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Black Ops Deaths Equal 9 Times The World's Population

Call of Duty: Black Ops is the most popular CoD entry yet, and the numbers are absolutely mind-boggling.

Since its November launch, Treyarch's blockbuster has apparently been played by everyone on the face of the earth. The statistics thus far: over 5 billion headhsots, 1 billion aircraft shot down, and total deaths equaling nine times the world's population...which translates to about 62 billion. Activision proudly released these numbers and noted that 161 World War II's are fought every day, and more than 1.1 trillion shots have been fired. The RC car has taken down an absurd number of victims, 3.4 billion Crossbow bolts have been fired, the favorite gun is the Famas, the favorite Perk is Marathon, and oh yeah, over 10 billion Paybacks. Property damage has also been sky-high as the number of cars destroyed is closing in on 1 billion. So love it or hate it, Black Ops is a massive hit and those numbers will only continue to grow until Modern Warfare 3 drops later this year.

But it also poses an interesting question: can MW3 - or any Call of Duty, for that matter - ever top Black Ops? Well, they thought nothing would top MW2, so nothing's impossible.

Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Black Ops

Tags: call of duty, black ops, black ops numbers, cod stats

2/2/2011 12:30:52 PM Ben Dutka

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ABUrabad
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 12:49:07 PM
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just WOW

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MadKatBebop
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 12:49:31 PM
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That's a lot of deaths, shots etc. I never would have thought that Black Ops would have that high of kill stats since its release almost 3 months ago. I haven't played Black Ops online since late November, maybe after I beat Dead Space 2 on hard Core mode I'll hope back in for a day or two.

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Highlander
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 12:56:33 PM
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You know, people will joke about it and dismiss it, but that's a hell of a lot of partially realistic death and destruction in the name of 'fun'. I can't help but be sad that this is the predominant form of entertainment today.

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ABUrabad
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 1:05:12 PM

the sad thing in general that the FPS is the driving force behind all video game sales

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Jawknee
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 1:12:57 PM

Same could be said about Uncharted 2 though or any violent game which is just about all of them. Just not in the same numbers of kills of course.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 1:15:56 PM

Aeris ftw.

Yeah I mean I enjoy killing folks as much as the next guy but I would be more proud of mankind if it appreciated characters and story as much.

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Highlander
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 1:18:00 PM

I know Jawknee, however, the first Uncharted was less shooter than the second. Either way, Uncharted is heavier with story, has platforming aspects and puzzles to solve. It's not simply a case of obliterating the enemy.

Your point is a good one, but I think it's a matter of emphasis. Drake is fighting obviously evil bad guys and mutated creatures in an effort to save the world. Call of Duty and other games of it's ilk are multi-player shooters from the ground up. Their solo game elements are the afterthoughts. The games simulate real locations and real combat, with the only aim of the game being to kill the enemy. With Drake, one thing I would love for Naughty Dog to have done more of is allowing Drake to use stealth to get through levels without simply taking out every bad guy in sight.

But I believe that my point still stands.

@Worlds,

I realized that two Shions, although pretty, were unnecessary. Who better to take the second Shion's place than Aeris?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 1:54:02 PM

Nobody's better! You need to make that thing take up the whole top of your posts :)

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Highlander
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 2:02:57 PM

@Worlds,

I thought about that last night. I think I need to include two or three versions each of KOS-MOS and Shion along with the other ladies.

Perhaps I will play with that tonight.

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SvenMD
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 3:06:39 PM

I still agree with Jawknee. You go back to the first good games, like Contra....you're thrown into a jungle with people shooting at you and there is NO story, just kill everyone until you get to the end of the level....rinse and repeat for the whole game.

No one ever had a problem with that back then. But now the problem is that it's first person, the graphics are getting realistic, and there is an insane amount of blood and death animations (a la Dead Space 2). So now everything is just more REAL.

Most games.... no matter if it's turtles and goombas in Super Mario, or terrorist factions in CoD....most games are about KILLING the bad guy.

I understand your point, where some games throw in a ton of story (Metal Gear, Uncharted, etc) CoD is just killing people, esp MP(No story). And in Uncharted you can use stealth.....stealth KILLS...hahah. I do wish the games that were at the top of the sales chart were the ones that deserve to be there, not just the ones where you shoot stuff and stuff goes boom.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 5:22:04 PM

Better stealth in Uncharted would be awesome.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 1:11:09 PM
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Yawn...witnessing Craptivision jerk itself off is getting reaaally boring.

