Players to Enact Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Blackout Day on April 20th to Protest State of the Game
Posted by Christophor Rick (TheSuperGuido), Mar 27, 2012 14:22
A movement is beginning to gain some small momentum in the Call of Duty community and has come to the attention of Gamers Daily News. That is MW3 Blackout (#MW3BlackOut and @MW3BlackOut on Twitter), a movement to darken the servers of Modern Warfare 3 by refusing to play the game on April 20th, 2012.
Some Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 community members feel that it is the only way to get Activision and Infinity Ward to sit up and take notice of their grievances with what they perceive as an incomplete game and a non-caring developer and publisher.
Will it work? It’s hard to say, but if there is a large single day drop in online play of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, it could be enough for someone to notice. But it could take far more than that for action to be taken on the part of the companies.
Here’s a video created by the organizers.
The video states that it is a call to action for the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 community to not play April 20th, 2012.
The crux of the problem is that some players see the lack of post-release fixes in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 for some major issues, as Infinity Ward and Activision simply not caring about the gamers.
Fixes that the organizers want to see implemented include:
- Lag Compensation
- Matchmaking options which include the ability to enable, disable local search and base search off the party leader when playing with friends.
- Changes to the broken [sic] spawn system
- Full-featured theater mode including volume controls in options
- Tac insert removed from kill confirmed
- More hardcore game modes
- Better Elite playlist options
- Objective stats on in-game scoreboards
- Akimbo machine pistol nerf
- Removal of any assault killstreaks from the support package
- Removal of deathstreaks
- Fix LAN settings for competitive events
It’s a pretty long list of fixes to say the least. Others in the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 community agree that the list is long, and yet believe that lag compensation would be a good place to start.
Others completely disagree that not playing the game for a single day will have an impact. they state that the best way to show displeasure is to not buy the game.
However, there are other options, for example, a class-action lawsuit citing breach of contract in that Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is not in a totally playable state and does not live up to what the pre-release advertising stated it would be. That would be a drastic step, and an extremely long road. Boycotting any further content releases for the game as well as future games in the series is definitely another option and with amazing free to play games and indie game available it would be easy enough to find something else to play.
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