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Drones! What are they good for? Fox News’ Charles Krauthammer & Black Ops II?

February 22, 2013
One UAV down. One to go. 

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Drones! What are they good for?

According to Charles Krauthammer, a Fox News contributor, drones are good for hunting bad guys overseas, but should not be flying overhead in U.S. skies. At least, that’s what he thought last year in a segment he participated in on Fox News.

If you play Call of Duty: Black Ops II, you might find other reasons drones are good.

What do I find drones, or UAVs as they are called in Black Ops II, good for and do I agree with Mr. Krauthammer’s initial statement last year on the issue of drones flying in the U.S.? Brew yourself some coffee, take a look, and watch a video I edited together on the topic!

The Brew
Basic drones, or UAVs , in Black Ops II are used to show one team (or, perhaps player) where enemies on the other team are on the radar. There is also a Counter-UAV in the game, which makes the radar fuzzy and not of any use while it is flying. Both UAV types mentioned are visible to players in the skies, if you look for them. What do I find the drones, or UAVs, good for though?

Personally, I find UAVs are good for +75 or +100 Scorestreak points in the game. UAVs are my weakness in the game. I may have the perfect camping spot set up, looking down my sites, just waiting on the enemies to fill it up; then I hear, “Be advised: hostile UAV incoming.”

As soon as I hear that, I switch to my secondary weapon, usually the SMAW or FHJ-18 AA, and look up into the sky and start spinning like a top searching for the UAV. I try to make the UAVs’ flight time short, very short. Like non-existent.

While blasting UAVs out of the skies in Call of Duty: Black Ops II’s online multiplayer is one of my favorite things to do, I personally hope that drones do not become a standard operating use here in the U.S., even other countries around the world, by the government or private companies. Before a few of my own reasons why, here’s the video!

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Why don’t I want drones to become a standard operating use?

Well, one reason, they can crash. Sure, it’s a rare occasion now, but the drone crashing in Maryland is a recent example just in the last year. While that one fortunately didn’t crash in a neighborhood, I can only imagine what might happen if there are 30,000, or more, drones up in the skies; that was the number of drones reported by The Washington Times last year that “could be” flying in the U.S. by 2020. 30,000!

Another reason is that they also apparently can lose communication with the original operator, and/or be hacked, which is possibly how Iran brought one down in their country. Black Ops II’s story actually addresses this issue somewhat, and the idea of them possibly being hacked, and controlled by somebody other than the original operator is a bit crazy to me.

While armed drones are supposedly off limits right now for U.S. airspace, the fact that innocent civilians have been killed by drone strikes is reason enough that I think armed drone strikes should be ruled out everywhere; not just here in the United States. How many accidental drone strikes does it take, to create more enemies? I doubt very many.

One more reason? Basically, I don’t trust U.S. politicians (see: government in general). The politicians in Washington D.C. can’t even balance the budget or bother to read the bills they vote on, and why should we give them the benefit of the doubt with more information possibly gathered by drones? The more I see things happening, the more I’m reminded of 1984 and panem et circenses.

So, in short, I do agree with Mr. Krauthammer’s initial statement about drones flying in the U.S., and I hope it doesn’t happen. Either way, I’ll enjoy shooting down UAVs in Black Ops II for now, and if you have a Wii U and Black Ops II feel free to add my Nintendo Network ID, Coffees, to your Wii U friend list.

You can call the U.S. Capitol’s switchboard, if you don’t know your representatives’ direct numbers, at 202-224-3121 to contact your representatives and let them know your opinion on this issue, and other issues that may be important to you.

Questions
Do you think drones should be allowed to fly in U.S. airspace for basic surveillance purposes? Do you have any thoughts on this topic in general, or is this the first you have heard about it?

Have you shot down, or tried to shoot down, any UAV in Black Ops II or other Call of Duty game?

Sources: Krauthammer On Drones Flying In US: “Stop It Here, Stop It Now”, Charles Krauthammer Opposes Drones?, Real Clear Politics

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Black Ops 2 Wii U patch available.

January 30, 2013
Black Ops 2’s main multiplayer screen.

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Treyarch had a history of supporting their Call of Duty titles on the Nintendo Wii post launch with patches aimed at fixing certain issues, or just making general improvements. Treyarch’s newest Call of Duty title, Black Ops 2, did not release for the Wii, but it did release for the Wii U.