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matt99
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 2:23:18 PM

Ya it is, but possibly more annoying than that are the players who insist they know something about guns and the military after playing it.

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StangMan80
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 3:10:20 PM

It's getting so annoying! I hate 'craptivision'.

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Vitron
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 7:08:52 PM

Agreed

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Zorigo
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 1:16:28 PM
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This is interesting, because to my old friends who were cod maniacs black ops is shit and cod is going downhill. clearly other people dont think so but this is such a mainstream game now it doesnt really matter how sh*t it actually is.

cod MW2 was when it started going downhill.
cod 5 and 4 were better but MW2 wasnt as bad as black ops. although, MW2 online is so hacked it is quite shat tbh.

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frylock25
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 1:17:54 PM
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so many games that are better than this reskined game that is the same thing over and over. wish a decent game would get this kind of attention. sadly most people are sheeple

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StangMan80
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 3:08:51 PM

true, so true. There are hundreds of games out there that deserve it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 1:18:20 PM
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The mind boggles. But this can't last, over-saturation is imminent.

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coverton341
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 1:55:57 PM

Nah, I mean Guitar Hero 76 and Rock Band Infinity are selling like hot cakes

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SvenMD
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 3:08:08 PM

That's what we thought about WWII games, then they smacked us with Modern Warfare and the cycle went into overdrive.

I think the modern thing will get tapped soon, but they will find a way to make their money as long as the R1 button continues to fire bullets.

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FM23
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 1:52:35 PM
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You know...data like this makes you want to put your head down and breath, but at the end of the day...every gamer doesn't think like us. Casual gamers (use to be one back in the day) just want to play a game and get on with his or her business. CoD is popular because it's a long stading franchise with great advertising thus people who don't do research spend money on this less-than game. We can easily say games like Bioshock, etc deserve higher sales, but then you again you have to fault there business plan. Yeah advertising isn't the only way to sale games, but at the end of the day, spreading the world among the Masses through the media gets the word out. This is the reason why Sony exclusives aren't selling crazy amounts...weak-average advertising outisde of UC2 and maybe GOWIII and Move.

People who don't watch basketball faithfully might think the Lakers are the best team right now because they know the Lakers have been to the finals 3 straight times, even though they actually aren't the best team so far this year. It's all perception and the average gamer believes CoD is the best even though it's not.

Give CoD its props. They can sell a mediocre game because they play hard ball when it comes to business. Their success lies in their sells and their success is the result ofgood business practices(advertising, not overpriced DLC and eventual paid online...lol).

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AcHiLLiA
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 2:08:21 PM
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BFBC 2: Vietnam FTW.

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Riku994
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 2:10:06 PM
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I hope you realize Call of Duty is only gunna popularize with each new iteration. Each new game will sell more and more until everyone who owns a console buys it >_<...But I wont

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StangMan80
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 3:05:57 PM

I wont either, never will. COD4:MW was my last, that will never change. When will people realize that they are playing the same game form the installment before it? Are people that dumb?

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kraygen
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 2:13:28 PM
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Now if only COD itself would die that many deaths and be reborn as rpgs, I'd be happy.

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matt99
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 2:25:28 PM
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CoD is going the way of vince vaughn movies, each one basically a carbon copy of the last but still as popular as ever.

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StangMan80
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 3:03:41 PM

I don't get it either, what is wrong with them?

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matt99
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 4:12:26 PM

I don't really know, and I only mentioned vaughn cause I just saw the dilemma last night and I am still thoroughly pissed at having spent 12 bucks on a total failure of a movie.

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big6
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 2:32:31 PM
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Hold up, Activision had to 'release' these numbers??

Anyone who plays Black Ops should know that these numbers are regularly cycled through a banner at the bottom of the screen. How is this even news?

(the data is interesting, though)

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Darkus
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 10:37:52 AM

I agree with Jawknee and the rest. Why does Activision have to release these numbers. there are other far better games out there that need and deserve recognition. It really hit me when my 9yr old son came home from school and said all his friends have the game so when am i buying it - i dont think so! people are buying the name rather than the quality of the game. i love BF2 cos at least its a team game. the COD statistics from activision reflect the attitude of most of the players, got to be the best, stuff everyone else.
i also agree with a relevant previous statement that a lot of players think they can fight in a real war if they are good at COD. thats just creepy and worrying - its a game! realism is very subjective. when you hear reps from army say its realistic on TV, its a promotion, they are getting paid buckets of money to say it! my fondest memory was hearing a player say "watch out, he's on your 6". Wow.

