This is just the sort of thing we love here at Bedlam. We all know Call of Duty right? The first person pretty-damn-realistic war set video game? Well the guys behind it are putting on a two-day event in L.A. to celebrate all things CoD – basically the biggest and best fanfest ever by the looks of it.
From September 2 – 3 you can fly out to L.A. and join the hordes in a “secure 12-acre compound” at Call of Duty XP LA, and actually walk into a full-size recreation of the Modern Warfare 2 map, The Pitt and, yes you guessed it, start taking part with your paintball marker of choice! Excellent idea. More exciting for some people will also be the official unveiling of Modern Warfare 3, which will be shown for the first time, along with a $1 million Blacks Ops tournament for the very best players from around the globe.
Anyway, back to the paintball bit. As we were saying, they’re going to actually build some scenes from CoD2, including landmarks like Burger Town (which you can walk into and actually grab a bite to eat). On paper this is already sounding like the sweetest fan experience you could ever hope for, and even the real gamer tech-geeks are catered for thanks to a panel of esteemed key-note speakers.
There will be an actual on-site Call of Duty armoury and museum displaying your favourite bits of CoD kit, as well the chance to get up close and chat to the makers of the legendary game.
Tickets cost a measly $150 and go on sale 19th July, but then you do of course have to get yourself to Los Angeles, and beat the other 6,000 avid gamers who will almost certainly want to be there. A nice twist, especially in this age where such games are media fodder for glorifying this and that, is that all of the money from the ticket sales is going directly to The Call of Duty Endowment, which helps soldiers transition into civilian life and find work.
Oh and did we mention the entertainment? Not yet announced for this one, but Metallica played at the last CoD event of this scale. Wow.