" Although you musnt equate game sales with how good the games actually are, more the relience on how gullible people will continue to lap up practically the exact same game every year with good marketing "I couldnt have said it better myself. Thats the mistake even industry vets seem to make ALL THE TIME! Im not saying COD games aren't fun, but with a franchise thats rakes in a large percentage of the money spent on games that year I expect more innovation. If you are innovating(no your not, the games are exact replicas) then innovate more. Spend the money, get the talent, and maybe SPEND THE TIME to make each successor that much more appealing.
Patrick Klepek ALREADY breaking dem big insider stories. I'm so proud.
Fantastic job Patrick. So excited to see more articles like this coming from Giant Bomb now.
Yep, this is some fantastic content.
Appreciate the work Mr. Klepek. Someone should really get you a hat for this sort of thing.
Now this is News.
Great read, Klepek.
My personal interest in fps's has been greatly diminishing over the last few months and I sent back Black-ops only a week after I got it.
While the arc of success is still rising with the COD series, I can see a future where they've reached the edges of innovation within the confines that COD allows and they will HAVE to do different things, either that or go the way of the Dodo.
On another note, I haven't read anything this engaging on Giantbomb for a long while.
I usually read the first 2 paragraphs of an article and the last one as it saves me alot of time and usually tells me all I want to know from the article. For one reason alone, so much goes on on the internet these days that, put bluntly, who has the time to read generic, all-over-the-internet, stuff all day?
Anyway, Glad you're here Klepek, that was a very interesting read, with the above paragraph in mind, I read your entire article.
Im so fucking glad you're handling the news Klepek. Great article.
"Call of Duty is one of the biggest entertainment franchises in the world,"
I never would've dreamed to ever read that a few years ago. And it's not even a lie.
Great read, interesting how they look at how they seem to be driving IW's concept to the bank, but how long will that last?
Great write up Patrick! I hope this is a sign of things to come from the news side of GB!
While I'll always fondly remember and wish for the good ol' days of Giant Bomb, this one-two punch of Nicholson and Klepek bodes well.
So I guess Battlefield is Rock Band?
I already like Klepek
Interesting article, very insightful! Personally I'm not convinced that Call of Duty will continue to grow and grow and maintain popularity a few years from now. There will come a point where no one cares about it and something else takes its place, just as with Guitar Hero, just as with the fighting game explosion of the 90s. My two cents.
This makes me want to go back and play the original Spyro again
Those who don't remember the past... yada yada yada
Great article, dude! You're already proving (to me at least) why you're one of the best gaming journalists out there with this story. Top notch stuff!
Great article man.
"Dammit, Patrick. Why you gotta get all smart on us?"
Giant Bomb is complete. Great Stuff.
Patrick hitting all the sectors! News, Bombcasts, and Quick Looks! Congrats on a successful debut.
" Giant Bomb is complete. Great Stuff. "This
I hardly ever post comments on articles but I just wanted to add to the list of people who are giving props to Patrick. Great story and I think he's going to make an awesome addition to the team
I'm kinda confused as to why people are jumping up on this Klepek guys dick...I see nothing special about this article. It's most just quoted material with some base analysis...but OK.
Klepek is awesome. You guys definitely beat Kotaku to the punch, they're linking here with a summary of the story.
Call of Duty: Warriors of Modern War-rock confirmed for 2012.
Great article indeed. At least Activision is honestly interested in keeping COD viable and considering whether it is becoming stale. After MW, MW2 and playing plenty of Blops i'm feeling kind of burned out on the series. But hey if they can find a way to innovate and grow the brand, i'll keep playing. I know there's a lot of grumbling about an online subscription for multiplayer but like i said, if they manage to do something engaging and quality with it, instead of making me pay regularly for something i'm already tiring of, i'll stick around for it. Unless BF3 is as awesome as i'm hoping...
Its re-assuring to know that even at the very top their atleast aware of how rare this popular of a game is and they seem to appreciate that enough to keep it on top for atleast a little while longer.
Check it out.
Stuff I learned from this article:
Congrats on your first story here on GiantBomb, Patrick. A very nice reading.
Hey... this was a great article. Glad to see patrick already working hard.
Well people seem to still love the CoD games and mappack expansions. He must be at least partially right. I think people really do enjoy the twitch-arcade style FPS game and will continue to buy it in some form or other. Probably short sighted to extrapolate that upward sales trend out to infinity.
Started to read this and thought, man I wish GiantBomb would do more content like this. It then dawned on me that this is indeed the start of GiantBomb doing more content like this.
Welcome to the team Patrick, great article and I look forward to more of your work.
"Activision doesn’t always seem to get the credit it deserves in terms of innovation in my opinion, but there is no short supply of it,"
Laughing so fucking hard right now.
I'm kinda confused as to why people are jumping up on this Klepek guys dick...I see nothing special about this article. It's most just quoted material with some base analysis...but OK.Because it's not a Brad Nicholson Kotaku-like article
I think they peaked with Black Ops, they will start to decline now. The next one will be successful, but will sell less than black ops. Following that we'll see a line of consistent high quality shooters, but will sell less and less as people grow tired of the formula.
They will then realize that the right path to follow is to create a shooter in the Mass Effect universe, with all the call of duty snappy gameplay, but with a rich, sci-fi story and background.
Also, you'll mine for minerals with your assault rifle.
" @RsistncELet's chill on Nicholson, cool?I'm kinda confused as to why people are jumping up on this Klepek guys dick...I see nothing special about this article. It's most just quoted material with some base analysis...but OK.Because it's not a Brad Nicholson Kotaku-like article "
That memo betrays a terrible lack of faith in the creators of the Call of Duty franchise (to say nothing of the fact that, fundamentally, the models of game are completely separate between COD and GH). Or maybe its a reveille. As I see it, the Call of Duty franchise is structured largely around the same fundamental model, game after game:
" @natetodamax said:You just want to steer the conversation back to guys jumping on your dick heheheh" @RsistncELet's chill on Nicholson, cool? "
Woah, a news article that's actually pretty good?
" First Person Shooters, the cockroaches of the gaming industry. "This
" @natetodamax said:I love that "Kotaku-like" is a big enough insult to have staff step in and tell people to chill." @RsistncELet's chill on Nicholson, cool? "
Awesome! This is just the stuff I was hoping to see from Patrick. And I actually read it, too, which I honestly didn't mean to. I guess it much have been a well written piece. ;)
I think I'll reserve judgement until they actually announce Bungie's game and the next CoD, but I will say that I'm disappointed in Hirshberg's comments because clearly they don't see anything wrong with doing yearly releases of a game. Kudos if they can keep it up and make great games consistently, but I'm not interested in playing the same game every year. The way they keep churning these out is the opposite of what they should do if they're trying to be seen as innovative..
I've never understood why people relate Call of Duty to Guitar Hero. They're two completely different cases - one a novelty and the other from the most popular and overplayed genre in the world. People have been playing shooters like crazy for at least 15 years. Everyone claims Activision is riding COD hard and how it's going to capsize but it's done the exact opposite so far.
It seems to me like wishful thinking that the evil empire will go down whereas all the evidence in this case points in the other direction. Call of Duty is only getting bigger over time.
Oh, please, don't flatter yourselves and call what you do innovation. All you're able to do is keep your herd following, but there's a reason why they're called sheep.
"Activision doesn’t always seem to get the credit it deserves in terms of innovation in my opinion, but there is no short supply of it, even in our narrower slate"