Call of Duty: Black Ops was most pirated game for 2010

Even though Call of Duty: Black Ops has been available to the public for just under two months the game has achieved what most could not achieve all year. Black Ops was this year's most downloaded PC game and fifth most downloaded Xbox game on Bit Torrent for 2010.

According to TorrentFreak, The Xbox 360 version of Black Ops was downloaded 930,000 times while the PC version was downloaded an astounding 4,270,000 times. This beat out some big name PC games from this year including Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Mafia 2, Mass Effect 2 and Starcraft 2. These games took second, third, fourth and fifth place on the download charts with each pulling in over 3 million downloads for the year.

Besides holding the record for the most downloads in 2010, Black Ops also holds the record for the largest number of copies sold in a 24 hour period. The game beat out its predecessor Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 by selling over 7 million copies of the game worldwide. When Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 held the record it had sold 4.7 million copies worldwide in a 24 hour time period. 

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Yeah, and one of the worst games of 2010, should have renamed the game Call of Duty Black OPS (Outrageous Pathetic Sh**) face it, it was cra* one of the worst buggy games of 2010 next to New Vegas.

After reading a couple reviews, i decided this steaming pile of COD
was not worth downloading for free LOL

had the game been good ? ya i would have considered firing up uTorrent for it.

PC gaming is a sad lame situation, the games all blow and the console ports we always get are crap

last game i bought was GTA 4 and the next one i buy will prob be GTA 5..

I'd rather turn off my computer than play another lame rehash of the same crap game formula beeing pumped out every 5 minutes .

maybe ill be a kinect and jump around like an idiot in front of my tv for fun

I refuse to buy just about any PC game that I can't try out and play for free first (a demo), and if there is no demo, I'll torrent the whole game and try it out for a day or two. 95% of games I download I end up not liking and I delete them in less than two days. I wouldn't be too upset if I couldn't torrent games anymore -- I don't feel entitled to get something for nothing -- but if the company doesn't release a decent demo of their game, they can't expect my business either.

Liana said,
I refuse to buy just about any PC game that I can't try out and play for free first (a demo), and if there is no demo, I'll torrent the whole game and try it out for a day or two. 95% of games I download I end up not liking and I delete them in less than two days. I wouldn't be too upset if I couldn't torrent games anymore -- I don't feel entitled to get something for nothing -- but if the company doesn't release a decent demo of their game, they can't expect my business either.

Exactly, there's been no actual demo/preview other then bs betas available since cod4. MoH and bc2 for example had them even though was only multiplayer but I still ended up buying them.

HATEEYES said,
here in venezuela the economy its so destroy that these game cost for the ps3 175$, just think about that.

It's same for practically rest of the world. I would think that the NA, UK and Euro zone's the only place that has sub 100 pricing on games.

I have really old system ( 7950 GTX Card, 7500 Intel Processor ) until SandyBridge and 560GTX come out and then I'll build my new pc.

But...

I wonder why... COD 4 Modern Warfare 1 & 2 I could play both on 1920x1200 and especially with a mix of Medium & Full graphics...

Black Ops can't even run properly on 1024x768 and low graphics... Anyone knows why by the way?

Deo Domuique said,
I have really old system ( 7950 GTX Card, 7500 Intel Processor ) until SandyBridge and 560GTX come out and then I'll build my new pc.

But...

I wonder why... COD 4 Modern Warfare 1 & 2 I could play both on 1920x1200 and especially with a mix of Medium & Full graphics...

Black Ops can't even run properly on 1024x768 and low graphics... Anyone knows why by the way?

Lazy developers and rubbish quality games... they pressed ctrl + v too many times.

There simply is no justification for committing an outright crime. Copyright infringement is not only a criminal act, but one that can be punished under federal laws.

That said, can understand some of the disappointment and frustration felt by the PC community with this title. The PC version was rushed, and without ever having a public beta, released with many bugs and glitches. Even owners of high-end computers had a lot of problems playing both single and multi-player.

Treyarch did not release the first patch until a couple weeks after the release. The second, more substantial, came more than a month later.

Honestly think that with all the problems this game has had on the PC, there were many gamers out there that just wanted to know if their computers would have the same problems; hence all of the pirating.

Would truly not recommend this game to anyone unless you have a quad core or better system, and even then, only if you are prepared for a mediocre experience.

bradsday said,

Honestly think that with all the problems this game has had on the PC, there were many gamers out there that just wanted to know if their computers would have the same problems; hence all of the pirating.

