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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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RE: Won't Be Purchasing This
By TerranMagistrate on 11/10/2009 12:36:39 PM , Rating: 2
I pray to God they don't force Blizzard to fuck up StarCraft 2 (I can accept splitting it into 3 games as long as I get enough content to justify the price, but if they start charging for Bnet or completely killing mod support, I guess I won't be buying that either).

Amen to that. MW2 is one botched highly anticipated sequel, lets hope SC2 doesn't follow the same fate. Otherwise, some of us are going to have to don the ol' peg-leg and parrot at least play through the single player campaign once or twice.

RE: Won't Be Purchasing This
By xKeGSx on 11/10/2009 12:51:34 PM , Rating: 2
Uh.. releasing it in 3 installments.... no LAN support? You HAVE to use BattleNet

RE: Won't Be Purchasing This
By Bateluer on 11/10/2009 12:54:11 PM , Rating: 2
Which is why SC2 was removed from my Must Buy list and placed on the 'Watch and see' list. With the crap going on, I may just pitch windows all together and go straight Linux. Gaming and school are the only things keeping me with it, and I finish my BS next year.

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