Treyarch & Activision: Proven to Be Filthy Liars as Nuketown 2025 is Removed from Black Ops 2

“Pre-Order Call of DUty: Black Ops 2 and get exclusive access to the Nuketown 2025 map!”

Yeah, but what they conveniently forgot to mention was that the map was available LAUNCH WEEKEND ONLY. Yeah. Go log into BLOPS 2 now and try to find Nuketown. Oh that’s right, you can’t, because Activision PULLED IT.

From the Examiner:

A remake of the popular Nuketown map from the original Black Ops was offered as a pre-order bonus for Call of Duty: Black Ops II on the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The map didn’t even last a week in the multiplayer rotation though as Treyarch pulled it Monday. “Double XP weekend is official over,” game director David Vonderhaar wrote on Twitter. “That means Nuketown 2025 / 24-7 is as well. I know. RIGHT? Don’t kill the messenger.”

This means that the only way to play the Nuketown 2025 map now is in custom games until Treyarch decides to bring it back. Will they bring it back though and is so, when?
“Nuketown 2025 / 24-7 will be back for special events,” Vonderhaar continued.

When asked if the map will ever show up in the regular playlists, Vonderhaar said, “Yeah. Probably eventually. We are talking that over internally.”

Taking Nuketown 2025 out of the playlist rotation less than a week after Black Ops II has understandably upset a large number of players already. It’s certainly a strange move and one that will be remembered as one of the great pre-order negative experiences.

I think this is the dictionary definition of the sin of omission.

Panel Picks – Dead Presidents & Answered Prayers

I don’t always pick up Invincible, so I’m not exactly sure what’s happening here, except a costumed hero’s girlfriend just brained said hero’s mother. Nice rage face btw.

This is hands down the dumbest “trying to be cool” thing I’ve ever seen in an X-book, and I read Gambit. Nice mutant gang sign SCOTT.

This is from the Marvel NOW! Deadpool #1. Do you remember when Deadpool wasn’t a new-wave Wolverine who was in 6 books a month? Or when every panel was just a terrible joke or the setup for a terrible joke? You probably don’t, because it’s been going on seemingly forever. I’m hoping for good things from writers Posehn & Duggan and artist Tony Moore (original artist on both Invincible and The Walking Dead!); I count dead president puns as one of them.
Not a panel, rather a dark & menacing cover featuring Age of Apocalypse Nightcrawler, who I’ve never really seen as either dark OR menacing. He does have some creative ideas about murder though, so give him points for that.
The Anti-Namor (or Anti-Aquaman, I guess), William Arcane! What a creepy little jerk, wielding Arthur’s Trident like he’s King Turd of Big Shit Mountain. Still, seven entire oceans full of dead & rotting things under your control might give you a skewed vision of one’s own import.
Kneel before Grodd…clever. Still, psychic monkey = bad news. Maybe this was a shot across the bow at the upcoming Superman reboot, where Michael Shannon has said that he will NOT be saying, “Kneel before Zod”. Why make the movie at all then?
The kind & just God of Thunder seemingly answers a simple prayer & of course gets sucked into a whole to-do with something called Gorr, the God Butcher. Which, ok, cool name. BUT. Trying to understand the role of divinity in the Marvel Universe makes my head hurt. Shouldn’t there be churches of Thor on Earth? I mean, yeah, Catholicism’s got some good rituals, but the Church of Thor has an ACTUAL GOD who might fly in the window one Sunday, drink all the wine, bang the choir, then go smash Galactus in his giant purple face.

Uh-oh, coming from Reed Richards, is probably not a good sign. The color scheme here does a great job of highlighting Reed’s sense of…impending doom? Foreboding? Plus the perspective of showing the as large-as-he-wants to be Reed as small, almost shrunken serves to add further weight to the scene. Not sure I’m completely onboard with this new Fantastic Four run, but I’ll definitely give it four or so issues to see where it’s going. Plus, I’ve always been a fan of Marg Bagley’s pencils.
 Like I’d mentioned before, Shadowman didn’t really grab me the way that Harbinger or Archer & Armstrong did from their very first issues. I’d like to see where it’s headed; but in the meantime? Mr. Twist is gross, yo.

Where Jack Nicholson-as-the-Joker Came From

In 1980, while scheming a silver screen pitch, Michael Uslan, the man who bought the rights to “Batman,” came across a promotional image of Nicholson’s character from “The Shining” in the New York Post… Uslan painted over the image with whiteout and transformed Nicholson’s furious features into that of the clownish villain.

(Buzzfeed via artinfo)

And just for comparison, here’s (most likely) where Heath Ledger’s Joker came from:

(starts at the 1:30 mark)