Do you own a Wii U and a copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2? If so, there is now a new patch for the game that is available. The video below provides a few details:

The Brew
If you didn’t/can’t watch the video, here are a few bullet points on the new Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 patch for the Wii U:

  • The patch starts downloading immediately upon trying to launch the game.
  • The patch took (me) less than 10 minutes to download and install.
  • The patch now allows the Wii U GamePad Home button to be pressed while online between matches, or just looking at statistics not during a match.
  • Pressing the Home button will allow you to capture the image on the TV (and GamePad) for posting to Miiverse.
  • Pressing the Home button will back you out of the online server to the main Black Ops 2 multiplayer screen (see: main image above), so if you’re in a party with friends you may want to wait.
  • Treyarch has acknowledged there are “some issues with the version of the patch”, but they are working with Nintendo and have stated they are hoping an update might be provided tomorrow.
My Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 combat record.
Caffeinated Thoughts
I have only played a few matches today since the patch released, and I didn’t experience any issues that I was aware of post-patch. The ability to hit the GamePad’s Home button is a great addition, and I’m really glad to see Treyarch get that worked into this latest patch.
Like I mentioned in the video above, if you have a Wii U and Black Ops 2 or if you’re just looking for additional Wii U friends, feel free free to add my Nintendo Network ID to your Wii U friend list, which is Coffees!
Questions
Have any of you been playing Black Ops 2 on the Wii U, if so, have you enjoyed the online multiplayer? Also, are there any particular issues you have experienced since this patch was released that might need to be addressed with another one?
You can purchase Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for the Wii U from Amazon.com below:

Call of Duty? Conduit? GoldenEye? Metroid? What is the most played FPS Wii game in the U.S.?

November 13, 2012

The Roast
The Wii has had a variety of first-person shooter (FPS) games released during the last 6 years, some of the more popular Wii FPS titles you can see in the image above. With more than 20 FPS games released for the Wii, at least 10 have had online multiplayer, while some have been more single player focused like Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and Red Steel 2.

What is the most played FPS game on the Wii in the United States, according to the overall total hours reported and the average hours reported “Per person” on the Nintendo Channel? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

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Call of Duty: Black Ops is the Wii’s most played game from the Call of Duty series, according to the average hours reported “Per person” and also the total hours reported on the Nintendo Channel for all of the Call of Duty games, as well as all of the other FPS games with data reported through the Nintendo Channel.

Call of Duty: Black Ops was released on November 9, 2010 for the Wii, with a MSRP of $49.99. The game was developed by Treyarch and published by Activision, and received an ESRB rating of “MATURE” with “Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

The data shown in the image below is for the gameplay hours reported from U.S. Wii owners, with 734 days possibly report.

Data for U.S. Wii owners.

The Brew
Black Ops now has approximately 200,601 Wii owners from the U.S. that have reported playing the game through the Nintendo Channel, which is about 23,428 more Wii owners that have now reported data for the game, since the data report in June.

The game’s reported average play-time is now 84 Hours 22 Minutes “Per person”, over 2 hours higher than June’s reported average “Per person”, and the average played per day/time is about 2 Hours 36 Minutes. This simply means each time a Wii owner sits down to play Black Ops, they are spending about 2.5 hours playing it each time. It could be zombies. It could be standard online multiplayer. It could be single player. It could be all of them, but whatever it is, the game is still being played a lot.

What about reviews for Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Wii, has anything changed since June? Well, the game still has a “professional” review score average of 81.47%, based on 17 reviews on GameRankings.com. It now has a customer review score average of 77.30%, based on 141 customer reviews from Amazon.com.

How most Black Ops 2 players are feeling after the last night of gaming?

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Millions of gamers are probably playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on their PlayStation 3s, Xbox 360s, and PCs as I’m typing this. While Black Ops 2 is not releasing for the Wii, as confirmed by an Activision representative in October, the Wii was home to every other Treyarch developed Call of Duty game.

I haven’t played my copy of Black Ops on the PS3 in a while, but I did enjoy the online multiplayer when I played it, and the zombie mode as well. I didn’t go out and get a copy of Black Ops 2 for my PlayStation 3, because I’m debating on grabbing the game with my Wii U this Sunday.

If you haven’t seen any footage of Black Ops 2, take a look at the launch trailer below!

I am surprised that Black Ops on the Wii has become the most played FPS for the system, in both the hours reported “Per person” and the overall total hours reported. I thought that Call of Duty: World at War would hold onto the most played according to “Total Hours” reported because of Modern Warfare 3 potentially getting purchased and played by Black Ops players, but the data just over the last few months shows Black Ops is on a steady increase each week.

