I've been hearing this claim for a while. Typically, though, this claim comes from those who never play Call of Duty , so I'm not convinced of its accuracy.
The idea, primarily put forth by the large anti-CoD contingency that stalks the Internet in vain hopes of convincing others that the series is evil, is that die-hard CoD fans play nothing else. Basically, they're casual gamers turned hardcore by the CoD phenomenon, and they only play online while ignoring just about any other new title that arrives. Then there's the minor concession that states that CoD gamers might play other games, but they're all shooters.
Now, given the rabid CoD followers out there, and the sheer amount of time fans log when playing online, I have to say, such theories do hold water. Then again, if we're going to play the numbers game, the idea that CoD fans only play CoD titles or other shooters doesn't quite hold up… I mean, there are just too many sales and too many people playing to make this assumption, right? Heck, I've played most all the Call of Duty games this generation, too (even if I don't really play online), but to say I only play shooters is just about the furthest thing from the truth.
I also happen to know quite a few CoD fans who play plenty of other games. It's true that most of them will spend at least a few months online with the newest CoD entry, but it's not like they're playing that one game all year until the next installment arrives. That being said, I know that such gamers exist, and I know they're usually – not always – the kind of people I really don't like. Too much of a sweeping generalization there, but I'm only going by my own small experience. At any rate, I'm not sure the haters out there are 100% correct in their assumptions.
What do you say?