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Submitted by doctorstrange 1062d ago | opinion piece

How Call of Duty Consumed a Generation of Gamers

Daily Reaction: "Everyone loves to hate Call of Duty, the best selling franchise of the generation, due to the fact it doesn’t change much, its length and, frankly, its success. But the developer of shooter Red Orchestra 2 has raised another issue – the series has destroyed a generation of players. Is this true, and if so, is it a problem? Daily Reaction’s Seb and Dan discuss." (Call of Duty, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Foolsjoker  +   1062d ago
I really hope Call of Duty was just a phase.
doctorstrange  +   1062d ago
It will be over soon
Root  +   1062d ago know what it was like in Highschool when this thing was announced and especialy when it released. Seeing people be friends with one another despite hating each other just because of this game, the fact that tons of people who you knew didn't give a crap about games and even called you because you used to play them alot were getting it and how COD to these people was the "best game ever" despite a few months after launch they say "Oh it wasn't as good as the last one"

Seriously it was frustrating...especially if these idiots are your friends.

Even being in College now and away from them I'm still going to hear about it on our meet ups..."Oh MW4 was announced I can't wait"....blah blah blah.

"Has anyone played Tomb Raider/Hitman/Bioshock/Ni No Kuni yet"


HarryMasonHerpderp  +   1062d ago
"Has anyone played Tomb Raider/Hitman/Bioshock/Ni No Kuni yet"


Lol that is so true.
My friends play Fifa, Halo, and COD.
Anything else and they get confused and think it's "nerdy " -_- damn casuals.
I showed my friend Ni No Kuni and the first thing he said was that the graphics were awful and it looked like a cartoon, I was like uh yeah that's the point and how are these graphics awful? he just goes it doesn't look real at all. I wanted to punch him in the face lol.
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LarVanian  +   1062d ago
knowyourstuff  +   1062d ago
The problem is, when you play one single game for so long and you get consumed by it, you can't handle change. People are creatures of habit, they don't like change, so when a game becomes habitual, you can't handle something different.
CoD players are particularly fickle, they can't stand when something is different than CoD. If you're going to make something different, you need to make sure it works though, and that it's fun. The changes need to make sense, and need to be play-tested by gamers to ensure that you haven't made something new for the sake of making something new, because new isn't always better.
Root  +   1062d ago
"Lol that is so true.
My friends play Fifa, Halo, and COD."


I don't understand how playing just those games with the odd blockbuster that everyone is talking about (hype) can make you a gamer.

I was called once for being a nerd when I explained to someone what Oblivion was.

"Haha so it's like World of Warcraft...what a nerd"

This was before Skyrim and the hype/sudden interest of the Elder Scrolls franchise.
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MeatAbstract  +   1062d ago
I know one of other person that regularly plays games but it's amazes me how our tastes differ.

But one thing that made me chuckle was, one of the few games we both enjoy is Gears of War, so I ask him 'Are you getting the new Gears in March?' and he replies 'Nah, it's just more of the same isn't it?' but the prospect of MW4 got him very excited. Strange.
ritsuka666  +   1062d ago
Prepare ourselves for disappointment.
dbjj12088  +   1062d ago
And the next generation and the next...
knifefight  +   1062d ago
I dunno, trends come and go. Ill bet CoD stays *a* top franchise, but not to the extent that it is now. It'll be replaced by something else eventually. Some upstart in the next gen will open things up just like Call of Duty did this gen, Halo did in the last gen, Goldeneye did in the 64/32-bit era, and Doom did before that. There will be a new king, we just don't know his name yet.
TrendyGamers  +   1062d ago
Is that baby replacing Kaz now?
Foolsjoker  +   1062d ago
Nothing replaces Kaz.
Wedge19  +   1062d ago
Call of Journey: Sand Ops.
Unfinished Duty: Swan Warfare
Hydralysk  +   1062d ago
I would purchase any game that let me engage in Swan Warfare.
Bonerboy  +   1062d ago
I agree whole heartedly with the RO dev's opinion on the pcgamer article. That said, I'd still much rather have all of the racist annoying brats stick to their "spoon-fed skill" games like COD than bring their bullshit rhetoric over to a game like the Red Orchestra series which has a truly challenging learning curve, and for the most part played by respectable adults. Not only would 99.9 % of these COD kids ferociously suck at RO and puss out altogether blaming their suck on the game itself, but their running mouths would have them booted from the servers. Oh PC how I love thee for keeping console kids away from my enjoyment.
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mayberry  +   1062d ago
Reminds me of when Killzone 2 realeased. I convinced 2 people to get it, and they stopped playing after a while, so I asked them why and they gave me a (surprisingly), long list of issues they didn't like about it, and in hindsight, they were the same issues that were being touted about on the internet forums, and when I looked at their trophy lists, one 'gamer' only played 3 levels, the other just a few hours online! IMHO, they hadn't given nearly enough time into it to just give up. Both were back on COD. I feel like it their loss.
samekratos  +   1062d ago
one word "noobs"
Oh_Yeah  +   1062d ago
There's 2 types of gamers on consoles.. Those who play nothing but call of duty, halo, sports games and grand theft auto, simple games...typically they are into mainsteam pop culture and follow whatevers popular..Then there's the gamers who play everything...they don't care what's popular, they play whatevers good.
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WeAreLegion  +   1062d ago
You're forgetting people who ONLY play fighting games.

