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Hardcore gamers tend to buy video games no matter how the economy is. Video games have continued to be robust despite the economic downturn over the last year as people look for ways to spend on entertainment that offer more value.

Certainly one of the biggest games to be released this year will be Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 . The game is widely expected by analyst to be a huge money maker for Activision. Some analysts predict that the game will make up a significant portion of Activision's profits for Q4 2009.

The game officially went on sale at 12 am this morning and many locations reported small lines of hardcore gamers waiting at the doors of stores to get their hands on the game. About 10,000 GameStop and Best Buy locations around the world opened at midnight to sell the game.

One GameStop location at Union Square in New York City had a line of about 80 mostly young people lined up about two hours before the store opened.

One person waiting in the line said, "This is the only game I'm probably going to do this for." The young woman planned to play the game all night online against a friend.

An employee at the Union Square GameStop said, "Gamers are enthusiastic about picking this stuff up at midnight."

Sales of the game are expected to top 11 to 13 million units by the end of 2009. One San Francisco Best Buy store had about ten people lined up at 10pm Monday night to buy the game. One man waiting in the line said, "I'm going to be up all night playing it, until I crash."

Modern Warfare 2 has a long way to go to beat the top game from last year -- GTA IV. The game sold 3.6 million units on its first day and 6 million in its first week totaling more than $500 million in sales.

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By bradmshannon on 11/10/2009 11:29:35 AM , Rating: 5
I play COD:MW1 almost daily on my PC. Boo to MW2

RE: Boo
By therealnickdanger on 11/10/09, Rating: -1
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By StevoLincolnite on 11/10/2009 11:37:43 AM , Rating: 5
Haven't you heard?

They stopped support for mods and private servers on the PC.

RE: Boo
By MrBlastman on 11/10/2009 1:12:16 PM , Rating: 5
No dedicated server support is so pre-1996. QuakeWorld changed everything in that year. Who remembers gaming online before that? I do. It sucked, hard. Peer-to-peer was horrible and required you to lag shoot and imagine where people would be. Not only that, but if ONE person with a bad connection joined the p2p network, everyone suffered horribly.

QuakeWorld changed all of that. Sure, it took about 5 years for the majority of people to begin getting highspeed connections, that and Valve to release the much heralded Half-Life networking code patch that allowed lookbacks in server-time giving dialup users a tremendous boost in aiming ability--but, it was a heck of a lot better even to begin with than peer-to-peer.

It still IS a heck of a lot better. Dedicated servers run by the community (not a publishing house) are _the_ best way to have multiplayer gaming, period.

These tools at Infinity Ward need to suffer for their callous disregard for modern technology and their blind insistence in going back to the days of old. Boycotting COD:MW 2 is the only route us PC gamers can take.

Just the other day even John Carmack alluded to no dedicated servers in Rage. How hard is it to re-use dedicated code to plug into new games? It can't be _that_ hard. It is worth it if the experience is that much better.

RE: Boo
By dtm4trix on 11/10/2009 3:49:15 PM , Rating: 3
I agree with you 100% MrBlastman....dedicated servers is the way to go. It keeps things more fair and allows for a better gaming experience all round. BOO to Infinity Ward for their short sided view of PC gamers.

RE: Boo
By Hiawa23 on 11/10/2009 2:03:33 PM , Rating: 1
picked up the 360 version at Best Buy, don't care about mods, just want to get online have a good time & play the single player. I like the other COD games on the consoles, & since I am not a PC gamer, don't like gaming with KB/mouse, the console version is fine, as my tastes go.

I gamefly'd the PS3 version just to see how it compares to the 360, but the game should be fabulous no matter which version you buy. This is my last game purchase of 2009, & if WOW or MW1 is any indication, I expect this one to be fantastic.

RE: Boo
By Yames on 11/10/2009 5:51:02 PM , Rating: 2
IMO, shooters are better on the consoles now that they are in HD. I really like the controller much better, its a bigger screen, no or limited cheating, someone else can use the computer, you are not upgrading hardware every year, etc. But that is just my opinion.

