Hammer of the Month | June Winner

07/05/2011

Last month we asked you, specifically the YouTube community, to show your pride for Sledgehammer Games and Call of Duty by dressing up your YouTube channel.  Whether this was achieved through the design of your channel background, description or video content, ultimately it was up to you and your creativity in delivering a contest winning entry.

Again, we had a lot of entries this month.  Outside of giving their channels a Sledgehammer/Call of Duty wallpaper theme, some even went as far as making MW3 photoshop tutorials and custom game menu screen ideas as supplemental video content.  Great stuff!

However we can only choose one winner. 

So without further ado, June’s Hammer of the Month contest winner is…

 

The DigitalWarfare247 Crew

 

Congratulations!

You’ve won our famous Tool Box of Chaos.  Hopefully we’ll see an unboxing from them soon so all of you get to see what they’ve won!

Thanks to everyone who participated. Here were the runner ups:

 

Runner-Ups:

 

Raptor Claw 101

 

PzychOut

 

Zmarlow

 

Lucious Law

 

51 Caliber

 

Stay tuned for the announcement of July’s Hammer of the Month Contest!

Written by Guy Beahm

Categories Culture

Wishing you a Happy 4th of July Celebration!

07/01/2011

The crew here at Sledgehammer Games would like to wish you all a safe and happy 4th of July!

We thought we'd share some pictures with you from our studio's celebration. Enjoy!

 

Next week, we have some fun things to talk about on our website including this:

 

...So stay tuned

Have a safe weekend!

 

-Sledgehammer Games

Written by Sledgehammer Games

Categories Culture

MW3 - R&D Op: Coronado

06/28/2011

Modern Warfare 3, Research and Development, Naval Amphibious Base Coronado

 

Several years ago, long before Sledgehammer Games started working on Modern Warfare 3, I was given the book The Warrior Elite:  The Forging of SEAL Class 228, by Dick Couch.   It was the first book, of many since, that I've read about the lore of the US Navy Seals.   The Warrior Elite was a wonderfully told, thought-provoking story about the qualification process and training of a Navy Seal.  Dick's telling of the trials of BUD/S training was superb, and I was moved by the sheer grit and force of will it takes to survive Hell Week and become one of the Navy's most elite fighters.   Recently, I finished reading Lone Survivor, by Marcus Luttrell.  Lone Survivor told a similar moving story of the trials of BUD/S and Hell Week before dropping me into a heroic survival tale of a Seal combat mission in Afghanistan gone terribly wrong.  Those two books and many others, as well as the countless news reports of Navy Seal Team Six's capture of Bin Laden, are testimonies to the Navy Seals as one of the greatest assets in the US Armed Forces. 

Sledgehammer Games, with Infinity Ward, puts a ton of energy into delivering the most authentic modern combat possible in an interactive entertainment experience.  Our active and retired Special Operations consultants are critical resources in helping us achieve that goal.  Needless to say, I was thrilled when we had the opportunity to bring a Navy Seal consultant onto the team for Modern Warfare 3.  (To protect his identity, let’s call him by his code name “Westbrook”).    

Over the course of the project, Westbrook has given us valuable insights into current Navy Seal combat tactics, as well as key feedback on mission designs, character development and dialog scripts.  Westbrook also arranged a number of hands-on combat experiences, including a behind-the-scenes all access tour to Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, the west coast home of the Navy Seals and the appropriately name Hell Week location detailed in Couch’s book.  

We toured the armory, SCUBA training pool, hand-to-hand combat training facility, and of course the infamous O-course.   Running the brutal obstacle course in person, walking across the iconic concrete grinder, seeing the helmets solemnly lined up under the ring-out bell… it brought the stories straight into vivid reality.  We watched Log PT, one of the most miserable looking PT exercises imaginable; claim at least 5 ring-outs in less than 30 minutes.

