Activision, I am naming you number two enemy to we, the gamers, second only to that of summer screen glare.
Heed my warning, head shots will roll.
It’s nearing 3am and I’m in the battle of my life, My eyes are sore and my wrists are aching, but there’s no time for that. The English are moving in on me but I am still holding most of North America and its neighbouring islands. The skies are a blur with enemy jet fighters, pirouetting across the sky in a beautiful dance of destructive results. This is video gaming, this is civilization 5.
I won’t normally talk about the positives in gaming, it bores me. Why dwell on the good when there’s so much negative to talk about? However something about this game grabbed me by the cajones and just refused to let go, not only is the gameplay excellent, but it takes some level of intelligence to play well and 10 year olds won’t last here, the run and gun mentality used successfully in most games will not only not help you, they will destroy you. You need to think about your next steps, actions have consequences and make the wrong ones and you’ll find yourself curled up in the fetal position, crying as the Germans bomb your 9 hours of work in to the ground.This game may well become one of those games I grow to hate, my World of Warcraft of the turn based genre so to speak. But as I sit here, sending my loaded aircraft carriers across the ocean to make that one last push for world domination, I think to myself, I’m going to have one hell of a good time hating it.
So I finally decided to put down Modern warfare 2. Now don’t get me wrong it’s actually a pretty good game, however, the amount of rage this game in particular has extracted from my normally calm persona is beyond mind-boggling. There are problems with the game itself but the calibre of problems big enough to result in a sudden rage quit is more so community related. Just because there’s a setup made only for the exclusive purpose of being easy mode and god damn annoying, it doesn’t mean you have to run with it every time, I mean seriously, one man army with RPG and tubes?
I hear the excuse often that people pay for the game they should play it whatever way they most enjoy it. First off I don’t think anyone could seriously enjoy the pre mentioned setup, everyone I see rocking it amazingly has a microphone and a voice not too dissimilar to that of a prepubescent cross dresser, and the amount of shit talk that spew’s forth from their mouth is just ungodly. Within 2 minutes of playing with these people you can safely conclude two things
1. Their parents payed for the game as no one would pay such a person to be within a hearing vicinity of them.
2. They are idiots.
In a time when almost all games have some multiplayer aspect, gamers need to adopt a different game styling. I come from a pretty big MMORPG background and I’ve noticed that people who play these games have been doing it for years. When you’re playing with others you need to play a certain way to get the most out of it, whether that’s just the way you carry yourself in game or your actual play style, nobody enjoys a loud talking arrogant idiot who does nothing to help the team. The time of single player exclusive games are over, and maybe your TV didn’t talk back when you screamed at it for being absolutely vacant of spatial ability, but I will and when the community has finally had enough and there’s a mass exodus from the game you love, you’ll know who to blame.
Fuck it, see you in Black ops.