11 Million Modern Warfare Achievements Unlocked in One Day

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11 Million Modern Warfare Achievements Unlocked in One Day

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Grossing half a billion USD in less than a week, Modern Warfare 2 was the most successful entertainment release of all time, but it didn't just set financial records - the blockbuster FPS shattered Xbox Live numbers as well.

Yes, yes, I know you're tired of hearing about MW2 already, because we are too (and if you're not, you're probably playing MW2) but the damn thing keeps making news. While the title may not have sold quite as well as some predicted, Infinity Ward's modern FPS took every record for entertainment launch and stomped them to little tiny bits, grossing $550m in the first five days of sales, as trumpeted in this press release from Activision.

Modern Warfare 2's launch beat all previous first-and five-day entertainment industry box office, book and video game sell-through records*:

-- The largest reported five-day opening worldwide box office gross figures, held by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($394 million)
-- The largest reported five-day opening domestic box office gross figures, held by The Dark Knight ($203.8 million)
-- The largest reported five-day worldwide video game sales record, previously held by Grand Theft Auto IV (6 million units, $500 million)
-- The largest reported opening first-day domestic box office gross figures, held by The Dark Knight ($66.4 million)
-- The largest reported first-day book sales in dollars, held by Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows ($220 million)
-- The largest reported first-day worldwide video game sales record, previously held by Grand Theft Auto IV (3.6 million units, $310 million)

While these numbers are probably enough to help Bobby Kotick sleep well at night with visions of cash registers going ka-CHING in his head, it's interesting to note that of the $550m Modern Warfare 2 grossed in five days, $310m of that was in its first 24 hours - a perfect example of the steep drop-off seen with most game releases.

Nor were all the records solely financial in nature, as the game set milestones on Xbox Live, and I don't just mean the two million concurrent users, either. In one day, more than 2.2 million unique Xbox users logged more than 5.2 million multiplayer hours in Modern Warfare 2, and unlocked over 11 million Achievements. Good Golly, Miss Molly - these aren't numbers to sneeze at. They aren't numbers to shoot at, either.

There's a pun in here somewhere about MW2 enticing gamers to spend more time with Soap than some of them have in the past year, but I'll let you guys make that one yourselves.

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I knew MW2 would break all the records. I have to agree with OXM

I'm not tired of hearing about MW2, I love it. But MW3 will be a hard act to follow with all the records in place - wonder if they'll quit the MW series while their ahead, most likely giving their accountants a heart attack.

most successful entertainment release of all time

KAAAAAAANYEEEEEEEEEE!

I'm having trouble keeping track of all the MW2 numbers that are floating around these days.

There's a pun in here somewhere about MW2 enticing gamers to spend more time with Soap than some of them have in the past year, but I'll let you guys make that one yourselves.

Most gamers smell bad and have terrible bathing habits.

Sometimes you've gotta tell it like it is.

Shit that is fucking ridiculous the amount of money that MW 2 made. It would be really really to have some stocks in Infinity Ward right now.

They also broke the record for shitty customer treatment and support.

You know, it isn't bad that Modern Warfare 2 broke all those records. It's bad that in the same time many related people broke all records in douchebaggery.

No, seriously. MW2 is definetly a humongous hit, but remember - all this money won't go to support creativity. It's going to Bobby fucking Kotick, who wants games EXCLUSIVELY as a source of profit.

most successful entertainment release of all time
*KKKKKKKAAAAANNNNNNNNNYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEE*(uses autotune on his voice)

Damn MW2 made a shit load of money.

The soap joke was nice as well because gamers don't bath that often

Asehujiko:
They also broke the record for shitty customer treatment and support.

Hardly, there are companies that are way worse.

Yeah, I'm tired of hearing about it now. I'll buy it when I'm bored of everything else, I'm not exactly falling off my chair for the game.

I know a few people that have it platinum'd already. There's no online achievements at all, It's a pretty easy game to 100%. I wouldn't be surprised if some achievement/trophy whore out there got it within 24hrs.

Ok, seriously.... comparing a lot of apples to oranges here...

1. Movie tickets are what, $12.50? $15 USD in some places?
2. The average price of the Harry Potter book was about $20 USD.

Modern Warfare 2 cost pretty much a minimum of $40 USD with most copies going in the $60-$70 USD range, not to mention limited editions.

The only facts that are even remotely relevant here are the comparisons to GTA IV. Whoever compiled this report is just being a douchebag.

I have not yet played the game.

But Damn am I sick of hearing of it !!!!!

I doubt Escapist is sick of it.

tehroc:
I doubt Escapist is sick of it.

Much as I hate to tell you "no," and ruin perfectly good conspiracy theories, I'm pretty sure that the news team wouldn't shed tears if the game suddenly stopped being newsworthy.

Glad to see the achievement/trophy system (the game industries' version of neilsen ratings) is working out well for them. Too bad they're useless to gamers.

Wasn't sony supposed to be making some sort of reward system for trophies? What happened with that?

Im bored about hearing about this. Ok, it did well. This can mean go Inifinity Ward or "wow, people sure did pay a lot to order this game months and months before it was released". This just means they can bring out a half assed next attempt as a sequel, knowing that their fan base is now unbelieveabley huge, and still make big money.
I enjoy the game like, so I do hope they consider carrying on the MW path rather than WW1 and 2, but the hype really needs to die down and for it to be just that: a good game.

UNKNOWNINCOGNITO:
I have not yet played the game.

But Damn am I sick of hearing of it !!!!!

