From a news standpoint, I'm not sure any game really deserves to dominate the headlines in any given year, considering that in terms of actual news , most titles get the same amount of exposure. Each gets official press releases for a variety of different reasons and of course, each has advertising, which is separate from news and opinion articles.

The question is, does Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 deserve all the attention it will receive throughout 2011? Is it enough that it'll be the most popular game of the year? Is it a straight-up correlation? In other words, should the game that sells the most be most common in the world of gaming journalism? This is an even more interesting question when one considers the massive casual market for MW3; the fact that a great many CoD fans simply don't care about what's written. They're gonna buy the game Day 1 no matter what, yes?

And what is there to talk about, really? The game certainly doesn't have more content than other titles; it doesn't feature revolutionary elements (at least, we're pretty sure it doesn't) and in general, we all have a good idea what to expect. Essentially, I'm concerned that the majority of MW3 headlines that exist this year will be borderline useless: they'll either be based on the game's immense popularity and whether or not it's deserving of that recognition, or any number of unsubstantiated rumors that always revolve around high-profile titles. At the end of the day, we know it'll sell. We know what it is. We know millions want it.

But is there enough substantial information to justify the number of MW3 headlines we're going to see? …I think not.

Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

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WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I agree, but it's a money machine. The game certainly doesn't deserve all the attention it gets, but since it gets so much attention people must keep writing about it to get hits. Hits get money, which provides more exposure, it's a vicious cycle.

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

The MW3 hysteria could eventually be the death-nail in the MW franchise… especially when people realise that Battlefield 3 is in a class of its own…

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

StangMan80
StangMan80
9 years ago

We can only hope.. and pray..


Last edited by StangMan80 on 5/30/2011 1:02:39 AM

JonnyR
JonnyR
9 years ago

@ Qubex

I'd like to think you're right Qubex, but history seems to prove otherwise. how many times in the entertainment industry have we seen quality products go underlooked and their mediocre counterparts sell millions.

Cavan1
Cavan1
9 years ago

MW3 deserves the attention because it sells the most. The big difference i notice this generation, when i was growing up and christmas was coming round, id say to my mate, right i'l get gran turismo, you get Metal gear solid, then come Feb we'd swap so we could both play the games.

This gen because of online play, i can imagine kids say to each other, right we'll all get MW3 so we can all play 2gether on the internet.

This is the big difference, everyone wants the same game as everyone else, so the one thats most popular, is the one that everyone gets, regardless of if Killzone/battlefield/medalofhonour is any better.


Last edited by Cavan1 on 5/30/2011 8:04:06 AM

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

Many times JonnyR… sadly!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"


Last edited by Qubex on 5/30/2011 12:09:04 PM

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

Yup. WorldEnds just proved that, despite what Ben wrote, CoD fans do indeed care about what is written. Why all the page hits if no one cares?

ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
9 years ago

I really couldn't care less about any CoD games. I hardly play FPS games to begin with, so there's even less reason for me to pay attention. So the internet may explode with CoD news in the days to come, but I'm going to be one of the remaining few who are indifferent about it.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

Meh, I don't see anything wrong with it getting a ton of attention. It has huge sales thus it's bound to get a lot of attention.

Having said that I look forward to the series either dying out or getting good enough that I might actually enjoy it.

BeezleDrop
BeezleDrop
9 years ago

As to the fans and the developers Mr. LV, they won't change the formula. Even if people like us having grown tired of the same game every year. My god BO was freakin' awful, just garbage. And it sold millions! If people cannot tell the difference between the same game EVERY YEAR, then they deserve to get ripped off.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

I know, I was just trying to be civil with my comments since some posters on here get offended easily by honesty.

BeezleDrop
BeezleDrop
9 years ago

Tell me about it, but when your right. Your right.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

The bigger they are, the harder they fail.

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

COD gets the attention and sales because of the marketing power that ActiVision puts into it. The marketing team is probably equal to that of the production of the game itself.

StangMan80
StangMan80
9 years ago

The bad thing is BeezleDrop is they don't know they are getting ripped off. They think it's just the greatest game in the world when there are much, much better games out here.. 2,3 years older even.

playaplus
playaplus
9 years ago

imo call off duty has basically been the same game, different skin for a while now….im not too big on shooters so…eh…does it deserve the attention…c'mon…you're kidding yourself if you say it deserves it. At the end of the day…the people that are content with the same old shit will keep buying it. to me mw3 is sounding alot like battlefield which i find laughable because well the majority will still flock to call of duty


Last edited by playaplus on 5/29/2011 10:19:10 PM

Ignitus
Ignitus
9 years ago

Well, it's the best seller game franchise of the generation so I guess it's natural and well earned to get that much attention and I don't see anything wrong about it.

