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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.

Last Updated: August 14, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. 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.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Those are some very impressive numbers, especially the last one heh.

  • Mark Treloar

    I’m sure if you gathered all the information on Cocaine use worldwide you would have some impressive info graphics too. Still doesn’t mean coke dealers are doing it right.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      But at least they’re taking a crack at it 😉

      • Zoe

        drawing lines in the sand. 😉

      • HvR

        Well somebody has to draw the line somewhere.

      • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

        Hehe, 10 points!

      • DBL_ZA

        *Sniff sniff* your comment was brilliant XD *sniff*

        Oh wait….

      • ElimiNathan

        Who’s line is it anyway ?

  • Hammersteyn

    In this case a 100 million people are wrong. Just like with Bieber…

    • silverscorpio

      Yip, you hit the nail on the head there.

    • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

      Indeed. Sheep I tell ya, SHEEEP

      • Vampyre Squirrel


        • Hammersteyn

          Or Zombies?

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            Zombie lemmings?

        • Brian Murphy

          Isn’t comparing Belieber’s to Lemmings an insult to Lemmings? 😉

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            Absolutely true… I apologize to the Lemming (the rodents and the funny guys in the games) community

    • Martin du preez

      It’s like my McDonalds burger theory. It may sell a lot but it isn’t the best.

      4 million cows for the patties
      7 Amazon jungles for the lettuce
      700 billion tomatoes (4 times the amount of Chihuahuas in the world)

      • Hammersteyn


        • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

          Why would you eat a dog???

          • Hammersteyn

            You wouldn’t know the difference between a whale and a cat once McDonalds processed the meat.

          • HvR

            What is pink, slimy, smells like jik and comes with a toy?

          • Hammersteyn


          • HvR

          • Hammersteyn

            Damn dude? LOL

          • HvR

            Didn’t you hear about the whole pink slime saga.

            They took all the “odds and ends” that normally goes into dog food, put it into a big centrifuge which spins off all the little piece of meat and fat which needs to be cleaned with bleach to kill the high amount of bacteria in it. The result is that pink slime, this comprises about 15% of the beef burger and more of teh nuggets.

            I think they only did this in the US though.

          • Hammersteyn

            Again. Damn dude.

          • John ain’t got time to bleed

            When you get older a happy meal becomes a completely different concept.

          • John ain’t got time to bleed

            Chihuahuas aren’t dogs. They’re rats with really big heads. Kind of like Brain, from Pinky and the Brain.

          • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

            Except they are ALL insane

          • John ain’t got time to bleed

            That is true…

      • Brian Murphy

        The only thing you can really point at McDonalds for and applaud their structure is how well they’ve maneuvered to make all the things they sell (or pretty close to it) and in-house product. All the meat, produce etc… is all from in-house subsidiaries. So their costs are insanely low.

        Other than that, horrible company, horrifying food, and you’d probably get more nutritional value from a steaming bowl of gruel.

  • silverscorpio

    I enjoyed Call of Duty but it is the same thing every year. They should have made a Call of Duty Space Shooter by now. At least it is something different.

  • DBL_ZA

    Still haven’t fired a shot in COD 🙂 got nothing against the game, just not fazed by it.

    For the record, no, it’s not because I get killed before I can fire a shot

    • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

      Nice save…

      • DBL_ZA

        Lol I had to throw it in there before someone else did

        EDIT: was gonna say get a shot off, but that would just open the door to some weird convo that I don’t really want to have…

        • Mark Treloar

          Like shooting blanks?

          • DBL_ZA

            Or having a whole lot of pre-pubescent boys screaming and shooting at me

  • Brenz

    Just because a lot of people are doing something doesnt make them or what they are doing right or any better than other people perceive it.
    I can think of a few examples, but to avoid an inevitable backlash of tears if i do name some of them i will settle for hipsters and bieber fans.

    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      Everything popular is wrong.

      Also my theory is that 85% of the world’s population is stupid and this is increasingly evident even without citing CoD as a contributing statistic

  • Unavengedavo

    What has 200 million legs and only one bal haar?

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    Hate all you want guys, but CoD is the flagship for gaming around the world, it the one that non-gamers are most likely to know about…..
    CoD…..I still love you.

  • Sargon

    That information is factually incorrect. We currently consider our ancestry to span at least 6 – 7 million years (thus the term hominin for the human clade). This makes it clear that the guys and girls at CoD headquarters only consider our human ancestry to tie into the emergence of the Homo genus. Not so certain of this myself. Wikipedia they are using, perhaps? I now question the validity of all their other claims. How certain ARE we, really, that 31 billion care packages to could recreate 15 thousand great pyramids of Egypt? I am not impressed.

    • Josh Strauss

      Pffft…Come on, be realistic, the Earth is only 6000 years old which means that humans have only been on Earth for less than 6000 years. Humanity didn’t evolve over millions of years from a common ancestor (that would be outrageous) they were created from dust and a rib. Have faith brother 8).

      Of course I kid but but something I cannot kid about is that COD sucks compared to Quake!

  • Craig Boonzaier

    They are missing the stat of how many times my mother has been f***ed.

    • Mark Treloar


      • Craig Boonzaier

        They probably did film it as well

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Mmmm… the first problem I have is that they combined the sales totals for the recent Call of Duty games, which gives the false impression that 100 million people have played the games (so if you bought the last 4 or 5, you’re counted as 5 people). Why couldn’t they just post the highest sales of the most sold COD. That in itself is a very impressive number.

    Or make the data more usable. In other words, normalise it per game, or even normalise it to cost.

    Poor show Activision, lying through stats! Bad form. ol bean!

  • Brian Murphy

    “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.”

    Gamer’s are just as culpable. Had they not bought into CoD hook line and sinker without a thought to the future of gaming, developers and publishers may not have been so quick to jump on the bandwagon. And had gamer’s done their due diligence, before buying into carbon copies of CoD, developers and publishers would’ve been further hesitant to jump on the bandwagon.

    Companies exist to make money, and if we’re not smart enough to keep them in check with our buying practices, we’re just as responsible for the state of things, by not demanding more (as consumers should) and simply settling for what they put out there.

  • John

    League of legends.

  • Kyle Farmer

    32.3 quadrillion sounds familiar, ah yes, it’s about the same amount of fcuk’s I give about COD… 🙂

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