In a game industry where "We sold this many!" can mean "We put this many in a box and sent them to people!" hard comparisons of popularity can be tough. So even though it's not an ideal metric, we thought it at least worth mentioning that Battlefield 3 failed to take the top spot in the Xbox Live activity charts from Call of Duty: Black Ops in the week of Oct. 31.

Of course, Battlefield 3 was plagued by a multitude of technical problems in its opening week, which can't have helped its standing. We're far more interested in how it'll fair this week, when we'll also see if Modern Warfare 3 can bring down its predecessor in a way that Battlefield 3 failed to.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.