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Op Ed

Sabotage Times - How Call Of Duty Ruined Video Games.
Now we’ve got Modern Warfare 2/Black Ops and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 being the most played multiplayer shooters. They both just have teams shoot at each other for about 10 minutes, and then tally the deaths. The skill level for such shooters has dropped due to the addition of ‘perks’ and weapon modifications such as ‘rapid fire’. Now if you have a character in Modern Warfare 2 or Black Ops who has a sub-machine gun with the rapid fire attachment and the perks made for a sprinter then you can sprint around dodging shots and the rapid fire attachment means even if your opponent is more accurate, you can get more shots in. It completely removes any need for skill. For me this destroys any idea of fun I had with these games, they basically play the single-player for you and the multiplayer is based on pure luck more than anything else. A game journalist who goes by the name Total Biscuit had the greatest description I have ever heard for these games, “It’s Angry Birds in FPS form”, referring to the simplistic repetitive nature of them as well as their massive marketing.

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21. Re: Op Ed Sep 12, 2011, 21:46 yonder
Beamer wrote on Sep 12, 2011, 10:28:
Wildone wrote on Sep 12, 2011, 00:34:
its 100% true..when I play those games I just keep dying randomly and feel like I have no control over how I died, I never felt that way playing Doom2, HL2 ect

There's more of a learning curve in CoD than there was in Doom 2 or HL2, etc.
Which makes sense - those were mostly barebones deathmatches. CoD is a step beyond that. Only one, sure, but it is a step.
And, the big difference, you can die in one shot. You couldn't do that in Doom. If you are new and don't know what's going on you won't know how to figure out where that one shot is coming from and how to avoid it.

For me that was always part of the fun - when someone or some team got themselves well bunkered down it became a game of skirting around their view and taking them out.

While I know the mods exist, I've never met anyone who played Doom of HL for the MP. Those are just tacked on. CoD primarily exists as a MP game. So to say that CoD's MP is barely a step above Doom and HL's MP is a mark against CoD. Compare CoD to Quake 1 thru 3 or UT or something appropriate.
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