UPDATE: Gameplanet has been contacted this morning by Activision's local representatives who have informed us that, as a result of our publication of this article, our scheduled interview with Call of Duty: Black Ops' military advisor Hank Keirsey has now been cancelled.
Activision invited select media outlets from around the world to review the latest Call of Duty game at a junket in Santa Monica, Gameplanet has learned.
Journalists from these outlets were accommodated in a hotel at Activision’s expense and we understand that this contingent also participated in an experiential outdoors activity paid for by the publisher.
A similar event was held last year for select reviews of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
It is Gameplanet’s belief that such gratuity compromises the integrity of any review and as a result, this publication has never and will never accept such an invitation.