Would truly not recommend this game to anyone unless you have a quad core or better system, and even then, only if you are prepared for a mediocre experience.

Cant agree more. The huge pirate count is because of a few factors
1. Yours I agree with
2. It was hyped
3. People are cheap and dont want to spend the 60
4. DRM bla bla bla
5. IDK other reasons people probably come up with.

I bought it. It was indeed disappointing at first. Freezing and glitching and terrible server disconnections. First patch helped, second was really needed. The rest just made the 60 worth it....finally. Cant beat the hackers, they will always be better than the developers being paid....sad

theslam08 said,

Cant agree more. The huge pirate count is because of a few factors
1. Yours I agree with
2. It was hyped
3. People are cheap and dont want to spend the 60
4. DRM bla bla bla
5. IDK other reasons people probably come up with.

I bought it. It was indeed disappointing at first. Freezing and glitching and terrible server disconnections. First patch helped, second was really needed. The rest just made the 60 worth it....finally. Cant beat the hackers, they will always be better than the developers being paid....sad

yea well not everyone has 100NZD+ to spead on a game that tells you how its going to play and run on your computer. Oh lets not forget the fact that if you and your flatmates want to play at home or a LAN make sure you have a internet connection.

bradsday said,
There simply is no justification for committing an outright crime. Copyright infringement is not only a criminal act, but one that can be punished under federal laws.

Really ? then why aren't the US government getting rid of fake rip off iphones ? oh that's right. The law itself is pretty grey area and not to mention "federal laws" aren't global.

It's a fun game. Don't like it, don't play it or buy it or pirate it. Life goes on. There are tons of games that made millions of sales that I didn't like that others spent countless hours playing. I didn't buy it, pirate it or whine about it.

isock86 said,
and what percentage of people that torrented it had enough disposable income to buy it?

Even so you can still amount that 75% of them do have the income for it but choose not to buy it. Games these days only real value are the MP experience rather than SP. SP you can play alone aka just download where as if you want to play online with other people, you'd have to pay for the game or buy a cheap key online somewhere. Then after that you can go online and have a jam while hackers have a bigger blast making you rage as they aimbot your head and high tail it out if an admin ever comes on.

Morisato said,

Even so you can still amount that 75% of them do have the income for it but choose not to buy it. Games these days only real value are the MP experience rather than SP. SP you can play alone aka just download where as if you want to play online with other people, you'd have to pay for the game or buy a cheap key online somewhere. Then after that you can go online and have a jam while hackers have a bigger blast making you rage as they aimbot your head and high tail it out if an admin ever comes on.

How can you say that 75% them have the money, or rather, even if they did have the money, if pirating wasn't an option would they still buy it? Probably not.

chago12 said,

who do you work for?

No one... I just took the estimated times it was pirated for the PC and multiplied it by $60 for the price of the game.

Edit: Whops. $60 is wrong, should be ~$40 which makes it: 170.8M

Fishfish0001 said,
$256.2 million loss on the PC version. WOW.

Sorry, but you can't assume that everyone who pirated the game would buy it, if they couldn't pirate it. I have no proof or statistics, but I'm guessing only 10-20% would buy it if there was no way to pirate the game, again just guessing.

My friend easily pirates over 3 games each month to his PC and Xbox 360. He's a student so normally he could only buy like, what, 2-4 games a year? I'm not defending him, just saying that out of the 30+ games he downloads a year, he could only buy a fraction.

Fishfish0001 said,
$256.2 million loss on the PC version. WOW.

It's not lost revenue if people never intended to buy it anyway. so can take that number down to only couple million if even that.

The real problem is that it's shovelware. Why buy something that is at best an xpac pack to the previous game. That said I haven't purchased any of the games since the last games removal of dedicated servers.

Oh look, the most popular game coincidentally has the most torrented copies of it. I guess that's interesting? The same thing happened with Avatar, right?

I downloaded it (For 360, my casual system). It was pretty good, I thought I would be worth the money (for PC) So I paid the $160 that you pay for games in NZ and it was relatively crap. Multiplayer servers are all hosted in the states. that means about 150-200ms on a good day. 300 is normal minimum but it gets up around 500-600 sometimes.

Bull**** game, waste of money in the end.

