'Call of Duty' sniper in disguise

LOS ANGELES--Thousands of Call of Duty fans from around the world gathered here this weekend to celebrate their favorite game and honor the real-world soldiers and weapons that inspired it.

To enhance the ambiance, cosplay was in full effect at the first Call of Duty XP. Here, an undercover sniper who chose to retain his Tier 1 special-ops anonymity is ready for camou'd wet work in the jungle.

Updated:
Photo by: Beau Ryan/CNET / Caption by:

Main hangar at Call of Duty XP

Activision transformed a huge aircraft hangar once owned by Howard Hughes into a multiplayer gaming hall for Call of Duty XP this weekend. The company dubbed the convention a "celebration" for the game's community.
Updated:
Photo by: Beau Ryan/CNET / Caption by:

Actual combat gear at Call of Duty XP 3

To celebrate the real soldiers and combat veterans who inspire Call of Duty and its players, a museum at Call of Duty XP featured actual military gear from U.S. units. Tickets to the convention went for $150 each, with all proceeds going to benefit the Call of Duty Endowment, a nonprofit founded by Activision to help soldiers transition to civilian life with job placement and training programs.
Updated:
Photo by: Beau Ryan/CNET / Caption by:

Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling previews Modern Warfare 3

Infinity Ward's creative strategist, Robert Bowling, previews gameplay for Modern Warfare 3 in the main hanger at Activision's Call of Duty XP in Los Angeles. The next installment in the blockbuster military first-person shooter series drops November 8.
Updated:
Photo by: Beau Ryan/CNET / Caption by:

Multiplayer gaming

Activision transformed one of Howard Hughes' old aircraft hangars into a huge networked gaming hall where Call of Duty enthusiasts could play new multiplayer maps. The four-man team Optic Gaming (William "BigTymer" Johnson, Blake "Vengeance2T" Campbell, Joseph "Merc SD" DeLuca and Matthew "NaDeSHoT" Haag) won the international Call of Duty 3: Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer tournament and will split the $400,000 grand prize.
Updated:
Photo by: Beau Ryan/CNET / Caption by:

Assault rifle/grenade launcher mock-up

Activision and Call of Duty designers set up a gallery of prop mockups from the game's history. Here, a re-creation of an assault rifle/grenade launcher hybrid hangs just out of fans' reach.
Updated:
Photo by: Beau Ryan/CNET / Caption by:

Players try sumo wrestling

In between multiplayer Call of Duty games and presentations on the features set to arrive in Modern Warfare 3, convention attendees could throw on inflatable suits and get some sumo-esque exercise.
Updated:
Photo by: Beau Ryan/CNET / Caption by:

Call of Duty XP previews new 'Modern Warfare 3'

It was standing room only in the main hangar at Call of Duty XP when Activision executives showed the look and features of the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
Updated:
Photo by: Beau Ryan/CNET / Caption by:

'Call of Duty' fans take on 'scrapyard' paintball

At Call of Duty XP, CoD lovers could challenge each other in paintball tournaments across a battlefield specially designed to resemble the game's popular "scrapyard" multiplayer map.
Updated:
Photo by: Beau Ryan/CNET / Caption by:

A Jeep awaits off-roading

Jeep sponsored a driving obstacle course at the convention to promote its 2012 line. Attendees could take a short off-roading jaunt as part of the Jeep Drive experience or speak with the head of Jeep design, Mark Allen.
Updated:
Photo by: Beau Ryan/CNET / Caption by:
Hot Galleries

CNET's Holiday Gift Guide

'Tis the season for a gadget upgrade

Check out these 8 tablets you'll want to bring home for the holidays.

Hot Products