Alignment: Neutral Good (though occasionally Chaotic)
Interests: Video games (duh!), movies, anime, listening to music, programming, reading
I've been playing video games since I was 5, when my godfather gave me and my sister an SNES. My tastes in games are similar to my movies: varied with no particular genre loved above the others. You may not agree with me, nor I you, but that doesn't mean we can't get along.
As I’m typing this out, the video game industry is finally taking a chance to breath after two weeks of non-stop surprise announcements and controversy. Nintendo, after announcing that Earthbound was finally coming to the Virtual Console and we were getting a sequel to A Link to The Past, dropped a bombshell that it’s not holding a traditional press conference at this year’s E3. Meanwhile, Microsoft finally announced that they’ll be showing off the next Xbox at a press event up in Richmond, Washington, hopefully finally putting to rest the rumors of an always online console. Finally, a Kotaku writer got into hot water over a video game…again. Oh, and Activision showed off a teaser trailer for a new Call of Duty game, called Call of Duty: Ghosts, which will we’ll see more of at the aforementioned Microsoft event. But I mean, really, Call of Duty is a yearly franchise that sells millions of copies, with the latest game in series, Black Ops 2, selling 7.5 million copies in the first month alone; the fact that we’re getting shouldn't really be that surprising or controversial, right?
And yet not long after the game was official announced, the Internet wasted no time in letting their opinions be known about this new Call of Duty. Gaming websites and Youtube were flooded with comments ranging from your typical knee jerk reaction of “LOL COD IS FOR KIDDIES AND THE FRANCHISE IS SHIT” to the always clever “who cares, it’s just going to be like the last Call of Duty”. And while there were some people who were genuinely excited to hear more about the game, it was obvious that the majority of people were not looking forward to the newest entry in the franchise. As of the time of me writing this sentence, the debut teaser trailer has 75 positive, 215 thumbs down over on the Gametrailers website. Normally, I wouldn’t respond to this kind of negativity or I would dismiss it as the Internet being, well, the Internet, but in this case I feel it’s time to address because A) this outpouring of nerd rage was over a TEASER TRAILER, and B) it’s starting to get old really fast.
Now before I go any further, let me just address the elephant in the room: no, I do not like the Call of Duty franchise. I’ve never liked the series, even back in the early 2000s, when they were set in World War II. I think they’re repetitive, dull, lifeless, games with mediocre multiplayer that aren’t worth the sixty dollar price tag. Which of course begs the question: why should I care than that people are being negative to a franchise that I myself openly admitted to not liking? Why should I defend a franchise that clearly doesn’t need defending? The simple answer to both these questions is this: because Call of Duty is a series that was never made to be liked by me and people like me. And honestly, I’m okay with that.
That’s because Call of Duty games are aimed at a certain type of individual; the kind of person who likes high octane fast paced action, where every level in the single player campaign plays out like an interactive Michael Bay movie. Where every multiplayer match is a contest to see who can get a high enough killstreak to use the drone strikes. In other words, it’s made for people that aren’t me. While I personally enjoy the occasionally game of Serious Sam, when it comes to first person shooters, I often find myself leaning towards the single player focused experience, such as the always classic Half-Life 2 or more recent classics like Bioshock or its most recent sequel Bioshock Infinite. And if I feel like playing and interacting with other people, I have Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead 2. This doesn’t even include the first person shooter/RPG hybirds like Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Borderlands1 & 2.
Granted, there’s nothing wrong with liking the kind of gaming experience that Call of Duty provides. Based on its 100 million dollar sales as of November of 2011, it’s clear that the guys at Infinity Ward and Treyarch have a winning formula. They don’t need to win me over or seek my approval of what they’re doing, nor would I want them to. Infinite Ward and Treyarch should be able to make the games that they want to make without worrying about whether or not people like me are satisfied. That’s not to say that they should rest on their laurels and keep making the same game year after year, and in fact based on Black Ops II it seems that they are trying to get out of their comfort zone, at least when it comes to single player campaign.
So to those of you who are looking forward to hearing more about Call of Duty: Ghosts and plan on buying it, I say awesome, and I hope you have a great time with it. To those of you who don’t like it, just let it go. You aren't doing yourself any favors by complaining about something that wasn't made for you and never will be. The sooner you accept that and let it go, the better off you’ll be. Call of Duty: Ghosts isn't the only game that’s coming out this year, with plenty of other heavy hitters like Grand Theft Auto V and Rayman Legends coming out in September, and that’s not even counting the unannounced games that have yet to be seen at E3 this year. Besides, there are more important things to get mad over.