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Modern Warfare 2 Hardened Edition at discount

January 23rd, 2010

The Wal-Mart Stores Inc. gives discount on Modern Warfare 2 this week on the Hardened Edition for Playstation 3. It is now on sale for just $49.00.
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Earlier the price of Modern Warfare 2 Hardened Edition on Walmart.com was $59 and $79.99 MSRP.

The retailer Amazon.com also is giving discount this week. In a new sale it is selling the Modern Warfare 2 stand-alone SKU at $45.00.

Activision Blizzard said recently that for fixing a Care Package Sprint, Sentry Guns, Model 1887 Tweak and more of Modern Warfare 2 a new patch is being released to console hardware. At present the patch is available for the PC.

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30 days later DLC coming to PS3

January 21st, 2010

It is quite unfortunate for the owners of PlayStation 3. The brand Modern Warfare has become synonymous with the Microsoft’s Xbox 360 for past few years. Now after Modern Warfare 2’s release, this relationship has been cemented.
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Developer Activision has worked with the Microsoft in creating a hardware bundle for XBox 360 with its game. They also announced it at the E3 last year that the DLC would his the Xbox 360 first.

Now, at last, the window of exclusivety has been numbered.

Microsoft representative while speaking to the media recently made it clear that the DLC would have a month headstart on the Xbox 360.

He said, “We have a 30-day timed exclusive on the Modern Warfare content packs. So it will be available on other platforms, but you get to try and play on Xbox 360 first.”

Still the DLC has not been dated for any platform till now, even though the earlier CoD titles are representative of the pattern. They will be hitting by the next few months.

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Leaked maps of Modern Warfare 2 on a video

January 17th, 2010

Earlier also we informed about the Map Pack of Modern Warfare 2 coming this Spring. Well, now it appears as if someone has obtained, may be sort of, the new maps, and surprise too.

It seems that one person has made use of Xbox 360 to obtain the Spring map pack, as it appears, of the Modern Warfare 2. It has not been explained about how the person was able to do it, but here is a video that he has posted, showing us.

The new mode is called Global Thermonuclear War as it can be seen in the below video and also some of the new maps have been revealed and those are mentioned here:

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* mp_compact
* mp_complex
* mp_dcwh (supposedly The White House)
* mp_revolt
* mp_storm
* mp_shipment (Shipment)
* mp_crash (Crash)

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Modern Warfare 2 tops sales chart but industry sales decline by 4%

January 16th, 2010

It was the biggest sales month for the video games industry, but still it suffered a decline in past five years.
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The December sales topped previous top December 2008 by 4%. It hit to a total of $5.53 billion. This says The NPD Group, the market tracking firm. Recently it released its report that covered December 2009 and also the entire year.

According to this report, the overall sales of video games ran into a shortage of $20 billion ($19.66 billion), which is 8% decline from last years record of $21.4 billion.

Anita Frazier of NPD said, “December marks just the fourth month of the year where the industry saw an increase over last year. January and February were both up, and since the decline that began in March, only September experienced growth. The big sales this month, particularly on the hardware front, is a positive move for the industry headed into what will hopefully be a recovery year in 2010.”

The blockbuster Modern Warfare 2 hit a milestone in the industry by becoming the top-selling video game of the year. According to the report, the Xbox 360 version sold over 5.8 million copies.

Frazier added, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has become the fourth best-selling game of all time. In fact, three of the top 10 games of all time are Call of Duty games.”

Here are the top list of best selling games of 2009:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision, Nov. 2009, Xbox 360)
Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, July 2009, Wii)
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo, Nov. 2009, Wii)
Wii Fit (Nintendo, May 2008, Wii)
Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo, Oct. 2009, Wii)
Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, April 2008, Wii)
Wii Play (Nintendo, Feb. 2007, Wii)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision, Nov. 2009, PS3)
Halo 3: ODST (Microsoft, Sept. 2009, 360)
Pokemon Platinum Version (Nintendo, March 2009, DS)

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Modern Warfare 2 reaches $1bn sales mark

January 15th, 2010

Modern Warfare 2 has made a record by becoming one of only a handful of entertainment franchises that has taken a revenue of over $1bn says the publishers.
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The game was released on November 10 and had made an estimated sale of $550m in just first 5 days.

The sales of MW2 has put the game alongside other games of $1bn titles like the Guitar Hero III and the World of Warcraft. Both owned by the same publisher Activision.

This sales has also puts the game alongside other entertainment franchises like the 3D science fiction smash Avatar.

On the 4th January reveal, the Avatar is the fourth-biggest film that has been ever made.

Well, direct comparisons between video games and films are difficult because the retail of games are between 3 and 5 times than the cost of a cinema ticket.

Michael Rawlinson, Director General of Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) said, “The phenomenal success of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was undoubtedly one of the leading entertainment stories of the year and firmly established videogames as one of the leading forms of entertainment in the UK.”

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“Ice Skating” glitch of Modern Warfare 2

January 10th, 2010

Content first, Microsoft thinks like signing a star athlete

January 9th, 2010

Microsoft recently announced that all the new content of Modern Warfare 2 will be coming to Xbox 360 first and then it would hit other platforms. There were two reactions among the fans of MW2 with this announcement.
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Those fans who are having Xbox 360 got excited where as those who don’t have it complained that Microsoft seemed again locking down content by issuing large checks.

Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg said that he thinks it to be like a sports team, in which when one signs up a star athlete for the team. He adds, “when you sign that free agent, I think it makes your team better. At the end of the day, we want to turn as many people as possible into Xbox 360 fans.”

He also talked about the line-up Microsoft of exclusive content in 2010 as being incredibly strong. He said, “And then to say, on top of that, to take the biggest game of last year, and be the exclusive place you can get that downloadable content first, I think that’s a big deal. That’s a big reason you’d want to buy an Xbox 360 instead of another console. So we think from a business standpoint that’s part of the reason more people are buying the Xbox 360, more people are on Xbox Live, it’s part of the reason more people are buying Modern Warfare 2—more than two to one our box vs. the PS3.”

Greenberg even points out the “bet” Microsoft had put on this game by putting out the custom console. He says that Microsoft wants to follow up the trend of offering the content first.

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MW2 DLC will hit the Xbox 360 first

January 8th, 2010

Microsoft again wins the race. This time also in having exclusives as it is pretty strong weapon for it. This time in the war against competing platform holders.
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We are well aware that Microsoft is not a stranger to the world when it comes to securing exclusive DLC rights for the Xbox 360. It has been well proved by the 2 extra Grand Theft Auto IV episodes.

Heading again in the race of exclusives, Microsoft now, though not to the same extent, has done it with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Let me quote words from CES, by way of Destructoid: “Any DLC for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will be hitting the Xbox 360 before any other platform.”

The competitive fact of it may not be enough in swaying a gamer in trading teams all of a sudden. Practically speaking, especially after the logging countless number of hours into collecting perks. It is hence one more victory that Microsoft can notch on its bedpost.

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