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Call of Duty: WWII Infiltrates Toronto's Scotiabank Theatre

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War...war never changes

Last Friday, we were invited to a Call of Duty: WWII press event at Toronto’s Scotiabank Theatre. They took over the whole place, filling rooms and walkways with WWII-era scenery, all timed along with the announcement of WorldGaming's Canadian Championship $60,000 CoD series.

First off: it's open to both 'Murricans and Canadians (age 17+). $60,000 in cash and prizes ($25,000 for the 1st place team). Online qualifiers start on January 6th, 2018, with the finals (top 8) happening in the very same theatre on March 3rd and 4th. For more details, go to WorldGaming.com/CallofDutyWWII.

I've lived in Toronto my whole life, and this theatre is something of a local landmark, so I visit it all the time (especially back in the days before the Internet got all fast). It was such a contrast to see it full of army tents, piles of sandbags and old equipment, with the usual crowd of moviegoers replaced by uniformed soldiers and other media folk.

The helpful infantry informed us that the first stop was theatre #13. After a short presentation, audience members signed up to play against each other and walked up front to the row of obligatory DxRacer chairs. The giant screen made it impossible to ignore the very first casualty of war getting teabagged.

Developer MacKenzie Bates even made an appearance, answered some audience questions and talked more about the game. It would have been cool to see someone who helped create the multiplayer mode play it in front of us, but no dice.

Amazingly, it turned out that most of the war memorabilia were REAL. There’s a guy on a farm somewhere who has tons of this stuff and rents it out for events. It was a bit surreal to be at a pretend WWII event in a movie theater, surrounded by real WWII objects, playing a WWII video game.

Speaking of which, the playing room definitely had the most effort put in. It was isolated from the rest of the event, with four monitors + PS4s, noise-canceling headphones and even more WWII-related objects all around us. Surprisingly atmospheric. You could really smell the sandbags.

We only got to play for a few minutes, but it was enough to tell that the game controlled smoothly and was nice to look at. That dilapidated London neighbourhood was eerily quiet most of the time, but we still had no trouble sneaking up on each other.

The best part of the event was probably the "soldiers." They were having the most fun out of everyone. With little to do but stand around looking soldier-y and point people in the right direction, they were always joking around when we walked by. And they bravely posed with us for this photo op (those coats are even hotter than they look):

Long story short, it was a laid-back, fun event. They could have just thrown up some info on a screen and let that be it, but this was more welcoming. Someone clearly enjoyed designing the whole thing. And at the end of the day, if you're not having fun at a gaming event, you're not doing it right.

Also, we got free popcorn.

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