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June 1st, 2011. I was sick and didn’t make into work that day so I decided to catchup on all the recent MW3 PRE-E3 buzz and hype. The Microsoft press conference was a couple days away and I was really hyped to see what gameplay would be shown so I decided to go through the 1000+ Call of Duty image JPEGs that I had saved throughout the years and quickly realized how large my collection was and thought it would be a great idea to store them online somewhere. After a few quick google searches for “Free web hosting” I came across weebly.com and started up my very first Call of Duty website called “CODlocker.weebly.com” (Locker as in “storage“). Well, the name lasted about an hour till I realized I didnt like it and needed something more catchy. I finally decided on ‘charlie INTEL’ and registered the domain the same day. The name “Charlie” was inspired by Modern Warfare’s original web site “CharlieOscarDelta.com”…

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Still only focused on storing images as a type of Call of Duty “media hub”, it wasn’t until I played around with Weebly more that I accidentally discovered it had a blog section which allowed me to post updates and news. So I figured I’d give it a shot and the following week I posted 3 stories. Then it happened…The Microsoft E3 press conference.

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I stayed home again because I couldn’t miss it. After being completely blown away by the “Hunter Killer” mission shown by Robert Bowling, I decided to continue forward and remain 100% commited to charlieINTEL. Unfortunately, Weebly.com didnt have any mobile apps and was NOT iPhone friendly which meant I had to wait till my lunch hour at work or when I got home in order to update or add any stories. This is when I asked my 30 followers, if any one would like to help out with the blog. Keshav(@Kkiller14) was the first to respond and was just as enthusiastic as I was.

The next 2 months were a blast. It was now August when the blog was barely 2 months old but taking off when Peter(with FragClip) reached out to me and said he would like to help me upgrade from Weebly to WordPress, not knowing Peter that well, I took a leap of faith and reluctantly agreed. It was one of the best decisions I made for the blog, it allowed me to update from my mobile phone and update the blog from anywhere I was at, bringing news to everyone seconds after it happened.

500+ articles later.. the rest is history…

The charlie INTEL “Archives”:

Our entire staff would like to say thank you for following and sticking with us throughout the year. Black Ops 2 will surely make 2012 an exciting year.. Here, have some birthday cake!! 😉

-Victor, Keshav, Jon, Chris, Derek, Callum, Peter

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