You wanna know what grinds my gears?
When CoD fans so confidently claim that no matter how much hate a new CoD game gets, EVERYONE who hates on it is going to buy it. That is simply not true. Here's why:
I've heard this claim MANY times, and given this mindset, I sometimes think a lot of CoD fans don't quite comprehend how MASSIVE CoD really is. And I suppose that's understandable, given that a large portion of it's fanbase is, well... children. We're talking about a franchise that CONSISTANLY breaks sales records and draws many people in due to its unrelenting reputation in entertainment media. What I'm getting at here, is that there are a LOT of CoD fans out there. No matter how much hate it gets on the internet, the people who actually like it and buy it are in the VAST MAJORITY, and that's why it sells so well every year, because there are simply FAR more fans then there are non-fans. They're just not on forums all the time, they're probably playing CoD.
How does this concern me? Well, frankly, when a CoD fan so confidently says that "everyone who hates it is going to buy it", it, well, pisses me off. Now I'm not a fan of CoD, but I can respect that people do like it, I mean it IS fun sometimes. I do however have my grievences which make me reluctant to be excited for a new CoD. Now I'm not a fan of CoD, so obviously I must have every CoD game right? Right?
I haven't bought a CoD since 2008. My group of friends? They haven't bought a CoD since... longer. That doesn't make sense... I mean we don't like CoD... so we surely must be buying them every year right? This is why such claims are wrong. There are many VOCAL people out there like me and my friends who don't like CoD and won't buy it; and we'll express those feelings of the internet (vocal). But there are MANY more NON-VOCAL fans who will buy it every year and who don't express their feelings on the internet. So when CoD fans so confidently claim that every hater is going to buy it, usually under the reason "cuz its just that good" or "cuz they're just bandwagoners", it irks me, because it is simply NOT TRUE. There are other, and in my opinion, better shooters out there for us to spend our money on.
Now, Black Ops 2 has just been revealed and we've seen our first footage. And, like most first impressions of highly anticipated games, I think it looks promising. And considering the supposed leaked multiplayer info, it actually seems like Treyarch is working to finally EVOLVE the franchise. There's a possibility this may restore some of my faith in this series.
Or not. I actually fully expect this small gllimmer of hope I have to be crushed as we see more footage.But we'll have to wait and see. As of now I am only very slightly interested in Black Ops 2.
Oh, and if I may touch on ScrewAttack's Top 10 Franchises That Need To Die; since 2003, as in the past 9 years, there have been 25 Call of Duty games released (including BO2) across all systems, with at least two titles each year save for 2003 and 2004, and the most appalling being 2009, when FIVE titles were released. That statistic alone is more than enough reason for this series to die, and surely a much better reason than "wanting the internet to just shut up about it".
Hope this made sense, and cleared some things up. Thanks for reading.