Why Does Call of Duty Have So Many Haters ?
I’ve been playing video games my entire life. It started with NES, graduated to Game Boy, advanced to Sega Genesis, and evolved into PlayStation. I took a brief hiatus in my late teen years to drink and smoke, do drugs and have sex, but then quickly returned to an old refuge of gaming in my early 20’s with Call of Duty. Even though I have progressed as a gamer to playing all kinds of games, the Call of Duty Franchise holds a special place in my heart for tapping me on the shoulder and reminding me of something I had long since forgotten.
That being said, after starting a Facebook community where I could find more females to game with, it has been brought to my attention that—I almost can’t even bring myself to write it—there are people out there that hate Call of Duty. Hate it. Can’t STAND it. So I sit here, perplexed, trying to figure out why people could hate on a game like this. How someone could loathe any Xbox 360 shooter games let alone one of the best shooter games for Xbox 360 and very possibly THE best first person shooter for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. A game that has sold so many copies worldwide, and has the mass-appeal of a game like Duty. I decided to delve into it a little further, and see what I could discover. Since Halo came on the scene, the bar for shooter games for Xbox 360 was raised, and Duty has met and exceeded that bar.
I’ve recently learned the term ‘fanboy.’ It fits here perfectly. You have people on the Xbox side that say, “HALO is one of best Xbox 360 shooters and probably the best Xbox 360 game… Ever. Hands Down.” You have people on the PlayStation side that say, “Call of Duty / Black Ops is the best,” and then you have people that throw hate on both sides, regardless of console and title, and hate both games. Why? Why would someone hate a game SO MUCH, that they feel the need to talk about it.
Every gamer has their preference. Every gamer feels that their console or PC is superior. Every gamer thinks they are right in their opinions and beliefs of a game, regardless of the mass appeal or genre. I’ve been told that “a true gamer has no preference, and plays everything,” but that’s a crock of crap. Everyone has a favorite. A true gamer has played countless hours and countless games, on countless consoles, and to ask someone to not have a favorite is almost impossible, but I digress.
They feel the hate boiling to a point that they can no longer hold it in, and it gets thrown all over my computer screen. It’s got to be the only time in my life I have seen so many men open up and freely express their feelings.
I’ve been told that Call of Duty is an abomination. It’s a slap in the face to a “real” game, if you will. I’ve been told ‘this game takes no talent,’ ‘is garbage,’ ‘is filled with nine-year-old kids,’ and is flawed beyond belief. It makes me feel like these are excuses for not playing the game, not reasons. I don’t know what your views are (please tell me), but I know where I stand. People try to compare and contrast CoD to other games like Battlefield, but honestly, those are two different kinds of games. You can’t compare a corridor shooter like CoD to a long-range, in-depth, super-strategic game like Battlefield 3. You just can’t. It’s like comparing apples to…well…more complicated, genetically engineered, hybrid apples. Same TYPE of game, but completely different, and anyone who has played both knows this.
I don’t hate any game. I can’t say I’ve ever played a game that I hated. I’ve played games that weren’t interesting, games I didn’t like, and games that flat-out sucked, but I’ve never played a game that I hate. After scouring the interwebs, I’ve decided that there is no right answer. The Call of Duty series is popular, and that is why I believe it has so many haters. With the record-breaking sales it encountered, you’re gonna have some haters in there somewhere. As for the game ‘taking no talent’ to play, that’s all a matter of opinion. I have a feeling that most of the people saying it ‘takes no talent,’ most likely have no talent in the game, or get beaten into submission when trying to play. I don’t know. Someone tell me why there’s all this hate flying around! Nothing can spark a fire inside someone so hot and burning, that hate bubbles out of their mouth for no reason. In my opinion, any game that can get millions of people all around the world to pick up a controller and play—is a good game. Any game that engages and captivates its’ audience to the point in which you aren’t thinking about your problems, only a strategy to the game, is a good game in my book. But…R.Kelly said it best when he said, “Haters gon’ hate,” I suppose.
By Dr. Nikki