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big6
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 2:39:35 PM
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So, as I mentioned in my previous posts, I dropped Black Ops and started playing MAG.

It took until level 15 before I started to really enjoy MAG. There is definitely a bit of a learning curve. Kinda like the learning curve in Killzone 2, sorta.

Anyways, I'd like to say COD does a lot of things right in terms of FPS and fun. MAG also does a lot of things right. I wish there was a way to merge the two.

COD:
-- you can immediately RUN from crouch or prone position
-- a cool 'thud' sound when you're hitting the opponent
-- many, many rewards for various stats. e.g. 500 kills with a certain gun, 10 wins on Domination, etc.

MAG:
-- character customizations are truly awesome
-- "land mine" perimeter to prevent other team from taking over your spawn area
-- buy/SELL items

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StangMan80
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 3:01:28 PM
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"Can MW3 - or any Call of Duty, for that matter - ever top Black Ops?"
They said the same thing about MW2.

Gaming is growing, and that effects the amount of people playing games, which means more people are going to be playing COD with there friends. I hope that Homefront, KZ3 and Risistance 3 can have a impact on COD. 2011 is a big year, I wonder if it will slow down the servers just a little for black ops.

The only time I played this game is on split screen, never played online or story mode, its the same thing year after year, and know, sadly, the same thing twice in the same year.

please somebody, do something about these cows who are being milked dry, and it doesn't sound like they will be dry any time soon.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 3:18:36 PM
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Man... Maybe that's why I find it so easy to maintain a 2.20 K/D ratio in TDM...

The favorite perk is Marathon??? Really????

What a terrible perk.... Honestly... who would want that over Hardline or Ghost? Do people really need to be moving fast 24/7 to have fun?

So not only are FPS's a top form of entertainment, but people can't even be smart with them...


EDIT: Even my CoD-nutt friends are getting sick of this title. Last year we played MW2 every week it seemed. The last time we played, it only last 20 minutes because everyone was frustrated with the poor quality of the hosting and general experience. The game's multiplayer is cool, but it's SO broken.

Finally... it seems we will soon move on from CoD! None of us want to buy the next one! (I might rent MW3 just to finish off the story from MW2, but I won't be buying it.)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 3:22:25 PM

"Do people really need to be moving fast 24/7 to have fun?"

Nowadays? Yup.

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frylock25
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 3:34:04 PM

twitch gamers are not having fun unless they are twitching. faster movement means faster twitching meaning more fun for twitch gamers.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 3:53:08 PM

Movement speed is quite an essential strategic tool unless you're a camper/sniper. Fast movement gives both defensive and offensive advantages.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 6:21:43 PM

Why would me not sprinting around every corner like a chicken with it's head cut off make me a camper? I move all over the map, but I watch where I'm going. Marathon is only useful if you're constantly sprinting. I only need to sprint to reach the end of a corridor.

Offensive advantages, yes, if you think you can catch people off guard or you're faster at aiming and shooting than the average person. But if you are playing me, it'll just get my kill count fed. Nothing defensive. I laughed at that because marathon runners get me attack dogs.

Even when all 6 of my friends are playing, NONE of us use marathon. And only Nick (our sniper) camps. And if I was playing a team FULL of marathon sprinters? Guess what? We're gonna camp your a$$ cause you seem to enjoy running into the same trap over and over. What... you want us to stop camping a team of sprinters? Why? So we don't have to bear the berating of 6 year olds who think we're "cheap"?

Every single one of we 6 that play together have K/D's over 2. And I'm telling you, when there aren't 6 of us, the worst player on our team is using... you guessed it... marathon runner.

It's a perk that should ONLY be used by someone on offense in Capture the Flag. That is the only time we ever use it.

But hey... I hope they leave it in so people are always slower at aiming down the scope than I am.

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somethingrandom
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 7:48:22 PM

Of course you can dis marathon until you play against me. I'm not going to be the idiot who sprints around a corner and gets destroyed by a corner camper. I'm going to marathon-lightweight around your entire team off the spawn, Knife every one of you and use my killstreaks.

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somethingrandom
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 8:05:03 PM

Hardline is used by unskilled players who want to be able to randomize the one care package they get in a week.

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SSRGohan
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 4:36:23 PM
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so tired of this game and yet i keep buying it wtf!?

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frylock25
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 6:59:10 PM

you must not really be tired of it

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Lairfan
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 4:45:54 PM
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Bigger stats does not equal better games Activision. I'll stick to my Resistance and Killzone, tyvm.

