Sunday, June 12, 2011

An Open Letter to Activision

Dear Activision,

With the recent announcement of Modern Warfare 3 and the subsequent leak of every detail of the game, I have one important question to ask you. What the fuck are you doing? I would like you to think back to your older franchises. Tony Hawk's Pro Skating Underground Extravaganza and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Mediocre Track Lists. What do these two have in common? Saturation. You flood the market with these titles. I appreciate you trying to give everyone the hot game of the week but a Call of Duty title doesn't need to come out yearly. With a game like Madden or any other sports title, at least it makes some sense. New rosters do happen yearly and you can cash in if you release the game during football season. But with Call of Duty, there's no reason for it to happen. There's no war season. No "get called the n word by a 21 year old suburban white dude" season. Nothing to cash in on that's related to your title. By bringing your games out so quick and so often, you're killing interest in it, rather than keeping it alive. Imagine you're on a whale watching trip, you see the whale the first time, and you're like, "WHOOA A WHALE HOLY SHIT!" But take that same trip often enough and it becomes, "Meh, there's that fucking whale again..." Call of Duty is becoming that whale, in the same way Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero has in past years. We're not surprised to see it, and surprise is a key factor of excitement. And excitement leads to purchases. Bringing the games out so often seems to reduce quality, as well. Call of Duty 4 was and still is, an amazing game. Props for that one. But Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops both resulted in a resounding, "eh" from myself and most other people. Imagine if all resources from World At War and Black Ops went to MW2 and MW3. More time in between games, more production quality, more reason to go out and get the new Call of Duty, because you wouldn't be playing the Call of Duty you just bought 6 months ago. These are just suggestions. Another suggestion I have is an HD remake of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2(if that's even possible with PS1 games, I dunno.), but really, that's just for me and it'd probably only get 1 purchase but it'd be a happy one, I promise. And isn't that all that matters?

Sincerely Yours, A Long Time Fan Of The First Few Games In Your Series.


  1. Agreed constant newer version just harm the online community and gouge money from the consumer.

  2. I liked MW2 the most to be honest. I didn't really like the maps in Black Ops.