Jeremy Massie displays a 'Call of Duty' T-shirt and poster Monday at G2K Games. Below are scenes from 'Modern Warfare 3.'
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The gamers crave war — the electronic kind. So much so, they camped out in the wee hours of Tuesday to be the first to get their hands on the war chest that is “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.”
Numerous video game outlets around the Tri-Cities had people line up in the cold to get what one game shop owner calls the biggest game of 2011, based on some of the biggest pre-sale numbers his company has ever gotten.
“This franchise continues to up the ante. By far, one of the biggest pre-sales ever, and I think that comes with a good product, and (Infinity Ward) has really nailed this,” said G2K Games owner Brian Lewis.
The first-person shooter game, which has an “M” rating for mature audiences , places the player in the point-of-view scope of a special forces soldier on missions across the globe. Think of it as “SEAL Team 5” from a distance with a reset button should the mission go bad.
Lewis says the cooperation of buddies banding together online through the game’s multi-player mode is a huge contributor to massive sales — predicted by Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities in Forbes Magazine to be a robust $1.1 billion over the next six weeks with an estimated 25 million copies in sales.
Military maneuvers are hot in gaming right now, with Pachter predicting that “Warfare” and Electronic Arts “Battlefield: 3” will account for 15 percent of the video game sales market in the fourth quarter of 2011.
“This is a franchise that has been around for a while, but the level of game play and graphics has snowballed to a great product,” said Lewis.
“Playing online with other players really drives this game, although there are independent campaign maps for one player, but there is a loyalty factor with the ‘Call of Duty’ crowd. They like to link up and conquer online.
“The arena of gaming continues to evolve, but playing online and meeting up with new gamers and players is really a growing trend in the industry, and I think that is another reason why this franchise is going to do well.”
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Jeremy Massie displays a ‘Call of Duty’ T-shirt and poster Monday at G2K Games. Below are scenes from ‘Modern Warfare 3.’