Auzeras said,
Multiplayer servers are all hosted in the states. that means about 150-200ms on a good day. 300 is normal minimum but it gets up around 500-600 sometimes.

Didn't try them as I'm in the UK so ping was a bit high, but there are definitely servers in your part of the world, I saw a whole bunch the other day. There are, of course, also plenty of European servers, so if you're only seeing US ones you're doing something wrong.

Auzeras said,
I downloaded it (For 360, my casual system). It was pretty good, I thought I would be worth the money (for PC) So I paid the $160 that you pay for games in NZ and it was relatively crap. Multiplayer servers are all hosted in the states. that means about 150-200ms on a good day. 300 is normal minimum but it gets up around 500-600 sometimes.

Bull**** game, waste of money in the end.

This is where countries outside UK and US get stung and they wonder why people pirate it cause the general quality is going to be rubbish they anticipate it so they don't waste money on it because each and everytime especially with CoD it's the same story over and over more restrictions, poor quality games, cost of everything going up just no point in paying for it.

Buying it is a waste of money, but download it is a waste of bandwidth.

CoD is just a tired franchise, with a bad engine and bad gameplay.

Xerax said,
Buying it is a waste of money, but download it is a waste of bandwidth.

CoD is just a tired franchise, with a bad engine and bad gameplay.

This

Interestingly, even though it was the most pirated game in 2010, it also has the ranking of taking the most successful release. It even outstripped Avatar the movie in comparison. (And what's more Avatar, being the most successful movie, it also is 'the most pirated movie for 2010').

I'm just sayin'

Those people are limiting the number of opponents they can have online with pirated copies. Mass Effect 2 was well worth the money IMO, purchased Overlord and Shadow broker DLC's. Waiting for 3 to roll in next year.

See, Activision is brining it upon itself with this one.

The PC gaming community is not as easily pushed around as the console community. See, instead of paying a whopping 60$ for a mediocre game, we can always just torrent it. But the problem is not that, it is that console gamers can always buy a game used for half the price if not less, and play it anyway. With PC games, even moreso with Steam games, there is no chance of reselling due to CD key lockdowns.

Activision is milking the wrong community. We don't have to put up with outrageous prices - and we won't. Instead, we go with our wallets and pirate games.

I bet if prices were only 40-50$ at launch, that number would have been halved, and sales almost doubled.

Recon415 said,
See, Activision is brining it upon itself with this one.

The PC gaming community is not as easily pushed around as the console community. See, instead of paying a whopping 60$ for a mediocre game, we can always just torrent it. But the problem is not that, it is that console gamers can always buy a game used for half the price if not less, and play it anyway. With PC games, even moreso with Steam games, there is no chance of reselling due to CD key lockdowns.

Activision is milking the wrong community. We don't have to put up with outrageous prices - and we won't. Instead, we go with our wallets and pirate games.

I bet if prices were only 40-50$ at launch, that number would have been halved, and sales almost doubled.

Great justification of copyright infringement /sarcasm.

Recon415 said,
See, Activision is brining it upon itself with this one.

The PC gaming community is not as easily pushed around as the console community. See, instead of paying a whopping 60$ for a mediocre game, we can always just torrent it. But the problem is not that, it is that console gamers can always buy a game used for half the price if not less, and play it anyway. With PC games, even moreso with Steam games, there is no chance of reselling due to CD key lockdowns.

Activision is milking the wrong community. We don't have to put up with outrageous prices - and we won't. Instead, we go with our wallets and pirate games.

I bet if prices were only 40-50$ at launch, that number would have been halved, and sales almost doubled.

I agree, they keep raising prices and lowering the quality. They shouldnt whine though, they did well on sales either way.

Recon415 said,
See, Activision is brining it upon itself with this one.

The PC gaming community is not as easily pushed around as the console community. See, instead of paying a whopping 60$ for a mediocre game, we can always just torrent it. But the problem is not that, it is that console gamers can always buy a game used for half the price if not less, and play it anyway. With PC games, even moreso with Steam games, there is no chance of reselling due to CD key lockdowns.

Activision is milking the wrong community. We don't have to put up with outrageous prices - and we won't. Instead, we go with our wallets and pirate games.

I bet if prices were only 40-50$ at launch, that number would have been halved, and sales almost doubled.

