Catch Up: Gaming News! New Batman Art! World of Warcraft, NCAA Football and More!


By: Adam Thomas of

This week is a rather fun one for most people in the U.S. Independence Day just passed, and a lot of you are still enjoying an extended weekend. Go find out where that latest BBQ will be, and while you wait on the call-back, get comfortable with some Catch Up gaming news!

This week, Batman‘s latest cover has been unveiled, World of Warcraft makes itself even more accessible, and a NCAA Football demo lands in our lap! Meanwhile, Call of Duty: Black Ops has a brand new map pack, and is allowing players to convene for a good cause. Read on…

Batman: Arkham City Cover Art Revealed

Warner Bros. Games and Rocksteady have unveiled the cover art for Batman: Arkham City. I dig the whole black and white motif that they put in the art for the game, as it always seems to single something out. In this case, it’s his bloody nose and knuckles. Batman: Arkham City comes out for the PS3, Xbox 360, and the PC on October 18, 2011Click here to read more

World of Warcraft: Free to Play until Level 20!?

Now, you may simply set up a trial account on World of Warcraft that can be played until you hit level 20. There are no limits to the number of characters or “toons” that you can create. Once you buy a full subscription, Blizzard has included the Burning Crusade Expansion Pack for free.

If you were a previous subscriber who had not ever upgraded to Burning Crusade, it has been automatically added to your account, for free! Click here to read more

NCAA Football 12 Demo Released

With a few days until the game’s release (July 12), EA has released a demo featuring two playable games and four playable teams. Sadly, the matchups are locked, but there is still plenty to do. The match ups are Oregon at Texas, and Alabama at Florida State.

Playing the demo will also allow the user to unlock five different Nike Pro Combat Uniforms. The quarter length is set at 2 minutes and the difficultly is adjustable.  Click here to read more

Call of Duty XP Convention Announced

With Call of Duty having such a huge fan base, and the Modern Warfare name being responsible for the fan base, Activision wants to celebrate the fans with the announcement of a new Call of Duty convention, called Call of Duty XP.

The convention will take place September 2-3, 2011 on a 12-acre lot in Los Angeles, because that’s where the developers are located. Activision suspects that around 6,000 Call of Duty fans will be in attendance.

XP Conference attendees will witness the reveal of the multiplayer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the biggest selling point of the franchise. They will also be the first to play the multiplayer and the Spec Ops co-op mode, and the first to see the features of Call of Duty: Elite, the online, mulitpayer service for MW3.  Click here to read more

Annihilation Map Pack Released for Black Ops

Last week (June 28), the Xbox Live marketplace unleashed the “Annihilation Map Pack” for Call of Duty: Black Ops. This is the third content pack for the game, following the “First Strike” and “Escalation” map packs.

The DLC includes five new maps which will allow players to fight at a drive in theater, a top secret military base, a massive Cuban golf course, and a silo which comes complete with Soviet nuclear missiles. Click here to read more

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