Call of Duty: Ghosts earns $1 billion on first day [Update]
posted on 11.06.13 at 08:39 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Activision confident in upcoming next-gen releases.

Update: The numbers cited are sell-in to retail and not sell-through to consumers. As such, the game has not achieved any type of sales records, which are still held by Grand Theft Auto V. We apologize for the misunderstanding.

Original Story: Call of Duty: Ghosts earned $1 billion in revenue on its first day of release, Activision has announced.

Activision said over 15,000 stores across the globe opened at midnight this week to launch the title, and that the game was the most pre-ordered release at GameStop.

Ghosts is an amazing game which ushers in the next generation of Call of Duty,” said Activison CEO Eric Hirshberg.

“This is the must have launch title for the next generation of consoles, and we expect Call of Duty: Ghosts to be the most successful launch title for the Xbox One and PS4 by a wide margin. In fact, according to GameStop, Call of Duty: Ghosts is their most pre-reserved next gen title.”

In September, Grand Theft Auto V earned $1 billion in its first three days of release, overtaking Call of Duty: Black Ops II‘s previous 13 day record. According to today’s numbers, Call of Duty has taken back that record.

Thanks, GI.biz.

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  • kirby755

    Holy crap I didn’t see that one coming.

  • Arcana Gear

    well i guess this shows that fps market is still strong…

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Or… It shows there are a LOT of people that still don’t have any standards and simply keep eating this shit up.

      • Alkhan

        Wow, I don’t like CoD either but saying people don’t have standards just because they like things that you don’t? You sound like a very unpleasant person to be around.

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          I’m not saying it because they like something I don’t. I’m saying it because I was probably playing FPS titles before a lot of these guys even knew it was a genre (or born for that matter). I find it laughable that so many people find CoD to be the pinnacle of the FPS genre when all it has done is run it into the ground. Back in the day, you could name multiple FPS titles, but nowadays people either play CoD or Battlefield and that’s all they ever talk about.

          It’s quite sad, really.

          • Bobby Jennings

            That’s what happens when they’re the only ones coming out. annually.

            • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

              That’s what happens when they simply accept these are the only FPS worth anything. They have fallen into a bad habit and Activision has taken advantage of this, making CoD the only FPS people care about, lol.

              • McPoo

                Would you agree that Shadowrun, the 360 team based shooter based loosely on the lore of the pen and paper RPG, is the greatest shooter to have ever been created?

                • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                  Hell no, lol. That was an abomination to the series. I don’t know what they were thinking.

                  • McPoo

                    To be fair, it was a stupid idea to use the Shadowrun lore and name. It could have quite easily been called something else and avoided all the anger of the misuse of the name.

                    What of the actual game though? Surely on its gameplay merits it counts as the greatest ever first person shooter.

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                      It doesn’t matter what it COULD have been called. It only matters what it IS and it’s garbage. The argument you’re using is no different than people trying to defend the Resident Evil movies by claiming they are good movies if you don’t think of them as being part of Resident Evil, when… That’s kind of the whole point.

                      They just suck, lol.

                    • McPoo

                      But your point is it’s an abomination to the series. That may be but that doesn’t change the fact it’s the greatest first person shooter ever.

                    • Alkhan

                      So basically your whole argument is that anyone who likes things that you hate have bad taste?

                      You sound like a terrible person.

              • Bobby Jennings

                It’s not a bad habit. There’s nothing bad about buying a game that you like. Come on now.

                • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                  A game they only like because they haven’t bothered to expose themselves to anything better. Come on. I can do this all day.

                  • Bobby Jennings

                    And how do you know that? And so what?

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                      How do I know? Have you not been paying attention…? You saying you like this is like someone saying they like a Madden or NCAA football game. So what?

                      When those are pretty much the ONLY football games people play (and mostly the only ones being made), what do you expect? Sorry man, CoD has always been a touchy subject for me because people treat it like it’s the best thing since sliced bread, but they never played any FPS games from the 90’s or prior, so they really don’t have room to talk.

                    • Bobby Jennings

                      Seriously get off your high-horse bro.

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                      You’re not the first person to get their jimmies rustled because I’ve offended your mainstream shit. I think I’ll stay up here where the view is better, thanks. Bye now~

                    • Bobby Jennings

                      Jimmies rustled? not in the slightest. You’re very amusing and stupid lol

                    • McPoo

                      I’m sure you know this already, but I believe it’s your tone and the way you conduct yourself that rubs people up the wrong way, not necessarily your views.

        • Bobby Jennings

          He is. Very

        • McPoo

          I don’t think he means to be, I just don’t think he’s able to articulate his points of view without sounding like he’s attacking the opposing point of view.

          • Bobby Jennings

            That makes sense.

