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Nice piece! I do agree that there is a big group of people that hate CoD for no good reason other than it's cool. I'm not a CoD fan myself, but I have no problem with the people who enjoy it. I wouldn't want people hating on what I enjoy for no reason, so I can see where certain people are coming from.
The problem is that there is plenty of reasons to hate on cod, some of which are fairly legit. People take stabs at the COD community because to many, the game appears brainless and seemingly designed for today's ADHD friendly generation.
I don't directly hate cod, but rather hate the fact that other software publishers want a piece of the pie which in turn makes every other fps game look and play like cod. So It kinda effects innovation a bit.
^^^ Completely agree. Halo 4 being the most recent offender. They've tried so hard to make the game more appealing to the cod lovers that it's lost it's identity. The result is a game that alienates it's own fans without providing enough to bring in new ones.. the current amount of players it's getting is proof of this.
Being catered to the people who just want a quick and easy game to play, something that anyone can play without too much of a learning curve is fine with me. The problem is that, you are right, there are plenty of reasons to hate on CoD. The main reason is that nothing has changed in several iterations of the game. The new game modes are nice as well as the load out system but many feel that is not enlighten I warrant a $60 price tag. Especially when the campaign is 4 hours short. The game has become a game that is solely created to make money. When that happens to any kind of art form, it is easy to see that there was no love put into it or at least not as much as the artists previous works. To the people that love a franchise to continually roll out the same game year after year. How many movie sequels were better than the first? Why doesn't the same logic apply to video games? Not trying to be a douche but seriously asking. When is enough enough?
If people hate CoD because it's cool, then GTA V must be the most hated game around.
I think the author is saying it's cool to hate CoD, not people are hating CoD because it's cool. Haha.
A lot of people genuinely hate it though cause they have tried it for themselves. Another good chunk of people that hate COD now come from COD2, and COD4. The best CODs ever made.
Oh I have no problem with those people. If someone feels as if a franchise they used to love was butchered for profit, they have a right to hate it. Haha.
After COD MW2, it slowly faded my interest. Now I'm on the Battlefield bandwagon.
One of the few to admit bandwagoning but there is no prob with that as long as you don't attack or demean others for their gaming choice. Most have bandwagoned at some point with some game/franchise. Many commenters on this site with a decent rep have imo lost my respect when they spam COD articles all day especially around and after release with negative BS. Hypocrisy runs rampant when it comes to COD. Sad part is other then a few new names here and there I have noticed many are the same from the past 2-3+ years saying the same thing over and over, article after article. Talk about copy/paste, I think if many had all their COD trolling comments shown all together they would be embarrassed with themselves. I have had moments of hating COD and being upset it didn't last long and I grew up. COD haters who just can't let it go and keep going on and on even after making their opinion known are just pathetic to say the least. The known overall ignorant trolls can be funny as they always half talk out their ass. When I see usual level headed positive commenters start trolling COD articles knowing they are trolling or letting their emotions get the better of them it is very disappointing and alienating.
I've ordered COD, BF4 and KZSF. Each game is different and will offer me different styles and enjoyment. COD is a solid shooter and I love it for a quick blast.
My online FPS games are Battlefield and COD (and i expect Titanfall in the near future)... so i really don't give a f**k what people think about my choices.
People should do what i do: In 2011 i got BF3 In 2012 i got COD In 2013 i got BF4 In 2014 I'll get Titanfall... Alternating is always good, that way COD or Battlefield don't get old. BTW... I never play nor care about the single player of COD/BF. I wish they would sell only the COD/BF4 online aspect of the game at a cheaper price.
