Monday, November 09, 2015

Call of Duty Gore Porn for the Ages!

I had a good topic in plan for today's posting, but I have to take a detour in the greatness that is this article title: 'Call of Duty: Black Ops III' Is Lame Military Porn. Now I haven't played the latest CoD and I don't plan on it. I gave up on Call of Duty years ago. It's become too repetitive, too anti-climatic, too obvious in it's content, and lifeless. Having a yearly release cycle will do that to a franchise. It's not bringing the punch and wow the first few games had. Innovation is not the forefront of CoD's empire any more.

And it's nice to see that other reviewers are agreeing with me. Finally. I do find it very validating to see the PS4 version on MetaCritic is getting panned by gamers.

The writer for The Daily Beast mentions, the quality for Call of Duty has waxed and waned over the years. Some of you may not know this, but CoD is worked on by 2 different teams in order to maintain the yearly release cycle - Infinity Ward and Treyarch. Over the years, CoD has upped up the gore level, even giving you the option at the front if you want to play the more "bloody" version or to tone it down. So um...more gore equals a better game, surely.

And hey! You can finally play a female lead! That's progressive, right? Well if you read the reviews, it's really not. There's a lot of awkwardness with how the player character is addressed, and in some situations the character can still be referred to as "him" not "her." The developers claim that this is because the military has become a genderless organization, but if that's the case, why bother using "him" as a pronoun at all? There's an obvious lack of emotional connection between the PC and the NPC's in the game space. As such, there's little remorse for when you lose a character, other then wondering if a robot ripping off their arms was really necessary.

Again I want to make it clear that I haven't played CoD:BO3. I'm going to be biased in my opinion as I've been basing my perception off of reviews (I don't have time to play everything, sorry!). But there is a clear theme in these reviews, professional and gamer, that Activision may want to start listening to. Yes the game has sold well, but at this point if you put it on the shelf people are going to buy it. That's the unfortunate aspect of the business at this point - people still haven't quite figured out that change can happen based on where you spend your money. Your wallet holds a lot of power. But maybe, just maybe, if enough people are dissatisfied with the product, next years CoD sales may drop off. Everyone has a right to a good game, and rehashing the same content with more gore is not the way to go.

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