            • McPoo

              I’ve removed that comment, it was a bit unnecessary.

        • Budgiecat

          The majority of people (even the Infinity Ward guy said it) that buy CoD aren’t even gamers. They buy one game and thats it. So Tetsuya, as a gamer, has a right to criticize them for having low standards.

          • Alkhan

            So if they only want CoD and they aren’t “gamers” why does Tetsuya want them to “try other games”?

            He’s obviously just trolling.

            • Budgiecat

              Because maybe to expand their horizons? Kinda hypocritical how many of these CoD fans ‘hate’ games (without giving others a chance) yet they play CoD, which isn’t even that great of a game to begin with.
              It’s that blind sheep mentality that Activision feeds on and is why they didn’t bother creating new animation in their mo-cap studio and instead just shameless copied and paste because the players barely even touch SP anyway lol

      • Bobby Jennings

        Seriously?

      • True Gamer

        Have you ever considered writing a note to Activision concerning your disappointment with the Call of Duty series? because taking it out on the people who enjoy it is morally wrong. Essentially, I will be getting this game for the PS4 next week. However, my involvement in this series does not mean that I lack standards, but have a high propensity for enjoying games with my friends, even if it is Call of duty, battlefield, etc. In addition to this, I don’t think you have the right to make such a bodacious claim, such as people lacking standards because they like a video game.

    • MrKappa

      I wouldn’t really say the FPS market but rather the CoD one.

      • Arcana Gear

        well seeing the launch titles of next gen and sales of others shooters… i guess that the fps market is strong… shame, i wanted that others genre would have a opportunity too.

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        I don’t agree with you on a lot of things, but this I have to give an upvote for.

  • shogunknight

    Well, i guess thats it for other types of games on western shores, hope they put the gain into good use for their next games (Edit: that arent CoD)

  • Elvick

    This annoys me… if everyone that played only CoD would just explore what’s out there and buy a few other things, then it wouldn’t really bother me as much.

    Music has the same problem though.

    Ugg, and I really didn’t want Activision to beat Rockstar, since of the two, I’d prefer Rockstar to do better. GTAV had more effort put into it than Ghosts did…

    “Ghosts is an amazing game which ushers in the next generation of Call of Duty,” said Activison CEO Eric Hirshberg.

    That made me laugh.

    • JuhRo

      This is worded wrongly, I believe… all of the other articles have them saying “Shipped” 1 billion dollars. — Which means those copies are in no way all “sold” like GTA V did.. Poor attempt by Activision.

      • McPoo

        I’ve read the same. I’m not sure how Rockstar quantified their money made – was it from copies shipped to retailers, or copies sold to the public?

        • Anime10121

          9 times outta 10, companies report on units shipped to retailers, as that information is much easier to quantify than actual units sold thru to consumers. So GTA’s numbers were likely “shipped” numbers, but it doesn’t really matter as for Rockstar, shipped might as well be sold, as they’ve already received their cut.

          • http://gamewise.co/ Nick Pantazis

            You are right that most of the time this is the reported number, but in this case Rockstar was actually specifically measuing sell-through to consumers, as it was competing for the record previously held by Call of Duty. Call of Duty NORMALLY reports sell through to consumers as well, but the much higher record established by GTAV put them in an awkward position. They were forced to evaluate it on shipped instead for PR reasons, which is especially bad in this case because they are giving you the total sell-in to retailers INCLUDING next gen versions, which aren’t even available for purchase yet.

      • Aly Hesham

        btw Ni No Kuni should have made 2 billion dollars on the first hour of release :v </3

    • http://gamewise.co/ Nick Pantazis

      Don’t worry, Activision hasn’t beaten Rockstar. Far from it in fact. They have likely sold around half of Rockstar’s record. This is sold to retailers, and includes unreleased versions (Xbox One and PS4 versions) which are in stock at retailers but not available for consumer purchase yet.

      Retail orders =/= consumer sales, is the short version.

      • Luna Kazemaru

        umm the ps4 and xbox 1 versions are available to consumers I seen a number of people getting them at midnight.

        • Bobby Jennings

          At what retailers? Because I can’t even buy mine where I’m located(New York)

          • Luna Kazemaru

            Game stop down here was giving them fuckers out I’m not really sure if they where pose to or not tho I don’t see why they did it would just be waiting like whats up with killzone shadow fall (which i am still looking at the box)

            • Bobby Jennings

              Yeah with PS4, they broke Street dates, I’m aware of the accessories and PS4 games being sold. But I haven’t heard of the Xbone versions being sold early.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      GTA5 had effort? Yeah lets ignore the bad online and pretty bad story.