RE: Boo
By nuarbnellaffej on 11/11/2009 1:57:06 AM , Rating: 4
someone else can use the computer

What if someone wants to watch TV?

RE: Boo
By webdawg77 on 11/10/2009 11:41:55 AM , Rating: 5
Probably because IW neutered the PC version.

"We thought the lack of dedicated servers was bad, but now we can add the lack of console commands, the inability to have a say in who hosts the game, a lengthy pause while the game migrates to a new host if the currently selected host quits, no leaning, no option to record matches, and no way to kick or block trouble players, hackers, or cheaters."

RE: Boo
By nuarbnellaffej on 11/11/2009 2:02:18 AM , Rating: 2
I'll certainly pirate a copy of the game to play through the single player campaign, but they can forget me buying a retail copy for multiplayer!

RE: Boo
By espress0 on 11/10/2009 11:42:31 AM , Rating: 5
-No dedicated server support
-DX9 console port
-no modding
This game fails in the realm of the online FPS gamer.

RE: Boo
By Etern205 on 11/10/2009 12:00:33 PM , Rating: 4
FPS are mostly played on PC, playing on console are for noobs.
BOOOO to MW2!!!!!!

RE: Boo
By dwlive1980 on 11/10/2009 1:32:22 PM , Rating: 2
I agree - did they limit the # of players per map on the console versions as well ? (9 vs 9)

RE: Boo
By ClownPuncher on 11/10/2009 2:03:57 PM , Rating: 2

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By dwlive1980 on 11/10/2009 2:10:06 PM , Rating: 2
muchos gracias ! (sp?)

RE: Boo
By Yames on 11/10/09, Rating: -1
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By HotFoot on 11/10/2009 12:57:38 PM , Rating: 3
I hope most people buying the game realise what they're getting themselves into. I haven't ordered it, but I surely don't like to see such a crappy port rewarded with good sales just because of a franchise name. I somehow doubt many sales come with a money-back guarantee or anything like that.

RE: Boo
By jonmcc33 on 11/10/2009 1:26:09 PM , Rating: 2
At least the PC online FPS gamer. I am sure that Halo noobs will pick this game up in a heartbeat.

It's a shame as even with DX9 graphics the game looks good. But even Infinity Ward should realize that graphics don't make the game. The features of multiplayer do.

RE: Boo
By callmeroy on 11/10/2009 1:36:32 PM , Rating: 2
I actually picked it up just a bit ago while on lunch, I did read the reviews beforehand...but I'm not a hard core multiplayer FPS player anymore so what I read of the multiplayer in this game is fine to me....

I don't care about no modding
I don't care about DX9 only
I don't care about no dedicated servers (though of the 3 that would be my first 'wish' for the PC version to have)

I'll live....I'm going to toss the game off to my nephew when I'm done with it -- so I won't feel as bad dropping the coin on it (at least I know more than just me will be entertained by the purchase).

I really got the game because I'm a avid CoD fan -- have them all except World at War and I'll play multiplayer or Spec OP mode with my brother...that's all the value I need.

RE: Boo
By goz314 on 11/10/2009 7:46:20 PM , Rating: 2
I don't care about no modding I don't care about DX9 only I don't care about no dedicated servers

Apparently, you don't care about double negatives either. ;-)

RE: Boo
By bradmshannon on 11/10/2009 11:49:25 AM , Rating: 2
Nay I say! I shall be voted MVP (Most Valuable Poster) of the month! BOO MW2! BOOOO!!!

RE: Boo
By ClownPuncher on 11/10/2009 12:06:32 PM , Rating: 2
Most of the multiplayer is 6vs6 and a little is 9vs9. That is pretty weak for a shooter coming out in late 2009.

RE: Boo
By ussfletcher on 11/10/2009 11:36:12 AM , Rating: 5
Boo to games designed for inferior systems (consoles)

RE: Boo
By Aloonatic on 11/10/2009 12:07:59 PM , Rating: 2
Oooooohhhhh *raises handbag in front of chest* Get herrrr...

