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Sunday Thoughts: The Call of Duty Issue Part 2

Posted by: Kirodus | Filed Under Opinions, Weekly Articles | No comments 
Mar 24

In November 2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II sold 7.5 millions copies, making it the highest grossing game of the month. Black Ops II is also the sixth entry in the Call of Duty series to have the same basic gameplay, beginning with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and continuing with every CoD entry since. The issue with Call of Duty is that it has expanded the video game world to include the mainstream. That sounds like a great thing, really! That should mean that more talent is being put into the industry and better titles are being produced as a result. However, I believe that this influx of new players has weakened the industry. Now major publishers (Activision, Ubisoft, etc) demand a yearly installment for their flagship series. Every year a Call of Duty title is released, every year an Assassin’s Creed title is released, and no real improvement happens from year to year. The campaigns in Call of Duty get shorter and shorter, and more and more predictable. The multiplayer gets new maps, and at most two minor changes to some other aspect of the multiplayer. Even worse than the slow corruption of the industry, Call of Duty commits worse offenses to the American population.

In Call of Duty: Black Ops the villains were communists during the Cold War. In Call of Duty: Black Ops II the main villain is described (by Treyarch, mind you) as the “idolized Messiah of the 99%”. So instead of fighting communists in a historical time period, Treyarch has moved on to fighting what amounts to be the Occupy Wall Street movement and the group of Americans rejecting the idea of a ruling 1%. Right, that makes total sense. To provide further evidence that this is the enemy of Black Ops II, we need look no further than a certain advisor for the title. Oliver North. North served as a military consultant for Black Ops II, but North has a checkered past, to say the least. North was involved in the Iran-Contra affair of the 1980s, and he admitted to being involved in selling weapons to Iran. In addition, North most likely had a part in large drug-trafficking operations in Central America. To some Americans though, Oliver North is a respected author. To others, he is virtually a war criminal that narrowly avoided being caught. To all of America, he is a symbol of Republican ideology. I find it very questionable to use such a questionable figure as a consultant in any capacity on a game like this, a game that was undoubtedly going to sell the millions that it did.

As gamers, we should not put up with the corrosion going on in the industry. We should not want yearly releases to be a staple of the industry, instead we should want innovation and progress. We should not want a game that paints one of the most important political events of our lives as a destructive force to be destroyed. I believe in the freedom of expression in video games, but I will never support such a gross misrepresentation of the American people.

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