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Amrich Hits Back At Despicable Trolls Following Black Ops II Gun Tweaks

Jonathan Lester
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Amrich Hits Back At Despicable Trolls Following Black Ops II Gun Tweaks

'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.

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Late  Jul. 24, 2013 at 11:50

You get that kind of abuse just playing the game. The vast majority of folk are decent but the vocal minority are incredibly abusive.
And those abusive players seem more often than not to be "quickscopers" (for those who don't know, quickscopers lightly hit the aim/zoom trigger as they shoot from a distance, taking advantage of an assisted aim feature Call of Duty has).
These are people who rejoice in ridiculing snipers who use their scope to make kills, as though "quickscoping" is skillful and "hardscoping" is for n00bs.

Rebalancing their favourite guns (two of the three guns affected here are sniper rifles) is bound to p1ss them off.

If you're going to publicly tweak the game and you're on social networks then I'm not surprised if you get abuse. I'm amazed such abuse isn't more widespread, tbh.
It's definitely not right. But it's completely to be expected, given the people you're antagonising with these changes.

Scrap aim-assist, and ask that players use ability instead - watch the hatred go through the roof.

RiKx  Jul. 24, 2013 at 11:55
Last edited by RiKx, Jul. 24, 2013 at 12:12
Tsung  Jul. 24, 2013 at 12:00

In the UK we seem to have a two tier society when it comes to internet abuse.
If the person is famous any threats towards them via twitter / facebook are taken seriously and will result in the police turning up. Even if you say something jokingly it will be taken the wrong way = bobbies turning up to arrest you.If the person is unknown, then tough titties they're on their own.

Do the tweaks, don't tell anyone what you did.. job done!

phil16  Jul. 24, 2013 at 12:32

And this is why I don't play COD - play pretty much anything else...

DivideByZero  Jul. 24, 2013 at 12:37

Tsung, you need to tell people otherwise they will think their game is broken.

But yeah, if you work on Call of Duty, the 18+ game with the average player age of 12, then expect to be told some horrible things by some horrible people.

Quietus  Jul. 24, 2013 at 12:59

I agree about the scope thing. Having it for the single player game seems fine, but in multiplayer it should be removed. Then you'd really filter out the decent players from the vitriolic tirade loving kiddie widdies.

Late  Jul. 24, 2013 at 13:04

That's fantastic!

RiKx  Jul. 24, 2013 at 14:09

That's fantastic!

If you like that you're gonna luurve this...



DivideByZero  Jul. 24, 2013 at 14:56

Yep, lol... glad it's not just me that spends ages titting about on maps!

My current favorite thing is diving out of windows mid fight... no one ever sees that coming!

kinetichatescod  Jul. 24, 2013 at 15:00

But COD players have always been "immature, whiny assholes" , so whats his point ? if you make a game aimed at fcuktards then fcuktards are going to play it , simples

Late  Jul. 24, 2013 at 15:50

If you like that you're gonna luurve this...

You called it right! :D

Yep, lol... glad it's not just me that spends ages titting about on maps!
My current favorite thing is diving out of windows mid fight... no one ever sees that coming!

Nah, what they don't expect is you diving out of a window and being so impressed at your dolphin skills you dive straight back in again.

I think we all have favourite set-up for COD. I know I should have a sniper class for the bigger and more open maps, assault rifle/sub machine gun for medium range, and pistol/shotgun/melee weapon for close quarters maps, but we like what we like - and despite being able to have lots of different classes I think we mainly stick to one. (For me on the latest instalment it's a B23R pistol with silencer, with my character set up for speed and stealth.)
My concession, though, is a class where I have an assault rifle with under-slung grenade launcher, and additional grenades. For those times when you're up against a group of people who like to hang around near the spawn area spinning on the spot with sniper rifles or riot shields. I love my pistol, but not as much as I love putting a heavy explosive into the centre of a bunch of 'tards.

To be fair, I don't hate the players that do that (and I've been known to do it myself on rare occasions). They're usually very capable with the rifle or shield, and taking them on while they're messing about is often fun (so long as they're up for it). And if I end up in a game where everyone but me is quickscoping I won't ruin it by playing with my normal weapons/style - I'll just back out. There's hundreds of thousands of people playing at any given time - I ain't going to struggle to find another game.

I'm way off topic here, aren't I.
Apologies ;)

DivideByZero  Jul. 24, 2013 at 16:24

I think we all have favourite set-up for COD.


I have diamond Assault Rifles, SMGs and Shotguns... from doing those challenges I pretty much like all the weapons.

I was quite in to the MP7, Remmy870 and the FAL... but that has all changed... I can't quite find the right setup, so I flit in and out.

Due to this, I decided to start doing Diamond snipers.

But for hardcore, I love the SMR... one shot kill from across the map, love it.

X10  Jul. 24, 2013 at 19:31

I thought most people that play games are children, and by definition are immature.
Certainly all I ever hear about when it comes to online FPS games (like CoD) is that the server was full of whiney abusive 12 year olds. Sounds like the norm to me, not the exception.

Tsung also makes a valid point, why aren't all these abusers being hunted down by the police. Strange that.

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