As most of you know, Call of Duty: Black Ops released today, and it has the potential to blow away the sales numbers of CoD: MW2. However, I was a bit surprised to see that the player reviews for this game was only at 8.1. I got it last night at midnight, and played it for a couple of hours, and admit that it's way better than I was expecting. It's got the excitement, gun play, and awesome explosions that you come to expect from a Call of Duty game.
We all know about the Activision debacle between them and Infinity Ward. That was a messed up thing to do to game designers and developers. They work long hours, and put a lot of work into these games, and sometimes they get shafted in profits, pay, and other thing of the sort. This is part of the business. As a game design student, I know about this and still am wanting to get into the business. I will take a pay cut, and will probably not have the benefits that I currently have now, but there are some things that are worth taking a put cut for, and enjoying your job is one of them.
All true game designers have this passion. You can see it in the games. Some of the worst games ever made have some parts of it that are very well designed. Even Two Worlds had this. The scenery and large-scale areas were pretty awesome. Too bad it was a terrible game.
Back to Call of Duty: Black Ops. As I said before, when I saw that the player reviews were only 8.1, I was surprised. I was expecting it to be because maybe the online was not as well done, but that was not the case. People are actually giving this game a 1.0 score because they feel that by doing this, Activision, or even Mr. Kotick will be affected by this.
There is something that I have noticed about all major game companies. While they appreciate the praise of the players, they really do not notice complaints by them, unless it comes as a high percentage. Basically if there are 1 million players and 10,000 players complain about the game's company, thats's 1%. No major company cares about 1%. Remember Microsoft's RRoD? Of course you do. Well, complaints about the RRoD started to hit Microsoft during the first two months of release, but since it was such a small percentage, Microsoft basically blew it off.
When you give a game a score, you are scoring the game. You are not scoring the company. When you give a game a low score, you are saying the game is not a good one. So why miss out on a good game because you do not agree with the company that houses it?
What can you do?
Basically, you can start a petition. There are websites that offer free petition makers. You can simply build a petition, and tell people about your petition and why they should "sign" it. Then, if you get enough, you send it to the company. Not just one, no. You have as many people as possible send the company this petition. Only when you get to the investors of this company will you actually have a chance to affect the company.
I am not saying that I agree or disagree with what Activision or Kotick has done in the past, I am saying that you shouldn't miss out on a quality game, or punish the game developers, because you do not agree with the companies past decisions.
If you are interested in making an online petition, you can go tohttp://www.care2.com/create/start-petition. I have little to no details about this site (I googled Online petition and this site was first) but from the quick glance, it seems to be free and easy to do.
If you do decide to do this, let people know! If you really want to stir the Activision pot, this is one of the best ways to do so.
My initial opinion of Black Ops is that its a very good game thus far, and if you are a fan of any of the CoD games, you should play this one. This is Treyarch's best game yet. I have yet to play the online portion of the game.