For the record, this is not designed to incite a war between the Call of Duty followers and those who just seem morally opposed to the franchise. I'm also not asking a rhetorical question that implies the series is devoid of quality and those who play it are sheep.

This is a legitimate question. Call of Duty: Black Ops is now the most popular video game in US history, and it begs a lot of questions. Firstly, it is unfair to compare the game to Super Mario Bros. , for example, simply due to the drastic difference in the industry's growth and maturity. In 1987, gaming really was for kids and it really was not a worldwide, mainstream entertainment venue. The eras just aren't comparable; millions upon millions more play games now, so comparing the numbers means nothing.

As for quality, that's always a subject of much debate, but there are two strains of thought I'm starting to dislike: 1. the idea that anything CoD beats anything else in the FPS world. The idea that it's infallible. That bugs me. But #2 bugs me almost as much: the quickly circulating idea that Call of Duty is terrible, and that the sales numbers somehow prove the gaming industry is just like the movie, music, or book industry; i.e., trash sells. That irritates me because it's insulting to gamers and it is continually proven that better quality games almost always sell quite well.

CoD isn't terrible. I gave Black Ops an 8.8 because I think it deserved an 8.8. That's hardly a bad score. Does it warrant 13.7 million sold in the US alone…? Well, no. In my eyes, that's reserved for the elite of the elite, and there aren't too many of those. Therefore, the answer to the question, "what fuels the mania?" is more complex than one might assume: the CoD games are solid, or even great in some respects, and yet, not great enough to completely account for the entire phenomenon. And you know, we should discount peer pressure…nobody plays something they don't enjoy.

Brainwashing? Eh. Like I said, who wastes hours and hours of their personal leisure time on something they don't like? But I have a bad feeling. I think I know what accounts for the much of the crowd: this generation's fascination with instant gratification. Online multiplayer is 95% of the reason CoD is what it is, and nonstop, ceaseless multiplayer action is the epitome of instant gratification. You can turn your mind off and go. We see evidence of this mental change in all corners of the industry; it seems to have affected everything, from RPGs to the "necessity" of having online multiplayer in every game made.

So yeah, it's a combination of factors. And I can live with that. …provided the insanity doesn't infringe on the quality of my entertainment that I prefer. And I hope that doesn't happen.

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WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Interestingly enough, this coincides with some of my newer feelings on the subject. I think I might be too hard on the CoD fans. I will still likely have my issues with the popularity of the game, but I still issue this apology to its fans:

http://www.titanreviews.com/#/codapology/4549430527

tes37
tes37
9 years ago

Is that a website that you started?

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

I takes a big person to admit that he has wronged someone. Or in this case a group of someones. I commend you for that.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Nope, somebody else started it, I'm just writing. Alienange is too. And Highlander may contribute to reviews. We're trying to get it moving.

It really is a bad way to categorize people, by their entertainment preferences I mean. It's best just to lay complaints and critiques against the game itself if one has them. That's really my point.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 3/12/2011 1:33:52 AM

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
9 years ago

I dont think Black Ops is terrible, but its worse than most shooters on the market. At least it is a whole lot better than MW2.

Regardless, after i finished KZ3 i decided i'm going to stop buying FPSs altogether. I'm tured of paying $60 for a 7-8 hour campaign. Shooters used to be long and have a great story (Red Faction, anyone?) but have recently devolved into online-centric slop.

crunchy_nut_kid
crunchy_nut_kid
9 years ago

i don't mind a short game, so long as the campaign is super fun (bulletstorm) or really detailed (killzone). but NoSmokinBandit is right, i would much rather play batman or uncharted.

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

I have made that same decision to an extent. I am limiting the purchase of FPSs and racers. GT5 has me covered for real racing and Burnout still satisfies my arcade racing needs. That is all. I get the CODs because I have two teenage sons who they themselves realize the repetitive mediocrity of the franchise. At the same time they state that it is a social outlet as well as a game.

_______
_______
9 years ago

Black Ops isn't a bad game… when it works. My problems are that the game is laggy online, the multiplayer spawns are a joke, bad matchmaking for zombies etc the list goes on. Treyarch denies claims about lag giving themselves an excuse to do nothing as with the rest of the issues. There are a lot of problems I have with CoD now days, and I have no hesitantion calling it a plague on gaming.