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

i really hope that all the news on psx is not call of duty for the next 6 months or whatever it is. i am so sick of hearing about that game. i dont care how many idiots buy the damn game. i am just sick of it every year. i dont care if they did actually improve anything on the game. i will just be avoiding all articles about this dumb ass game. to all of you that like call of duty, hey great enjoy it. i have better games to play like uncharted 3 and infamous 2. both of which will sadly not sell as well as the garbage being recycled every year.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

Feel lucky. It's like constantly hearing all your friends and neighbors have been eating $hit sandwiches for several years and they can't get enough of it. Just keep eating your Filet Mignon and giggle.

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

hee-hee =)

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

Hey frylock25, I enjoy CoD. Thanks for calling me an idiot. Of course, I think people who comment on games they don't play are idiots so I guess we're even.

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

think what you want dude i have played the games. i have sat and watched the games. they are not interesting to me. simple enough. oh and hey i did not directly call you an idiot nor have i ever started anything with you. if you took offense to what i said then i dont know what to tell you. but thanks for personally attacking me.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

In a word;

"No."

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

Hey???? You copying and pasting comments? LOL..

It's funny how that response can be used to answer so many question so accurately.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I believe I have a trademark on that 🙂

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Hey, I was trying to be brief, and for once it worked!

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

You must now pay World royalties. But on Highlanders behalf I suggest they be waived.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Fees waived. No's all around!

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

LOL

Jdogtoocool
Jdogtoocool
9 years ago

I think it deserves it for sure. This upcoming call of duty is the true sequel to modern warfare 2 and not just some crappy spinoff like black ops not even developed by infinity ward

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Dude, Treyarch does spinoffs every other year.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 5/29/2011 10:43:41 PM

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

@World, They aren't even the original Infinity Ward anymore.

err yeah. Treyarch this and Treyarch that…


Last edited by FatherSun on 5/29/2011 10:50:17 PM

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

Why do you guys even reply to this guy?

gangan19
gangan19
9 years ago

i like treyarch cause of the zombies, they should just make a game sole on zombies, i'd buy for what it's worth, i love nazi zombies alot

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

Have you tried Left 4 Dead? Good for a zombie fix, so no real need for it in other games. Then there's Dead Island coming soon.

My money's on Battlefield 3.

wiiplay
wiiplay
9 years ago

@gangan19
Games that feature zombies;
Left 4 Dead.
Dead Space
Dead Rising
Dead Island (coming soon)
Killing Floor
Red Dead Redemption – DLC
Resident Evil

For a complete list of games that are far better than COD Zombies, search for 'List of zombie video games' in Wikipedia.
My least favorite-yet-still-better-than-COD zombie game is CarnEvil, which is a lightgun game for the good ol' arcade.


Last edited by wiiplay on 5/30/2011 6:54:44 AM

gangan19
gangan19
9 years ago

yah but in those games you don't get the lovable quirky characters, Dempsey, Nicoli, Richthofen and boring Takeo lol. I have dead space 1& 2. Hardcore mode is kicking my ass. I don't have an xbox, so no left 4 dead. I had resident evil till it got stolen. Never bothered with Red dead redemption, I can't wait for dead island.

CaptRon
CaptRon
9 years ago

No, it doesn't. It certainly doesn't deserve the $60 it's going to cost either.

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

I wonder how MW3 would sell without the media onslaught.

somethingrandom
somethingrandom
9 years ago

Still very well.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

CoD is like winter here in Minnesota, you don't like it, but you put up with it every year.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 5/29/2011 10:40:08 PM

somethingrandom
somethingrandom
9 years ago

Just be glad you're not getting an Alberta winter (lucky bastard…).

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

It's funny because I live in Canada… and further south than both of you. 🙂

Milonakis
Milonakis
9 years ago

COD is like a giant turd. You know deep down it's still a turd, but somehow when you see that giant 13" thing wrapped around the bowl you can't but help take a picture and send it to a friend and/or brag about it.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Man, if I dropped a 13" bog, I'd be VERY scared… Who knows what my rear end would be capable of if I squeezed out something like that?!

Also, I can't put into words how hard I laughed when I read your comment. Epic thumbs up.

RadioHeader
RadioHeader
9 years ago

I could appreciate the time & effort involved in making a 13" turd. COD, not so much. If I was a Newspaper editor, I'd go with the turd headline.

Nas Is Like
Nas Is Like
9 years ago

As much as I love the series, I'll have to say no. There's really nothing groundbreaking revealed about the game thus far, so it doesn't deserve all the attention it's getting as of right now. When more is revealed, then there is bigger chance of something noteworthy getting a lot of attention and hype.

karneli lll
karneli lll
9 years ago

Put it simply; No…No…No…No!!!

Giving this game attention hurts the industry, it proves laziness pays off IMO

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I like how they are so proud of their new footage with a slightly improved engine.

gangan19
gangan19
9 years ago

I didn't see any improvement in the enigine.

I saw that it needed improvement though.