I think a lot of peoples hate is brought on by the Call of Duty franchises lack of innovation. People are frustrated by the game being the same for the past 10-15 years. The single player seems to suffer with every iteration becoming shorter and shorter and the multi only changes when the developers see people enjoying a mode or feature from another game, like Battlefield. Call of Duty 2 was a great game for both single and multiplayer. Giving players a real, engaging story that put them in the heart of the war. But ever since 2, as the franchise became more and more popular... The game has taken a color by numbers approach and all but done away with a decent single player campaign. Instead, focusing on the online component and having single player mimic it, with bots. I believe they should have two separate Call of Duty games. One that focuses on single player, one on multi. That way, each fan gets what they want and single player doesnt feel tacked on and short. Charge $30 for each and let gamers decide which, if not both, they want. I think, with digital distribution getting bigger, this is the fair way to distribute games. Allowing gamers to buy what they want, without paying for something extra, they may not.
15 years? Try 8 at most, at the point where the franchise became annualized (Call of Duty 2). The franchise itself is barely 11 years old as it is.
It's cool to pretend there is no reason when there are actually . It just obviously ranks low on plenty's people focus and hopes . There is no denying that out of the most milked franchises in gaming , COD is the least evolving and changeing . Yep even accounting Sports games . Sports games after all do changes aesthetically more often and drastically every gen . Not to mention they did change their physics engine , on top of gameplay and AI changes people will deems minor no doubt . The games had naysayer plenty years in rows . It's not our fault if out the blue , the trend (should i say "sheep/mob mentality) is to finally turn on the franchise . Like said , good for the guy that bought it , if he enjoys it . I"m not going to annoy friends by spamming about their so called "bad tastes" or "being what's wrong wit the industry" . However i dont agree either with pinning on "hating" whats "popular" , the ever popular crappy excuse for everything "mediocre" in any entertainement industry being criticized (you dont like Beieber !! you're just hating coz it's cool" etc...)
Well I agree. Though a lot of people don't like to entertain the thought that there is a difference between "not liking something" and "hating on it". I too have grown tired of people that, as you say, insult peoples' choice in games. And again, as you alluded to, you can flip that judgmental pendulum backwards towards the people that attack you for simply stating that you aren't particularly a fan of something. You get speeches about how Soandso changed the industry and therefore can't be criticized. See: Hideo Kojima. I'll never understand why people get so mad when someone has a different opinion. You absolutely cannot justify behaving like that. I try to be proactive when simply giving my opinion, which is ridiculous. In closing, and switching back directly to the topic at hand: People on both sides of this argument take it too far. Live and let live. Don't let crap like this be so divisive. Otherwise, how can you cope in the real-world?
The fact that Activision and Infinity Ward actively ignore the PC community and release awful broken ports that are missing PC specific features is a bad reason? Good to know, I guess I was just over reacting after purchasing a game I could not play because it was locked at an headache and vomit inducing FOV that is standard for consoles and TV gaming and not monitors. Don't I feel stupid.
People hate it because it sucks, in their opinion at least.
Its simple. COD=The Devil
It not "cool." There are MANY legitimate reasons to hate it. It's churned out, it's jingoistic, every game only makes the most incremental of changes, and every game glorifies and fetishizes war, not to mention makes entertainment out of it. Also, the CoD community is among the worst in the history of games; up there with LoL. It's corporate exploitation. Boycott CoD. It's holding back the medium.
People keep saying "there are a lot of legitimate reasons to hate COD" but forget to mention that those "legit" reasons are THEIR OWN .. Don't speak for the whole community , everyone has their reasons why they like it or not .. I stopped owning a COD game after the OG Modern Warfare.. I think what they are doing with the COD franchise is perfect imo .."If it ain't broke don't fix it" kinda thing.. It was popular for its gameplay in Modern warfare and its Hollywood style story in 60fps .. Along with the vast community , clans, perks , prestige ect ect .. All they did was keep the core aspect of the game that made it so popular and added stuff from there.. Do you know how bad of a hit COD would take if they decided to go the "realistic" route or just Switch up its entire aspect of the game?... It would be knocked out in the first round lol.. People definitely hate because it's the "cool" thing and hate on what is Popular I can tell you personally , I hated the online community .. They were notorious for glitches, clan cheating , cheating in general , loud mouth annoying kids .. But the game itself is very fun And enjoyable .. After all it's a Video Game inside and out :)
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