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Zen_Zarab
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 6:14:45 PM
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Idea for the next cycle!

Call of Duty: Medieval Warfare.

You'll get knights, crossbows, swords, satchel bombs, catapults and massive Arrow barrages!

I'd play that over any other fps. :D

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Vitron
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 7:09:42 PM

I might try that as well if it was released

haha

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PasteNuggs
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 6:27:11 PM
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Ahh perfect article to post this link. It made me laugh.

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2011/02/02/bulletstorm-opens-fire-on-military-shooters-with-cod-parody.aspx

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SubjectiveTruth
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 7:37:09 PM
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I almost lol'd. Anyways, the poll needs an addition, "It's effin' awesome, but the price will determine when I get it."

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thj_1980
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 8:16:29 PM
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I wonder if they counted zombie death?

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swapnilgyani
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 8:22:52 PM
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Yay......or something.

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___________
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 12:06:59 AM
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my god thats allot of rotting corpses!
had to laugh today when one of treyarchs community managers stated the industries biggest problem is whining gamers.
your kidding me right?
you release a unfinished broken game, expect us to pay 120 bucks for it, 20 bucks more than most games, than release the DLC, release one or 2 patches that really dont fix anything.
and stay content with it?
im sorry, but if im paying 120 bucks for a game i expect perfection!
or at least improvement, when i pay 120 bucks for a game and 4 months later see no improvement in the games quality we got a problem!
than you insult your fans like this?
well heres a open letter to antivision and treyarch.
F*CK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
stingy tight assed selfish mother f*ckers should be banned from making video games for life!

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somethingrandom
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 7:51:50 PM

Where are you buying your games? The only shop in Antarctica? I guess you don't have the luxury of buying games at $60 or $30 for greatest hits?

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AshT
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 3:59:21 AM
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Whoa....

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CrazyIrishBoy
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 4:37:41 AM
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Its funny how, when you show a person that plays cod alot, a good single player game or just a different multiplayer game, then they say, whoa, this is fuckin fun.. its like no other game, except cod exists these days, alot of people dont like trying something new when they have found something they like.

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crunchy_nut_kid
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 7:45:21 AM
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ppppfft... so what? 12 billion kills of those kills are mine anyway. im joking, but its amazing what the stats are like.

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Underdog15
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 9:10:07 AM

ohhh! I always wondered who the other guy getting all the kills is besides me... Guess you're the other amazing player! lol ^.^

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Darkus
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 10:40:28 AM
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I agree with Jawknee and the rest. Why does Activision have to release these numbers. there are other far better games out there that need and deserve recognition. It really hit me when my 9yr old son came home from school and said all his friends have the game so when am i buying it - i dont think so! people are buying the name rather than the quality of the game. i love BF2 cos at least its a team game. the COD statistics from activision reflect the attitude of most of the players, got to be the best, stuff everyone else.
i also agree with a relevant previous statement that a lot of players think they can fight in a real war if they are good at COD. thats just creepy and worrying - its a game! realism is very subjective. when you hear reps from army say its realistic on TV, its a promotion, they are getting paid buckets of money to say it! my fondest memory was hearing a player say "watch out, he's on your 6". Wow.

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Godslim
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 2:34:36 PM
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when theres a cod article does everyone just comment all the time on why they hate cod or activison.....i know black ops is pants and the series is in need of change but come on have u guys got nothing better to say

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wizzardofozzy
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 4:07:05 PM
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Hah,kids play this game way too much.Case and point,after three months of not playing cod(grandparents wont buy live card,slow connection),my cousin still has an impression in his hair from his turtle beach headset and this is after a hair cut.No joke

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shootu
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 11:37:10 PM
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Wow look at all the people that suck ass I mean COD haters HAHA. If you cant play it then hate it I guess? Here to you with a grate big STFU!

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somethingrandom
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 8:00:02 PM
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Yeah, if every one buys it it must be crap. Lol, people here don't realize that multiplayer is fun because it's never the same between two matches. I guess the people who get bored or don't like it are the guys who sit in a corner. I suppose it isn't any fun if you only ever see one room and you kill the one guy who runs by your little corner. I will say that the infinity ward titles are a mark above anything by treyarch though (even fashioned myself an infinity ward emblem in black ops). Black ops is worse than MW2 all around. Worse graphics, sound, matchmaking, and maps made me switch back to MW2, where there are still 100,000 or more players at any given time... (Yes, the hackers suck but still)

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