Posts Tagged ‘Modern Warfare’

Top 5 Games of 2009 – Wii Dominates

February 4, 2010

Usually we only really see charts and figures from the US when it comes to the games industry, but now there’s been a list compiled of the best selling games of last year, and it looks like Nintendo is going strong.

Apparently, it still prints money

The report was compiled by industry analysts MCV, which goes through a fairly in-depth breakdown of just how well the games industry has been performing over the course of 2009 before launching into the list proper. It’s interesting to see that, despite the fact that some games sold fantastically well (Modern Warfare 2 being the most obvious example), there was still something of a decline worldwide, which is to be expected given the current economic climate. Surprisingly though, a large proportion of that decline seems to have come from the aging PlayStation 2 market…

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Modern Warfare 2 Passes $1 Billion Mark

January 14, 2010

While 2009 was hardly a vintage year business-wise for the gaming industry, this week has seen the announcement by Activision Blizzard Inc that sales of its blockbuster title Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 have exceeded $1 billion worldwide.

Modern Warfare 2 passed the billion dollar barrier with ease

That’s the tally since the launch of the game in mid-November last year and Activision Blizzard chief executive, Bobby Kotick took a break from lighting cigars with hundred bills to tell the word that: “There are only a handful of entertainment properties that have ever reached the $1 billion mark, which illustrates the power of the Call of Duty franchise and the mass appeal of this game.”

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Modern Warfare DLC to Hit Xbox First

January 8, 2010

Word has arrived from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that Microsoft has managed to get downloadable content for Modern Warfare 2 before other platforms.

According to the report from gaming blog Destructoid, the by now inevitable downloadable content for the record breaking latest entry to the Call of Duty series, Modern Warfare 2, will appear on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 before being made available on either of the other two platforms on which people are playing the game, the PC and Sony’s PlayStation 3.

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Modern Warfare 2 Sees Massive Piracy

December 30, 2009

The latest addition to the Call of Duty series, the record breakingly popular Modern Warfare 2, has managed to become the most illegally pirated game of 2009, despite being released so late this year.

The fact that Modern Warfare 2 has topped the list of games being pirated this year should come as no surprise given the massive hype leading up to the game’s launch and the almost undiluted praise of its multiplayer, to say nothing of its record breaking launch. Still, those involved will be disappointed with the news, especially given the lengths to which the developers behind Modern Warfare 2, Infinity Ward, had gone to prevent illegal piracy.

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Microsoft Responds to Xbox Suit

November 24, 2009

Microsoft has responded to the just-launched class action suit against it for its decision to ban somewhere between 600,000 and a million Xbox Live users for having modified their Xbox 360 consoles to play pirated games, essentially pooh-poohing the whole business.

For those who missed our piece on it yesterday, the class action suit doesn’t necessarily disagree with the banning of users from Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, but takes issue with the manner and timing with which Microsoft executed the bans. The suit, being taken against Microsoft by Abington IP, points out the fact that the ban falls immediately after the launch of Halo: ODST and just before the launch of the now record-breaking Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

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Modern Warfare 2 Bests Film Industry Records

November 20, 2009

The latest addition to the Call of Duty series, the much vaunted Modern Warfare 2, has gone above and beyond, breaking not just gaming records set by Grand Theft Auto 4, but outperforming record breaking movies.

Word comes from the AFP that Modern Warfare 2 hasn’t just broken records when it comes to videogame sales, topping Grand Theft Auto’s first week sales (which hit the princely sum of $500 million) by something to the tune of 10% higher, but that it’s also outperforming movie records. The comparison offered is between the latest Harry Potter film and Modern warfare; Harry Potter took in $394 million in its open week, which pales in comparison to Modern Warfare 2’s $550 million.

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Modern Warfare 2 Stays Locked on Steam

November 11, 2009

Users who have bought Modern Warfare 2 via Steam are seeing some fuss about just when their game will be playable. Initial word had been that the game would release on Thursday, but last night that date changed to November 13th, putting release on Friday.

Steam Logo

While the world and it’s mother was out helping the latest installment in the Call of Duty series on its road to breaking records, many PC gamers opted for the digital distribution route, choosing to download the game via Valve’s Steam service. Now though, it seems that those who opted to download the game via Steam, despite having the full game sitting on their drive already, can’t actually play it until Thursday.

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Modern Warfare 2 Poised for Record

November 10, 2009

With the world and its mother either excited or enraged by Infinity Ward’s latest entry to the Call of Duty series, Modern Warfare 2, it seems the game is likely to break records regardless of the controversy surrounding it.

Modern Warfare 2 art

According to the BBC, the folks at HMV are convinced that its going to break the record number of copies sold in its first week of release. A spokesperson for the company said as much in no uncertain terms, telling the BBC that, “We estimate the game will exceed 1m UK sales in its first week, which would be a new record.” Certainly, it’d be an achievement for the folks at Infinity Ward to break that record, but to do so in spite of the negative press surrounding the game is only more impressive.

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Microsoft to Take Legal Action on Piracy?

November 5, 2009

Rumours are circulating that Microsoft could be considering legal action against videogame pirates responsible for leaking Xbox 360 games before release.

Xbox 360 Elite

Microsoft has recently imposed another of what have come to be recognised as waves of bannings from its Xbox Live service for the Xbox 360. Since Xbox Live is often touted as being the biggest advantage the console has over Sony’s PlayStation 3, and Nintendo’s Wii, getting banned from the service is a big deal. In this case though, most of the Xbox Live bans seem to stem from illegal modification of the console to play pirated games.

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