Activision Community Manager Slams Community Death Threats

Written by Andrew Moynihan on Sun, Jul 28, 2013 8:09 AM
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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.

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14:24 Aug-20-2013

Really not cool

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06:50 Jul-30-2013

"Just another day on the office."

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13:28 Jul-29-2013

Seems the CoD fanboys are crying again. Don't worry, leave this to me. I'll go and winge them and tuck them back into bed.

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13:35 Jul-29-2013

Aww that's so kind of you :')

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12:42 Jul-29-2013

Those players that complained are just sore losers, they suck at call of duty and are using this patch as a excuse for their lose.. noobs if they not accusing skilled players of hacking they are crying over a patch that has been made to give them a fair advantage.

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08:06 Jul-29-2013

Awesome words by Felix :)

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07:55 Jul-29-2013

oh, so they adjusted the fire rate by 0.2 seconds nd the reload by 0.1 seconds. So now a bunch of noob kids rock themselves to sleep at night crying? pls, grow up! They have done it for good reasons, nd to send a death threat to some poor guy who is doing his best to better nd balance YOUR game is unfair. I was jamming CS:GO a while ago nd they adjusted the clip size to 20 rounds in the aug nd sig, not 1 person complained, or in any games i was in, but ppl were trying it out, enthusiastically i may add. So go eat a waah burger nd french cries, ya little noobs, nobody likes crybabies!

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09:40 Jul-29-2013

You deserve a medal, sir! And here, take my like!

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09:47 Jul-29-2013

thanks, i shall take that like and wear it with pride :) i have plenty to spare, so for being a good sport, +1 like from me

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19:12 Jul-29-2013

I'd hate to see these guys when their weapons get jammed in Operation Flashpoint ;)

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19:41 Jul-29-2013

yeah, really :/

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01:32 Jul-30-2013

or farcry 2 cuz your gun jams every 5 second even if its brand new

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04:02 Jul-30-2013

that's a bit too much imo :/

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05:24 Jul-30-2013

Yeah I remember finding that quite irritating...also the infinite respawns of enemies. Both were improved in FC3 though. :)

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06:01 Jul-30-2013

thankfully, I've only played the first FC, and the third one, but, I heard FC2 was awful compared to the others.

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06:45 Jul-30-2013

It wasn't the best...when you'd clean out a hostile camp, it wouldn't remain under your control, meaning new enemies would be there shortly after you got rid of them before, thus making you fight them every single time you wanted to go by and the roads were constantly swarming with hostiles. It was difficult to travel anywhere basically. That's really my only big criticism about it...also, the malaria...WHY??

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05:06 Jul-29-2013

Really sucks that so many online "communities" aren't actually communities at all. I don't care for most multiplayer games in general (as I find a big majority of them to be very simple and repetitive), but the thing that ultimately keeps me from them is the elitists, braggarts, griefers, flamers, etc. Sure, they may not be the majority of online gamers in general, but they're the majority of online gamers with a mic, or so it seems. It's a real shame. Call Of Duty suffers the worst from this...I installed Modern Warfare 3 not too long ago, and as I hadn't tried much multiplayer on CoD before, I was still rank 1, didn't have any custom tags or anything, etc. and I was actually AFRAID to go into a lobby because I figured I'd hear "Ah great, another f#@kin' noob, get the hell out of here and get a life you stupid loser" and all that, so yknow what? I didn't play. Again. Best of luck to Vahn and hope these bad attitudes eventually disappear from the gaming world.

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08:09 Jul-29-2013

i totally agree with you bro. i have only been chirped by 2 same trolling players while online, but then again they do it to everyone (became famous actually, in that no one likes them), they rant your mumma stuff and call you noob, but when they get killed they cry LAG, omg i %#%#$T$^ LAGGED, with a 6ms delay.. lol . BUT nobody seems to remember that they were once noobs too, and people gave them a chance, so be fair and give other new players encouragement, support and patience, or they might find out where you live, then, well....tickets

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04:57 Jul-29-2013

facepalm and THIS is why I have always sworn off CoD multiplayer... stupid, stupid immature kids doing stuff like THAT, just due to balancing, I guess they want CoD to forever remain a rats nest of unbalanced gameplay.

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04:12 Jul-29-2013

profanity filtering should be added because no one likes a person who spews sewage out of his mouth, and stupid people saying stupid things "death threats" should be removed too

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04:15 Jul-29-2013

Im pretty sure the developers were laughing their asses of.

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04:16 Jul-29-2013

most likely

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01:51 Jul-29-2013

if someone is swearing excessively or being annoying they should snuff them out with voice detection software and mute their mics

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23:43 Jul-28-2013

Not surprising coming from the Call Of Duty community. A bunch of little boys with no ambitions beyond playing their Xbox 360s who think being "good" at CoD will get them chicks or "clicks". Why do they even care about balancing when many of them cheat their way past it?

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22:16 Jul-28-2013

People are sending death threats because they tweaked a game? Sheesh, I can't believe how pathetic these kids are.

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22:12 Jul-28-2013

I have been playing EVE Online for the last week or so and I haven't been insulted once.
When I have asked for help I have been given it without no n00b L2P comments. Great community there.

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19:42 Jul-29-2013

but of course, in EVE, you can be screwed :p getting ambushed, and whatnot, of course at least it's good to know the community is respectable.

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19:57 Jul-29-2013

Yeah true, general rule is trust no one but in the rookie help channel people are always there to help.

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21:18 Jul-28-2013

fite me irl fgt lelelelel

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20:52 Jul-28-2013

maaan, that's why I hate CoD...The community is full of 10 years old f***ed kids who are crying like bitches if they got killed...jesus... -.-

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19:58 Jul-28-2013

They are so good at balancing the games. Hey lets put some OPed gun in a DLC WOOT WOOT!!!!

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17:58 Jul-28-2013

They balance that but dont balance the fal or the other OP guns.....ok

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17:07 Jul-28-2013

iv found supreme commander (forged alliance forever) to be a brilliant community, especially when you start out in ranked play. It is very normal if you get thrashed by a better player for them to chat to you after and give hints and tips, and as the learning curve is quite high this is appreciated

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22:17 Jul-28-2013

SupCom is the best RTS ever made. I still play it now and then :)

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15:45 Jul-28-2013

you wrote slam and i thought you wrote slap -_-

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14:45 Jul-28-2013

Honestly they should start charging people/kid's for this to set an example that there is real life consequences for this stupid behavior.

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