I’m really glad to see Treyarch releasing Black Ops 2 for the Wii U, and while it’s unfortunate for Wii owners  that want to play Black Ops 2 but won’t be getting a Wii U soon, hopefully the game makes use of the Wii U GamePad in some innovative ways that might even help sell a few more Wii U consoles to Call of Duty fans.

Questions
Have any of you been playing Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Wii, perhaps while waiting on Black Ops 2 and the Wii U’s release next week? If you have played Black Ops on the Wii, do you know how many hours you have put into the game?

Also, did any of you go to a midnight launch for Black Ops 2, or are any of you planning on buying Black Ops 2 for the Wii U?

If you are interested in Black Ops for the Wii, or the newly released Black Ops 2, you can see links for the games on Amazon.com below:

"Black Ops II will just be on the Wii U", Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 not releasing for the 3DS, DS, or Wii.

October 31, 2012

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be releasing on November 13th, and until now Activision has been quiet about the game releasing for the Nintendo Wii, DS, or 3DS.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has already been confirmed as a Wii U launch title, even pre-launch of sorts, and it will be available to purchase on November 13th. Will Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 release for the Wii, DS, or 3DS this year? Brew yourself some coffee, and hit the jump for a quick Call of Duty games history on the Nintendo DS and Wii, as well as the answers!

The Brew
The Nintendo DS was home to Call of Duty games for 5 consecutive years:

  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare in 2007
  • Call of Duty: World at War in 2008
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized in 2009
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops in 2010
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in 2011

The Nintendo Wii has had five Call of Duty titles released on it:

  • Call of Duty 3 in 2006
  • Call of Duty: World at War in 2008
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Reflex in 2009
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops in 2010
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in 2011
I contacted Activision earlier this month about Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 releasing for the Wii, since I couldn’t remember seeing that information confirmed, or denied, anywhere. I asked, “Also, is Black Ops II going to be releasing for the Wii, or just on the Wii U for the Nintendo side of things?

The initial response I received was, “Black Ops is shipping for 360, PS3, Wii U and PC.

To make sure Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 wasn’t releasing for the 3DS or Wii, I followed up with a second question, “So, just to make sure, there will be no Black Ops II for the Wii or 3DS? Just for the Wii U?

The second response was very clear. They said, “In terms of Nintendo products, Black Ops II will just be on the Wii U.

A picture says a thousand words, a zombie just moans?
Caffeinated Thoughts
I think it’s interesting that Activision isn’t releasing Black Ops 2 for the Wii, because the system does have such a large install base. I imagine the game could have sold decently on the system this holiday season, especially considering the Wii just had another price cut. I believe Nintendo is probably the biggest beneficiary of having Black Ops 2 only on their new Wii U system this holiday season, by using that as a potential selling point for older Wii only owners.
As for not releasing Black Ops 2 on the 3DS, or even DS, I think it’s surprising considering the DS had a new Call of Duty game released every year since 2007, with this year being the first the system isn’t getting one. The Nintendo 3DS has not had any Call of Duty game released for it, and this year makes for the second holiday season the 3DS will be on the market. When the largest FPS franchise in the video game industry is skipping a platform, that does make me question some things about the platform.
If you missed the post on Black Ops 2’s live-action trailer, you can see the trailer that released on Monday below.

I’m still planning on buying a Wii U day one, and Black Ops 2 is on my short list of games I’m debating on to grab with the system. Being that I enjoy Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls in FPS games, thanks to Treyarch and other FPS Wii developers, I’m glad to know that Black Ops 2 Wii U has those control options, as well as the Wii U GamePad control option.

I enjoyed the zombie mode a great deal in Call of Duty: World at War, and played the mode a decent amount in the original Black Ops, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what changes have been made to the mode. With today being Halloween, I think a Call of Duty zombie mode needs another visit!

If you’re a Nintendo fan and have enjoyed the Call of Duty Wii games and want to play Black Ops 2, I think this news is just another reason to buy a Wii U when it releases.

Questions
Are any of you planning on buying Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 when it releases? If so, which system are you planning on getting it for?

Does the news of Black Ops 2 not releasing for the Wii, or even 3DS, make you more likely to buy a Wii U system to play the game, if you are a Wii only owner?

