Call of Duty is a first-person shooter video game franchise published by Activision. Starting in 2003, it first focused on games set in World War II. Over time, the series has seen games set amid the Cold War, futuristic worlds, and outer space. The games were first developed by Infinity Ward and then by Treyarch and Sledgehammer Games. Other developers made several spin-offs and handheld games. The most recent title, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, was released on October 28, 2022.
The series initially focused on the World War II setting, with Infinity Ward developing the first (2003) and second (2005) titles in the series and Treyarch developing the third (2006). Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) introduced a new, modern setting, and proved to be the breakthrough title for the series, creating the Modern Warfare sub-series. The game's legacy also influenced the creation of a remastered version, released in 2016.
Two other entries, Modern Warfare 2 (2009) and Modern Warfare 3 (2011) were made. The sub-series received a reboot with Modern Warfare in 2019, with a sequel released in 2022. Infinity Ward has also developed two games outside of the Modern Warfare sub-series, Ghosts (2013) and Infinite Warfare (2016).
Treyarch made one last World War II-based game, World at War (2008), before releasing Black Ops (2010) and subsequently creating the Black Ops sub-series. Four other entries, Black Ops II (2012), III (2015), 4 (2018), and Cold War (2020) were made, the latter in conjunction with Raven Software. Sledgehammer Games, who were co-developers for Modern Warfare 3, have also developed three titles, Advanced Warfare (2014), WWII (2017), and Vanguard (2021).
1. Activision Does Something Good With the Sales:
Since 2009, Activision has been putting entirely a few sales to the Call of Duty Endowment Group (which they founded). This Endowment Group assists veterans in finding new jobs across the country. Millions of dollars have been added to the coffers and have helped countless men and women readjust to the working world after serving in the military. By 2015, the Call of Duty Endowment has aided more than 20,000 veterans to find good, steady jobs. Someone is always looking after the heroes.
2. Game Footage Has Been Used as Propaganda:
Video game footage over the years has taken a more cinematic feel, but to be used in propaganda is not something you'd expect. Yet in early 2013 there was a video released by North Korea stating that the United States was under siege. The scene depicted was from one of the sequences in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III where buildings were being destroyed. As you can imagine, the North Korean government was forced to take down the video. North Korea isn't the only force using the footage for propaganda, ISIS has also used footage from Modern Warfare III (the fall of the Eiffel Tower and attacks from Berlin and Rome).
3. Many characters have voice acted for Call of Duty:
Lately, there has been a much higher rate of Hollywood stars voicing characters in video games than ever before, and Call of Duty is no different. Along with the already phenomenal voice actors we heard in Call of Duty: Ghosts was Brandon Routh (DC Legends of Tomorrow, Superman Returns), and in Call of Duty Black Ops 2 there was Michael Keaton (Beetlejuice, Batman) and Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans).
Then we can't forget in Call of Duty: Black Ops we heard Worthington along with Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, RoboCop) Ed Harris (The Rock, Snowpiercer), and Ice Cube (21 Jump Street, Ride Along) with many others. Yet most incredible of all is that Jason Statham (The Transporter, Spy) was the voice of Sergeant Waters in the first Call of Duty game.
4. There are many failures on the path to success.
While the Call of Duty franchise has released a staggering 15 major titles over the franchise's life, several titles could have made a list even longer. Call of Duty: Devils Brigade would have returned players to WWII for a third-person shooter, Call of Duty: Combined Forces was dropped for cost-saving reasons even though it was to be the sequel to Finest Hour. Four titles in particular never saw the light of day including Call of Duty Tactics by Vicarious Visions which took a more top-down strategy angle.
When Sledgehammer Games joined Infinity Ward to assist with Modern Warfare III, they stopped developing Call of Duty: Vietnam. So many more games never made it through coding but they never stopped building.
5. COD Players' Brains Work Faster Than Other Gamers (Show this to your mothers):
Call of Duty had a research study published in Current Biology, that claimed there was a connection between decision-making skills and playing action-shooters like Call of Duty. In the study, the researchers noted that the reaction speed in gamers between 18 to 25 years old was much faster if they played Call of Duty rather than strategic games like The Sims.
Call of Duty utilizes frantic action and high-pressure scenarios, resulting in noticeably faster decision-making throughout the study. They should make COD a military practice.
6. Fate Played Call Of Duty Bad.
The Call of Duty franchise has covered nearly every system; from PC to next-gen console, but perhaps you missed the mobile version created in partnership with Nokia's lackluster N-Gage system.
The N-Gage mobile gaming system carried a simple first-player mode with multiple objectives and could become a multiplayer bout for up to 8 players via Bluetooth connection. Considering that most people didn't even know it existed and many came to know about it after reading this blog, it shows its poor quality.
7. They surely need more games like Modern Warfare III:
No matter what rumors abound about the decline in sales, Call of Duty has proven to be one of the greatest-selling franchises in history. The third addition to the Modern Warfare legacy still holds the record for the fastest-selling game in the first month it was available.
Ironically taking the record from another Call of Duty game, specifically, Call of Duty: Black Ops with just over 8 million in sales. Modern Warfare III stepped it up and sold 8.8 million copies in its first month. I still Like to play that game a lot.
8. Finally a record I can attempt to break:
Staying up all night is very common for gamers like me, but this Australian gamer took all-nighters to a whole other level. Okan Kaya in November 2012 set the unbeaten record for a gaming marathon. Okan set the record by playing for 135 hours and 50 mins. He was allowed to take a 10-minute break after every hour of gaming.
This record will always be immune from me because if I play any game for even a millisecond over 30 minutes my father from the grave will come back to life and whop my ass off.
9. Sales like Snoop Dog(always high).
As of November 11, 2011, the Call Of Duty Series had already crossed 100 million global sales.
10. Everyone has the same height.
While each character has a different height in the lore of Valorant, they all appear to be the same size in-game, so that no agent has a sightline or hitbox advantage over the rest. (This is not related to Call Of Duty, it just randomly slipped in from one of my older blogs to this one, if you find it fascinating check out that one too.)
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