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

Sounds like any FPS

manofchao5
manofchao5
9 years ago

you obviously never played battlefield

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

I liked the games alright. Are they my favorite? No. But I enjoyed them.

And even when it comes to the glitchiness: I know I need to expect that from games. But what I'm still really bothered by, is not the popularity, but the fact that despite how much money they make on it, they DO NOT issue firmware updates to fix the issues.

I honestly believe that if they invested more in making their titles a long term product at least 4-6 months into release, I would like it MUCH more. I just sometimes feel that annual releases prevent them from fixing any issues post release.

MW2's quick scope glitching? (Due to auto-aim malfunction) The hide-in-a-rock thing? And a bunch of other small things… just ignored. That's what keeps it from being a 9+ title for me. If multiplayer is what sells it, I don't get why people are happy to ignore their apparent lack of concern for issues. It makes it feel like they don't have pride for their product.

Aside from that gripe, I like it.


Last edited by Underdog15 on 3/11/2011 10:03:42 PM

StevieRV
StevieRV
9 years ago

black ops is good, but cod popularity its a viral thing, i play cod because i have friends that play it, none of my friends play KZ3 and resfuse to try it with an open mind, at least with my group we seem to have got stuck in a mindframe of any gameplay that is different to MW2 isnt as good, whichannoys me coz i always want to try new shooters but nobody else gives them a chance and the online multiplayer isnt as fun by myself, so im stuck playing cod, which isnt bad, its just nothing new

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

While I can agree that Call of Duty isn't "trash" it's still hard not to see it as the Britney Spears of gaming. Most of the people I know who play CoD religiously lack good taste in much of everything. Not saying my experience alone is concrete evidence, it's just an observation I have made. I suggest games like Uncharted, God of War, MGS, Zelda, Killzone, Bioshock, inFamous etc and 90% of the time I get meh and they go back to playing CoD. Now when I recommend Radiohead, Propagandhi, Bjork, Bad Religion, The Vandals, Boston etc to some of these same people, they will say meh and go back to listening to Lincoln Park or some crap like that. A lot of the CoD fanatics I know dress poorly too. Like their mom still lays clothes out for them on their bed in the morning. Ha.

I don't know what it is. Hard for me to see CoD only people as real gamers since they seem to lack the taste, variety and open-mindedness most of us here possess.

GuernicaReborn
GuernicaReborn
9 years ago

lol the kind of people that play CoD 20 hours a week are the same people that will go see Battle: Los Angeles and say it was a good movie.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Exactly. LOL!

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Thinking about it, you've got a point Jawk. I know quite a few people who are really into CoD. I find their taste in films appaling, their general intelligence low, and their personalities overbearing. Style is nonexistent, and all but one of them smoke dope as if it's oxygen. People, eh?

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

LOL! Indeed. Pretty much sums up the ones I know as well.

Nas Is Like
Nas Is Like
9 years ago

You sure do like to base your entire opinion from a small number of people you know, then stereotype millions of others.

I'm a huge, huge Call of Duty fan, yet my taste varies in music, movies and even games.

Your posts seriously annoy me.

And for someone that hates Call of Duty so much (and I'm pretty sure everyone on this site knows that), you sure do go to all Call of Duty-related articles and discussions.


Last edited by Nas Is Like on 3/11/2011 10:42:51 PM

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

@ Art of War,
Jawknee and I, I believe, have both made it clear in our posts here that we're referring to people that we know, and aren't making a generalisation about all CoDfans. Well, except the end of the original post, but that was a personal persepective.

And come on, the whole point of sites like this is to elicit conversation. Even if you aren't necessarily a fan of the topic at hand, you're perfectly entitled to throw your opinion up on the board, are you not?
Peace.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

What Lawless said. And if you would read…I mean READ my post you would have seen where I said my experience is NOT concrete evidence. Now lighten up.

Though, I must say, your Bone Thugs avatar and your sensitive nature kind of fits my critique. Just sayin…Pot makes you irritable.

rogers71
rogers71
9 years ago

@Jawknee,
I really like how, based on your post, anyone that doesn't like what you like is a mindless pothead.

I like all the bands that you listed above but I also LOVE lincoln park.
I like all the games that you listed above but I also LOVE the cod games.

Everyone has there likes and dislikes and just because someone differs from you and your opinion doesn't mean they lack taste or variety.

