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Call of Duty: Black Ops  (Source: IGN)
Game is expected to be the biggest launch ever from Activision

In the world of video games, one of the most popular and iconic genres is the first person shooter (FPS). One of the most successful franchises in the FPS genre is Call of Duty from Activision.

Activision is set to launch the next installment in the franchise on November 9, 2010 entitled Call of Duty: Black Ops. Activision is betting big on Black Ops and plans for the launch of the game to be one of the biggest in the 31-year history of the publishing company.

Activision stated during  a conference call this week that it planned to invest more money in the marketing and launch of
Black Ops than it has ever invested in a game title before, including last year's blockbuster hit from the franchise Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Activision COO Thomas Tippl said, "This year's
Black Ops will release on more platforms than ever before, and continues to pace ahead of last year's record setting Modern Warfare 2 in terms of per-sales and consumer awareness metrics."

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick says that he expects
Black Ops to expand the franchise's audience and the game will not only target hard-core gamers and existing fans of the franchise. He stated, "This is, across the board, the biggest investment that we've ever made in the launch of a title. The market opportunity is bigger than it's ever been, the install base of hardware is bigger than it's ever been, and the product has incredibly broad appeal, but it also has a whole host of functions that will be unique to the core consumer."

The expectation for
Black Ops to outperform Modern Warfare 2 is impressive. Modern Warfare 2 was one of the biggest PC game launches of 2009 and raked in $310 million in sales over the first 24 hours. Analysts expected the game to sell 5 million copies the first day.

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RE: Pass
By inperfectdarkness on 8/6/2010 12:39:25 PM , Rating: 4
how much longer will this go on? how much longer will people still continue to flock to the 360/ps3 as the "holy-grail" of gaming and allow FPS innovation & development to flounder and wane?

how much longer are people going to continue to support mediocre console gaming offerings that flourish on the starvation of pc game development?

RE: Pass
By Pirks on 8/6/2010 2:27:39 PM , Rating: 2
Look at the bright side tho - after demise of PC-exclusive Crysis franchise and consolization of it you don't have to waste hundreds of dollars on expensive new GPUs so often. Woot?

RE: Pass
By dwalton on 8/6/2010 2:53:04 PM , Rating: 1
When game developers stop marketing their titles with images and videos that only possible with pcs with highend cpus and discrete graphics cards that practically no one owns.

RE: Pass
By nikon133 on 8/8/2010 6:16:07 PM , Rating: 2
In console defence... I was dominantly PC gamer until I have purchased PS3, last Christmas... and since then I've been playing PS3 games almost exclusively, even if my PC is more than grunty for comfortable gaming.

Non-existence of online cheaters is my main reason - I've been annoyed by cheaters in PC games more than enough for my money. For FPS (mostly playing Bad Company 2 and MAG nowadays) joypad is not as good as mouse/keyboard, but one can get used to it - and everyone else has the same handicap anyway; ridiculous scenarios where someone keeps jumping around and head-shooting opponents while in the air simply cannot happen, which creates a bit more realistic gameplay. Actually everyone plays with exactly same hardware (save for the screen size) which does bring additional equality to the game.

Visuals are not as good as the best PC config can push out, but they are more than good enough not to be distraction (and again, no one has them any better or worst than the others regarding resoluton, details, frame-rate... things that can give advantage).

At the end of the day... after spending 8 hours behind the desk in the office, with keyboard and mouse under my hands, it is really nice for a change to dig into favourite recliner chair in front of decent sized TV, instead of replacing one desk/monitor/mouse/keyboard with another more or less same combo.

But lack of cheating is definitely my main reason.

RE: Pass
By inperfectdarkness on 8/12/2010 8:49:28 AM , Rating: 2
move to a different server if you don't like haxxors.

i'd rather take pc gaming over console gaming--solely due to the glut of pre-pubscent, voice-cracking, profanity-lacing adolscents who seem to be the bulk of console FPS gamers.


the money you save on a graphics card today will be money you have to spend on the next generation of console. if no one adopts the technology for pc; console gamers are eventually going to have to foot the bill for innovation. i can promise you that.

"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes

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