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But first let's dive into one of the biggest stories of the week was call of duty black ops in its first day selling 360.
Million dollars where the games.
Then projected for five days -- 550.
Million dollars of sales one of the largest video game releases in history.
And also we're gonna talk about Microsoft connect second but first let me introduce our guest mark let's -- up.
As Scott Stein both of pre game from CNET against us a great show there on cnet.com and to check out pregame agree to talk about video games all -- -- you has been diving in the black ops this week obviously.
First results what are you guys think of you -- been living and breathing it.
I did but I feel like.
I I got a lot of what I expected -- -- -- got a comforting warm hug it of the future but it's.
I think everything you expected but that's what's here and that's what's so appealing about right and you know what you're gonna get it's if it's a first person shooter what's different this time.
-- -- I think they really fleshed out the multiplayer.
On the one of them the main things about the new -- -- -- features is that you have.
The ability to upgrade your -- -- your new attachments and then you can also buy new contracts.
Basically a little mini missions com.
So just lets you.
And you diving right in didn't like in between -- when things I was surprised by was that there's not a lot of lag time in between each level.
We -- with a lot of these shooters with is all week long movie style vignettes in between each in each week's level it's you're being thrust right back into the next battle them.
Is a very it's a very quick as like a very hyper key movie style and you're dealing with it's all taking place in out of interrogation -- so.
You have this feeling -- kind of feels example and a great political thriller.
And you're also getting these little bits and pieces -- history.
But it's it's a you know -- -- more story focus on that.
But yes sir Michael Wilbon of the greatest hits of moments of the cold -- on celebrity appearances do you have Gary -- isn't any plays one of their voices and who else is that.
I remember also but even like a historical figures and only JFK and right now Castro's instinct you it's almost as -- feeling of -- Oliver Stone you know type.
Movie I surprised by the success of this game 550 million dollars projected definitely not.
I feel like anything that is call of duty first person shooter it's -- that sweet spot that I feel like has always been popular since the beginning when -- Games like.
-- And that's kind of what started it just hasn't died -- -- always seem like a lack of innovation on the space we're seeing like these Reagor dictated titles call of duty was -- -- -- modern -- for modern warfare two.
We're getting used to these sort of companies like was it a warm hug yeah it's a lack of innovation in this space what's.
Get rid of the call of duty series or or not because they're selling so many we look at Activision stock earlier this week it actually was down.
Right is it because of a lack of innovation.
Well it's hard because I think unity in the economy is down in game companies have ads in innovation -- love in addition to the same time.
It's challenging cost and we have a game that has been so successful is as the cold duty series.
Meaning biblically you're beholden to continue it and in a way it's it's kind of a sport I -- you're playing this online sport and so.
You know the rules of that you wanna keep continuing and it's furthering this.
Type of online place if you break those and you think you're gonna disappoint people there were couple criticism -- about some glitches.
There's a one scene or just goes to black.
There's one scene where you're being driven one way where you're being told to go one way and you're not supposed to be going that way did you experience any glitches in any issue all I didn't really have too many problems with the glitches but.
-- any game you always experience a bunch of problems that are not as smooth as they should be and then they -- a roll out the the updates afterwards.
So bottom line quality game worth picking up I mean it is also about might might -- the bloodiest game.
The most violent video uniting and ever seen -- this takes it to a new level doesn't it really is -- remember the days -- speaking of like playing shooters and I was a kid.
I'm wearing missile color the -- -- different color there was blood and all they like green man green -- right Peter Frey didn't have acres of what you're seeing people.
Why the pieces and is really graphic.
In this game.
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Nature of war also the advertising campaign was adjusting had a massive advertising campaign for this game that millions of dollars spent on this and you seeing.
UV the theme of the advertising campaign as we there's a soldier and all of us sort of this would be unit -- Singular idea but as you talked about -- really -- up the amount of people playing online.
I think one million people on launch tonight we're playing it online simultaneously.
On Xbox Live.
That's an incredible number.
And is that really where the success comes from in these games is the online experience with -- campaign is such a small percentage of what you get out of the game I think most people buy these games because -- that competitive.
Element with first person shooters.
That that everyone wants I mean you go on YouTube and you see so and so has whenever ten consecutive kills in a row right.
And then those videos you -- get you know thousands of views.
There's just something about the competition first person shooters that I think fighting games and other games for some reason just.
Are not able to match right now via interstate and you know it's that sort of even -- your living room by yourself and I have to have a friend sitting there next to you but that's quite a different story that.
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