If you are interested in Black Ops II, you pre-order the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U editions on Amazon.com below:

"Zombies. Groovy." Black Ops 2 Live Action Trailer

October 29, 2012

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II will soon land at retailers nation-wide and be available to purchase on November 13th. Treyarch and Activision are busy getting Black Ops II ready for launch, and like last year’s release of a live-action trailer for Modern Warfare 3, that has now been followed up with today’s release of a live-action trailer for Black Ops II. Brew yourself some coffee, and enjoy the trailer (a few times)!

*NOTE! Apparently the beans spilled out of the bag too soon, and someone released the trailer earlier than it was supposed to be release! Coming from a follow up email, “The explosive :60 second high-octane piece, titled ‘Surprise,’ will be unveiled on network television in the U.S. tonight on Monday Night Football and will rollout worldwide across high-profile telecasts including elite European football matches.


Caffeinated Brew
How many main people were in the trailer? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 main characters with *lines* from my count. Some were simple lines like, “Suprise!”, or even “Boom!”, but they were there, helping make the trailer complete.

I did look for coffee references such as, mugs, shops, and coffee pots in the trailer, but I didn’t spot any. While I’m patiently waiting Nintendo’s details on the Wii U’s online features and specifically which launch games will feature online multiplayer, Black Ops II is currently one of the Wii U games I’m looking forward to playing, a lot because of Treyarch’s solid Wii Call of Duty titles.

Questions
Are any of you planning on buying Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and if so, which version of the game are you planning on getting?

You can see Black Ops II on Amazon.com below for pre-order, including the Amazon.com pre-order bonuses:

Zombies Dominating the Wii? Call of Duty: Black Ops Dominating U.S. Wii FPS Hours

June 24, 2012
How most coffee drinkers look without coffee, or caffeinated energy snacks.

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     Call of Duty: Black Ops was released on November 9, 2010 for the Wii. The game was developed by Treyarch and published by Activision, and received an ESRB rating of “Mature” with “Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language” listed as content for parents and games to be aware of.
     This past November, we took a look at Call of Duty: Black Ops’ reported play-time over its first year on the Wii. It had already racked up over 10 million hours, and had become the most played FPS Wii game in the United States, per Wii owner, according to the reported data.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported playing Black Ops in the last 7 months, perhaps spending many of those hours battling zombies? Brew some coffee on this fine day, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Call of Duty: Black Ops now has approximately 177,173 U.S. Wii owners that have reported data through the Nintendo Channel, which is an increase of 43,012 U.S. Wii owners that have reported data since November 21, 2011.
     The game has an average play-time per day/session now reported of 2 Hours 38 Minutes, a 6 minute decrease over the last average per session reported. The game’s average hours reported “Per person” now being 81 Hours 53 Minutes is 3 Hours 32 Minutes higher than the last reported average.
     Black Ops’ current 14,506,333 Total Hours of reported game-play data is an increase of nearly 4 million more hours in the last 7 months.

     Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Wii has a “professional” review score average of 81.47%, based on 17 reviews on GameRankings.com.
     The game’s customer review score average is 76.88% though, based on 135 customer reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I haven’t played my PS3 copy of Black Ops in close to a year now, though I have played some Modern Warfare 3 on the Wii since it released. If you never saw how Activision was marketing Black Ops, the first video below shows two clips they used for helping market the game:

     With Black Ops 2 officially having been revealed, Activision and Treyarch have been busy now talking about the game and showing some of it off. If you haven’t watched anything on Black Ops 2 yet, the video below is a “Behind the Scenes Preview” for the game, which I thought was pretty cool:

     I mentioned in an older post, “Based off the play-time data currently reported for CoD:WaW, I think it will be the Wii’s most reported played FPS game, until the next Nintendo console is released.
     I thought Call of Duty: World at War would be the Wii’s “most played” FPS game with “Total Hours” reported until Nintendo’s next console released, that we now know as the Wii U this holiday season, but seeing the number of hours Black Ops has been increasing, it may very well become the Wii’s most played FPS game “Per person” and with “Total Hours” reported in the U.S., before the Wii U releases later this year.

Questions
     Have any of you been playing Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Wii, or even PS3 or 360, regularly since it released? Is the Zombie Mode one reason you keep returning to the game, or just the regular multiplayer?
     If you are a fan of the Call of Duty series in general, but perhaps don’t purchase every single game for the series that releases, do you plan on purchasing Black Ops 2 when it releases later this year?

