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received unprecedented access to computers and Sledgehammer Infinity Ward for a behind the scenes of the phenomenon of Modern Warfare

occupying almost an entire floor of the terrace Encino great center, a soul band twisty Ventura Boulevard, Suite Infinity Ward ... lived in a labyrinth speak volumes about the closed offices and small group rooms along a central corridor, with little natural light makes its way through the blinds. In addition to the actual scale model of a special operations soldier in the cafeteria, and a large screen prices firm in the reception, it is clear that this is the largest property in the entertainment world develops.

And that's entertainment properties "instead of" game "the latest title in the series, Call of Duty:. Black Ops, spent more than 25 million copies, making an estimated $ 2 dollars for his publisher Activision This figure dwarfs the box office of any release of the film or album of last year -. and regular downloadable map packs, millions keep rolling in. Within a month, Modern Warfare 3 is likely to be broken many new records -. Pre-orders for Payout, and comparable to those obtained by his predecessor

This year, however, the game has a worthy opponent in the form of Battlefield 3, EA puts millions on marketing their attacks. In addition, a turbulent history to recover. In March, co-founders of Infinity Ward, Vince Zampella and Jason West left in a whirlwind of controversy and pending legal action, taking almost half of the study with them. The exodus meant that the remaining members of the team was unable to complete the project in time. Thus, a plan was presented. A new study, Sledgehammer Games, responsible for the task of producing a spin-off called the action adventure of service, was taken to help. Development of two - a relationship strange, difficult and instant - was avoided. Suddenly, it would be a key year for the convening of the service mark.

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Walking in the place of Infinity Ward, no sense of any drama to spare. It is very quiet, everyone is in last-minute adjustments and corrections. Modern Warfare 3 producer Mark Rubin shows, and discussions about fixing errors and hours of the night working. Relaxed and friendly, says the consultancy. The team, which is divided into thematic groups: one room is a solo game designers and engineers, designers and programmers while others are multi-engine and the other leaders, experts and effects related programs.

"It's not like the response teams of designers, programmers and artists - many studies," says Rubin, referring perhaps to the agile development model, which became fashionable several years ago. "From what I understand from talking with other developers, no one seems to work quite the way we do, but it works well for us, we have a producer , production coordinator and that's it .. We are not driven production is a very flat structure - everyone already knows what to do, and it has done is "

is certainly a striking contrast with the set-up on another developer 3 modern warfare, I visit the next day. While Infinity Ward has grown organically in their environment by changing floors and room configurations as the number of employees increased, Sledgehammer has lived his open white space on the floor because the founders of Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey started recruit in 2009.

For them, the house is a part of the high technology market with offices in Foster City, regularly voted one of the best places to live in the United States, and nestled in the suburbs of Silicon Vallée. Through the window of the meeting room there are forests and rolling over the lake, near the headquarters of Sony Computer Entertainment America is clearly visible. Nvidia, Facebook and Zynga are on the same street, Electronic Arts can also be seen from this office. "There's a sandwich shop near tall everyone is going," said Condrey. "Sony is, EA is, our guys will ... it's like (adopts a sternly) "Get the sandwich. Do not say anything to anyone while you are there !'"

is an office wide open plan, with separate teams spiral pod is broken desks and down. According Condrey, these groups "cross", "We have a designer, an engineer and an artist couple - who come into a team and encourage them to

Back to Infinity Ward, Rubin takes us further into the complex. There is a games room with MAME cabinets and several tables soccer ("football is huge here," he said, pointing to a map that shows a recent study by the house of the tournament called "End Football Championship 2011 of the Universe "). There is also a fitness center, which is the only access to the bright terrace of the hotel -" which is the walk of shame, "said Rubin. Around the corner is an office that has become a mini-apartment of one of the artists. Apparently he did not leave his work often - so now a kind of life here.


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