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Modern Warfare 2 is Most Pirated Game of 2009

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 broke all sorts of records -- even ones on illegal activities.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is 2009's entertainment juggernaut. In its first 24 hours, the game sold 4.7 million copies in North America and the UK, scooping in $310 million.

Infinity Ward's latest cash cow shooter isn't only a champion in the legitimate space – the game also proved to be the most popular choice for gaming pirates too.

According to TorrentFreak, the PC version of Modern Warfare 2 has gathered 4.1 million BitTorrent downloads since its release on November 10 to December 27. Adding in the 970,000 downloads of the Xbox 360 version (for modded consoles), that brings a download total of more than 5 million for Modern Warfare 2.

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    dxwarlock , December 29, 2009 2:04 PM
    new article tomorrow:
    Modern Warfare 2 is Most over hyped game of 2009!

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    hixbot , December 29, 2009 1:19 PM
    ridiculous. a quick search of any torrent site, will show the xbox 360 version is pirated the most.
    you can play MP on the xbox 360 with a pirated copy.

    and as far as the pc version goes, they gimped the MP so badly this round that noone is interested in it. if the mp sucks, why buy the game when you can just pirate for the single player?
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    aethm , December 29, 2009 1:49 PM
    Not surprised. I wish I would have pirated it. It's a worthless PC game. Lasted me all of 4 hours.
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    Anonymous , December 29, 2009 1:13 PM
    i thought you couldn't play mp on the pirated version .. so what's the point?
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    hixbot , December 29, 2009 1:19 PM
    ridiculous. a quick search of any torrent site, will show the xbox 360 version is pirated the most.
    you can play MP on the xbox 360 with a pirated copy.

    and as far as the pc version goes, they gimped the MP so badly this round that noone is interested in it. if the mp sucks, why buy the game when you can just pirate for the single player?
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    fulle , December 29, 2009 1:25 PM
    @Bob

    Since the multiplayer has no dedicated servers, and just a crappy matchmaking system, the game's only worth it for the short single player campaign... which a hardcore FPS player will blow through in just a couple days.
    -Ironically, players who pirate the game can use hacks to get dedicated servers and the dev console.

    Not really surprised on the 5 million pirate downloads, but that 4.1 million legit copies sold in the first 24 hours sort of makes me sad... considering the way IW basically stabbed hardcore FPS players in the back and twisted the knife.
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    fulle , December 29, 2009 1:27 PM
    *correction: 4.7 million legit copies in the first 24 hours. I need an edit button.

    @Hix
    I like you. You actually spelled "ridiculous" correctly. On the forums here, that's freaking amazing.
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    4ILY45 , December 29, 2009 1:39 PM
    heck, they sold the thing for $60.
    no surprise there..
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    chris13th , December 29, 2009 1:40 PM
    well...i wasn't about to pay another 60 bucks for a bullshit version of a fantastic game. i would have paid 30, as an expansion...because that's all it's worth
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    bamslang , December 29, 2009 1:49 PM
    I had it given to me as a gift for the 360. Beat single player quickly and got bored of mp just as fast. It's fun, but not a huge improvement over MW1. Sure there are fun new gadgets like the pred or the AC130 in MP, but nothing that really kept me playing.

    Now if they put in dedicated, I would probably buy it for PC and play it a lot more than I do now on the 360. It just doesn't feel right playing FPS on a console when you did it for so long on PC.

    Sadly, the only thing that will come of this is more DRM, which, like abstinence teaching, has proven to not work with kids or adults.
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    aethm , December 29, 2009 1:49 PM
    Not surprised. I wish I would have pirated it. It's a worthless PC game. Lasted me all of 4 hours.
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    Anonymous , December 29, 2009 1:53 PM
    Biometric DRM is the only course of action left! Register your finger print and for a mere $150 Game Company X will send you their latest title (encoded so only you can play it) and a biometric scanner to use every time you load the game.
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    dxwarlock , December 29, 2009 2:04 PM
    new article tomorrow:
    Modern Warfare 2 is Most over hyped game of 2009!