Wow, so if I don't like the price of something, it's just ok for me to go out and steal it, right? That's basically what you're saying. I'm not a fan of those prices either, but I don't resort to piracy as a means of justification, especially when I can easily afford it.

Instead, for someone who considers himself so principled and whatnot, there are other options like renting a game, finding one used, waiting for special sales, play on a friend's, and other acceptable means. But go ahead, and make a big thing about price, even though piracy is still technically wrong.

Quikboy said,
Wow, so if I don't like the price of something, it's just ok for me to go out and steal it, right? That's basically what you're saying. I'm not a fan of those prices either, but I don't resort to piracy as a means of justification, especially when I can easily afford it.

Instead, for someone who considers himself so principled and whatnot, there are other options like renting a game, finding one used, waiting for special sales, play on a friend's, and other acceptable means. But go ahead, and make a big thing about price, even though piracy is still technically wrong.

Firstly, please don't use the term "steal". In addition to the fact that it is merely copying, most of the "lost sales" coming from piracy wouldn't have been sales, anyhow. Piracy is usually either a means for those who can't spare a week's worth of food money for a game, or someone who casually plays a lot of games (someone who probably wouldn't bother with it had he been forced to buy it). If games were completely and utterly locked down, they wouldn't honestly see much of an increase in sales.

Secondly, I specifically targeted Activision in my comment, who still sells the three year old game, Modern Warfare 1, for 30$, and rarely willingly creates "specials" for any of its games.

And as I previously pointed out: You cannot rent a game for the PC. Neither can you resell it, or buy it used. PC users are spending up the wazoo for PC parts to cope with bad optimization, and then getting ripped off on top of it with game pricing.

But yes, piracy is wrong, but sometimes wrong is justifiable when it hurts those who did an even greater wrong.

And for the record, I never have and never will pirate an indie game.

Recon415 said,
Firstly, please don't use the term "steal".

Oh I see, people can't steal online content but they can steal any other intangible concept, e.g. "He stole my idea".

Stealing is the taking of something that doesn't belong to you. When you make an unlawful copy you are in effect stealing that copy. The copy doesn't belong to you regardless of whether or not you made it with your resources.

But really I love how "This game sucks so I'm going to pirate it" or "I want to send them a message about prices so I'll steal it" are justifications. The first makes absolutely no sense. It's like telling somebody their food tastes horrible then eating all their food. Thus far the second has done absolutely nothing in regards to pricing.

@Recon415:

The PC gaming community is not as easily pushed around as the console community. See, instead of paying a whopping 60$ for a mediocre game, we can always just torrent it.

Pirates download for one reason and one reason only. Because they want something without paying. This idea that it's making some kind of statement as to the pricing/quality of the product is nonsense.

Anyone can set any price to any product they own, no matter how over priced or mediocre you think that product might be. A video game is a luxury product, not a necessity. If you can't afford admission you don't get to play; buy a book or something.

Solid Knight said,
Stealing is the taking of something that doesn't belong to you.
Correct.
Solid Knight said,
When you make an unlawful copy you are in effect stealing that copy.
Incorrect.


Nothing was taken (nothing was removed from the possession of the original owner), it was only copied.

Piracy is thus copyright infringement, and NOT theft. There is a huge difference between those two concepts.

4.2 million PC downloads. developer sees that as complete lost sales, while the customer downloads are proof of interest which drives the sales... Should the game run like sh*it on their system and isn't worth the $$$ to make it work right, no sale. Should it work, $$$ are shelled out for online-modes. When will the business model change??

chago12 said,

yeah, but can you play online is what i want to know

What i know is you can play on cracked servers but not official ones

Jose_49 said,
Yeah. They were lucky that they did that. They just saved 60$.

Yup pretty much this game was over priced, over hyped. *face palm*

Halfalive said,
Are people still crazing enough to use torrents to download games.....

There is currenly no other free alternative.

(Usenet is not a free alternative, in most cases)

aftas said,

There is currenly no other free alternative.

(Usenet is not a free alternative, in most cases)


There it is, and even better than Usenet, but not going to talk here about that.

Jose_49 said,

There it is, and even better than Usenet, but not going to talk here about that.

no pues, nos mataron con la intriga.
pelotudos!

Halfalive said,
Are people still crazing enough to use torrents to download games.....

arrrgh matey !

And YES i have my tin foil hat on tight

Oh noes teh Fbi'z are gonna git m3