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Infinity Ward: Many Call Of Duty Players "Aren't Hardcore Gamers, Or Even Gamers"

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Jonathan Lester
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Infinity Ward: Many Call Of Duty Players "Aren't Hardcore Gamers, Or Even Gamers"

The term 'gamer' is becoming increasingly irrelevant as gaming becomes more ubiquitous, and Infinity Ward reckon that the Call Of Duty franchise has become so popular by tapping into a massive casual audience who don't identify themselves by their pastime.

Infinity Ward's Mark Rubin discussed the series' success with OXM, as part of a wider interview. When asked about whether Call Of Duty: Ghosts would maintain a similar audience on next-gen platforms, he replied in the affirmative and explained why.

"Because regardless of platform - people's gaming habits aren't going to change just because there's a new platform," he said. "We have an enormous amount of players who are more in the casual game space, but they play a lot.

"It's kind of a weird, ironic thing to say," Rubin continued. "They aren't hardcore gamers, or even gamers, but they play Call of Duty every night. And those guys are going to continue to play regardless of platform. So I think not only will we continue to engage with that existing player base, but we'll take next gen and see how far we can go with it."

Frankly, there's nothing wrong with that. Gaming is an increasingly inclusive passion that's open to anyone, regardless of taste whether or not you identify yourself as a 'gamer.' If you're into playing a bit of CoD after work, tapping away at Candy Crush on the train, counting down the turns in Europa Universalis IV or methodically hunting your quarry in DayZ, there's something for everyone here.

Anyway, that's more than enough of my ramblings. Is Call Of Duty more 'casual' than 'hardcore,' and does it even matter in the grand scheme of things? Should we even be using the terms 'gamer' and 'hardcore' any more? Let us know in the comments.

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Late  Oct. 21, 2013 at 14:53

Each to their own. It's all completely subjective. My opinion differs to yours, and I'm not going to say yours is wrong*.

"...They aren't hardcore gamers, or even gamers, but they play Call of Duty every night..."
If someone plays COD every night I think you can call them a gamer.
Actually I'm certain you can call them a gamer.
I'm pretty sure they're the pure f*cking definition of gamer.

How do you define "gamer", Mr. Rubin?
Clearly it's not something that's easily defined, and it's hard to pigeon-hole people and their proclivities, but you've got a pretty extreme view if someone playing a game every night isn't a gamer.
Do you only count them as a gamer if they're putting on camouflage gear and night vision goggles?


*It is, though.

Anarchist  Oct. 22, 2013 at 10:13

Each to their own. It's all completely subjective. My opinion differs to yours, and I'm not going to say yours is wrong*.

"...They aren't hardcore gamers, or even gamers, but they play Call of Duty every night..."
If someone plays COD every night I think you can call them a gamer.
Actually I'm certain you can call them a gamer.
I'm pretty sure they're the pure f*cking definition of gamer.

How do you define "gamer", Mr. Rubin?
Clearly it's not something that's easily defined, and it's hard to pigeon-hole people and their proclivities, but you've got a pretty extreme view if someone playing a game every night isn't a gamer.
Do you only count them as a gamer if they're putting on camouflage gear and night vision goggles?


*It is, though.


I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks this guy talks epic amounts of ****.

Infinity Ward's Mark Rubin discussed the series' success with OXM, as part of a wider interview.


What series success would that be then, Mr Rubin? Are you referring to the one game that you actually had a hand in, Modern Warfare 3? The one game in the series that was so inherently dull, uninspired, broken and generally awful that it is by far considered the worst in the series by a metric mile? That many gamers (me included) traded it in before even finishing the single player campaign or putting any time into the multiplayer?

You've no right to talk about the series success quite yet considering you have only put out that pile of crap, Mr Rubin. Lets see how Ghosts does.

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