You can see Black Ops and Black Ops 2 on Amazon.com below:

Black Ops 2 Wii U is Happening.

June 18, 2012

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     Call of Duty: Black Ops II for the Xbox 360 was shown at E3 this year during Microsoft’s press conference, and a portable version was talked about for the PS Vita during Sony’s press conference.

     What did Nintendo have to say/show about Black Ops 2 on the Wii, Wii U, or even the 3DS during their 2012 E3 press conference, and during E3 in general? Nothing.

     Does this mean that Call of Duty: Black Ops II won’t be releasing for the Wii U? No, and I believe there is more than enough evidence that shows Black Ops 2 will release on the Wii U in the launch window, and it will also offer some great use of the Wii U’s GamePad for controls.

     So, with the current official release date for Black Ops 2 being 11-13-12, November 13th, what is this “evidence” for Black Ops 2 releasing on the Wii U, probably as a launch title, later this year? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brewed Evidence
     When the Wii released in 2006, Call of Duty 3 was one of the many launch games for the system. The game was developed by Treyarch, and published by Activision. While it did not feature online multiplayer, or offline, Treyarch seemed to get the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls implemented pretty well, considering it was a Wii launch title.
     In 2007, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles, but the game was not released for the Wii. Why? Modern Warfare was originally developed by Infinity Ward, and not Treyarch. Infinity Ward chose not to develop a Wii version, so Wii owners did not have a Call of Duty title in 2007.

The evidence was first brewed in 2006, and has been pouring out since.

     Call of Duty: World at War was released on November 11, 2008 for the Wii, and the other consoles. The PS3 and 360 versions featured cooperative play and introduced the Nazi-zombies mode, and while the Wii version lacked those features, World at War Wii did introduce online multiplayer for up to 8 players.

     Fast-forward to November 2009, and while PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 gamers were able to purchase Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Wii owners were not. Wii owners would finally have the chance to purchase the original critically acclaimed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare though, now titled Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Reflex which was ported to the Wii by a small team at Treyarch.

     On November 9, 2010, Call of Duty: Black Ops released for the Nintendo Wii. Black Ops was developed by Treyarch and released for all the home consoles on that very same day.
     Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 released on November 8, 2011 and was developed with Infinity Ward leading development for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC versions, as well as Sledgehammer Games and a few other developers helping with development. At the same time the “HD” console versions were being developed, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was being ported to the Wii by a team at Treyarch, and released on November 8, 2011 for the Wii along with the other console versions.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     So, what do all the Call of Duty games have in common that were released for the Wii? The common connection is the key piece of evidence as to why I think Call of Duty: Black Ops II will be on the Wii U this holiday season, and probably offer some of the best uses of the Wii U’s GamePad for a FPS title as well.
     The key piece of evidence and common connection is Treyarch. Treyarch has proven to be a very capable developer on the Wii, not only by getting the Call of Duty games to the console, but by improving the series with almost every new Call of Duty game released. World at War had the first online multiplayer for the series, and Black Ops introduced the Nazi-zombies mode online. Voice chat is now standard for the newer Call of Duty Wii games, as are fully customizable control settings.

Here’s hoping Treyarch has Wii U GamePad controls, and
Wii Remote & Nunchuk controls as options in Black Ops 2.

     Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is being developed by Treyarch, and knowing the history that Treyarch has with developing all the Call of Duty games for the Wii, starting with Call of Duty 3 being a Wii launch title, I believe Call of Duty: Black Ops II is happening for the Wii U.
     I will be looking for Nintendo and Activision to confirm this before the Wii U launches though, because if the Wii U does not get the next title from the biggest FPS series in gaming right now, that would be very concerning to me for the Wii U moving forward.
     Personally though, if Black Ops 2 is announced for the Wii U, it would probably become an instant day one purchase for me if online multiplayer is confirmed, because I appreciate the work Treyarch has done getting the Call of Duty games on the Wii, and making them not just run well, but also making them a lot of fun.


*UPDATE: A reader on GoNintendo.com, majestik12, commented on this story linked there, asking why some comments from Treyarch weren’t mentioned in this piece. While the only comments from Activision and Treyarch I had seen “officially” on Black Ops II Wii U are the typical PR, “We don’t have anything to say about that.” lines when questioned about the game.
     Majestik12 also mentioned a magazine scan from a Nintendo related magazine that was leaked just over a week ago now that “confirms”, at least until the magazine copy is released and it’s either proven real, or proven real fake, that Black Ops II will be releasing for the Wii U this November. You can see the scan and story on it HERE. Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Heading For Wii U.


