call of duty

This infographic examines the first person shooter war game Call of Duty and it’s sequels, and bounces the money made by these games about war against the actual cost of war.  An ambitious task, yes, but I think you’ll be surprised at the numbers.

Note:  this is impossible to break into subheadings, so I’ll just give you an overview of the information and get to the scorecard.

The Call of Duty franchise is worth over $3 billion.  The games included discussed in the infographic are Call of Duty 4:  Modern Warfare, Call of Duty:  Modern Warfare 2, and Call of Duty:  Modern Warfare 3.

CoD4:  Modern Warfare generated $13 million in sales the first day.  Modern Warfare 2 generated $550 million in the first 5 days of sales, beating out Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince‘s 5 day global box office record.  $310 million of those sales occurred the first day.

Modern Warfare 3 generated $560 million in sales the first day.

Each game won multiple awards.

There is a small section on the errors associated with start up of MW3, including a domain name that redirected to a competitor game’s website, the fact that K-Mart started selling the game 5 days early, contraband copies of the game selling for $1500 each on eBay, and a pirated upload of the PC version of the game that saw 5000 downloads of the game, which was pirated out two weeks early.  Despite all this, the game still generated $560 million the first day it officially went on sale.

The True Price of MW3 Vehicles

See?  I did get a sub-header in there.

V-22 Osprey:  cost is $67 million.  Total number built is 109.  MW3‘s first day of sales would have paid for 8 of them.

A-10 Thunderbolt II:  cost is $11.8 million.  Total number build is 716.  MW3‘s first day of sales would have paid for 47 of them.

UH-60 Blackhawk:  cost is $5.9 million.  Fully equipped runs $44 million.  MW3‘s first day of sales would pay for 47 of the standard, 12 of the fully equipped helicopters.

Stryker:  cost is $4 million.  Total number built is 4000.  MW3‘s first day of sales would pay for 140 of these tanks.

The production of MW2 was $50 million with a launch cost of $200 million.  With that $250 million, you could buy each of the vehicles listed above, plus on more V-22 Osprey.

The True Cost of War

The Obama administration seeks $553 billion for funding the Department of Defense in 2012.  The majority of funding goes to the Navy and Marine Corps, with a little more going to the Air Force than the Army.

The Iraq War cost $797 billion dollars.  That’s the Call of Duty franchise times 265.

Call of Duty and the Military

The Call of Duty Endowment is a code that helps employ veterans.  It gave $125,000 to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, and has plans to contribute $1 million to other veteran organizations.

In March of 2010, 300 copies of MW2 were given to the US Navy – a value of $180,000.

On November 11, 2011, $3 million was donated to the Endowment by Activision, the company that created the Endowment.  Another $250,000 was donated to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Foundation, a host of hiring fairs that is expected to secure jobs for at least 3,500 veterans.


Design:  A

Looks like the game, striking graphics.  The information is organized as well as it can be.

Information:  A+

Great information and the way it mixes the game information with the military information is key.

Source:  Call of Duty Modern Warfare Infographic brought to you by Modern Warfare News.