Sledgehammer Games is fortunate to have Westbrook helping us deliver something special for Call of Duty fans in November.   I can’t begin to describe the respect I gained for those who successfully passed BUD/S Hell Week after seeing firsthand the incredible mental and physical challenge the Seal Instructors inflict on the candidates. We are all lucky to have the dedicated men of the US Navy Seals protecting us and our freedoms.  They truly are warrior elites.

Written by Michael Condrey

Categories Culture, Modern Warfare 3

The New York Yankees play MW3

06/23/2011

Call of Duty has tens of millions of fans worldwide. It's no surprise that the latest installment in the franchise, Modern Warfare 3, has generated interest at an all-time high. We love all of our fans equally, and at times we get visit requests that turn us into fanboys too. Most recently, that included a visit from Glen Schofield’s beloved New York Yankees.

“I’m a native of New York. I grew up in New Jersey and Manhattan so I’m a huge Yankees fan. Having the opportunity to hang with these guys while showing off our game is a once in a lifetime experience.” says Glen. “Seeing Nick Swisher on the controls and playing the Hunter Killer level in New York Harbor was pretty neat. You can tell he’s a fan.”

Nick Swisher wasn’t the only Yankee in the house. Left Fielder Chris Dickerson showed off his skills. Pitchers David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain also hopped on the controls and played.

Glen continues. “The cultural impact of video games is really high. A lot of pro athletes today proudly claim they play video games as a way to relax. I know these guys travel a lot during the season. It was clear some bring their systems with them on the road just to stay competitive.”

Sledgehammer Games thanks the New York Yankees, and all of our fans, for their continued excitement and support. We can't wait for November 8th, 2011 to share Modern Warfare 3 with you guys.

Make sure to check out our Facebook Page for more pictures!

Written by Guy Beahm

Categories Culture, Modern Warfare 3

E3 2011 Recap

06/21/2011

 

 

E3 2011 kicked off in a huge way with Sledgehammer Games and Infinity Ward showing off Modern Warfare 3 at the Microsoft Press Conference.  The Sledgehammer crew was representing in full force with their MW3 shirts and hats while passing out MW3 decals.  We’ve captured plenty of pictures to share so we hope you enjoy! 

"E3 is the video game industry's largest annual US tradeshow," explains Michael Condrey, Co-founder and COO of Sledgehammer Games.   "It's the chance for hardware and software developers to show off their latest creations.  I always enjoy participating in the show - it is an exciting opportunity to see, in one place, the best of what is happening across the industry."  Michael explains, "The developers at Sledgehammer Games pour their hearts and souls into making great video games.  At the core of our studio culture is a commitment to the pursuit of excellence, and E3 gives us an opportunity, on a large scale, to validate that our software is meeting and exceeding that promise to the fans.“

“This was my first E3.” says Community Manager Guy Beahm. “I've always wanted to go, but until I started with Sledgehammer Games, like most fans, I only read about it online, or caught streamed videos from the conference.  It was a great experience, especially being there with the Sledgehammer Games crew.  The Activision booth was by far the biggest attraction at the show.  Every couple of hours, the screens surrounding the booth would drop and boom, you’re immersed in a MW3 cinematic world for 15 minutes.  The audio was intense, the choreographed visuals between the screens were powerful, and most importantly, the reception was fantastic!”

Steven Spielberg is a fan!

“The outpouring of interest and support for Modern Warfare 3 from the media, fans, retailers, and other developers was astonishing.” says GM Glen Schofield.  “I could not have been more proud of the work that Sledgehammer Games and Infinity Ward co-developed, or Activision’s support with its best in class booth design.  Based on what I saw at the show, gamers have a ton to be excited about this fall.”

Additional E3 Media Links featuring MW3:

Gametrailers:  http://www.gametrailers.com/video/e3-2011-call-of/715367

Gamespot: http://e3.gamespot.com/video/6318086/#toggle_video

IGN: http://www.ign.com/videos/2011/06/07/e3-2011-ign-live-modern-warfare-3?show=HD

 

We hope you enjoyed our E3 Wrap-Up!  To view more pictures, head over to our Facebook Page.

Written by Guy Beahm

Categories Culture, Modern Warfare 3

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