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Monday, August 5, 2013

Creator Activision Condemns Cultivated Crappy Community

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Looks like they got Call of Duty's number.

We probably haven't done enough Call of Duty bashing on KoopaTV, and for that I apologize. With that said, it's the quintessential dudebro game. It's ruining the industry, and Activision is boycotted as a result of their destructive behaviour of annualized sequels. But not only are they doing that, they're also making one of the worst gaming communities around, rivaled by only Riot Games's League of Legends.

The situation has become so poor that even Activision is speaking out against their own community. Apparently they released some balance patch to Call of Duty: Black Ops II on the Xbox 360 and got a bunch of death threats from it. I don't understand that sort of ridiculous mentality myself, because when I get angry at a design decision from my favourite developers I write an article about it or something.

But then again, I don't play Call of Duty. Millions of other people who don't give a shit about good game design do. And Activision tries to satisfy those pathetic mongrels.

Look for yourself at the updates. I don't know what they actually mean, but it's nice that Treyarch is maintaining game balance for people who don't even deserve it or know what a good game even feels like. Since the game came out up to writing this, Call of Duty: Black Ops II has apparently undergone 12 updates (at least on the Xbox 360 version). Up to writing this, the update thread has had 2,274,553 views. And only 70 Likes.

I'm positive KoopaTV is more entertaining and thought-provoking than CODTV any day of the year. And we're not even close to a year old yet.

Assuming all those views are actual players and that they would view each update equally, we'll use DIVISION on the view count by 12 to find number of unique players. That gives 189,546 unique players who are hardcore enough to look at every update. That appears to be about 1/4 of the total active player base. And over the past 9 months, only 70 of those people have shown enough gratitude to "Like" the update log showing Treyarch's hard work. That's .00037% of the number of people who presumably look at it. What is wrong with these people?

But they aren't just openly hostile and unappreciative. They're actively DANGEROUS. Out of jealousy and purely because of online rankings, Call of Duty players DDOS top-ranking players and harass them.

Compare that behaviour to the treatment top performers on Ubisoft's Rayman Legends Challenge App get on Miiverse. Top performers are lauded and treated with the respect their platforming skills deserve, and in return, some even make guides to teach others how to perform well. This helps everyone and it's a friendly environment. You never hear of people DDOS-ing over Miiverse, right?

Of course Treyarch developers don't deserve death threats. But they do deserve having to babysit the gargantuan community of hundreds of thousands of active losers that they helped make.

There is a Call of Duty community on Miiverse, but you'll never see Ludwig on there. Go Follow him at NNID PrinceOfKoopas for a much more pleasant environment. More pleasant than you'd find on Xbox Live, anyway.

To read about the Call of Duty fanbase attacking other things, check out this article!

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