    • Bobby Jennings

      Yeah GTA had more effort, but it’s just another flavored Sandbox game. Nothing’s really changed from the previous installment. Still doesn’t mean I don’t love the game though

  • TheExile285

    Jeez….

  • http://www.dorqs.com/ Pace

    Considering they release CoD Ghosts on 5 platforms day one over GTAV two platforms I think GTAV still would be king.

    • JuhRo

      Very good point.. and along with this number actually being the “shipped” number.. it all makes sense now.

  • Chiesuke

    I’m wondering when (if only) this series will start to drop in sales…

    • JuhRo

      Well.. if they were so insecure to put a deceiving statistic like this… It might be with this iteration.. The last couple games have been very stagnant. I bought BO2 release day last year.. but they just don’t have me convinced this time around.. I’m GameFly’ing it as soon as that’s available… and maybe on the PS4, I’d get it… but I’m just really reluctant.

  • Sentsuizan_93

    $1 billion? Damn…
    And I didn’t contribute a single dime….

  • LunarHaven

    Damn! Sold that much, MUST be a great game!

    …Nah, passing yet another CoD game, never gonna give em a dime until the day I die. Bring some real art to you game creation and we’ll talk.

    • Bobby Jennings

      So they will get your money eventually. :o

      • LunarHaven

        Yup, when I die family members will get my cash and they will probably be dumb enough to buy a CoD game.

        • Bobby Jennings

          I guess you not living for long huh?

          • LunarHaven

            I will, but CoD doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. It will be a pain in the butt 50 years from now as it is today.

  • Bobby Jennings

    Wow…but honestly not surprised. The game has an addictive feel to it. I’m proud for them.

    I didn’t buy the game because I plan on buying it on my PS4. This and Battlefield will just have to wait.

    • McPoo

      Patience is a virtue Bobby. I’m proud of you, too. X

  • http://www.last.fm/user/l1lyone l1lyone

    This world is doomed.

  • http://gamewise.co/ Nick Pantazis

    Call of Duty hasn’t taken that record. There is serious misinformation in this article. GTAV’s record was sold through to consumers, while Ghosts is sold to retailers. Not only did it not take the record from GTAV, but they are giving you sales numbers on versions that aren’t even available to consumers yet (PS4 and Xbox One versions), but have been stocked at retailers for their release.

  • Kobracon

    As a game designer, I really try to be open, but CoD games are definitely my weakness. My first reaction the title of this article was just a frustrated head shake from me. This just pisses me off for no reason.

    Edit: I feel alot better after reading the update. There is hope for humanity.

    • Gigus

      I know how you feel lol.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      So you are frustrated a game you dislike sells alot…ok

      • Bobby Jennings

        I know. It truly makes no sense. Stay salty people. lol

        • Luna Kazemaru

          I’m not going to lie and say CoD doesn’t have flaws because it does lol and Imo it doesn’t look to hot on the last gen systems. I do find it pretty a problem when someone can say bash on CoD for doing same shit another game yet praise BF4 which is same shit another games but in all honestly this can fall on a number of titles not just with FPS’s. Madden is honestly a updated roster of actual seasons, Fighting games are the same with some new balances and a small change in system.

          • Bobby Jennings

            Agreed

          • DrFeelGood

            It makes sense that people are complaining about COD in article about COD. Madden is definitely another huge offender of these problems, but COD has become the poster boy for terrible industry practices.

            Just because someone is complaining about COD doesn’t mean hey are giving those other games a pass, as you seem to believe.

          • Budgiecat

            Yeah Street Fighter IV was totally the same as Third Strike…10 years later. >_>

            • McPoo

              Tbf they are pretty much the same game.

              It’s like JRPG’s. Theyre all the same, people got sick of them and now nobody gives a shit about them. I’m sure it’ll happen to FPS sooner or later too.

              I’m hoping motion controlled historical edutainment becomes the next big thing, personally.

              • Budgiecat

                I don’t think you understand what “same” means. They aren’t using the “same” engine as CoD is. One is 2D sprites, the other is 3D on a 2D plane. Big difference there. One uses a parry system that completely changes the games play style. And while the move sets for characters are of course carried over, they’re not blatant cut and paste like this video has shown.

                Oh and JRPG’s are all the same? So Mistwalkers turn based title Lost Odyssey is the same as their other game, The Last Story which was an action title with 3rd person shooting in it and online MP arena modes ? lol no

                Disgaea is the same as Valkyria Chronicles despite them both being SRPG’s?

                JRPG worlds consist of only medieval LotR/D&D style motifs and/or Star Trek’ish/Mad Max settings?

                JRPG’s are highly varied. Way more unique than other genres

                • McPoo

                  Come on now, stop splitting hairs.

                  That’s like me saying COD4 was done using 2D sprites while WAW was done in 3D on a 2D plane. While technically true, it has no impact on the gameplay or it’s mechanics.