Questions
     Agree, or disagree? Do you think that based on Treyarch’s history with the Call of Duty games on the Wii, that Call of Duty: Black Ops II will be in the launch window for the Wii U?
     If Nintendo were to somehow fail in getting Black Ops II on the Wii U, would that make you concerned for future third party support of the Wii U console?

You can see the Call of Duty Wii games on Amazon.com below, as well as Black Ops 2 for the PS3 and 360 which you can pre-order. If a Wii U listing shows up, I’ll try and remember to add it below as well:

FPS Friday! Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s Hours Report

December 10, 2011

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     Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was released on November 8, 2011 for all the current generation home consoles. The Wii version released at a MSRP of $49.99, and it was developed by Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer Games and ported to the Wii by Treyarch, and it was published by Activision.
     The Wii version received an ESRB rating of “Mature” with “Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners put into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and does it appear they are playing the game online any? Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has 3,895 Wii owners that have reported data through the Nintendo Channel since it released last month, and the game’s average play-time per day/session is 3 Hours 7 Minutes.
     The Wii version of Modern Warfare 3 has a “professional” review score average of 70.67%, based on 9 reviews on GameRankings.com.
     The game currently has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 21 customer reviews. When converted to a 100% review scale, Modern Warfare 3 has an 84.76% review score average from the 21 reviews on Amazon.com.

Recorded December 9, 2011

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I have been enjoying my time with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on the Wii, and if you aren’t aware, the Wii version has been patched not once, but twice now; and they even did some behind the scene “fixes” that didn’t require a download.
     I finished the single-player campaign in roughly 6 hours, and have spent about another 2 hours going back and playing through some of the levels again. Based on the reported hours, I definitely think Wii owners are playing the game’s online multiplayer.
     The video below shows off the first few minutes of one of my multiplayer matches after the second patch was released for the game. If you’re wondering, the results in the video were based off of luck, not skills:

     Seeing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 debut already I think continues to show there is a market for FPS games on the Wii, and specifically FPS games with online multiplayer even given the Wii’s online use of “friend codes”.

Questions
     Have any of you been playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3? If so, which version have you been playing?

If any of you are interested in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, you can see the PS3, Wii, and 360 versions on Amazon.com linked below:
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Black Friday Black Ops! Becoming the Wii’s most played FPS in only a year

November 26, 2011

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     Earlier this week we looked at the Wii’s most played FPS game according to the “Total Hours” played, as reported through the Nintendo Channel; you can read that report HERE.
     This FPS Black Friday report though, takes a look at the reported game-play data for Call of Duty: Black Ops over the last year.

     Call of Duty: Black Ops was released on November 9, 2010. It was developed by Treyarch, as was World at War, and published by Activision.
     The game received a “Maturerating from the ESRB with “Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

     While Black Ops does not have the most “Total Hours” reported, it has become the Wii’s most played FPS game “Per person” according to reported data.
     How many hours have Wii owners spent playing Call of Duty: Black Ops over the last year, with 377 days possibly reported? Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Call of Duty: Black Ops now has 134,161 Wii owners that have reported game-play hours through the Nintendo Channel, which is an increase of 25,176 Wii owners having reported data since August of this year.
     Black Ops’ average play-time per day/session reported for Wii owners is now 2 Hours 44 Minutes. This simply means that each day/session Wii owners are sitting down to play Call of Duty: Black Ops, they are investing nearly three hours of their time in the game.
     The 10,511,714 “Total Hours” reported is equivalent to playing the game for 1,199 years. Nonstop, FPS action, 24/7/365 for basically 1,200 years. Do we have any volunteers?
     The Wii version of Black Ops released with a MSRP of $49.99, but can be found on sale at different retailers depending when you look.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I completed the single-player campaign in Black Ops earlier this year, as part of my New Year’s video game resolution, but I haven’t really played the game since. Like each Call of Duty game released for the last several years, Black Ops is still selling well considering it was released over a year ago.
     If you don’t know a lot about the Call of Duty games, and how they are marketed, below is a video that Activision and Treyarch released helping advertise Black Ops before it came out last year:

     As for the reported data, seeing Call of Duty: Black Ops with more than 10 million “Total Hours” reported in just a year, I believe is absolutely incredible for a Wii FPS. Black Ops already has 2/3rds of the “Total Hours” reported that Call of Duty: World at War has on the Wii, and World at War had a 2 year head-start.
     Not only do the reported 78 Hours 21 Minutes “Per person” make Black Ops the most played Wii FPS per person and/or Wii console, but those hours put Black Ops in the Top 10 “most played” Wii games “Per person” as well. Again, this has happened in only a year.
     If Call of Duty: World at War’s and Call of Duty: Black Ops’ reported game-play hours don’t show third party developers that the Wii has a FPS audience, and one that really enjoys the genre, I don’t know what will at this point.

