Call of Duty: The Video Game Phenomenon Releases Its 7th Installment, “Black Ops”

By Andre Levesque, SacMidtown.com

By the time you have read this, I will be long gone.

My family will be left all alone and I will be going off to war in the Jungles of Vietnam, Russia or some other foreign nation.

No. I’m not in the military, and I don’t get paid to do this. Actually any travel will be in a virtual capacity because I won’t be leaving my living room. So what is it that will leave my wife widowed and my children virtually fatherless while I am sitting on my couch? I am part of the Call of Duty phenomenon, and Tuesday marked the release of Call of Duty’s latest game, “Black Ops.”

For the select few who live inside a box, the Call of Duty video game franchise is a first person shooter published by Activision set in WWII and Modern Day war environments. To say the Call of Duty franchise is simply a video game is an understatement. The video game industry is big businesses and Call of Duty is to video games what Chevron is to the oil industry.

Just last year, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (The 6th installment of the series) set the single day record for any entertainment product, selling a staggering $550 million worth of games in its first five days. Overall sales figures for Modern Warfare 2 reached far north of 1 billion dollars. Yes, that’s billion with a “b.”

Sales numbers for Black Ops won’t be available for a few weeks but pre-sales are expected to set a new record. For the first time ever, even I showed up to a midnight release to grab my copy of Black Ops so I would be able to head off to my virtual war immediately. I felt like a complete geek standing in line, but the 300 other people at Gamestop with nothing better to do on a Monday at midnight were there to keep me company.

The biggest draw to the Call of Duty franchise is the widely popular online play, where millions of online players meet to place their talents against one another. At any given time there can be more than 2 million players online. However, if you choose to try it out, be warned, the online gamer universe is different than every day life here on planet earth. Small children use profanity laced, racist remarks, and your typical gamer talks so much trash Mohamed Ali would feel inadequate. The online universe even has its own language that changes common use of words. Before stepping into the Call of Duty universe brush up on certain terms that mean nothing in the modern world.

During any given game you will hear terms and phrases such as: “Noob tube”,  “Getting pwned”, “Lag Switch”, and worst of all the derogatory term “Camper.”

The Call of Duty phenomenon has reached users all over the world, and people from all cultures. It continues to bring in new “gamers” and get into more households. Across America 40% of households currently contain video game consoles.

Video games are becoming the 21st century’s game of bridge or monopoly that everyone can enjoy and Call of Duty is leading the way. Commonly found online are players who are female, or over the age of 50 which defies the common stereotype of a video gamer. While reviews of the game are still pending one thing is for sure. Don’t be afraid to try it out for the first time,  Activision’s latest ad for the game tells us that there is “a little soldier in all of us.”

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2 Comments for “Call of Duty: The Video Game Phenomenon Releases Its 7th Installment, “Black Ops””

  1. I can not wait to try out this new video game. I can’t say that I will ever be standing out waiting for a midnight release, but I am always going to get the hot new games within a few days. Is there anything about this game that you don’t like?

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