Love it or hate, addicted to, or have only heard of it. This game is here and it is blowing up. With the new release of this much anticipated game on Tuesday, you will be sure to see that these tough economic times will not have a dent in the sales that will be generated.
The previous chapter (Modern Warfare) of this thus far 3rd edition Call of Duty had sold over 200 million copies world wide in the first week according to agamerlife.com. And now Black Ops is projected to surpass those numbers with its new release. At over $50 a copy, this game surpasses movie revenues and also book sales.
Taylor White, SLCC student by day, gamer by night, says, “Waiting in line from 9 p.m. Monday night to 12 a.m. Tuesday morning was the least I would do for this game.”
With the next day free of class and work, he plans on pulling an all “nighter” and possibly all the next day playing this game.
“Unless the power goes out at my house or I run out of Mt. Dew, I will be playing this game until my fingers bleed,” White said, spoken like a true gamer indeed.
Sad, but true, White was just one of many waiting in this line outside of GameStop, a video game store located in Sandy. Many of the patrons, dressed up in character and sharing their game strategies, had no regard of the freezing temperatures that evening. Just the anticipation that in a few short hours, they will be playing the role of “Private Mason”, a US soldier working behind enemy lines in the heart of Russia, defusing and protecting weapons of mass destruction, and preventing them from getting into the hands of evil, is keeping them warm at heart.
Who knew that a video game meant so much to people that its release of a newer edition would be the only reason to lay the previous one to rest? This video game tracks stats as far as death to kill ratio, head shots and also hours played. Many of the gamers who have surpassed a tenth prestige status (a level one is granted with points/kills achieved) have clocked well over 30 days (not hours), of game play. That is the equivalent hours that college students are going to school for a degree, rather than a status on a video game.
Steve Fisher blames this game, (not his addictive personality) on why he has failed classes before in the past.
“I am going to do everything I can to manage my game play and limit it until finals are done,” Fisher said.
With it being that much of a distraction and interference to what should be a priority of a college student, one might think that holding off on buying it all together until the semester ends would be the best way to limit it all together.
With the holidays near and also the end of the semester, an increase in sales should be in order. What statistically proves an interest in people’s choice of hobby could also lead to a damnation of our generation.
A wise man once said, “Everything is good in moderation”. Those words could very well be exercised here.