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V4D3R
11-12-2009, 09:34 PM
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/091112/technology/lifestyle_us_britain_it_internet_videogames_activi sion

Thu Nov 12, 5:26 PM
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" blasted past 300 million dollars in sales on its opening day, the videogame's publisher said Thursday, blowing away even Hollywood films to become the highest-grossing entertainment launch ever.

"MW2" sold 4.7 million copies and racked up 310 million dollars in sales in the United States and Britain alone when the eagerly anticipated title from Infinity Ward studio made its worldwide debut Tuesday, according to Activision.

The videogame bested Batman superhero film "The Dark Knight," which holds the record for the top opening weekend ever by taking in 158.4 million dollars in July 2008.

"The Call of Duty franchise has become a cultural phenomenon showing the power of videogames as an entertainment medium," said Activision chief executive Mike Griffith.

"The shattering of these entertainment records is a testament to the compelling, cinematic and uniquely engaging experience that the 'Call of Duty' brand delivers."

"MW2" is the sixth title in a "Call of Duty" franchise that has won a devoted following since the first version was released in 2003.

Activision believes "MW2" will be such a hit that the California-based company will see record operating margins. Pre-orders for the 60-dollar videogame were the highest in the firm's history.

"If you only buy a single game this Hanukkah or Christmas, this is the title to beat," said Scott Steinberg of videogame and gadget website Digital Trends. "It's designed to be as much of a breathlessly cinematic experience as simple run-n-gun outing."

Multiplayer options allow people to share consoles linked to the Internet to play together as characters in the videogame as an alternative to going solo.

Reviewers have praised "MW2" for its game play and vivid graphics.

"Fire it up on a new LCD or plasma HDTV, and it's all but guaranteed to make the neighbors' jaws drop," Steinberg said.

The game is rated for people aged 17 or older and "MW2" has stirred a bit of controversy for depicting realistically brutal terrorist encounters.

Activision's Infinity Ward studio in California created the videogame, with versions tailored to Microsoft's Xbox 360, Sony's PlayStation 3, and personal computers.

"Everyone on the team is laser focused on making the most gripping experience we've ever created," said Infinity Ward chief executive Vince Zampella. "No detail is too small and every finishing touch imaginable is underway to make 'Modern Warfare 2' our best ever."

"MW2" picks up in the wake of its predecessor, which reportedly sold 12 million copies.

Players join a global military task force taking on ultranationalist Russian terrorists to save the world. Settings include Russia, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, and Brazil.

The "Call of Duty" franchise boasts overall sales of about 28 million units.

The "MW2" launch in Britain saw tanks and soldiers descend on London's Leicester Square, the first game launch in the square normally home to red-carpet film premieres.

US and British shops opened at midnight to sell the first-person shooter game.

The console version of "Modern Warfare 2" costs around 54 pounds (90 dollars, 60 euros) in Britain, while the PC product retails for around 35 pounds.

Analysts expect "MW2" to breathe new life into a videogame industry that has seen sales figures this year hobbled by dismal economic conditions and a dearth of hot releases.

"Based on everything I'm hearing so far, it's nothing but good news for the industry," NPD Group analyst Anita Frazier told AFP. "The combined launch of MW2 and New Super Mario Bros. Wii should mean that November is a great month for the industry."

NIGHT MAYOR
11-13-2009, 12:36 AM
this is great news for video games all round - more people will be interested in investing and more companys will pop up

great news for first person shooters also.

shaolinsword
11-13-2009, 04:39 AM
4.7mil? Nice. I wonder if treyarch can get that amount when they release their game

The RRP was 54 but no one sold it at that price, the supermarkets were selling it for 25

food for thought
11-13-2009, 04:56 AM
good shit

i love first person shooters and thats watsup for their popularity


my boy went to the store midnight ot cope the game and he said there were 250 ppl just at the spot he went to alone

Rame
11-13-2009, 05:41 AM
4.7mil? Nice. I wonder if treyarch can get that amount when they release their game

The RRP was 54 but no one sold it at that price, the supermarkets were selling it for 25

World At War sold more than Modern Warfare so Treyarch might even sell more next year.

NIGHT MAYOR
11-15-2009, 02:25 AM
i think WAW got so much money BECAUSE of MW, people did'nt understand they were made by two different companys.

wonder if trey will keep making WWII cods or what, would'nt mind seeing them do a vietnam game or something like that, korea something different, i can only remember a game or two touching on vietnam.

ALCATRAZ
11-15-2009, 03:14 AM
people did'nt understand they were made by two different companys.

thats the truth^^