Questions
     Do any of you play Call of Duty: Black Ops on a regular basis? If so, which version do you play?
     If you are playing the Wii version, have you enjoyed the Zombie mode in the online multiplayer?

If any of you are interested in Black Ops, you can see prices for the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii versions on Amazon.com linked below:
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The Wii’s Most Played FPS by "Total Hours" Is?

November 24, 2011

The Roast
     According to one “professional” reviewer for Modern Warfare 3 on the Wii, “The words ‘Wii’ and ‘online multiplayer’ aren’t used in the same sentence very often…“.
     Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 released 2 weeks ago, and I have been playing it a good bit since I received it.
     The Wii has single-player focused FPS games like Metroid Prime 3: Corruption which lack multiplayer of any sort, and the more online multiplayer focused FPS games like the Call of Duty games. While the Wii may not have as many FPS games as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, it has had at least one FPS released every year with online multiplayer since 2007.

     What is the most played Wii FPS according to “Total Hours” played, as reported through the Nintendo Channel, and does it have online multiplayer? Can you guess it before seeing the answer? Let’s take a look!

Coffee Beans
     Call of Duty: World at War is the Wii’s most played FPS game, according to the “Total Hours” reported on the Nintendo Channel. World at War was released on November 11, 2008 for the Nintendo Wii and was the first Call of Duty Wii game to have online multiplayer.
     The game was developed by Treyarch, and published by Activision. It received an ESRB rating of Mature” with “Blood, Strong Language, Violence” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of. World at War does have a “content filter” that allows players to have certain violent scenes and some language removed from the single-player campaign, if they wish to enjoy it without all the “Mature” content.
     The data displayed in the image below is for game-play hours reported from Wii owners, again through the Nintendo Channel, over the last 3 years; with 1,105 days possibly reported.



The Brew
     Call of Duty: World at War now has 301,334 Wii owners that have reported data through the Nintendo Channel over the last 3 years.
     Wii owners playing World at War have averaged 2 Hours 5 Minutes for each session/day they sit down and play the game. The nearly 15 million “Total Hours” of game-play reported are equivalent to over 1,700 continuous years of game time. That’s 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for 1,711 years of nonstop FPS action.
     While World at War released with a MSRP of $49.99, you can now find the game on Amazon.com for under $30 HERE, and GameStop.com for under $20 HERE.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     To quote IGN’s Modern Warfare 3 Wii reviewer again, “The words ‘Wii’ and ‘online multiplayer’ aren’t used in the same sentence very often…”. While that quote is perhaps true of general video game sites like IGN, I think it’s only from the lack of understanding that there is a Wii FPS audience, and one that enjoys the FPS genre very much.
     If you are a new Wii owner and perhaps looking for a first-person shooter with a World War II settting, I would suggest Call of Duty: World at War.  I have played through the game’s single-player campaign twice, beating it once on Veteran; and I enjoyed the story very much.  Below is a brief trailer for World at War that shows how Activision marketed the game:

     I haven’t attempted to play the game’s online multiplayer in quite some time, but for me it was the “meat” of the game. I spent many months playing the online multiplayer, and I really, really, really….really enjoyed it, and because of the online multiplayer, World at War became my most played Wii game.  You can see my “Total Hours” spent in Call of Duty: World at War on the Wii below:

     While the image above shows my reported play-time with the Wii version, it doesn’t show the many hours I spent playing World at War on the PS3 with my friend Keith, from RespawnAction.com.  The Wii version lacked the multiplayer Zombie mode, and you can read how I came to own the PS3 version of the game HERE, if you missed it.

Questions
     Have any of you played any version of Call of Duty: World at War?  If so, did you enjoy the game and do you perhaps still find yourself playing it?
     Are any of your surprised that World at War is the most played Wii FPS by Total Hours, or did you guess it before even seeing it?

You can see prices for the PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360 versions of the game on Amazon.com linked below:
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