                  Also lol at JRPG’s being unique. “Quick, spiky haired androgynous teen! You’re needed to save the world from TOTAL DOOM. Take some potions, a fire spell and a sword and be on your way”.

                  I used to enjoy the genre, but once I realised that they’re all the same I got bored and started playing COD instead. That’s a real game.

                  • Budgiecat

                    original Doom is much different than Doom PS3 because of said sprite to 3D model change so I’ll use that example too. And like I said, the parry system changed the outlook and gameplay style of SF III to IV.
                    I can also cite King of Fighters Maximum Impact to mainline KoF, Street Fighter EX series to mainline SF, etc.

                    • McPoo

                      Sounds like the same thing to me, m8.

                    • Budgiecat

                      You’re the one who said “all JRPGs are the same” . That was a pretty stupid fucking ignorant comment.
                      And if you actually think PS3 Doom Maximum Impact or EX series played exactly the same as their original sources than you’re clueless

                    • McPoo

                      Calm down now, it’s not like I’m going into threads specifically about games I don’t like just to let everybody know LOUDLY AND CLEARLY that I don’t like them.

                      If I was going to do that though I’d go into threads about JRPGS and proclaim that they’re crappy relics from an age where people only liked them because they didn’t know any better.

                    • Budgiecat

                      We can discuss what we want here good or bad. Not a fascist fanboy site. I specifically responded to Tetsuya’s video link of how shallow Infinity Ward copy/pasta’d their work which was lolworthy anyway

                      Oh and you can knock it off with your psuedo stealth JRPG derail bashing

                    • McPoo

                      Know what you’re writing: don’t comment if you’re going to flame, troll, or “fanboy.” Everyone has their preferences, and we understand that, but they are no excuse to repeatedly rant about a publisher or hardware company you’re not a fan of, or any game or genre for that matter. It doesn’t add anything to the discussion. Don’t like a certain game? Either share a civil explanation as to why, or move on to the next article.

                      You can discuss what you want, you are indeed ranting about a game you don’t like In an article about said game though. You don’t like my “pseudo stealth JRPG” bashing, which I agree is uncalled for . It’s uncalled for as much as yours or Tetsuyas comments on this article though.

                      Plus, why even bother coming into an article about a game you don’t like?

                      And finally, it’s not pseudo stealth. It’s a crap genre of game, populated by games with dull, archaic gameplay and stories and characters that could have been written by an 8 year old. Plus they all look the same, init.

                    • ddsfan2

                      Views on the current JRPG genre notwithstanding, I’d say that at least the current generation (console) releases have a good variety of combat systems. Granted, WRPGs of the 90’s were even more varied in combat (with similar inconsistencies), but still, they are at least trying to innovate, and some had really good results.

            • Luna Kazemaru

              yet I’m still seeing assets reused from SF4 :3

      • Kobracon

        Well yeah, I’m not a robot. I lump CoD in the same group as Twilight, Hunger Games and Justin Bieber. I can’t help it. I just don’t like shooters and don’t like how CoD sells so well despite being the same thing….

        • Gigus

          I’d be surprised if they keep this up with another entry and fans of the franchise still haven’t realized its the same game with minor tweaks and upgrades. Oh well.

          • Budgiecat

            Sheep can’t think for themselves and think the game world is only as big as one game series

      • Gigus

        Maybe he’s frustrated that a game developer hasn’t been doing anything different with their franchise lately. Thats how I feel. To be honest, its great that they’re achieveing their goals money wise and people are enjoying them. Unfortunately, I feel that inifinty ward could do better than the old “wash, rinse, and repeat” routine.

        • Luna Kazemaru

          thats the issue with fps i’m pretty sure nothing ground breaking will happen to them to VR atleast. FPS will always be wash and repeat for the sole reason its basically breaks down to racking in kills.

          • Kevadu

            That’s ridiculous. There are many kinds of FPSs. Halflife was an FPS. Bioshock was an FPS. Games like that have done many innovative things in terms of narrative and player immersion. And there are still plenty of innovations yet to be made.

            The CoD fans just don’t seem to care about them…

    • McPoo

      What games have you done design work on?

      • Kobracon

        nah nothing big. I just started honestly. Graduated middle of this year and had rather….interesting 2 months working as a Junior Game Designer at a local studio and then quit last week. Long story short, they haven’t paid me since day 1.

        • Gigus

          So filled with envy! -__-

          • Kobracon

            ….you hope to not get paid? Coz its nothing to be envious about…

            • McPoo

              Money is for the weak. The poor man walks free of societies constraints – Phillip the Philosophical Hobo

              • Gigus

                :/ says McPoo who earns more than Gigus.

