The Call of Duty franchise has become one of the gaming industry’s most successful juggernauts over the past decade, with each new installment selling tens of millions of copies world-wide. Of course one of the series’ main draws is the online multiplayer, which in all honesty is the reason why the majority of players pay up their hard earned $60+.
However, even with the popularity of the multiplayer component, there are still those who are only invested in the single-player campaigns and as Black Ops II
game-designer David Vonderhaar told One of Swords
, this doesn't sit well with the folks at Treyarch.
"As popular as COD is, there are a lot of people who don’t play multiplayer and quite frankly, this bugs the shit out of us. They should all play MP. And Combat Training helps us get there.”
I can understand the developers feelings here, as they've spent so much time building the multiplayer to make sure it’s as flawless and fun as possible and I get that they feel disappointed when they hear about people who avoid it like the plague. Combat Training, which is a valuable tool for teaching new players the game mechanics and the rules of the objective based multiplayer games, is definitely a step in the right direction.
But this only solves part of the problem. It’s not only the complexity of game that makes new players feel intimidated when playing online, it’s also (and probably even more so) the sometimes hostile environment and presence of let’s just call them unfriendly and verbally abusive veterans that tends to “bug the shit out of” new players.
Is every veteran CoD player like that? Of course not. If I gave that impression I sincerely apologize but there’s an undeniable stigma attached to CoD’s multiplayer because of those who take the online matches way too seriously. Sure the Combat Training will mold “noobs” into players who are more “acceptable” and it’s definitely a nice leap forward but the reputation of poor sportsmanship is still quite strong.
Until more is done by the developers and community as a whole to shun this behavior, this unfortunate (because CoD is a fun series there I said it) reputation is still going to linger on.
But that’s just my two-cents.
If you're a CoD fan, you should really read the One of Swords piece for a fascinating look at Black Ops II's multiplayer.