Source: See below.
What we heard: For a service that makes you sum up your state of mind in 140 characters, Twitter is sure getting a lot of ink. CNN and the New York Times both employed the service to cover major stories such as the Mumbai massacre and the 2008 election. President Obama also made much of the social-news feed during his campaign, using it to stoke enthusiasm among his supporters.
In the game world, Twitter has been the source of several leaks by both journalists and developers. The most widely read of these came when Newsweek's games correspondent reported from a closed-door briefing that the sixth Call of Duty game would be a sequel to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. However, the news was never confirmed. Ever since Activision announced that Infinity Ward would be working on the next Call of Duty last September, it has steadfastly declined to say if the game in question is Modern Warfare 2.
Until now, anyway. Today, a tweet by Robert Bowling, Infinity Ward director of communications and community manager, appears to have all but made it official. "Reviewing some radio-chatter VO we just finished recording for Modern Warfare 2 today. 'Cujo Two-One this is Vulture, solid copy on all,'" read the Twitter post. (Emphasis added.)
The official story: Activision reps offered nary a peep about Bowling's tweet as of press time.
Bogus or not bogus?: Not bogus--and not unexpected. To quote Danny De Vito in the David Mamet film Heist: "Everyone likes money. That's why they call it money." With Call of Duty 4 having sold nearly 7.6 million copies and generated more than $414 million in the US alone, Activision would be foolish to tinker too much with a cash-minting formula.