                • McPoo

                  I’m still on a graduate salary while my company go through the long and drawn out process of getting me a pay increase to a slightly better salary. I doubt I’m much better off than you, if at all!

                  • Gigus

                    Says McPoo who has a graduate salary while gigus gets paid in imaginary coins. LOL I’m just playing.

                    • McPoo

                      If I could bolster my real salary with imaginary coins, I’d be laughing.

                      I wonder what the exchange rate is…

                    • Gigus

                      The exchange rate is creativity, anger, and passion! Anything to fuel the raging will of an artist/IT help desk technician XD. Who’s downvoting you? They should know you’re making a joke.

            • Gigus

              lulz I did 6 months of IT internship and I never got paid XD Got free lunch though. It was an actual full time job in my opinion. Gas money with that lunch would’ve been suffice. And you’re twisting my words lol. I never said I hope not to get paid.

              • Kobracon

                lol I was curious what you were envious at. Went for the funnier assumption. I never did internship, musta been rough.

                • Gigus

                  It was. The first three months were pretty short. Did less than 20 hours a week. Once it hit the fourth month I did more hours. I almost went in every day 9 to 5. Pissed me off but it was the fastest way to graduate. The internship program is actually in trouble for making me work like that. The uni I went to is trying to find some form of compensation for me since I exceeded regular credit hours. They said they’re willing to add the extra credit to my BA program if I decided to go back to school. Unfortunately, the internship just ruined my interest for school lol so they’re still.trying to find a way to pay me back.

                  • Kobracon

                    HAH! Hope you get something awesome outta that!

                    • Gigus

                      Hope so. I really enjoyed the experience though. One of the most memorable moments I had was when the servers went down for about an hour and everyone was freaking out. It made me stop and think how useless and attached we are to the internet XD. It also happend at the University I was going too. We had some kind of weird internet loss that did not only affect lan connection but 4g and 3g networks also. I just laughed at what was happening lol

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    Dam

  • bloodiOS

    Huh… I guess this means that they’ll stick with this engine for the rest of the eighth generation of consoles…

    • $18114340

      They pretty much have to. Infinity Ward is the one with the keys to the kingdom; I’m pretty sure they’re still chiefly responsible for the technology on which the series is based, even if in recent years Treyarch has done far better. Given that the series releases on a yearly cycle and utilizes development cycles of two years per game, there isn’t exactly a lot of breathing room.

      If Infinity Ward want to have any sort of impact this generation they need to step up their game by hiring people who can actually improve their technology. Epic, DICE, and Crytek were so successful last generation not just because any of their games were particularly successful (they were), but also because they built technology platforms sufficient for long-term development and evolution. Infinity Ward has not.

      • Jay

        I think it’s important to note that the real Infinity Ward is called Respawn now… Activision is more responsible for where COD is at this point. They write the checks, and the new Infinity Ward just bends over.

        Sadly I think Battlefield is suffering from the same effect EA has on their choices. My hope for BFBC3 is dwindling…

        • $18114340

          I feel that this might be a misconception. While it’s true that the studio hemorrhaged talent when a few notable figures left, the developer is still a sum of its parts and as a result I can’t imagine the departure of a few creative leads really impacted how the games are produced or even the process of their development.

          That is to say, I think Infinity Ward could be perfectly capable of innovation if they at least tried, but all the coverage I’ve seen of Ghosts points to the conclusion that they really didn’t, possibly because they feel that they don’t need to.

          • Jay

            Creative leads are pretty important, and I think they parted ways for a reason… Titanfall is pretty much COD of the future. I’m not buying an Xbox One or COD Ghosts, but if TF was on PS4, I’d buy it.

            I doubt Activision wants them to fix what isn’t broken, sales wise. So basically IW either doesn’t have the talent or the room to innovate.

  • Nightcore34

    This game got $1bn from sales to stores, meaning overall stores ordered $1bn worth of COD not that customers actually bought $1bn.

  • Aiddon

    Considering how badly the game dropped review wise, I do wonder how much this will ultimately sell

    • $18114340

      According to industry analysts, they expect the game to sell really well, and they insist that the series is at this point “review-proof”. The greatest thing Call of Duty has to fear is the rise of similarly big-budget genre behemoths such as Titanfall, Destiny, and Battlefield when going into the next generation where players will increasingly expect larger, more dynamic gameplay experiences.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Y’know people. Hating a game because its massively popular is JUST as bad as liking it for the opposite reason. If you don’t like the game, just move on. I don’t really care for CoD but I’m not going to slam it for no reason.

    • $18114340

      Call of Duty’s massive popularity is an anomaly amongst the rest of the industry at large. This is a property that has consecutively broken sales records year after year, and yet upon analysis of the games themselves the series has arguably done little to actually deserve the critical acclaim it frequently receives.

