Call of Duty is probably more prevalent in both the social conscience and in the populations homes than any other videogame in history. Whilst this must be lovely for Activision, it creates a lot of peripheral issues which tend to affect everyone else.
The issue that I wanted to discuss in this post is the reliance on this one videogame by the console manufacturers, and the consequences of perhaps not being able to provide this game. With the dawn of the next generation of consoles there is no use in denying the fact that having Call of Duty as a launch title is a very real conversation that these companies are having, but just how feasible is this? Almost certainly the two consoles will not release in a considerably close time window, and that leaves me questioning the possibility of both Sony and Microsoft having the ability to secure Call of Duty as a title for the launch of their hardware.
Up until this point I have assumed that you would agree that a launch without Call of Duty would impact the sales, but perhaps you don't feel the same way. It is my opinion that too many people look at their XBOX 360 or Playstation 3 as their Call of Duty machine for it to not factor highly in the decision to upgrade to the next living room box.
Arguably these are the people who would never have bought the console week one regardless, and will happily wait until Call of Duty is a possibility. However, what if these are the same people who are still play Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, or even just Modern Warfare? What if Call of Duty is the exact reason why they will not upgrade, because they needn't bother when the only game they care about is already on the thing that they have.
Perhaps I am thinking too much about this, and it really isn't a problem at all. The truth is that I have always disliked the fact that 'COD' is so incredibly popular when there are plenty of other games which provide more emotional depth, better story arcs, more compelling gameplay and a more meaningful experience, yet these are the same game that barely sell one million copies and the development studio is shut down.
Unfairly I almost picture the people who solely play Call of Duty as an almost mindless, ignorant being. This is of course not true, because whilst the world is certainly not lacking in ignorant individuals, I would hardly say that the million of COD players can all share this characteristic. No, a lot of the people simply play it to be with their friends, or because it's a habit. I simply wish that these same people would maybe take a second look at Journey, or have a go at Fez because I am so sure that they would realise how broad a medium video games can actually be