Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Call of Duty = New World Order

Hello Peeps!

So I'm super excited because tomorrow the latest installment of Activision's popular Call of Duty title: Black Ops, will be receiving new "downloadable content."  This content, also referred to as a "map pack" will feature 5 new Maps for multiplayer online gaming.

In case you're unfamiliar with Call of Duty or the online gaming scene, this is like crack for...well crack heads.  Let me indulge you.

Video games are quickly becoming the Entertainment Superpowers of the world.  Call of Duty: Black Ops sold 5.6 MILLION copies in 24 HOURS.  That's sales of $360 million in ONE DAY. No album or movie comes even close.  It took just 42 days for the game to reach $1 BILLION in world wide sales.

They're nowhere near done.  The new map packs were released a month earlier on Xbox 360 to the tune of 1.4 million downloads in just their first 24 hours.  Total figures to date are unknown (to me at least) but I bet its at least 4 times that.  Bear in mind, that was just Xbox 360 and you can expect PS3 to do better since I hear there are more Black Ops players on PS3.

This is a new world order.  The other week my eyes were really opened to the fact that Facebook's worth at $50 Billion dollars put it ahead of other huge businesses like BMW, Target, Nike, Halliburton, etc.

Well give it another decade or two and we could see Activision/Call of Duty right up there.  There's no telling what the landscape might be like in 20, 30, 40+ years.  I know lots of gamers playing right into 40's and 50's and the there will always be a fresh crop of kids getting old enough to start playing these types of games.  It's only going to grow like crazy.

Who knows, maybe one day we'll be watching the Super Bowl from the Call of Duty Arena of some major market city.  I sure hope so.

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