      This is important for a few reasons, not the least of which is that Call of Duty’s incredible success for relatively little effort has influenced the rest of the industry into an asinine competition to see who can make the most brain-dead gameplay experience that makes the most money on a yearly cycle, and its success suggests that this is the direction games are going to be going in as an entire medium — and this is not sustainable as an industry. This has been happening for at least half a console generation now.

      Like it or not, massively popular games set standards for the rest of the industry and this has serious implications on the medium. In particular, Call of Duty calls to attention the question of how much player agency video games should have (Call of Duty reduces this to a minimum), the relationship games have with their consumers (Call of Duty seeks to maximize profits through questionable minimization of cost-value ratio), and given their huge audience, how delicately they should approach their loaded subject matter (Call of Duty has the narrative subtlety of a small child running through the streets naked and screaming). Infinity Ward have proven that as a game developer, you probably don’t need to care about the quality or effort put into your game or any sort of ethical responsibility to your subject material, as long as you can rake in the big bucks.

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        I’m not talking about the negative impacts it has had on the industry, or how other developers are looking at sales charts, etc. I’m talking about the people who hate it for shallow reasons as “people liking what I don’t like”.

        • $18114340

          Oh. Yeah. That’s dumb.

        • Budgiecat

          Well the first two things you list are exactly why many don’t like CoD’s presence. It’s negative impact on the industry is affecting how publishers are handling their own IP’s in the same manner in how Apple is effecting the game industry now which sucks.

      • SerendipityX

        You make it sound like other games haven’t had “incredible success with relatively little effort” if its not COD, then its Madden or every other sports game that tops the charts in the US.

        • $18114340

          Madden and other generic games can definitely be compared to Call of Duty in terms of their business model, but again, CoD has repeatedly broken sales records — there are very few games that can compare to the size of its success at retail in video games history.

    • Strid

      I think more people hate it because it pretty much destroyed the online, competitive, skill-based FPS. You don’t catch many games that single-handedly ruin an entire genre.

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        Thanks for being the shining beacon of what I’m talking about, as it didn’t do any of those things.

        • Strid

          Being ignorant may be bliss, but it doesn’t help you stand on a pillar.

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          Much delusion.

          Wow.

          So humor.

          Wow.

    • DrFeelGood

      Nope, I’m pretty sure everyone that hates has a pretty good reason.
      1. Exacerbating industry money grubbing with the whole DLC map pack bullshit.
      2. Increasingly lower standards of quality and originality.
      3. Recycle, Reduce, Reuse.
      Straw-manning an argument sure makes it easy to win doesn’t it?

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Supporting garbage doesn’t make you look good either. For the record, I don’t simply loathe CoD because it’s popular. That wouldn’t be fair.

      I dislike it because it has become popular under the pretense that this is the standard for FPS titles these days and that saddens me since the game itself is VERY linear and the community, as Strid stated, is the worst scum on the face of this Earth filled with elitism, egotism, and prepubescent man-childs. It has ruined the genre in more ways than I can count.

      • McPoo

        I agree that the community is pretty bad.

        From personal experience though, they’re not the worst. For rude, elitist man children I’ve always thought the collective fighting game community takes the Crown.

        I suppose that’s down to personal experience though.

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          FGC =/= CoD

          They might as well be the same since they’re both as bad. You’re just having to choose a lesser of the evils between them, but good luck with that.

          • McPoo

            Why do you sound like you’re always picking an argument? It’s not a normal response to a fairly innocent comment.

            Do you have some sort of social disability, or have trouble detecting and understanding tone? I’m absolutely not having a go if you do – it’d just help me understand why you respond to everyone in the way that you do.

            And to clarify, what are you wishing me good luck with? I try and steer clear of both communities if I can.

            • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

              I was merely pointing out that there wasn’t much of a difference. Sorry if you took that to be defensive, but I’ve noticed that MOST of my viewpoints are on the opposite side of the fence of what is currently the more “supported” mentality. Also, while I may have actually been diagnosed with autism as a child (Asperger’s Syndrome to be exact), that has no bearing on how I share my views with others.

              That just simply comes with me being honest with people. Even though plenty of people seem to believe that honesty is the best policy, I have found that many of them only wish to hear such honesty if it agrees with their own ideology. That and the fact that I speak my mind, the words which plenty of people think, but choose not to share publically, so that causes complications… As you can see.

              If you think I sound defensive a lot of the time, there’s probably a good reason for it. You try having your voice heard while standing among an opposing crowd that outnumbers you 100 to 1.

              • McPoo

                Ah right, I was actually thinking Aspergers Syndrome. I made a comment asking about it yesterday but took it down as I didn’t want to cause offence.

