Posts Tagged ‘video game violence’

Is the future black? (see image below) Let’s hope not, but chances are that some of your friends & neighbours have contributed to a conservative total of 300 000 000 hours (updated estimate *) of thinking about dark things recently. Shooting people, basically. How about thinking about the influence that has on people in terms of mass killings that take over the headlines now and then? Think gun control is all that’s important? Well, does mind control sound over-the-top? It’s happening. Face it. Even Donald Trump agreed when he tweeted: “Video game violence & glorification must be stopped — it is creating monsters!”. Others are also asking this question again.

* 150 million hours quoted below excludes PC play time & another 16 days has passed since this number was quoted which would effectively double time spent to date – on just this one game.


At first the Call of Duty franchise was a little behind the last installment, Modern Warfare 3. But as Variety tells us, Black Ops hit the billion milestone a day ahead of Modern Warfare, which racked up a billion in 16 days. Meaning, it’s both a record for the franchise and the gaming business. (Comparing gaming to movies, Avatar made a billion in 17 days).
Call of Duty Black Ops 2 also clocked in over 150 million hours on Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks. As Bobby Kotick, the CEO of Activision proudly told Variety, “The release of Call of Duty has been one of the most significant entertainment events of each of the last six years.” He also bragged that, “Life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded worldwide theatrical box office receipts for Harry Potter and Star Wars.” – Source

call-of-duty-black-ops-2b – The Briefing. Listen to full audio here.