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There is only so much people can buy this game. If they want more sales they have to expand in PC. Consoles will not give them any more because they already bough all they can.
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This rating doesn't make any sense. I am trained in financial analysis, and these rating are based on future potential. I see no issues with Activision when I look into the future. Further more, the business is a cash cow and highly liquid.

You can't consider software liquid because it takes time to create and investment. It can also go both ways, there is no for sure a game is going to sell. If the next call of duty tries to change the formula and everyone hates it then it will stop selling well. And nobody is going to buy the call of duty name because if there is a point in Activisions future where they are selling it, that probably means CoD has failed to meet sales expectations. CoD alone can keep a company afloat if it was their only IP.
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You can't consider software liquid because it takes time to create and investment. It can also go both ways, there is no for sure a game is going to sell. If the next call of duty tries to change the formula and everyone hates it then it will stop selling well. And nobody is going to buy the call of duty name because if there is a point in Activisions future where they are selling it, that probably means CoD has failed to meet sales expectations. CoD alone can keep a company afloat if it was their only IP.

Software is very liquid...
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An asset that can be converted into cash quickly and with minimal impact to the price received. Liquid assets are generally regarded in the same light as cash because their prices are relatively stable when they are sold on the open market.

Read more: http://www.investopedia.com/terms/l/liquidasset.asp#ixzz2Dqr5wUQP

Software has very stable market pricing, hasn't changed from the $60 point for close to a decade.

After the initial investment to create it, there isn't much further investment required to maintain it and distribute it. Being a digital product, it could be sold very easily without excessive expense to facilitate the sale of it.
    
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I don't think this is the best release of the franchise, but the game itself is fun and the integration they finally add is even better for those who care to engage it. The graphics are pretty crisp, the game play is fluid, the game play is mostly consistent, the pace is well timed both in and out of game, and it runs on damn near anything.

I'd say it was a pretty good release for the series as a whole. I've only played the first and second COD, and COD4 and MW2, none of the games in between, and from the handful of people (hardly representative of any kind of statistical analysis, obviously), they all agree this release is far closer to the roots of the game and core play that was brought about by they series as a whole.

At least... in my opinion. smile.gif
    
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Originally Posted by PostalTwinkie View Post

Software is very liquid...
Software has very stable market pricing, hasn't changed from the $60 point for close to a decade.
After the initial investment to create it, there isn't much further investment required to maintain it and distribute it. Being a digital product, it could be sold very easily without excessive expense to facilitate the sale of it.

The investment for patches and DLC that changes code is actually much larger than the initial investment. It's estimated that working on patches post release costs about 10x as much. If you don't make any adjustments sure there is no further investment software wise but if the game doesn't sell well it won't make money ever. It's the initial sales that really drive software.

Sorry I should clarify, it's not a larger total investment, but line per line it is 10x more expensive.
Edited by Twinnuke - 12/1/12 at 6:21pm
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Didn't realize you liked stepping on 100 bouncing betty's every game. Also the fact that there are hundreds of head glitching spots on each map. Highly doubt it's the best. It's just new, so it's more entertaining, that's all.

Incorrect. I actually play the game alot lately and have never once seen a head glitching spot. Also, Bouncing betty's are the easiest thing to avoid.....you go prone. lol much easier to dodge than.
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There's actually a ton of 'head glitching' places in this version of CoD. You can also crouch to avoid the bouncing betty. Regardless, it's(BO2) probably one of the better releases(even though this does have a decent bit wrong, but meh most games do).
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What goes up must come down, the CoD series is on the way down.

But still $500 million on the first day isn't exactly "a cause for concern"
   
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5-10% less sales than last year for franchise that has been copy-pasting itself endlessly...can someone please tell me how that's a cause for concern for Activision? If I was Activision's CEO I would be sitting there with my mind BLOWN by how the consumer sheep can endlessly keep buying revised copies of my game every year. Oh and of course I'll be doing this while sitting on a massive pile of money and sniffing powder off a hookers' breasts (because there isn't much else to do).
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What goes up must come down, the CoD series is on the way down.
But still $500 million on the first day isn't exactly "a cause for concern"
It's on the way down in the exact manner that World of Warcraft is "on it's way down". The amount of people that will have to abandon the franchise will need to be nothing short of astronomical, there's at least another 5-10 years in the franchise before it truly becomes stale.
Edited by Tippy - 12/1/12 at 7:25pm
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What a stupid article!
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"Sales of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 are on a trend to be down 15 percent from last year's launch of Modern Warfare 3"
"Black Ops 2 pulled in $500 million at retail on its first day, breaking records and surpassing Modern Warfare 3's $400 million"
"...a week before Black Friday, meaning some customers may have waited to buy it"
"...the UK's fourth largest launch ever."

Someone give me a reasonable explanation of how these statements imply some sort of decline for the CoD series. If they're just going by MW3 sales going down 5% compared to Black Ops, then someone has done a fabulous job of contradicting themselves here.

I haven't played Black Ops 2 and I have a neutral position towards the CoD franchise in general, but it doesn't take a fan or a hater to see that this 'news' is inconsistent.
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