I have a friend that will not try Uncharted or Dead Space because the controls differ from COD. He only likes the control setup and first person mode of COD. He is a college graduate, very successful and highly intelligent. He just has his mind made up about what he likes. I don't ridicule him for his tastes. That is what makes the world what it is. Differing points of view.

Just my take on this topic and since I don't agree with you, I will go tell my mommy to lay out my clothes and hit the bong. Good day:)

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Sigh….do you people even read the entire posts before having a coniption fit?

Once again…IT'S AN OBSERVATION I MADE IN MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIANCE! NOT concrete evidence now relax. You're acting like a whiney baby. Maybe your mommy should teach you not to get butthurt over random comments on the Internet.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Of course it's a generalization! Of course it would be silly for me to say the same as Jawknee just because the youth at my youth centre love CoD and ONLY CoD and just happen to also be into drugs, are easily irritable, have little to no adult influence, or are teen parents. Or that they find little interest in the arts.

I would never outright say that it might not be a coincidence! That would be silly of me to assume that just because I have the exact same experience as Jawknee with many people that there might be some merit.

Don't worry, I would never say that!

lol, all jokes, of course. I play CoD with friends, although not in the last month or so.


Last edited by Underdog15 on 3/12/2011 12:50:18 AM

D1g1tal5torm
D1g1tal5torm
9 years ago

Typical hawk response. Boring

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Feelings mutual.

D1g1tal5torm
D1g1tal5torm
9 years ago

Art of war pretty much nailed you down perfectly.

For someone who hates Cod, u sure like
Talking about it!

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

I refer you to Lawless' reply to his whining.

D1g1tal5torm
D1g1tal5torm
9 years ago

"Most of the people I know who play CoD religiously lack good taste in much of everything"

You play CoD as well, dont you?

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Playing it and playing it 'religiously' are two very different things man.

Godslim
Godslim
9 years ago

so what if people like cod tho who cares lol its a decent series tho in my opinion has gotten worse after [email protected] and black ops which i cant stand…..but still i hate the way u compare games to music and movies…..i saw battle LA yesterday and quite enjoyed it……is it just cool for u guys to hate on really popular types of things or something…….the point is y do u care so much if people enjoy a game over others?

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

"You play CoD as well, dont you?"

No, no I don't. But nice try.

And Godslim, cool your jets. I'll compare games to whatever entertainment medium I want.

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
9 years ago

@Jawknee

"You play CoD as well, dont you?"

In ur past comments, u even mentioned that u enjoyed COD MW1 and [email protected] R u bulls***ing urself or what.

D1g1tal5torm
D1g1tal5torm
9 years ago

never?

D1g1tal5torm
D1g1tal5torm
9 years ago

never prestiged?

NiteKrawler
NiteKrawler
9 years ago

Seriously guys. Jawk made it very clear that he was not generalizing. Observation is what drives truth right? As for saying that he talks about CoD a lot for someone who hates the series, it is not very surprising. He sees a trend he does not much like and maybe he wants to effect a change. I'm not religious at all, but didn't Jesus mostly chill with society's deviant beings? He didn't go preach to the choir. You are all laboring under the delusion that Jawk was referring to each of you personally when the truth is he was just making an innocent observation of his current surroundings. If you would all stop berating him for that and actually made valid arguments, this conversation could teach us all something.

P.S. I do like Linkin Park a lot.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

"In ur past comments, u even mentioned that u enjoyed COD MW1 and [email protected] R u bulls***ing urself or what."

For the last time, READ THE FREAKING POST! "Played" and "Play" are two different words. One meaning pasted tense the other not. Yes I have PLAYED Call of Duty, that doesn't not mean STILL PLAY it or will play it in the future. Also as Lawless pointed out, playing something "RELIGIOUSLY" is not the same as just "PLAY". One implies that thats all one played while the other doesn't.

Seriously, is a English lesson really necessary? Do you really not understand the words in front of you or are you just willfully ignoring what them so you can give yourself a reason to continuing flaming me like a child? I have made myself perfectly clear.

Also like NiteKrawler said,(as have I, numerous times) my opinion is based on my own PERSONAL experience. Do I know any of you personally? Obviously not so don't be so quick to assume I am talking about you. You're not that special, get over yourselves.

