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MikeLove

CM30 wrote:

Eventually. Everything comes to an end, and this series will be replaced by something equally popular within a few months or years.

Just as GTA and COD have surpassed Mario games in popularity

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AdmiralThrawn

I think it has started with Ghosts already. I started on COD 4 which was when the series really started to skyrocket. After BLOPS 2, it is starting to decline.

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unrandomsam

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CM30 wrote:

Eventually. Everything comes to an end, and this series will be replaced by something equally popular within a few months or years.

Just as GTA and COD have surpassed Mario games in popularity

And Candy Crush or Angry Birds is probably more popular than either (Or Flappy Bird).

What is popular is generally not what is good.

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Remember how Sonic The Hedgehog got so popular in the 90's that Britain had a Sega World? Now you barely hear his name in pop culture compared to Fifa and Call of Duty. Remember how Tony Hawk got loads of popular skating games then ruined it all with a gimmick? Now the most recent Tony Hawk game was a HD remake. I'd say Call Of Duty will go the way of Sonic and Tony Hawk fairly soon.

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Dave24

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Remember how Sonic The Hedgehog got so popular in the 90's that Britain had a Sega World? Now you barely hear his name in pop culture compared to Fifa and Call of Duty. Remember how Tony Hawk got loads of popular skating games then ruined it all with a gimmick? Now the most recent Tony Hawk game was a HD remake. I'd say Call Of Duty will go the way of Sonic and Tony Hawk fairly soon.

Problem is, these games were not selling in billions.Probably both franchises with all the entries combined did not hit this many sales as 2 or 3 games in the series. Well, ok, maybe it's going way overboard, but the point is, it is selling way better.

The only thing that could kill CoD is a) crappy entry or b) new crazy fad. Say what you want about CoD, it's here to stay for a long while, it's an juggernaut and you can all bet that Activision won't let it die that easy.

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CM30

As gaming gets more popular, the ballpark figure for what a 'good' or 'great' game sells will increase as well. So while Call of Duty is popular now, it's replacement will be just as or even more popular in future.

But even so, keep in mind two things:

1. Some older games did sell that well, when they first came out. I'm pretty sure GTA sold great when it was brand new, or at least even better than it does now. Pokemon Red and Blue did the same sort of numbers, with about 20 million games sold. Super Mario Bros 1 sold about 40 million copies on the NES.

2. Everything loses popularity. Eternity doesn't exist, especially not where popularity and hype is concerned.

Also, on another note...

Wii Sports has sold better than pretty much everything ever released by any company since. Super Mario Bros 1, Call of Duty, Halo, GTA, Pokemon... none have had a single game sell better than Wii Sports. Funny how a lot of gamers love to ignore that.

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Call of Duty is a symptom of the problem, as are a few others, the FPS genre on the whole. The cause is the industry itself and the terrible model of development and budget they've put up in the way of getting things to market on a disc. When things went HD, that's when things really started to go wrong. The cost escalation was so high and with the bump in quality so much greater, the industry got the really bad idea that they needed to start doing hollywood like projects, hollywood actors, visual effects, CGI, music construction, the works. All this costs a crap load more cash than any Gamecube/Wii, DS/3DS type game and things prior. When you figure they go in to a project with a set cost, and set expense to make the game, they take on the onus up front they need to sell X million copies at the original MSRP or they could take anything from a hit, to being closed down or merged with another to survive. Ever notice just how many companies kept merging and closing their doors during the last generation due to the escalation of costs. Did you ever notice the not so coincidence of indie games, small funded projects, and other stuff beginning to explode on computer then console digital downloads? And isn't it interesting a lot of those projects were stuff that were once acceptable on a disc or cartridge, and that some of it still was popping up only on the DS/3DS instead? The companies have priced themselves into oblivion to where only safe bets are things to re-release each year with not much changed to rake in the dough off the yearly buying millions of suckers out there that line up for COD, EA (or other) Sports, MMOs, Racing, and few other genres...they're safe and sell millions. They have created a stigma that a lot of other games won't sell unless it's on a handheld or a digital game, yet you see millions of units sell on the Wii, WiiU, 3DS, and DS of games that supposedly won't sell on physical media and enough to get into Top10 lists over the head of multi-system release games.

Call of Duty isn't to blame, it is relevant because of the system of self serving safe releases and razor thin margins to destruction that was setup by the game makers.

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OptometristLime

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will Pokémon lose relevance?(I love Pokémon, BTW)
probably, if the gaming industry continues going on like this all games we know will lose relevance at some point and maybe be replaced, but I wouldn't worry about it for now since gaming companies are trying hard to at least stabilize.

Yeah that's my question too, I think Pokemon has more staying power and nostalgic relevance...
So it better stick around for awhile.

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kkslider5552000

Pokemon is going nowhere unless someone else makes a better and more marketable Pokemon. And that would've happened a decade+ ago if it was ever going to happen.

That would put Pokemon above Call of Duty in this regard because better Call of Duty came out this year. It's called Titanfall.

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shingi_70

Not anytime soon until someone comes and de-thrones it.

Destiny could do it but the game is a MMO instead of a straight shooter and the multiplayer isn't as balanced as CODs.
Titanfall took the biggest leap, but the game was desgined in such a way that you can't play it competitvly.
Halo MCC and 5 will take do really good, but they will only challange COD in the xbox and pro gaming space.

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