Anyway, my graphics card's bigger than your graphics card! :p

RE: Boo
By Yames on 11/10/09, Rating: -1
RE: Boo
By Alexstarfire on 11/10/2009 10:23:42 PM , Rating: 3
I'll take a play out of your book and say that PC gamers play games other than FPSs. Perhaps you've heard of this genre called RTSs. I know that you console gamers may have heard of this mythical genre but have yet to have a grand experience in it.

RE: Boo
By Aloonatic on 11/11/2009 7:25:12 AM , Rating: 3
Let's not forget spider solitaire and all those facebook games.

PC gaming FTW! etc etc...

RE: Boo
By Bateluer on 11/10/2009 11:55:36 AM , Rating: 2
This issue will be fixed for MW3. Since there's no dedicated servers for MW2, IW can just kill the MW2 servers for the release of MW3.

I wish people aren't dumb enough to support this kind of crap, but the news has been very depressing of late.

RE: Boo
By DPigs on 11/10/09, Rating: -1
RE: Boo
By Bateluer on 11/10/2009 12:42:17 PM , Rating: 5
Sorry, IW has determined that air support from AC-130s is not in line with their vision of game balance.

RE: Boo
By coffeehousejam on 11/10/2009 12:52:46 PM , Rating: 2
In the meantime I too will be using AC-130 gunships on COD4, seeing how it was something that IW stole from a mere COD4 mod called X4, in addition to Capture the Flag mode. Enjoy gunships and CTF on small 6vs6 matches. I will do it on COD4 on 25vs25 matches. Not to mention the mod also has nukes and napalm. Who will IW steal their ideas from for their next game now that they removed modding? bwahahahaha

RE: Boo
By Bateluer on 11/10/2009 1:22:01 PM , Rating: 2
They'll look at the most popular mods on moddb.

RE: Boo
By callmeroy on 11/10/2009 1:40:04 PM , Rating: 2
If you honestly believe that a game developer first the got the idea of air support, nukes or napalm in an FPS game you MUST be a younger player because your gaming history doesn't date back that long at all or you just have selective memory.

RE: Boo
By callmeroy on 11/10/2009 1:41:17 PM , Rating: 2
(thinking faster than I type again)

Should have read " an FPS game FROM A MOD you MUST be a younger player...."

RE: Boo
By Alexstarfire on 11/10/2009 10:26:24 PM , Rating: 2
I think you may have a shorter memory than him. Just think of CS and then sit down. Valve didn't steal it, but CS IS a mod of HL that was originally fan made.

RE: Boo
By DPigs on 11/10/2009 4:09:41 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty sure there was an AC-130 level on CoD4 to begin with....soooooo.....ok.
Point is, this game will probably be pretty good, so you will be missing out by not playing it. But that is your choice.

RE: Boo
By nafhan on 11/10/2009 1:05:58 PM , Rating: 3
I'll buy it for the single player once it's $20 on Steam.
Don't buy games when they first come out, and you'll save money on software and hardware! :)

RE: Boo
By clovell on 11/10/09, Rating: -1
RE: Boo
By clovell on 11/11/2009 4:38:43 PM , Rating: 1
Seriously folks, get a life. Quit spending all your time on the internet b!tching about how a company didn't make a video game the way you like and find something to do that you actually enjoy - You know, like a NORMAL HUMAN BEING. Go cry somewhere else, you sorry little boys.

RE: Boo
By Hiawa23 on 11/11/2009 1:58:05 PM , Rating: 2
I picked the game up last night for the 360 & I have been blown away. I made it to the level after the airport one which might go down as one of the coolest levels I have ever played of any game. Everything is so intense, pure gun porn, & I think the devs did a fantastic job with it. also got online last night & had a blast with that. I read it did 1.2mill in 24 hours which was double of what GTA IV did & maybe some record or something. I checked with some of my PC only gamer friends & they say they are boycotting cause of the dedicated server issue. Well, more power to you, cause the game has exceeded my expectations & easily my GOTY.

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