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    Anonymous , December 29, 2009 2:04 PM
    You know take torret freaks numbers with a grain of sult. torret freak has creadbility iusse. Pc gaming does not have the highest pircay rate. All you need to do is look at nintendo wii and dsi

    sorry pc gaming pircay does not reach into the billions

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/1-Billion-Dollars-Worth-Pirated-DS-Games-Were-Seized-83135.shtml

    here is proof that the ps3 can be pirated

    video gamer ask torret freak to perduce consoles number for pircay last year they could not do it or did not do it. By the way those numbers are old I am sure those numbers are alot bigger too.


    http://www.psxextreme.com/ps3-news/1323.html




    here is a little more proof of ps3 pirated

    http://www.afterdawn.com/news/archive/10086.cfm

    http://www.gamespot.com/pages/forums/show_msgs.php?topic_id=26745912

    http://asia.cnet.com/blogs/rehashplus/post.htm?id=63005989

    by the way I just want to add all the best features from call of duty seires came from pc gamers on modders.

    the game devs did not perduce jack!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2NkIfUgjkc&feature=player_embedded

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMfTR8PBrsE


    byy the way you don't need to mod your console to pirate games.

    I just want to get that out there. The gaming Industry has alot of lairs out there so be clearful.

    also I personaly call the gaming industry a dictorship

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ozF4zndGbg

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    sliem , December 29, 2009 2:05 PM
    Why is it so surprising?
    Popularity attracts pirates. Common sense.
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    JeanLuc , December 29, 2009 2:13 PM
    I wonder how many legit copies of Modern Warfare sold on the PC? I'm guessing about 820,000 copies (take a 80% piracy rate).

    So far MW2 has sold 4.2 million copies with another 1 million pirate copies given it a total audience of 5.3 million on the Xbox 360, PS3 aren't worth mentioning and on the PC we know it's been pirated 4.1 million times with about another 1 million legit copies sold for a total playing audience of 5.1 million(guesstimate).

    This proves to me PC gaming is far from dead and there's an audience out there to sell you product to and make money from all you need to do is give them what they want. If publishers treated pirate like competition rather then criminals (by offering something they can't) I reckon games companies would make more money out of the PC as a platform then they do currently.
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    hillarymakesmecry , December 29, 2009 2:15 PM
    Stupid pirates ruined the Dreamcast and killed SEGA's console future. Now they're ruining PC gaming too.

    Stop justifying stealing something. If I'm hungry can I go steal a sandwich that's overpriced and tastes bad just because it's not worthy of my money? No! You're still a theif. If you want a game suck it up and buy it.

    The only thing I hate more than invasive and irritating DRM is the pirates the necessitate it.
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    razor512 , December 29, 2009 2:31 PM
    Beat the game in like 3-4 hours

    these companies need to lower their prices when they know that cant add enough gameplay.

    they should charge as much for a game as will be charged to watch a movie, the cost of making a PC game is often less than making a movie, and the time to make one is about the same also, there is no reason for the $60 price tag

    people will pirate less if games were cheaper or at least offered $60 worth of gameplay.

    all of the new games pretty much suck with this, one of the worst being dragon age, with only about 3 hours of actual gameplay and endless hours of filler content (walking around with a character that runs slowly and talking to random people or doing some stupid annoying puzzle crap to cross a bridge, this is all time wasting to make a game seem longer, this is done in every current game and it has to stop)
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    randerson , December 29, 2009 2:33 PM
    I think the best defense against pirating is to make a great MP that people want to pay for.
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    HavoCnMe , December 29, 2009 2:36 PM
    Serves em right, should of added dedicated server's, they would have my money right now, i am one of the 5 million and not one of the $310 million. Their fault.
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    tommysch , December 29, 2009 2:49 PM
    Lets pirate some majors into bankruptcy.
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