Sorry, how many people have played Call of Duty?

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While many of you question the franchises enduring quality, there’s no questioning that Call of Duty is one of – if not the biggest gaming franchise on the planet. Just how big is it though? According to Activision, very – and they’ve released a handy infographic detailing just how huge the shooter behemoth is.

And it’s big. According to Activision, more than a hundred million people have pew-pewed other people in the face; more than the populations of some of the world’s most populated countries. all of that equates to over 32 quadrillion digital shells spent.

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The number of care packages called in – just since their inception in Modern Warfare 2 – would be enough to build 100 of the alright walls of China.

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Further to that – and this is actually a teeny, tiny bit depressing – is that the total number of hours people have played Call of Duty, all put together, is longer than all of human history.

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Now you can moan about Call of Duty and copy and paste all you like – but there’s obviously something to it. And you can;t really blame COD for ruining games and the industry – that finger really should be pointed at lazy developers and publishers trying to do a “me too!” to capitalise on the franchise’s popularity.

The next Call of Duty, Ghosts, is coming to current and next-gen consoles along with the PC – and will release in November this year.

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Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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