Paintballers Re-Create Call of Duty: Black Ops' Nuketown Map in Real Life

By Luke Caulfield , Updated May 16, 2013 08:41 PM EDT

You've seen it in Call of Duty: Black Ops 1, and 2, and now, third time being the charm and all, Nuketown has a home in reality.

Die-hard COD fans can head over to Chicago's own paintball park, Paintball Explosion, should they ever want to step foot onto hallowed ground. It's there they'll find a real-life version of the Nuketown map, funded by paintball firm Tipmann Sports. While basking in the sheer awe of something they've only experienced virtually, they'll no doubt be brought down in a hail of paint by others whose shooting experience is well beyond "pwning" "noobs" used to being armed with nothing more than a simple controller and headset. At least, that's how I like to envision it.

There's no information about Nuketown on the official site, but you can find video of players using it all around YouTube, and below.

As the map is something of a fan favorite, it's not hard to see why they chose it to re-create. Plus, it's certainly cheaper to make it than the Hijacked map. 

The map first appeared as simply Nuketown in the first Call of Duty: Black Ops. One of the smallest maps, it focused on close quarters combat, and was a bit claustrophobic. It was reborn as Nuketown 2025, and given a 50's future make over in the style of a sci-fi B movie.
Pre-order customers were given the map as a bonus, but Treyarch dropped the map out of multiplayer roatation, but there are plans to bring it back. It also featured as a bonus map in
Black Ops 2's zombie mode.

Given that, think Paintball Explosion will follow with a new turf with an undead theme? Well, you'd be correct, but more on that later...

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