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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: 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.

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