There are ardent supporters and vocal haters, but overall, is the extreme popularity and domination of this franchise good for gaming on the whole?
No, it most certainly is not... It's causing tons of companies who want to imitate the monetary success of CoD. So that in turn gets us like at least 10+ shooters every year. Something we DON'T need these days. I want to see originality and creativity thriving, not stagnating the industry with shooter after shooter. I do enjoy them once in a while if it's got something unique going on, but honestly there are just way too many at this point.
"It's causing tons of companies who want to imitate the monetary success of CoD." Then the real problem here are companies who prioritize profit over creating a unique, well developed, fun gaming experience. Not having the balls to follow through with your own vision is YOUR fault...no one elses. Being a copycat is on YOU. Is it Snookie's fault that tweens across the U.S want to be like her? Is it Rocksteady's fault that other devs want to copy their freeflow combat(The Amazing Spiderman/Sleeping Dogs)? Is it Treyarch's fault that GG tried to imitate COD's online MP with KZ3? Followers chose to be followers because they want to be followers. No one puts a gun to their head to imitate others.
I'm not sure what you were trying to get across in your statement. o_o Did you call me a tween idolized girl? Lol, I'm an early twenties male, just sayin'. Yes though, the companies who prioritize profit over EVERYTHING else are the problem. While I understand companies NEED to profit, the ones who solely focus on that are like parasites and need to lay off or die off.
"Did you call me a tween idolized girl? Lol, I'm an early twenties male, just sayin'." LMAO, u may not believe this, but I didn't know what your username was while I wrote that comment. First thing that popped up in my head was Snookie cause I was just watching Jersey Shore on Netflix lol. "While I understand companies NEED to profit, the ones who solely focus on that are like parasites and need to lay off or die off." Agreed. My point was just that its not the leader's fault(COD) that others want to imitators.
Well, publishers push Devs to do it though. Not to mention you have CoD players that complain about the game not being like CoD. So sometimes the devs are doing what they think their fans want not releasing that they are just cod players being upset that they aren't good at the game because the games doesn't play like CoD.
Initially I believe it had the right intentions for innovation...but now it is a prime example of Activision's greed and some horrible laziness. It is now catered to the more broad audience making it too easy and very very very repetitive (more than most games). It is also (possibly) effecting other games who want to be a part of COD's huge market. Which in turn is making games that were previously unique, mundane and unoriginal. It also is a prime example of mindless violence that is the figurehead of the industry...giving it a bad name. What if Transformers was the only thing you ever saw as a representative to the film industry? You would think the industry is for violence addicts who like watching robots destroy each other. Same with COD... people see gaming (who don't know about it) as a place for uneducated violence addicts who glorify war and a current issue in the middle east...which is totally untrue and games like Heavy Rain, Mass Effect, Uncharted, Batman Arkham City, Metal Gear Solid, Infamous and other games who have professional style production values don't get noticed. The only games I have ever heard a game-illiterate person speak of besides COD is Mario, Halo and Gran Turismo. All of which dont represent the entire industry.
I agree. At one point, COD WAS good for gaming, but it's not so beneficial anymore. Not to GAMING, but to certain people's pockets, sure.
I dont mind call of duty, in fact i like black ops (zombies) but what i really don't understand is how for some reason it has (imo) attracted gamers who think that cod is the only online shooter out there worth a damn, and that really is a shame because there are many other (imo) better online games out there that will never see the light of day in some gamers living room because said game is not advertised alot like call of duty. it's cool if someone prefers call of duty because they just happen to like it and what not, but for people out there not giving a certain game a chance because its not on a mcdonalds softdrink cup (just an example) is a shame.
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