Those people are crazy!!!
kingPoS  +   1062d ago
Such broad strokes you paint with that brush of yours.
Oh_Yeah  +   1062d ago
Nah just observation lol, out of all the gamers I know from back in high school/ friends.. That's how it plays out. If you were a swagster who follows trends and listens to all that radio pop rap ish those were the only games they really played, if you mentioned another game they'd be like what? That shit probably wack...idk if that applies on a larger scale, but good chances it does.
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WeAreLegion  +   1062d ago
It's a shame that a once great franchise will forever have a bad name in the eyes of the hardcore gamers out there. :/ Infinity Ward built fantastic stories with 1, 2, MW, and MW2. It's a shame someone else had to completely screw it up.
Number-Nine  +   1062d ago
its amazing how call of duty influenced an entire generation.
Foolsjoker  +   1062d ago
Amazing isn't the word I would use.
Roccetarius  +   1062d ago
Depressing then?
TuxedoMoon  +   1062d ago
This generation has spawned the military FPS and Zombie fads. 2 fads I really wish would just end already. Zombies especially...At least make your zombies different! Like in The Last of us. Those zombies are plant people...
THEMIGHTYDOOVDE  +   1062d ago
CoD will only be over when we all jump on to the next big thing. Hurry up Mr. Developer and make it!!
MeatAbstract  +   1062d ago
The multiplayer of Call of Duty sadly made multiplayer a staple for all games. Even developers like Yager didn't want it on their game Spec Ops: The Line and felt it hindered the experience they were trying to create.

It's also added this 'false achievement' multiplayer. You often have loads of levels and perks and guns to unlock to make the player believe they making progress when they are not.

A multiplayer I genuinely enjoy playing is Chivalry because it has the old school play feel to it. It's not about unlock perks and weapons, it's about playing with skill and enjoying the fights and combat - not just twitch shooting to unlock your next rifle.

But Activision has their fans by the balls. A group of friends will all say that the next one they won't get. All it takes is one or two of them to buy the latest and the rest will fall. Then they all have to buy the DLC as well. Plus people that don't play other games genuinely feel like they have skills when playing CoD when the game requires non as it's a pick and play type game. My flatmate/brother plays CoD when I'm at work and I remember coming home and he was sat there on the couch looking all smug. So I ask 'what are you so happy about?' and he says he completed Call of Duty 4 that day. I didn't have the heart to tell him that you can beat CoD4 in a good 5 or 6 hours and it isn't particularly challenging.
vickers500  +   1062d ago
"It's also added this 'false achievement' multiplayer. You often have loads of levels and perks and guns to unlock to make the player believe they making progress when they are not."

I don't understand, how is this a bad thing? Unlocking things is fun for a lot of people. It encourages people to try new weapons and play-styles. If something like BF3 had everything unlocked from the beginning, I probably wouldn't try every single weapon/specialization/gadget/v ehicle specialization, but if I did, I'd only try it for a brief period of time before I went back to the most efficient weapon/setup, where I would then get bored and stop playing much earlier.

Working to unlock things however, makes me put more attention on trying new things, because I'm not going to spend all this time working for an unlock and end up not using it, I'm going to try it out thoroughly.

Unlocking, for me at least, creates this feeling of perpetual freshness/newness, that wont go away until I've unlocked everything. You learn new skills with each unlock, you have to get good with each weapon or vehicle or gadget.

I do agree that not every game (or even most) games should follow CoDs direction, and it has ruined quite a few FPS games this gen, but it's not because of the unlock system. Don't knock the unlock.
venom06  +   1062d ago
the first article had the title right, "How CoD is RUINING a generation of gamers"... that's why so many military FPS have died out because these 12yr old nerds (and CoD fanboy review sites like IGN) think EVERY FPS (other than Battlefield) has to "feel" like CoD or it isn't good. its actually pretty funny because just as these kids wont play anything else because it doesn't "feel" like CoD, the moan and complain about how the latest CoD sucks and the one before it was so much better... except for MW3... and in the mean time, Activision is laughing all the way to the bank because of their loyal sheeple..
dboyman  +   1062d ago
I know a few people who are obsessed about anything involving those mainstream games and balk when you suggest they try something different. I also know a coworker's girlfriend who is so sick about her boyfriends addiction to CoD, in anger one time she calls the game "Dumbass of Duty; The FPS that makes people become stupid"
KillrateOmega  +   1062d ago
This guy nailed it right on the head.

I haven't touched BO2 in months. I had been steadily growing more sick of the CoD franchise for years, but I had finally had enough. It's just more of the same bullshit that I've had stuffed down my throat for years. It gave me time to expand out and play more games (both new ones and old ones that I haven't spent nearly enough time on to appreciate). There's so much more out there.

As a hardcore gamer, there are very few times when I can say that I really do hate a series. This is one of those few times. It's sad, but a huge number of gamers HAVE been ruined this generation. They'll never be able to play another series without comparing it to CoD and faulting it for every way that it is different. As if being different is a bad thing.
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TheSaint  +   1062d ago
Let the racist children keep their COD while we keep playing anything but.

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