                I understand your honesty and that your views differ from other people, it’s just the tone of voice and the language you use in your responses that I think raises peoples heckles.

                A good way to avoid being outnumbered 100 to 1 as well is to simply not go into an article about a game that you obviously dislike so much, and insult the game and the people that play it.

    • LunarHaven

      So slammingit for copy-pasting previous scenes is no good reason? Dude… lol

  • Fantasytales

    holy crap who the hell is buying this game.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      people that like it duh

    • SerendipityX

      Trust me they think the same when you buy your niche games.

      • Luna Kazemaru

        dat zing

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          Too bad he zinged himself since niche games are better than this garbage will ever be :3

          • SerendipityX

            Lol great generalization there. Never played COD game in my life. I just don’t go around blaming it and the people who like it for all the game industry’s problems.

            • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

              I don’t blame it and the people for the industry’s problems, but every genre has its fair share of blame. Take for example the WoW community. WoW itself may have been extremely popular, but the community was/is just utter garbage and has brought on a whole different type of being to the MMO community when these guys spill into other MMOs (see: FFXIV: ARR).

              The same can be said for CoD. It wasn’t until this game came out and they started adding online play when we suddenly saw a shift in the community and it really brought out the worst in people. Man, back in my day, I NEVER would have heard even HALF of the shit I hear nowadays from CoD players.

              Back when people were even playing Goldeneye with each other, it was all in good fun. Now it just sounds like a bunch of apes grunting and screaming at the others to get off their turf.

              • McPoo

                I hope you realise how this sounds coming from you, of all people.

                • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                  I’m well aware of how what I say sounds when it comes from me. Now… How it is interpreted by those around me, I’m not so sure of.

          • Luna Kazemaru

            which is a matter of opinion but whatever you guys can just keep crying all you want.

            • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

              Oh, I’m not crying. Quite the contrary actually! I’m laughing that so many people enjoy this game, haha.

    • Dokuro

      Probably you and your friends.

  • Nice Boat

    Told you the dogs would sell this game. I don’t even like COD but those cute dogs.

    • SerendipityX

      When my dog died in Fable 2, I flipped out. Activision might be onto something….

      • Nice Boat

        Don’t worry. He is protecting us with the dog from Resident Evil 4.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    Just going to leave this here since I thought it was pretty funny. Now they’re even copying themselves. How pathetic.

    To think, people honestly wonder why I don’t have a high opinion of these games. Tsk tsk.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E82ZkHTiVU

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      oh god lol. is that real? That is so shameless

    • Bobby Jennings

      I saw this on Facebook about 10 minutes ago. Hilarious.

    • Alkhan

      Isn’t this the beginning of Ghost? A lot of games/movies/comics use scenes from the ending of previous entries in their series.

      Nice try. I understand that you hate CoD because of its success but now you just look stupid. Don’t like it? Don’t buy it. I know I won’t. It’s that simple.

      Yesterday I walked right past CoD and picked up a new copy of “The Guided Fate Paradox”.

      • DrFeelGood

        If they are the same scene, why are they different? They are dressed differently, and one has a helicopter and the other doesn’t. If anyone made themselves look stupid here it would be you.

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        Yeah, no… This is blatant, cheap, cookiecutter nonsense. You can try to justify it by saying others do it, but that doesn’t make it any less wrong.

        Oh, but nice try :3

        • Alkhan

          Okay, I’ve wasted enough time with you. It doesn’t matter how you feel about the series, their are MILLIONS of people who love it and there is nothing you can do about it.

          Get over it and move on. You and everyone you know can go out and buy 10 copies each of whatever your favorite niche game is and it still wouldn’t sell 2% of what CoD does. Let it go.

          • Budgiecat

            sales =/= quality. We’re not shareholders here.

            • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

              Damn straight. I bet he defends McDonalds too since millions of people enjoy that, but it’s still not good for you. Typical strawman argument to support mainstream shit, lol.

              Glad you finally stopped wasting time with me though. Now I can move onto the next hater. *cracks knuckles*

              Number 47! You’re up!

            • Alkhan

              Of course we aren’t shareholders but if your favorite JRPG suddenly outsold a CoD game you’d never shut up about it.

              Basically, sales don’t matter unless its something you like right?

          • LunarHaven

            Fanboy much? Your kind is what is ruining for the artistic games in the gaming industry. Grow up and start supporting games that deserve it.

            • Alkhan

              lol I’ve never even bought or played a CoD game. If your going jump into a conversation and start slinging dirt you can at least start by knowing what the hell you’re talking about. If you had read my other comments you’d know that I don’t like CoD.

