Sulky fans biggest threat to gaming, says Black Ops developer
But please still buy our CoD expansion pack
Activision has expanded its content for Call of Duty: Black Ops, with a handful of downloadable multiplayer maps, even as an executive from the game's developer, Treyarch, slammed certain fans for stifling industry creativity.
Treyarch's First Strike gives players five fresh maps set around the globe:
- Berlin Wall gives players the option to fight on both sides during Cold War Germany.
- Stadium offers fast paced close-combat set in a sports complex.
- Discovery is set in an abandoned outpost along the coast of Antarctica.
- Kowloon lets soldiers battle along the rooftops of Kowloon City in Hong Kong.
- Ascension pits players against perk-stealing monkeys and flesh-eating Soviets in a trap-filled "Zombie mode" level.
Amid its release yesterday, Josh Olin, Community Manager at Treyarch, voiced his opinion that angry fans are stunting creativity and game innovation.
In an interview with Now Gamer, Olin said: "Too many developers who try new things are getting burned by 'pundits' and angry entitled fans who look to be contrarian, sometimes simply for the sake of being contrarian.
"The only thing this attitude aims to achieve is [to] stunt that creativity and innovation even further, which is something that no rational gamer looking to be entertained would want to do."
Or perhaps their intention is to get developers to make games that actually work? With hordes of CoD fans alleging Black Ops' is unfit for purpose, Olin's claim seems ill-timed.
Microsoft has penned an exclusivity deal for publishing all downloadable content (DLC) first, but complaints say multiplayer doesn't function properly on PS3 anyway, so what's the point?
Call of Duty: Black Ops' - First Strike DLC is available on Xbox Live Marketplace for 1200 points (£10). ®
never played cod but...
well, i played the old ones on pc.
the thing is now that publishers and game houses just churn out the same buggy shite over and over. look at EA. that's what we are pissed off over!
Just thinking out loud..
But have you ever tried releasing a game that worked out the box, first time? A novel concept, I know; but just curious.
Angry fans stunt growth???
Angry fans complain that development is shite.
Besides his argument is flawed. Cod 4 BO isn't new anyway, it is a rehash of the engine from modern warfare 2, with sort of new maps and a few new skins for existing and already tried and tested weapons. So what has been tried that is new????? It is a generic game created by a team and churned out onto other formats, badly.
"creativity and game innovation"
Honestly, someone who worked on Codblops is whining about "creativity and game innovation"? You could always try putting some into the game, you know. Maybe people would like it.
Or is he saying the reason it's so utterly inane and by-the-numbers is because they weren't allowed to put any innovation into it?
That's a good one
We sell you shit because you bitch about the shit we sell you.
Have to remember that argument