02/11 8:30pm 9/02/11 8:30pm

Call of Duty Elite 'Premium' Membership Costs $50 A Year, Includes All…

Call of Duty Elite, Activision's new social network and stat-tracking service that will launch alongside Modern Warfare 3—and work with last year's Call of Duty: Black Ops—is largely going to be free to use. But there are very good reasons for investing in Elite. » 9/02/11 3:30pm 9/02/11 3:30pm

Be There Using the Magic of the Internet! Call of Duty XP Live Stream

The first ever Call of Duty expo, Call of Duty XP, is being held today and tomorrow in Los Angeles. If you didn't score a ticket, you can still feel like you're there via live coverage on both days. » 9/02/11 12:30pm 9/02/11 12:30pm

A Remote Controlled Airplane Took This Real Call of Duty Photo

Call of Duty XP is an official COD gaming event that promises to do more than let players play Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer. They'll also get a shot at running a real version of The Pit time course and experiencing the Scrapyard in-game map. » 9/01/11 6:00am 9/01/11 6:00am

The First Look at the Call of Duty Convention

It's not a good look. But it is a look. From Sept. 2 to Sept. 3, one of the world's most famous games, Call of Duty, is holding its own convention, Call of Duty XP. » 8/31/11 8:30am 8/31/11 8:30am

Celtic Rockers Dropkick Murphys Performing at Call of Duty Con

Kanye West isn't the only musician performing at the first-ever Call of Duty convention, Irish-punk rockers Dropkick Murphys will be closing the first night of the show, Activision said today. » 8/25/11 10:20am 8/25/11 10:20am

A Little Arrested Development Comes to Call of Duty

It'll take more than Facebook-with-guns for people to sign up for Activision's Call of Duty: Elite service. Which is probably why the publisher is bringing original content from two of the stars of Arrested Development to the platform. » 8/04/11 4:30am 8/04/11 4:30am

Everybody at the Call of Duty Convention Gets a Free Modern Warfare 3

Activision sweetens the pot for fans considering attending the first-ever Call of Duty XP convention in Los Angeles next month, revealing additional details on what fans can expect to get out of the show, including a free copy of the Modern Warfare 3 Hardened Edition. » 8/03/11 3:20pm 8/03/11 3:20pm

We've got Free Tickets to Call of Duty XP

If you really really want to go to the live Call of Duty XP event (and who could blame you) but can't swing the $150 price tag, then we have good news! » 7/27/11 2:40pm 7/27/11 2:40pm

Get Your Call of Duty Convention Tickets July 19

Tickets for Activision's paintball-playing, Modern Warfare 3-sampling, fundraiser celebration of all things Call of Duty go on sale July 19, at 10 a.m. » 7/14/11 7:30am 7/14/11 7:30am

Children Not Allowed at Call of Duty Fest

For those of you considering attendance at this fall's 12-acre, $150-a-pop Call of Duty festival, but worried about an abundance of under-aged gamers spewing their obnoxious, curse-laden diatribes at you in person, don't be. You have to be 18 or older to attend. Of course, that doesn't stop obnoxious adults from… » 6/30/11 11:00am 6/30/11 11:00am

Real World Modern Warfare 2 Maps Highlight of Call of Duty Convention

This fall Call of Duty fans will be able to shoot up their friends in real-world, life-sized replicas of two of the game's maps, grab a bite to eat at the game's fictional burger joint and get their hands on Modern Warfare 3 months before its release as part of a video game convention designed to celebrate the… » 6/30/11 2:31am 6/30/11 2:31am