Some of you who play Call of Duty may have noticed a recent patch, mostly adjusting the Buried map, with a few weapon tweaks.
Those small tweaks were set upon by some of their community though, who started sending death threats to the lead dev - something which seems to be a little too common place...
The adjustments in question included a fire rate increase of 0.2 seconds, as well as a 0.1+ second increase to the chamber time. Now whether these seemingly tiny adjustments were hugely game changing or not they were probably made after analysing copious amounts of data and user feedback. Whether enough to balance a weapon versus every other weapon in the game or not, some of the members of the CoD community seem to have gone over the top in their need to express their feelings about these changes.
The sad thing is, many developers say this is business as usual. These devs, who put their love and time into making games for us, get death threats for balancing their game, or not releasing on certain platforms. Dan Amrich, the Activision community manager, slammed the offenders on his personal blog, and pointed out that it's not everyone who makes these threats.
A small, vocal minority is tarnishing entire communities - for example, Xbox Live chat is widely regarded as full of swearing twelve year olds, even though a large portion of the community is nothing of the sort. Hopefully as gaming becomes a larger part of normal life we will see these reactions tempered, but it will take work. People need to understand that they are accountable for their online actions despite the once anonymity people believed they had on the net.
Felix - Maybe we should step out from our awesome GD Tower and show the online world how a community of like minded people, from all reaches of this amazing world, should behave? Please consider doing your bit to help - if you see/hear your friends trolling or being nasty, ask them to be normal and human; if you hear it happening online, advise the representing online admin from that community to take a look into it. This behaviour is not acceptable face to face and certainly shouldn't be happening online. Communication is a valuable part of today's society and the internet lets us all reach friends and people we would never normally be able to meet, so lets help keep gaming and online communities brilliant.
We have all had the occasional bad online experience, due to smack-talking idiots, but what games have you experienced that have great, welcoming and fun communities? Tell us below so we can check them out ourselves.