Commentary – Like It’s a Job

I have to say Activision knows their business. The first game I got on Xbox 360 was Call of Duty 4 and that was it, I was hooked. I now own Call of Duty 4, Modern Warfare 2, the original Call of Duty & just picked up World at War. Once I master the later I’ll be getting 2 and 3. It’s like a drug you can’t put down. I wasn’t an FPS guy at first, I came from driving and fighting games primarily. Now I live on MW2 multiplayer unless I am beating a different game. They have found a way much like World of Warcraft, Starcraft and many games ahead of them known for their replay value.  To be honest I bought the COD series to beat the campaign for gamer score then head to multiplayer. I have to get that challenge done, I have to unlock that title or emblem like it’s a job, then I enter “prestige mode”. What is this you may ask? Well once you get to the highest level you can attain, you start from scratch and do it all over again until you’ve done it ten times. Then you’re finally playing for the fun of playing, least until the next game comes out & you start the cycle all over again. They have gotten gamers to the point where they are grinding it out, doing things they hate, and playing games they dislike or using weapons they can’t stand for the hell of it. That’s how you measure yourself against your competition. I remember playing COD 4 and hearing first well I’m a gold cross, then well I’m a level 55 gold cross, then well I’m a level 55 with all the golden guns. Finally it got to the point I had every challenge completed. I thought, wow you aren’t getting any points, you are just playing to play. I see both good & the bad in it.  I remember playing just to play, not for any other reason. At the same time though I like the thought of advancement playing for a purpose. Whatever side of the coin you fall on COD has a home for you. Some people play to pwn and others like me play like it’s a job. Where do you find yourself? tell us on Twitter @jinroh84 and @ProjKillscreen. Hopefully we will see you on live I’ll be the one going 3 more kills then I can switch guns.

– Larry


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