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(Screenshot of the multi-platform game, “Call of Duty: Black Ops”).

That’s right! “Call of Duty: Black Ops” raked in $1 billion dollars just like James Cameron’s “Avatar,” the only film in Hollywood history to reach that milestone.

“Call of Duty: Black Ops,” the first person, multiplayer zombie shooter, logged over 600 million hours of gameplay online and  made history last December when it reached the billion dollar mark a month after it’s release. Last night it reached another height after it won the Game Award of 2010 at the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) Video Games Awards in London.

“Can’t thank all you voting fans enough!” Josh Olin, community manager for Treyarch, the studio that created “Black Ops,” tweeted earlier today.

Another big winner was the PS3 game “Heavy Rain” which won three awards including story and technical innovation. “The whole team is very, very proud!” Quantic Dream, the French production company that created the game, said on its Web site.

The Game of the Year Award, however, went to Bioware’s “Mass Effect 2” which, according to the jury, “combined achievement of technology, art, design [and] audio… a beautiful complete gaming experience.”

Check out our images on the next few pages!



You can do a lot in “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” including level buildings.


The Arctic, one of the gorgeous scenes in “Call of Duty: Black Ops”


“Heavy Rain” is a game that’s not really a game. It’s total interactive drama mixed with intrigue.


A squad of fighter in “Mass Effect 2.”