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Call of Duty: Black Ops the Most Pirated Game of the Year 5

Posted by Soulskill
from the five-button-discount dept.
Torrentfreak reports that after calculating download frequency for pirated copies of popular video games, Call of Duty: Black Ops has won the dubious honor of being the most pirated game of 2010. The PC version of the game was torrented roughly 4,270,000 times, and the Xbox 360 version was downloaded an additional 930,000 times. (The most pirated Wii game was Super Mario Galaxy 2, and Dante's Inferno somehow managed to accrue the most downloads of Xbox 360 games.) Fortunately for Activision, the game has still made over $1 billion in sales, and its 20,000,000+ players have racked up over 600,000,000 man-hours of play time since the game's launch in early November.

Comment: Re:I, for one, have childlike faith... (Score 2, Informative) 252

by ekwhite (#34361076) Attached to: X-37B Secret Space Plane To Land Soon
Except the people who blew up the buildings were mostly Saudis. None of them were Afghanis. The Taliban provided shelter to Osama Bin Laden, who was a member of one of the most powerful Saudi families. We supposedly went in to get Bin Laden - who is still supposedly on the loose, despite being on dialysis. Most likely, he died of kidney failure long ago. So why are we still there?

Comment: Re:Bout time... (Score 2, Insightful) 157

by ekwhite (#33367652) Attached to: EA Says Game Development Budgets Have Peaked

The Hollywoodization of the games industry has killed it in my opinion. Killed it in what sense? I would rather be a gamer in the current generation than in any previous one. Some of the stuff that was released during the 8-bit and 16-bit days was just awful.

Just as some of the stuff released now is awful. Some of the things released back then were classics, also, just as some of the things released now are classics. Just as in Hollywood, you can produce big budget crap, or great films on a low budget.

Comment: Re:Absolutely no chance of success (Score 1) 623

by ekwhite (#16253651) Attached to: Suit Blames Videogames for Homicides
A friend of mine had a Ruger .44 Magnum (Blackhawk?) with a 6-inch barrel. That thing had one heck of a recoil, even compared to my .357 magnum. Which always reminds me of the commercials for GTA or one of the similar games that showed a character holding the gun sideways with the pistol in front of his face. Doing that in real life could cost you a few teeth...

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