Call of Duty nicknamed COD, is it really so cool to play the video games or is it spotty teenagers and nerdy middle age men that play them?
Call of Duty is one of the most successful game franchises of all time with combined sales of over $3 billion worldwide.
There are a number of games in the Call of Duty franchise most of which are set within the Second World War. At the time of writing there are now seven games within the Call of Duty Franchise
Call of Duty is a first person shoot emup, it simulates the infantry and combined arms of the 2nd World War. The game is a single play campaign and can been seen from the viewpoint of a British, American or Russian soldiers.
As there are three different campaigns. The player is in charge of an infantry uses the weapons of that period. It was critically well received and won a number of awards, so the sequels and merchandising spin offs were inevitable.
Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare was a radical departure for the COD franchise as it is set in the present day with modern weapons; COD 4 keeps away from real wars of our time and concentrates on the 2 opposing equal factions fighting each other.
Call of Duty World of War is the fifth game in the series and sees a return back to World War 2.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is the sixth game in the series and a direct sequel to the first Modern Warfare game continuing in the modern era.
Call of Duty Black Ops – The seventh game of the series and the first one to be set during the Cold War in the sixties.
The game has been a massive hit since being released, and had a huge number of pre-orders prior to release. There have been huge queues of people the day the game was launched waiting for hours to get their hands on the game.
Is this enough proof that video gaming is trendy. Well video gaming is now main-stream, but the core audience is and will always be teenage kids and middle aged nerds.
There are also a number of versions for handheld consoles, smart phones and pocket pcs.
As with the majority of games today, they do promote a certain level of violence, but COD seems to get away from criticism that other games have received as it is often called “fantasy violence”.
Now is that another term from the political correctness brigade, maybe it is but no one can doubt the popularity of these games but I do wonder the type of people play these games.
There are the stereotypes of the teenager and the 40 year old virgin (remember him) but I think these games are now in the main stream, I think this is evident by the sheer volume of sales these games have reached and the fact it has spawned a huge Call of Duty Industry with its number of merchandising spin offs including of course video game shirts.
Someone somewhere is making A LOT of money from this and I bet it is someone in a suit wearing COD boxer shorts.
I will still be a little perturbed if I see a middle age man in a Call of Duty shirt talking about how he was on COD for hours last night, the term 40 year old something comes to mind.
Only time will tell if this franchise becomes as iconic as Mario, Streetfighter etc. Or just a flash in a pan like when a 40 year old virgin finally pops his cherry.
Now it seems to be that games like COD is making video gaming Radical. How about the video game shirt’s available? Does it lives up to COD Reputation?