How gamers are killing the game industry

There dragon-age-2-harassmenthas been a rash of ugliness in the gaming world lately — and it’s potentially more damaging than court battles or political posturing about game violence could ever be.

A small minority of players are threatening to drive some of the most talented people making games out of the industry with their bullying, harassment, and threats. Polygon’s Brian Crecente has worked up the definitive piece on this subject, and it’s absolutely a must-read for anyone who cares about video games.

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‘Call of Duty’ May Be Facing Its Biggest Battle

In COD ghoststhe videogame world, there is no bigger behemoth than “Call of Duty.”

For the past four years, the franchise has dominated the sales charts, outselling every other game. Last year’s “Black Ops II” grossed over $500 million in just 24 hours, topping $1 billion within 15 days—and is on track to be the best-selling entry in the 10-year-old franchise’s history.

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Black Ops II sales hit $1 billion in 15 days

Will black-ops-2-billion-top630Black Ops II be a bigger hit than its predecessor?

Activision announced Wednesday that the latest game in the Call of Duty franchise has hit the $1 billion sales mark after just 15 days on store shelves. That’s one day faster than last year’s Modern Warfare 3, and two days faster than 2009’s “Avatar.”

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Black Ops II pulls in $500 million in first 24 hours

Activision’s cash machine is still running smooth.

In what’s becoming a November tradition, the latest Call of Duty game is once again the biggest entertainment launch of the year. Activision announced Friday that Black Ops II earned over $500 million in its first 24 hours.

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Will It Be ‘Game Over’ for Videogame Makers This Holiday?

While the videogame industry relies heavily on the holiday period to help boost publisher profits, some companies may find coal in their stocking this year.

Some titles are sure to be certain hits, but the evolving nature of players and some less-than-stellar lineups could leave some publishers who are typically strong holiday performers out in the cold.

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‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 2′ already setting records

While Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 won’t hit store shelves for more than six months, it’s already setting records.

Amazon reports the game, which was just announced this week, is on track to become the most pre-ordered game in its history, outpacing Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops and…um, well, a bunch of other Call of Duty games.

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