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'Call of Duty' rules list of top selling video games

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Every year, Activision Blizzard faces criticism from hard core gamers for its insistence on cranking out a new "Call of Duty" game. But take a look at the continuing sales strength of the franchise and it's easy to see why it ignores those critics.

The series claims four of the top 10 best selling console video games since 1995, according to The NPD Group. And it holds nine of the top 20.

The list, calculated by the NPD Group, uses data that is not inflation adjusted (NPD looks at gross sales) and does not have hard dollar or unit sale figures (NPD stopped releasing those years ago). It also is limited to data from brick and mortar retailers — meaning online sales and digitally downloadable add-ons aren't factored in either. But despite those limitations, it still shines some light on the biggest individual titles the industry has put out in the past 26 years.

Here's a look at the 10 biggest.

—By Chris Morris

Posted 10 June, 2016.

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