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6:10 PM on 08.31.2007

My first jump into the Xbox LIVE Call of Duty community left me a bit put off. After finally being able to sit down to a few hours of the multiplayer beta yesterday, I was a bit surprised by meatheads I seemed to be surrounded by. Sadly, it has dulled my anticipation for the game a bit. So I'm hoping this was an isolated incident, but it begs the question, is this what the COD community is all about?

I've played my share of shooters online, mostly free-for-all based on the PC. Voice chat with anonymity has always annoyed me to an extent, but Halo and Gears have numbed me recently. I know what to expect in each of those games. However, I had never played COD online before. I was big into the first title in the series on my PC. Played the hell out of the single player and did some private matches with my friends. I skipped the rest of the PC titles due to what I'd call WW2 genre fatigue.

When I bought my 360 back in October, I still had some residual PC elitism when it came to playing shooters on the console. Especially the military shooters where precision shooting tied more into the gameplay, than say, Halo with its futuristic weapons and explosions. About the time, COD 3 came out I had laxed my opinion a bit and strongly considered buying the game. Then, I started reading up on COD 4 and decided to save my money for a more promising experience.

Now back to the meatheads - I think what annoyed me the most was that the non-stop colorful commentary I was hearing during every session was of the traditional 12 year-old Halo style, but it was coming from all older players. In my two hours of play, I only heard one pre-pubescent voice try and talk smack. Of course, he was immediately put down by the guy who insisted on describing every bullet he was shooting while making up an excuse for every miss. I should have just taken my headset off and enjoyed the game for what it is (it's as fantastic as I expected by the way), but it was one of those carwreck-like experiences where I couldn't stop listening.

I'll be playing this weekend a lot more, hopefully I run into some different crowds. Are my hopes too high? Is COD becoming the other game the frat boys play when they are bored with Madden and Halo?



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