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First Person Shooters (Games)

Modern Warfare 2 Surpasses $1 Billion Mark; Dedicated Servers What? 258

The Opposable Thumbs blog is running an interesting article contrasting everything Activision did "wrong" in creating and marketing Modern Warfare 2 with the game's unqualified success. Despite price hikes, somewhat shady review practices, exploit frustrations, and the dedicated server fiasco, the game has raked in over a billion dollars in sales. "There was only one way to review Modern Warfare 2: on the Xbox 360, in Santa Barbara, under the watchful eye of Activision. Accepting the paid trip, along with room and board, was the only way you were going to get a review before launch. Joystiq noted that this broke their ethics policy, but they went anyway. Who can say no to a review destined to bring in traffic? Shacknews refused to call their coverage a 'review' because of the ethical issues inherent in the situation, but that stance was unique. The vast majority of news outlets didn't disclose how the review was conducted, or added a disclaimer after the nature of the review was made public. This proved to Activision that if you're big enough, you can dictate the exact terms of any review, and no ethics policy will make news outlets turn you down."

Comment Re:About damned time. (Score 1) 1186

I drive a modern (1 year old) 4 cylinder family car - BMW 320d M Sport Touring. It's got all sorts of junk in there that I just don't need. If I drive it carefully I can get between 50 and 60 mpg on a steady run regardless of weather/hills/people pushing. However my typical driving is at 90+mph on the motorway and despite my economically poor driving and big fat tyres I still get 49mpg. I have two kids and a dog, I'm 6'4" and yet the car does everything I need, in much more comfort than I need and as higher speeds than I need. All people need to do is think about what they really need from a car. I used to have a Landrover Discovery, acres of space and I could see for miles in one of the biggest 4x4s on the road. I could seat 7, tow lots, put my life in the back and should I chose drive over just about any terrain out there. Did I need the space that much? For maybe one or two trips in a year it was handy, with careful packing it's not a problem. Getting rid of the 4x4 has saved me about £400-500/month off my fuel bill. If I need a big truck I can just hire one for the period and it's cheaper than running one. I used to kid myself that I needed a 4x4 with the stuff I used to do, in reality I just needed to take more care when packing and driving on some of the rougher roads.

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