Well, this says a lot about the Call of Duty community.
Activision community manager Dan Amrich has asked ticked-off CoD fans to stop threatening the developers via social media. There has been some fallout after a recent game patch, and Treyarch studio design director David Vonderhaar went on Twitter and said the changes just weren't worth the threats he had received:
"The DSR fire time was 0.2 seconds. It's now 0.4 seconds," he said. "The rechamber time was 1.0 seconds. It's now 1.1 seconds. Not sure these fractions of seconds are worth the threats of violence."
But irrational fans aren't interested in facts. Amrich wrote on his blog that Vonderhaar has often heard that "he should die in a fire or kill himself."
"If anybody thinks for a second that this is okay, it is not. But if the loudest voices in the Call of Duty 'community' act like an angry mob instead, guess how the entire world views Call of Duty? Now consider that these Internet Tough Guy rants and demands are not unique to COD, but exist everywhere, in many gaming communities. This is why the world often does not take gaming seriously; this is why gamers are assumed to be immature, whiny a**holes. Because the immature, whiny a**holes are louder."
He is, of course, 100% correct. He went on to view the situation from the designer's side. In other words, how would you feel if, after you create something, someone either offers constructive feedback or screams at you to commit suicide? How would you feel if people are coming at you, saying your mother should've had an abortion? Amrich finished:
"If you enjoy your games, have a little respect for the people who make them–and stop threatening them with bodily harm every time they do their job."
'sigh' Violent video games have come under heavy scrutiny this year. Maybe it doesn't help our cause to have headlines like this, where one of the most violent games out there seems to be spawning this level of hostility and – let's just say it – total insanity. I'd like to say it's more the game than the gamers; as an example, Final Fantasy fans have been extremely bitter over the past decade or so. They've felt betrayed more than once. But do you recall seeing something like this ?
Well, anyway, guess we can't complain if the mainstream media views gaming as potentially dangerous, and gamers as immature, anti-social douchebags. Sadly, evidence to support those theories does exist.