Which War Would You Fight?
This November, weapons will be primed, targets will be adjusted, controls calibrated. Videogamers everywhere will boot up their favorite online shoot em up game. But which one?
Battlefield 3 is launching this week and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is coming on Nov 8. So what game will get your $60?
Which game will come out the victor?
One person thinks he knows the answer. Game analyst Michael Pachter of Wedbush Morgan Securities predicts that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will dominate with a projected 16 million units sold this year while Battlefield 3 will sell half that at 8 million copies.
He also says that around 2 to 3 million gamers will get both titles.
Despite what Pachter said, Battlefield 3 has fired the first shot garnering positive reviews from game sites. Most notably IGN which awarded them an "Editor's Choice" award.
Gamers have long drawn the line in this war of shoot-em-ups. Some gamers have sided with Electronic Arts, maker of Battlefield 3. Others place their loyalty with COD: MW3's mother company, Activision.
But regardless on which game comes out on top, the real winner here is the video game industry with a joint projected revenue of US$1.4 billion for just the two games alone.
By the end of December when the holiday fervor has waned and things on the retail front start to go back to normal, both EA and Activision will still be busy tallying their sales and profits.
Who says war isn't profitable?