We know that Call of Duty is the biggest name in video games, and arguably the biggest name in all of entertainment.

But when the numbers hit you right between the eyes, it's just staggering. Activision has released a CoD infographic that totals up the franchise's statistics since the release of Modern Warfare in 2007.

Since that time, more than 100 million people have played at least one game in the series; that's more than the population of France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. Those 100 million people have logged over 25 billion hours of play time, which translates to about 2.85 million years…longer than humans have even been in existence. That's just plain ridiculous.

A grand total of 32.3 quadrillion shots have been fired, 31 billion Care Packages have been called in, and over 5 billion cars have been destroyed. That's 5 times the number of registered vehicles in the entire world. Does anyone else find all this disconcerting?

Call of Duty: Ghosts is scheduled to launch for current-generation systems on November 5, while the next-gen iterations are also slated for the holiday season. By the end of next generation, we won't even have big enough numbers for these stats.

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WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

People who aren't big into games have no fracking clue how big the video game business is. They still think Hollywood movies are the biggest biz. When was chewing the fat with my barber (an old school Devil May Cry fan) and mentioned Call of Duty commands a billion dollars a year and he was just blown away.

Akuma_
Akuma_
7 years ago

The human existence stat was pretty funny.

Crabba
Crabba
7 years ago

So the AVERAGE call of duty player spends 250 HOURS playing the game…. That's just nuts. What does that mean for the hardcore multiplayer nuts out there???

Do these people have no lives whatsoever?

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
7 years ago

I love CoD, Ive contributed to those stats but I still have a life. If you consider working full time and going to school full time a life that is.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
7 years ago

You have to remember that those figures are cumulative over the course of five years… so it's more like fifty hours per player per year. Hell, I know that I've logged that sort of time in a little over a month in some games.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

In defense of CoD players a person could easily rack up a lot of hours over the course of a winter just playing on weekends. God knows Skyrim fans did the same thing.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
7 years ago

Ive got that time in on games like Oblivion, Skyrim and of course Borderlands 2. Its not that hard when you play 5 hours a week even.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
7 years ago

I hate Call of Duty sooooooooooooooooo much.

souljah92
souljah92
7 years ago

noob

Underdog15
Underdog15
7 years ago

@souljah
Boob

PlatformGamerNZ
PlatformGamerNZ
7 years ago

yea they don't have lives thank fully i don't play cod anymore so i can have a life. and have a laptop ps3 psp ps4 3ds and hopefully vita with my other less time consuming games.

happy gaming =)

Underdog15
Underdog15
7 years ago

Crazy thought:

Can you imagine if all this time was instead spent on volunteering in their local communities? o.o

The world would change over night!

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
7 years ago

Oh gawd…volunteering…talk about a waste of time! ūüėČ

Underdog15
Underdog15
7 years ago

OmgInorite?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

Forget that, can you imagine if they spent their CoD money on food donations instead. The world would be fed.

JackieBoy
JackieBoy
7 years ago

Somehow, I never got into CoD at all… just finished the campaign and that's it, no big deal. Battlefield is a different story… ūüėČ

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
7 years ago

That's uh… a lot of really big numbers. Go CoD?!

TeHPoPPer
TeHPoPPer
7 years ago

So people like to play hours Call of Duty and some say they have no life and could better use their time wisely, yet those same people will put +100 hours into a RPG game because "at least its better than CoD". Kind of a double standard here, yea?


Last edited by TeHPoPPer on 8/14/2013 9:41:28 AM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
7 years ago

No. Because there's no RPG franchise on earth that claims a fraction of those numbers. And while most RPGs end, the online multiplayer for CoD never does; hence, the addictive nature of the experience; hence, these retarded stats.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

Burn.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
7 years ago

Hes got a point Ben. RPG's are not as popular and dont have the consumer base CoD does. If the amount of people that play CoD did every single thing that could be done in Skyrim and seen the stats, we probably would be praising the fact that a game has engrossed this many people. On top of which giving it praise for its ability to keep people busy and have these types of stats.

Of course the game is lengthy it just didnt have the consumer base to support those types of stats. But I can guarantee that theres a lot of people who put in 250+ hours into Skyrim. Thats easy to do. And correct me if my math is wrong but using 100 million consumers times the 250 hours, that comes out to 25 billion. I dont know just an interesting thought. Take note the game allows players to exceed even 500 hours. Think of all the crabs that could be sworded down during that time!

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
7 years ago

bigrailer: No, there is no point. The average RPG does not take 100 hours or even 250 hours to complete, and the average player does not only play Skyrim. It's also completely unrealistic to think that the average Skyrim player spent over 100 hours.

The only way there's any comparison is if you compare CoD to MMOs, because as far as I'm concerned, they're all essentially the same thing. And all are addictive.

No single-player-oriented franchise will ever, not ever, come close to those stats. You can add up all the stats accumulated from Morrowind through Skyrim, and The Elder Scrolls wouldn't even put a dent in the CoD stats. This is a multiplayer phenomenon, plain and simple.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
7 years ago

I dont see it that way. I honestly think Ive played Borderlands 2 more than I have any CoD and thats saying a lot. And i know there are a lot of RPG fans that could say the same. But thats not even what I was commenting on. I wasnt even saying all RPG's offer that sort of play time. We are talking about one franchise of 6 different games. I compared the playtime to one franchiise using only one game – Skyrim.

I didnt assume the average player spent 100 hours in Skyrim, and I didnt assume the average player only plays Skyrim. I used the hard numbers of CoD players and compared it to a relatively easy thing to achieve (250 hours of game time) in Skyrim. I was just pointing out that its an interesting stat.

And I was saying he has a point more or less because Skyrim does get tons of praise for its ability to keep the player busy. I think that would translate well in the gaming world had the numbers been the same as those for CoD. That is all.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
7 years ago

Why would you compare statistics of one game to an entire franchise? That doesn't make any sense at all. The statement these statistics make is not the same point any stats for Skyrim would make.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
7 years ago

Why wouldnt I? Skyrim is a perfect game to use considering its size and the amount of time you can put into it.

Lets just be clear this is all Im comparing and found it interesting. If you take the number of CoD players (roughly 100 million) and just as a *what if* that many people played Skyrim and each logged in 250 hours (a very achievable task) then one game – a SP game – would equal what CoD did in 6 years. Thats all I was saying.

TeHPoPPer
TeHPoPPer
7 years ago

@Ben Maybe I did exaggerate a little, what I should have said was they will put those same hours across many different RPG's.

The point I was trying to make is it seems hypocritical for someone who may spend long hours across many different RPGs to say that someone who puts that many hours into CoD "has no life". What's the difference? Because one has a better story and purpose than the other?

And yes Call of Duty is addictive, and so are JRPGs to some people here.

Please know I'm not trying to insult RPGs or their fans, I'm just trying to make a point.


Last edited by TeHPoPPer on 8/15/2013 6:18:50 AM

ulsterscot
ulsterscot
7 years ago

Right now im just loving the fact that COD Ghosts pre orders for the PS4 are way ahead of those for the Xbone – and thats just in the US – the traditional Microsoft stronghold.

I clock about 80 hours a year on COD – about twice what the wife would like and about 1/2 of what I would like.