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December 17, 2011

Play up, play up

World beating: Modern Warfare 3 hits $1 billion in 16 days.

The Call of Duty series - and its spin-off Modern Warfare - have been a reliable Christmas hit for makers Activision for years. But this year - despite competition from ramped-up rival Battlefield 3 - the shoot 'em up has grossed $1 billion faster than any entertainment product in history.

It beat James Cameron's Avatar to the record by 24 hours - earning $1 billion in just 16 days.

Charty: Skyrim beats Modern Warfare 3 sales in the UK.

Usually I wouldn't care very much about such matters, but this does show that (arguably) innovative open-world RPG's that give the players freedom sell better than limiting games that are the same every year with only slight modifications.

Extraordinary: Around seven out of ten households in the UK play video games, 30 percent of them are home to regular gamers who play at least once a week.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 17, 2011 10:44 AM