'This Is Why The World Doesn't Take Gaming Seriously'
The latest round of Black Ops II rebalancing fractionally increased the kill time of certain weapons, but Treyarch have subsequently suffered "threats of violence" and personal abuse via email, Twitter and forum posts from disgruntled players. Community man Dan Amrich has stepped up to decry the "immature, whiny assholes" behind the hateful torrent, suggesting that their behaviour is responsible for perpetuating negative gamer stereotypes.
To put this in perspective, here are the offensive balance tweaks, measurable in tiny fractions of a second [via PCGamesN]:
- AN-94: Damage slightly reduced.
- DSR 50: Rate of fire reduced.
- Ballista: Rate of fire slightly reduced.
Yet David Vonderhaar's twitter account has been bombarded with deeply upsetting threats (most of which have thankfully been blocked or deleted). Blogging on the matter, Dan "One Of Swords" Amrich called for CoD players to show a little restraint, respect and all-important perspective.
"Vahn often gets told he should die in a fire or kill himself or is a horrible person," Amrich wrote. "If anybody thinks for a second that this is okay, it is not."
"But if the loudest voices in the Call of Duty “community” act like an angry mob instead, guess how the entire world views Call of Duty? Now consider that these Internet Tough Guy rants and demands are not unique to COD, but exist everywhere, in many gaming communities. This is why the world often does not take gaming seriously; this is why gamers are assumed to be immature, whiny assholes. Because the immature, whiny assholes are louder."
“If you enjoy your games, have a little respect for the people who make them — and stop threatening them with bodily harm every time they do their job.”
Hear hear. I know it's annoying when your favourite gun gets rebalanced, but there's a world of difference between having a little moan on the forums and posting vile personal abuse aimed at hardworking developers. Thankfully the vast majority of gamers have a spine, self-respect and plenty of good old-fashioned human decency.