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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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COD: MW2 Petition
By j33pownr on 11/10/2009 1:06:49 PM , Rating: 2
The launch day has arived and the world wide petition is only at 197,150 people. Thats a nice chunk of change at $50-$60 a pop but I do not think it will be enough to sway IW. We as a community of gamers has failed due to the post above where the guy never heard why we are against MW2.

This is the day online PC gaming changed. After this all other releases, for any developer, can go this route because there is not a big enough financial reason not too. Only 200,000 less copies to not have the overhead of servers, utilities, maintence, IT staff, etc. Seems like a no brainer. FAIL

RE: COD: MW2 Petition
By Iaiken on 11/10/2009 1:19:57 PM , Rating: 2
Apparently you don't know who hosts the majority of dedicated servers...

Clans... individuals... NOT THE DEVELOPER.

The only thing that the developer needs to set up is a server tracker so that clients can find servers.

Last time I played MW1, there were 36,000 dedicated servers... of them 19,000 had a game going on in them (which means at least 2 people and at most 100).

Nice try, but there really isn't any overhead in the dedicated server realm as the developer just writes them.

So IW has essentially denied hosting companies the revenue they were receiving for the potential 40k+ dedicated severs they would have hosted at an average of $12-$200 a month (depending on the amount of throughput).

That's millions of dollars in lost revenue every year for several years that hardcore gamers will not be pumping into the economy as they support their habit.

Next time have a clue.

RE: COD: MW2 Petition
By callmeroy on 11/10/09, Rating: -1
RE: COD: MW2 Petition
By mikeyD95125 on 11/10/2009 6:43:20 PM , Rating: 2
They are just disappointed. Modern Warfare was in the top 3 games I ever played. And what I think had the best online experience ever. So its a big let down when Infinity Ward neuters the PC version of the sequel out of what seems like pure laziness.

Sure it is just a video game, but it seems like a few simple things could have made the PC version a lot better than it will turn out to be.

RE: COD: MW2 Petition
By jonmcc33 on 11/11/2009 10:19:22 AM , Rating: 1
And what I think had the best online experience ever.

I wouldn't exactly call it the best online experience. There's nothing wrong with the netcode but it has it's bugs. I seriously hate the bunny hop around the corner garbage that people do.

There also aren't very many default mode servers out there. Most of them (99%) are all HC. I have no problem playing that but it's painfully easy for me to slaughter people in that mode. I typically end up with a 3:1 KD ratio most of the time.

RE: COD: MW2 Petition
By j33pownr on 11/10/2009 2:09:36 PM , Rating: 2
It does show my n00bness from only thinking from the game sales side, but by your own admission the majority of the server revenue is going to hosting companies and not IW. I was just pointing out that there should have been more support from the gaming community (players and hosting companies) to actually get some compromise in features instead of what is happening.

Gamers will always continue to pump money into their computers so they can run the latest games. It just unfortunately will not be our beloved COD franchise.

RE: COD: MW2 Petition
By jonmcc33 on 11/10/2009 1:54:20 PM , Rating: 2
Not be enough? If these 197,350 people do not buy the game (as they should not since they signed the petition) then that's a $11.8 million loss in sales. They might sell a lot for the consoles but they pay licensing fees to Sony and Microsoft for those. The PC version is nothing but net gain so that is a loss of $11.8 million cash.

I'm sure those that weren't in the loop and purchased the game for the PC will end up disappointed and start raging on the IW forums. So it's a loss of money and having to answer to pissed off customers. Bad idea on their parts.

RE: COD: MW2 Petition
By j33pownr on 11/10/2009 2:48:52 PM , Rating: 2
I say not enough because the 200000 is less than 2% of the total projected for 2009 only. If they added in all the things COD4 had, who knows, they might have missed the biggest sales season of the year. It just seems rushed to market with half the offerings of the previous version.

I do agree its a bad move pissing off customers no matter how big/small the percentage.

RE: COD: MW2 Petition
By jonmcc33 on 11/10/2009 3:46:42 PM , Rating: 2
These 200,000 are the ones that are the hardcore gamers that play the game from the start and years later. Not a good minority to lose a sale to.

I played the snot out of the original Call of Duty. I didn't go for Call of Duty 2 because I am done with WWII shooters. Just like I didn't go for Call of Duty: World at War.

But this is bad overall for Infinity Ward as the competition for modern warfare shooters is quite strong. Hopefully Ubisoft releases something good soon.

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain
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