I second that emotion.

If I hear anything about MW2 a few more times, I run the risk of participating in a live action airport scene.

Still not buying it. I'll probably give it a rental some time in the next year but IW are not having my money. Now let's never speak of it again.

$550 million...yeh that is nice. Curious to know how comfortable a bed made of money must be.

I still don't know how Generic War Shooter 212 has managed this. Here's guessing people will never learn and the suits are right in believing we are dumb sheep. :\

I had never even heard a hint of advertising until 2 days before it came out. How the feck did it break all those records?

Especially the Dark Knight, and that was so overhyped you could almost smell the popcorn on the streets.

LOL AC30 KILL STREAKS HURRRR

UNKNOWNINCOGNITO:
I have not yet played the game.

But Damn am I sick of hearing of it !!!!!

Welcome to my life 4 months ago.

Just think how I feel now :P.

The only thing I get bombarded about more often than MW2 is spam mail.

Macksheath:
I had never even heard a hint of advertising until 2 days before it came out. How the feck did it break all those records?

Especially the Dark Knight, and that was so overhyped you could almost smell the popcorn on the streets.

Where the hell have you been? This thing has had the most hardcore online/viral advertising I've ever seen.

Even at work it was mentioned everywhere.

Asehujiko:
They also broke the record for shitty customer treatment and support.

Microsoft still holds that record.

Renoozo:
I'm not tired of hearing about MW2, I love it. But MW3 will be a hard act to follow with all the records in place - wonder if they'll quit the MW series while their ahead, most likely giving their accountants a heart attack.

MW3 will sell very well. This I assure you. Whether its good or not is unkown, but it WILl sell quite well.

Tiamat666:

UNKNOWNINCOGNITO:
I have not yet played the game.

But Damn am I sick of hearing of it !!!!!

I second that emotion.

If I hear anything about MW2 a few more times, I run the risk of participating in a live action airport scene.

beware of the part where the riot shield guys rush in, bastards can kill you dead.

also who thought of PLASTIC protecting you against BULLETS................

Kalezian:

Tiamat666:

UNKNOWNINCOGNITO:
I have not yet played the game.

But Damn am I sick of hearing of it !!!!!

I second that emotion.

If I hear anything about MW2 a few more times, I run the risk of participating in a live action airport scene.

beware of the part where the riot shield guys rush in, bastards can kill you dead.

also who thought of PLASTIC protecting you against BULLETS................

and fibers?..such as Kevlar and Nomex..Nomex is fire resistant..

akmarksman:

Kalezian:

Tiamat666:

UNKNOWNINCOGNITO:
I have not yet played the game.

But Damn am I sick of hearing of it !!!!!

I second that emotion.

If I hear anything about MW2 a few more times, I run the risk of participating in a live action airport scene.

beware of the part where the riot shield guys rush in, bastards can kill you dead.

also who thought of PLASTIC protecting you against BULLETS................

and fibers?..such as Kevlar and Nomex..Nomex is fire resistant..

a Riot shield is nothing more than hardened plastic, a true ballistic shield has several layers of Kevlar and/or steel plates woven into it. needless to say, I doubt a .50 rifle round couldn't punch through plastic of all things.

Look, i'm really happy for you, and imma let you finish but...

The sims had one of the most successful sales figures OF ALL TIME!

Renoozo:
I'm not tired of hearing about MW2, I love it. But MW3 will be a hard act to follow with all the records in place - wonder if they'll quit the MW series while their ahead, most likely giving their accountants a heart attack.

If modern capitalistic views and advertisement has taught us anything it is this, you milk everything for what it is worth and when there is but a small trickle of money left you beat the thing senseless with a stick until you get every last cent possible.

iamq:

Asehujiko:
They also broke the record for shitty customer treatment and support.

Hardly, there are companies that are way worse.

Blizzard, for example.

Eatbrainz:

iamq:

Asehujiko:
They also broke the record for shitty customer treatment and support.

Hardly, there are companies that are way worse.

Blizzard, for example.

Yeah, or just about any company when you ask them to repair your TV

It's basically like this

"Hello. Oh, you want your TV fixed? Sure, we'll get RIGHT ON that *cough*whenwefeellikeit*cough* *hangs up*

gbemery:

Renoozo:
I'm not tired of hearing about MW2, I love it. But MW3 will be a hard act to follow with all the records in place - wonder if they'll quit the MW series while their ahead, most likely giving their accountants a heart attack.

If modern capitalistic views and advertisement has taught us anything it is this, you milk everything for what it is worth and when there is but a small trickle of money left you beat the thing senseless with a stick until you get every last cent possible.

a page from the Final Fantasy handbook.

Kalezian:

akmarksman:

Kalezian:

Tiamat666:

UNKNOWNINCOGNITO:
I have not yet played the game.

But Damn am I sick of hearing of it !!!!!

I second that emotion.

If I hear anything about MW2 a few more times, I run the risk of participating in a live action airport scene.

beware of the part where the riot shield guys rush in, bastards can kill you dead.

also who thought of PLASTIC protecting you against BULLETS................

and fibers?..such as Kevlar and Nomex..Nomex is fire resistant..

a Riot shield is nothing more than hardened plastic, a true ballistic shield has several layers of Kevlar and/or steel plates woven into it. needless to say, I doubt a .50 rifle round couldn't punch through plastic of all things.

At this point, I'm willing to let Suspension of Disbelief take over. Sure, it might not be entirely realistic, but neither is the rest of the game, and it serves a gameplay purpose.

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