Call of Duty.
If the yearly sales of this juggernaut annual franchise is any indication, you've probably played at least one game in the series. If not, you've probably read about it here on GamePolitics. It breaks sales records. It courts controversy with levels like Modern Warefare 2's "No Russian" where you can gun down an airport terminal full of civilians. Think pieces are written about how it reflects on the games industry from a multitude of different perspectives from gameplay to political ideology.
Activision released an infographic today showing the cumulative sales of its popular Call of Duty series since 2010. According to that infographic the company has sold 175 million Call of Duty games. Call of Duty has also generated $11 billion in total lifetime revenue, according to Activision.
Other data in the infographic:
- Over 100 billion multiplayer matches played to date.
- More than 300 million grenades chucked by players.
- Around 579 billion in-game awards have been earned by players.
It turns out that you can go home - and even after you sue dear old mom and dad, apparently. It looks like former Call of Duty lead designer Todd Alderman has returned to Activision's Infinity Ward studio. You may recall that Alderman was one of 38 members of the "Infinity Ward Employee Group" who sued Activision in early 2010 for $75 - $125 million for unpaid bonuses the group claimed it was owed for work on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
A Change.org petition urges Activision and Infinity Ward to rework Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for Xbox One and PS4.
Sledgehammer Games is banning players who deliberately kill themselves to "reverse boost" their levels in multiplayer sessions of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, according to this Eurogamer report.
It looks like this year's Call of Duty is not faring as well as last year's Call of Duty, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson - as reported by Street Insider. Olson said the NPD Group's November US retail sales of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare were down 27 percent compared to last year's Call of Duty: Ghosts.
The United States District Court for Northern California has sided with Activision in a case brought against it by military patch maker Mil-Spec Monkey, Inc. for including one of its trademarked patches in Call of Duty: Ghosts. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg said that the plaintiff's trademarked Angry Monkey patch used by Activision was covered as protected speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
According to this Ars Technica report, Activision is using DMCA takedowns on YouTube videos that tell players how to use glitches and exploits in its latest Call of Duty title, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
Over the weekend video network Machinima sent out a tweet warning other YouTube video makers that Activision was cracking down on videos that highlighted possible ways to cheat in Advanced Warfare:
This brief Gamasutra report highlights an interesting point about what Activision is and isn't saying about its latest Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
Usually Activision is more than happy to share sales figures on new Call of Duty titles, but this time around the company instead focused on overall sales of the franchise to-date.
In the latest episode of Conan O'Brien's Clueless Gamer series, the TBS late-night talk show host takes on Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
Marvel as Conan spends what seems like an eternity trying to cross a busy intersection, celebrates as he guns down a swarm of drones, and gets too close to the widow of his best friend during his funeral.
You can check out the latest Clueless Gamer on Youtube or to your left.
Sony has issued an advisory for those who pre-ordered and pre-loaded the digital version of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PS4 through the PlayStation Store and couldn't get the game to work.
"If you pre-loaded CoD: AW and you're experiencing issues with the game, you must delete all pre-load files from your system and re-download all Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare content," advised Sony in a response posted via the official PlayStation Knowledge Center.
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega against Call of Duty maker Activision. In his lawsuit filed in July, Noriega claimed that his likeness was used without his permission in Treyarch's first-person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. In the game protagonists Alex Mason and Frank Woods track Noriega (codenamed False Profit by the CIA) to the outskirts of Panama City.
Noriega sued Activision for the "blatant misuse, unlawful exploitation and misappropriation for economic gain" of his image in Black Ops 2.
Testimony in the trial of a 19-year-old from Melbourne, Australia man who stabbed a homeless person to death in January after an altercation, seems to be trying to create the defense that Call of Duty had a strong influence on the defendant's state of mind. Easton George Woodhead is facing a murder charge for repeatedly stabbing Morgan Wayne "Mousey" Perry at an encampment of homeless people living on the banks of Melbourne's Yarra River.
The Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center held a special event called "The Future of Unknown Conflict" featuring Dave Anthony, the writer and director of the popular military-themed computer game series Call of Duty on Oct. 1. The 1 hour, 26 minute presentation is now available in its entirety here or to your left.
Dave Anthony, who has writing and director credits on Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and Call of the Dead, will be taking part in the Atlantic Council's "Art of Future War" event at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security in Washington D.C. October 1. Anthony recently joined the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security as a Nonresident Fellow. Here's more on his presentation from the Atlantic Council:
Activision Blizzard announced this morning that it has every intention of filing a motion to dismiss what it categorizes as a frivolous lawsuit filed by former Panamanian dictator and convicted murderer Manuel Noriega. But the oddest twist to the story is who Activision Blizzard has hired to handle the case: former New York City Mayor, U.S. Attorney for New York, and Republican Candidate for President, Rudy Giuliani.
In a not-so-shocking turn of events today, developer Sledgehammer Games revealed that Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare will not be coming to the Wii U. According to a tweet from Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey, the decision not to release the game on Nintendo's console was not his or his company's, but Activision's.
"No, no WiiU," he said in response to a question about bringing the game to Wii U. "That was an Activision decision. We are focused on XboxOne, PS4, and PC."
This Local.se report details the story of a Swedish father who is taking a little bit of heat from other parents for taking his two young sons on a trip to occupied Israel and Palestine in order to teach them about the realities of war. Yes, video games -- specifically Call of Duty -- is part of this story. Carl-Magnus Helgegren is a journalist, university teacher, and a father of two boys (ages 10 and 11).
The hosts of MSNBC's morning political talk show Morning Joe highlight what's wrong with reporting on video games via cable news. In a recent segment the show reported that former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega (who is currently in prison in Panama after serving prison time in the United States) has filed a lawsuit against Activision for use of his likeness in Call of Duty Black Ops 2.
Courthouse News highlights a lawsuit filed by former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega against Activision for "blatant misuse, unlawful exploitation and misappropriation for economic gain" of his image in the video game, "Call of Duty: Black Ops II."
The latest title update for the console version of Activision and Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Ghost offers "overall anti-cheat improvements" to the game alongside general fixes to known bugs. The title update improves the game's spawning system, a 60-second match timer fix, and general balancing for the game's Extinction mode.
The latest Call of Duty DLC lets players show their appreciation of pot. The new "Blunt Force" character pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts is available now for $2 on Xbox platforms and comes with a pot-themed uniform and two headgear options that feature pot leaves.
According to Infinity Ward's description of the pack, it will make your enemies "experience chronic defeat." The "Blunt Force" character pack follows a similar weapon camouflage pack that launched in April which featured marijuana-themed decorations for weapons.
A study of online Call of Duty players found that women who sent out friend requests were more likely to be accepted if they behaved in polite and positive manner during play. Those women who talked trash during matches were less likely to have a friend request accepted. On the flip side, males who talked trash during online play sessions were more likely to have a friend request accepted than those who were polite or remained quiet during a match.
Infinity Ward will absorb Neversoft to create one 'super-studio', according to an Activision memo from CEO Eric Hirshberg - obtained by GiantBomb. The wholly owned Activision studios most recently collaborated on Call of Duty: Ghosts, with Infinity Ward creating the main game and Neversoft developing the game's 'Extinction' mode.