      • Budgiecat

        ‘don’t like don’t buy it’ is the dumbest response ever. Of course people wont buy something they don’t like whats the point in stating the obvious. Doesn’t mean they aren’t allowed to voice their opinion.

      • LordKaiser

        ???

        That 1rst paragraph of yours is irrelevant because you can clearly see that it’s not a flashback because:

        1- The guy on the left is different
        2- On the left they’re running to a helicopter and to the right to SUV

        So yeah recycling is on effect here.

    • McPoo

      What are your reasons for being of the (wrong) viewpoint that Shadowrun (360) is not the greatest shooter game of all time?

    • Budgiecat

      fucking wow…

    • LunarHaven

      AHAHAHAHAA oh man, I rest my case.

  • MrFinalgamer

    hopefully it doesn’t break GTAV’s sales record. that game deserves it more than CoD will most likely ever do. maybe this’ll be the start of the downfall of the CoD series (and mostly generic military shooters)? one can hope…

  • McPoo

    How come nobody on here complains about Pokemon always being the same?

    Is it purely because Activision release these every year? And if so, is that really any worse than the few year gap between Pokemon games?

    Genuinely curious.

    • Budgiecat

      Pokemon at least changed their graphical engine this time around

      • McPoo

        That’s true. Unfortunately at 20 hours in I’ve grown bored, as it’s the same game I’ve played since 97(?).

        The change is probably about as revolutionary to the series as Cod 3 to 4. Only MW1 was a setting never really explored before, whereas Pokemon has only just gone 3D in 2013.

        How come you weren’t in the Pokemon topics complaining?

        • Budgiecat

          Because Pokemon hasn’t had a negative effect on the game industry ruining other titles like CoD has

          • McPoo

            How so?

            • Budgiecat

              Lets see:

              FF XIII
              Resident Evil 6
              Dead Space 3
              Syndicate
              the list goes on…

              Plenty of franchises that ruined their games trying to chase after the almighty CoD dollar

              I didn’t see any famous franchise trying to replicate Pokemon this gen

              • McPoo

                Chasing after the big bucks is a bit different to letting one game series directly influence yours.

                Shouldn’t the blame rest with the developers that were unable to achieve their goal successfully?

                • Budgiecat

                  equal blame

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Ummm… Maybe because they’ve been around since 1996? Call of Duty started in 2003, which was the beginning of something awful in the gaming community. We began to see a LOT of changes, some of which were good, but some of which… Well, they still leave a sour taste in my mouth.

      It’s funny how you have all these guys that support CoD, but have never played Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein, Duke Nukem, Unreal Tournament, etc. and think they know about FPS games since they’ve been regurgitating the same shit for the past decade.

      • McPoo

        So your argument is that it’s abhorrent for Call of Duty to have made minimal changes in the last 10 years, but it’s fine for Pokemon to have done the same for the last 17 years?

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          Yeeeeeeeeah, guy? Pokemon isn’t a copypaste of something. Pokemon is its own thing, man. CoD just took stuff from previous FPS titles, made it more linear, and stuck with the military theme over and over again.

          I may not like Pokemon, but damn… Pokemon has brought on a HELL of a lot more good to the community than CoD ever has and ever will.

          • McPoo

            If you’re not capable of actually furthering the discussion then I suggest not replying. You may not like Pokemon but you’re picking up Call of Duty for releasing instalments with very few updates and new features, while denying Pokemon does the same.

            • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

              Way to miss the point, but I’ve come to expect it of you at this point, so no worries~

              • McPoo

                The discussion here is that both Pokemon and Call of Duty are guilty of releasing games with minimal updates (albeit at different frequencies).

    • Kobracon

      Personally, I think its coz how easy CoD can make money compared to Pokemon. You can say Pokemon looks the same each time, but alot of work goes into each one. They add a few 100 more Pokemon (yes, jokes have been made about the process, but its really not that easy), make a new single player, new areas, add more functionality to fascilitate catching Pokemon and trading with friends. Not to mention all the hidden complexity in this seemingly lite JRPG for kids.

      Games like Battlefield and CoD however (warning: I may be entirely wrong about this as I barely play them) just make a few new maps, MAYBE bump the textures up here and there, add a new gun (whoopee…) and a tacked on single player that barely lasts 4 hours, but they earn tons coz ppl just eat that up.

    • LunarHaven

      I complain about Pokemon being the same often, it’s a milking franchise with no shame as well,

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    I’ve been very busy lately and missed the comments in here until now. I don’t have time to respond to each post so I’ll make this one.

    If the plan is to continue and argue/flame/troll here in the comments… Might I suggest just dropping it and moving on? I usually don’t mind off topic conversation, but some of this is getting a bit ridiculous.

    I’m going to temporarily lock this thread. I think a “time out” will help. Thanks for understanding.