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
9 years ago

@jawknee

R u blind!, I used the word "enjoyed" in my comment not "played" or "play" so don't get to excited about ur comments.


Last edited by AcHiLLiA on 3/12/2011 4:25:00 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Your post is irrelevant. Just because I enjoyed CoD at one point doesn't mean I do now or will in the future. Me enjoying MW1 back in 2008 and World at War's campaign has absolutely nothing to do with what I think of the franchise in 2011. Bringing up irrelavancies to make you point doesn't help your arguement.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Yeah, I think you guys are being pretty unfair to Jawk. It's annoying to see such a complete lack of understanding for an original post I felt was quite clear.

It sounds like you guys taking what he said far more personally than it was ever intended.

Seriously, take a breather.

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
9 years ago

@jawknee

Never mentioned anything about me commenting that u do like COD now or will in the future.


Last edited by AcHiLLiA on 3/12/2011 8:25:59 PM

Nas Is Like
Nas Is Like
9 years ago

I'm not a pothead, but thanks for the assumption. I don't even smoke weed.

D1g1tal5torm
D1g1tal5torm
9 years ago

dont worry art – jawk is quick to rise where cod is concerned.

The only thing worse than a non-cod player is an ex-cod player.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Right, nice I see your logic is as good as your reading comprehension because some one who has NEVER played CoD is more informed to have opinion on the subject than some one who has.

/

D1g1tal5torm
D1g1tal5torm
9 years ago

Read it again…

…Your lack of comprehension preceeds you.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Seriously guys… re-read the ENTIRE thread… I'm not siding with anyone on the issue, but you guys seriously do not understand what Jawk is saying…

It makes me want to bash my face with an iron pipe. It'll hurt less than reading your conversation again. It's that miscommunication and lack of attention to detail that causes the US to experience over a 50% divorce rate. lol

D1g1tal5torm
D1g1tal5torm
9 years ago

Underdog – I understand perfectly.

In his limited experience knowing the very small portion of the 13.7 million people who play cod – he has formed an opinion.

Now in his view that's fair enough – but to slate people for enjoying a game of their choosing because they dont want to play a different one,does that really require him to be immature?

I think not.

What it should be about, is the freedom for people to pick and choose what they like to play. This is a fairly base principle.

The only think with Jawk is that his history preceeds him.

He writes about Cod as though it is the devils spawn, yet he has played mw1 and mw2 fairly extensively by all accounts. He should therefore understand that people do get enjoyment out of it, even if he is too short-sighted to see that himself now.


Last edited by D1g1tal5torm on 3/13/2011 5:28:46 PM

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

I personally, took his post to be more about the folks who more or less own their consoles just to play CoD. And not just the people that play it religiously or restrict themselves solely to that game, but more the ones who spend every waking hour of their day waiting to get home to play CoD. I think for the obsessively CoD driven folks, he has a point based on my experience as well. My wife also has made mention similarly (although less bluntly) based on the children and children's parents that partake in her before/after school program.

I get what you're saying too, and it is silly to lump everyone together, but there is a group that fits his description, and it isn't tiny. It certainly isn't the majority, but substantial enough that he would not be the only one out there to draw such conclusions.

I think it would have been far more fair for him to say that pot-heads and those not versed in art forms tend to love CoD. NOT CoD lovers are pot-heads and lack artistic abilities.

You know? Anyways, I think it's obvious that anyone who likes CoD isn't necessarily any or all of what Jawk said. But I can certainly tell you what game the oxy and pot dealers/doers in the town I work in play. They talk about it 24/7 when not dealing. (When working with impoverished youth, you run into these types.) >.<

Anyways, that's what I understood about what he was saying. Does that make sense? I'm definitely NOT saying if you love CoD you therefore are trash.

D1g1tal5torm
D1g1tal5torm
9 years ago

Aye, it makes sense, but he was talking about the people that he knows personally, albeit on his friends list.


Last edited by D1g1tal5torm on 3/13/2011 5:50:01 PM

D1g1tal5torm
D1g1tal5torm
9 years ago

Which also doesn't really say much for him bearing in mind the people he 'knows' he bad mouths behind their backs.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Don't assume to know that I am bad mouthing people behind their backs. My friends know exactly how I feel. We talk about it, tease one another and have fun. You assuming to know how these conversations in my personal life play out makes to look foolish.