Call of Duty has ruined a generation of gamers – Tripwire Interactive

This could be a controversial opinion.

Posted By | On 14th, Mar. 2013 Under Article, News | Follow This Author @KartikMdgl

Tripwire Interactive who developed Red Orchestra 2 have mentioned that Call of Duty has ruined the current generation of gamers and they aren’t pleased with the state the market finds itself in.

“I think that single-player shooters are getting better. I think they’re finally coming out from under the shadow of the Hollywood movie, overblown “I’m on a rail” linear shooter. I’m talking about Call of Duty-style shooters,” Tripwire president John Gibson told PC Gamer.

“The melding of RPG elements and shooter elements has been great. I’ve seen this reflected in a lot of the reviews, it’s like, “Okay guys, we’re tired of this on-rails experience.”

“On the flip side, I’m really discouraged by the current state of multiplayer shooters. I think that, and I hate to mention names, because it sounds like ‘I’m just jealous of their success,’ but I’m really, I feel like Call of Duty has almost ruined a generation of FPS players.

“I know that’s a bold statement, but I won’t just throw stones without backing it up. When I was developing Action Mode [for RO2], I got a group of people that I know that are pretty hardcore Call of Duty players. And my goal was to create something that was accessible enough for them to enjoy the game—not turn it into Call of Duty, but try to make something that I thought was casual enough but with the Red Orchestra gameplay style that they would enjoy.

“And we iterated on it a lot. And just listening to all the niggling, pedantic things that they would complain about, that made them not want to play the game, I just thought, “I give up. Call of Duty has ruined this whole generation of gamers.”

Well a lot of people will agree with what he has to say but blaming a game for ruining the market is incorrect because you can also say Call of Duty expanded the market.

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  • HelghastUser

    “This could be a controversial opinion.”

    – Based on the fact that this is probably the Biggest FPS community around, ‘Could Be’ is probably an understatement.

    “Well a lot of people will agree with what he has to say but blaming a
    game for ruining the market is incorrect because you can also say Call
    of Duty expanded the market.”

    – Yes and No. Based on what you say about expanding the market, I see it as more of an eroding double edged sword. The sharp side being the fact that it has expanded the gaming community as a whole because of its popularity expanding gaming into more households and the dull side, the what I like to call, ‘Negative Influence’ its had on the gaming community as a whole. An influence which has affected both Gamer(As pointed out Greatly in the article) and developer/publisher whom try to profit off of their(CODs) ‘Casual’ and/or ‘Accessible’ formula and fail as seen in Killzone 3 or say Resident Evil 6. Two different games whom tried to cater to the current trend in gaming(Or as devs call it, Accessibility) and failed by changing their IDs from its challenging roots to a less challenging and rewarding experience.

    The influence stems from the game and its success and both gamer, publisher and developer are at fault for continuing that trend so in a way he is right but is wrong at the same time for blaming the game itself and not the Influence or its zombie like effect its had on this gens FPS players.

    That being said, Enjoy this great video which amplifies my point and possibly Gibsons as well:


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