After the announcement of “Call of Duty Elite” I noticed a lot of articles online bashing Activision and the Call of Duty franchise. These practices are not anything new, as websites and many gamers in the community seem to be bashing the franchise on a daily basis.
So what gives?
I never really understand the whole concept of “Fanboys” in this industry. I grew up in the age of the Atari 2600 and the battles of the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis. Back then these two went at it, but it seemed all in good fun. There were times when things got crazy, but they never got to the point of gamers being venomous towards a game company or game franchise.
These days there’s so much hatred that it is hard for me to wrap my hands around such hatred.
We seem to have a growing battle between the Battlefield camp and Call of Duty camp. I personally love both franchises and I plan on purchasing Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 at the end of the year. Why alienate yourself from two good first-person shooters. Each franchise brings to the table something cool and exciting.
Call of Duty is a series that always seems to sell millions each year. Black Ops sold millions worldwide and the next game in the series is already selling tons of pre-orders. Yet there are many out there that despise this franchise?
Hating the Elite
Activision just announced details for its upcoming project, Call of Duty Elite. Since details leaked around the internet, there seems to be a great divide among gamers. Many seem to like it, many seem to dislike it. All you have to do is look at the Official Call of Duty Youtube page. The latest video about Call of Duty Elite has 3226 Likes and 11698 Dislikes. The odd thing is that three hours ago it was at 1982 Likes and 1642 Dislikes. OUCH!
The program is free, yet people tend to believe that you will have to pay. From what I understand you will have an optional program that will score you the DLC packs as well as incentives like exclusive content.
This is nothing new to the industry. Bungie did it with the Halo franchise. You could pay additional fees to have “Bungie Pro”, which was 320 Microsoft points for a six month subscription. Additional minute packs are $5 (source).
You can also look to games like “MAG” for the Playstation 3. You had the option to purchase additional slots at .99 Cent per month (which is $12 a year for each slot).
I really need to know additional information about Elite to comment on if I find it to be worth the price (which has not been announced yet). The Call of Duty franchise is extremely popular, so while some may hate this concept, others will fall in love with it.
So why all the hate for this franchise?
If some people have a problem with Activision’s president Bobby Kotick that is fine, but why take all of the anger out on the developers? Infinity Ward still exists, and instead of bashing the many talented developers still with the company gamers should be throwing support their way. Same goes for Sledgehammer Games and Treyarch. These groups work hard at trying to give gamers fun and exciting games. Maybe I am just bias towards developers. I feel the same way towards DICE. These guys work hard to bring out a great experience with the Battlefield series, yet people in the Call of Duty camp seem to hate the game.
Each of the Battlefield games I’ve played are fun and addicting to play. The game offers something different as compared to the Call of Duty franchise. And it also has dedicated servers, which is a huge plus.
Others claim that the Call of Duty franchise is the same old song and dance. That the company just uses the same game engine over and over. Many feel that Modern Warfare 3 is the the same as the first two games, with polished graphics.
Will there ever be a day when these two groups put down their weapons and enjoy BOTH game franchises? I will continue to stay in the “neutral” camp and enjoy both games.
I look at things this way, If you are a true gamer then you will give both games a shot and you will also have both franchise titles in your game collection. Isn’t that what being a gamer is all about? Enjoying the games and having fun with your friends? When did it become a war? When did the community become so divided over two war-based first-person shooters?
Maybe we should all take a look at Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario.
These two are now featured in videogames together! These two used to fight tooth and nail back in the 80′s and early 90′s and now they sit around sipping hot tea and laughing about the old days. Will the Call of Duty and Battlefield camps ever come to a truce?
Like it or not, both the Call of Duty and Battlefield franchises are here to stay. Might as well learn to live with both and enjoy both of them.