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Modern Warfare 4 publisher discusses criticism from gamers

The CEO of Activision, Bobby Kotick, has been criticized by some for how he handles business and some of the things he has said in the past, but the gaming executive decided to provide a response to some of the remarks.

According to a report from CVG yesterday, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said when people really take a closer look at some of the criticism of him, it's only a small number of people who are involved.

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Riderz13371318d ago

Kotick's response: "Lol umadbro's keep buying my game"

MikeMyers1318d ago

Actually his response is the community within the forums don't represent the voice of all the consumers. He's right in that sense. What people say in forums don't really depict what everyone thinks. You'll find a lot of negativity out there and there are many trolls who feed off of this attitude.

That doesn't mean I like Bobby Kotick or even agree with his ideology of running a business.

Septic1318d ago (Edited 1318d ago )

Agreed, especially considering how mass market COD really is, the voices of contention against him are arguably relatively small in comparison.

I did chuckle at this:

"People criticize me for not being passionate about the products, but I am," Kotick said.

And the next thing you read is:

'Activision's most popular franchise, "Call of Duty," is rumored to have a fourth "Modern Warfare" title currently under development'

I can imagine the evil laugh in his subconscious as he said that.

Hydralysk1317d ago (Edited 1317d ago )

It's true that only a small percentage of people are vocal about how they dislike him, and most people who buy his games don't even know who Bobby Kotick is, but I always find it odd that the implied assumption is that everyone who doesn't express their dislike online approves of him and his business practices.

cl19831317d ago

@ Septic
Maybe the full interview from CVG will help.

By Tom Ivan for CVG UK

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has once again tackled the subject of his reputation amongst gamers.

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The executive is something of a polarising figure who's generally perceived to be disliked by core gamers for wanting to 'take the fun out of game development' and raise software prices.

And while he has previously acknowledged that his sometimes controversial comments and "commitment to excellence" can make him "come across as being like a dick", Kotick - who's said to have made more than $8 million last year - told the New York Times this week that it's only a small section of the gaming community who criticise him.

"When you dig down and look at the people who are vocal in their criticism of me, it's a small number," he said.

The recently divorced executive added: "Think about what it's like for my dating life when the first picture that comes up is me as the Devil. You see all this chatter and you realize that they game the search results. These super-sophisticated 19-year-olds are smarter than our expensive P.R. firm."

Kotick also insisted that he's a gamer, labelling a 2009 Forbes article which claimed he didn't play games inaccurate.

He told the NYT he had calluses 'from playing too much Defender' and that today he mostly plays Skylanders with his daughter.

"People criticize me for not being passionate about the products, but I am," he said.

During a keynote at the 2010 DICE Summit, Kotick also tackled his reputation with gamers, saying: "I don't know how this happened, but all my life I was the rebel flying the Millennium Falcon or the X-Wing fighter and suddenly I wake up and I'm on board the Death Star."

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MaxXAttaxX1317d ago (Edited 1317d ago )

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""CEO also says photoshopped Devil pics make his dating life tough""
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tachy0n1318d ago

if only COD devs could just buy the cryengine and use it in their games to make the game fapable....

Kalowest1318d ago (Edited 1318d ago )

It's not just about Graphics, Its about gameplay also. Now I see why crysis is popular.

tachy0n1318d ago

its not the game's fault you dont have enough brain cells to play crysis.

the story mode is the only good thing about COD...

eliteslaya131318d ago

Fappable at sub-HD 25 FPS on your Xbox? You people don't get why Call of Duty is so popular.

mynameisEvil1317d ago

Waitwaitwaitwaitwait... Are you SERIOUSLY trying to imply that Crysis is a thinking man's game? My God, that's... that actually just made me laugh. You want to know some thinking man's shooters? STALKER, especially at the beginning. ArmA. Operation Flashpoint. SWAT 3/4. Rainbow Six.

Crysis is NOT a thinking man's shooter. It's no where friggin' close. Hell, Battlefield 3 is more of a thinking man's shooter, but that doesn't mean that game is one, either.

Haha, I still can't get over that... Crysis... a thinking man's shooter. Dear God, that cracks me up. XD

gazgriff2k121318d ago

CALL OF DUTY REST IN PEACE NOV 2013

Yangus1318d ago

I'm not HC CoD fan, but like Modern Warfare series. I wait MW4(I hope coming new engine next-box).
Sell my BO2, dont like this game.

strigoi8141317d ago

i guess they just have to rename that sh$t seriously..and everyone will buy again. Coz gamers are just sick to the stomach of seeing Call of Duty there and adding figures like warfare2-3-4-5..doesnt attract fans it just make fans think oh its activision and it will be just the same engine same gameplay..rename it and it will build up a hype

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