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Call of Duty “fans” threaten developer with violence

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Call of Duty fans – particularly those who play online –  are often portrayed as being immature, whiny and acerbic jerkoffs with little regard for other people. They – or at least one particularly caustic sub-section – has now proved that true.

Treyarch, the chaps behind last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 published a list of gun balancing notes for the PC version of the game this week, and it’s caused “fans” to lose their collective shit; so much sop that they’ve begun levying violent threats at the game’s design director, David Vonderhaar

“End your fucking life you cancer cunt i will fuck your daughter,” said one particularly delightful wordsmith over Twitter  “I hope u die,” wrote another, while another  “Haha screw @DavidVonderhaar fuk*n up the DSR and Ballista cant fuk*n hit quad feeds now #KillYourself Vonderhaar!!! SERIOUSLY!!”

That is but a small, charming sample.

 Activision’s Dan Amrich has blogged on the matter, calling for gamers to stop being such giant dicks to game developers, and wondering why people are so surprised that balancing tweaks are being made.

“This has happened with every Call of Duty game that’s come out for the last few years, and it will continue to happen — a gun’s stats being adjusted should not be a surprise to anybody at this point.

“Yet Vahn [Vonderhaar] often gets told he should die in a fire or kill himself or is a horrible person. 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?

He also summed up why it is that videogames are still not being taken as seriously as they should – and it’s the old ‘empty vessels” argument.

“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,” Amrich pleads, “have a little respect for the people who make them — and stop threatening them with bodily harm every time they do their job.”

For his part, David Vondehaar has remained polite and helpful

Honestly, threatening a dude with physical violence because some guns fire a little less rapidly in a goddamned videogame is beyond ridiculous. For interest’s sake, here are the patch notes. If they fill with enough anger to threaten physical violence, I’m going to have to ask that you click the “x” at the top right and go somewhere else – because you sure as hell don’t belong here.

Last Updated: July 24, 2013

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