Most gamers have noticed that magazines and websites have been writing articles trying to rip on Call of Duty and Modern Warfare. But what most gamers don't realize is "Why" this is happening and "Who" is ultimately responsible. Quite a few people have written to me, asking my thoughts on this subject. I am pleased to report that I now have the ability to share a fact-based theory with you.
Sony is the organization responisble for ripping on Call of Duty, Modern Warfare, and Activision. It has been this way ever since Microsoft signed an exclusive-rights deal with Activision. This deal allows all Call of Duty downloadable content such as maps and other expansions to be launched first, exclusively for the Xbox 360. This was a very important deal for Microsoft to sign, and Sony didn't like it.
In fact, Sony immediately responded by signing a similar deal with EA. The Battlefield series is published by EA and is a competitor of Call of Duty and Modern Warfare. As soon as this deal with EA was signed, the Playstation magazines and websites, sponsored by Sony's advertisements, started showing bias towards Battlefield.
The "fanboys" of the Playstation also noticed what was happening with Battlfield and Call of Duty. When the fanboys of the Playstation would write a comment, they would often do their best to do two things. First, the Playstation fanboys would praise the Battlefield series from EA. Second the Playstation fanboys would rip on the Call of Duty and Modern Warfare games from Activision.
What most people don't realize is that many of the people writing the articles and starting the forums are receiving income from Sony. Sometimes this is direct income -- as in, if the Playstation Magazine goes out of business, that person will no longer be employed. Sometimes this is indirect income -- Sony is paying editors of multiplatform websites to show bias against Call of Duty. I even talked with someone online who said that Sony "encourages" employees to write online forums saying nice things about Battlefield and saying bad things about Call of Duty.
When you see online multiplatform websites writing about "What People Don't Like About Call of Duty," you need to realize that this is just an attempt to take a shot at Activision and the Xbox platform. Call of Duty and Modern Warfare are by far the best-selling multiplatform first-person shooters available this generation. In other words, "People Like Call of Duty and Modern Warfare."
And when you look at the sales figures you clearly see that people enjoy playing Call of Duty and Modern Warfare much more on the Xbox 360 platform than the Playstation 3 platform. It was like this long before the exclusive-content deal with Activision was signed. The simple fact that the Xbox 360 has a much larger number of people who play online -- particularly with the ability to chat online while playing -- proves Xbox 360 is the true home of Call of Duty and the true home of Modern Warfare.
Obviously, Sony doesn't like it that the most popular multiplatform first-person shooter enjoys so much more success on the Xbox 360 than it does on the PS3. However, it must be incredibly frustrating for Sony to see that even Battlefield -- the series which Sony signed an exclusive deal with EA -- sees better sales on Xbox 360 than it does on the PS3. In fact, the Xbox 360 version of Battlefield 3 has outsold the combination of both the PS3 and PC versions of Battlefield 3!
This simple statistic means the Xbox 360 enjoys the best environment to play Battlefield 3. There is always a much larger number of gamers to play with at any time. And there is always a much larger percentage of gamers who have the ability to chat online while playing, since Xbox 360 comes packed with a headset and the PS3 does not. Ironically, the Xbox 360 ended up being the true home of Battlefield, as well.
In conclusion, there is no doubt that people love playing Call of Duty and Modern Warfare on all platforms. There is no doubt Call of Duty and Modern Warfare are going to remain the most popular multiplatform first-person shooters throughout this generation and into the next generation. The frustrating thing is that Sony would go to such greath lengths teaming up with EA in order to attack the most important products made by a longtime publisher such as Activision, and even try to steal employees away from developers at Infinity Ward.