Call of Duty

Infinity Ward confirm they won’t change Modern Warfare minimap

Published: 27/Nov/2019 11:46

by Jacob Hale


At the reveal event for the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 1 content, content creators were given the opportunity to ask developers anything they wanted about the game – and the minimap came up as in important point of contention.

The minimap has been an issue with some players since before the game even launched, with the beta version of the game not having a minimap at all, as Infinity Ward instead opted to use an overhead compass.

This was immediately met with vitriol from the community, and by the end of the beta testing period, the game had a minimap back in place but doesn’t show red dots when enemies shoot any longer and is more zoomed in than in previous iterations, displaying less of the map.

ActivisionModern Warfare has been under heavy scrutiny since its October 2019 release.

That’s why it’s no surprise that when certain YouTubers and content creators were invited to check out the new Season 1 content coming to the game and ask about Modern Warfare, the minimap was a major talking point.

Speaking with Multiplayer Design Director Joe Cecot, YouTuber Swagg asked about several things including the idea of putting Aniyah Palace in Ground War, the implementation of Dead Silence and balancing different perks.

When the minimap question came up, however, Cecot was very clear in his answer. Swagg said “That was a short conversation, he said that’s how they intended the game to be. There was no arguing with him about it. That’s how the game was designed so that players don’t get hunted.”

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He went on to say that himself and New York Subliners’ Dillon ‘Attach’ Price did question this, but Infinity Ward want UAV to be more of a reward.

They then asked Cecot, if that is the case, why the Ghost perk is as strong as it is. Cecot agreed with where they were coming from and he’ll “definitely consider [balancing] it.”

Swagg goes on to discuss that he thinks all the community wants is the knowledge that Infinity Ward are aware of the problems they are facing, rather than critique being met with silence.

The reveal event seemed to be quite fruitful for getting new information and establishing more of a rapport with Infinity Ward over game design decisions, which is undoubtedly a recipe for success down the line if these events continue to occur.

That does mean, though, that despite community concerns, the minimap now is probably how it will be for the rest of the game’s lifespan, unless something major changes the minds of those working on it.

Call of Duty

FormaL trash talks CoD players who bet $1k on Black Ops Cold War match

Published: 17/Jan/2021 11:08

by Joe Craven


OpTic Chicago’s Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper hilariously trash-talked some amateur Black Ops Cold War players in a 3v3 match, which somehow ended with $1,000 on the line. Thankfully for the 2017 World Champion, he, Scump and Dashy came out on the winning side. 

The OpTic Chicago roster coming into the 2021 Call of Duty League season is one of the scariest in the world of esports. The King – better known as Scump – is joined by fellow World Champion and ex-OpTic Gaming teammate FormaL, with young starlets Envoy and Dashy rounding out the team.

It came as much of a shock, then, when Dashy, FormaL and Scump found themselves up against an over-confident opponent, who decided to trash talk the Infinite Warfare World Champion.

As you can imagine, FormaL didn’t take the criticism sitting down, and hilariously wagered his opponents $1,000 on the 3v3 match of Black Ops Cold War.

OpTic Gaming winning tournament back in Black Ops III
Scump and FormaL made up half of CoD’s best ever roster.

“Yo, you shut the f**k up,” he said, much to the amusement of Scump and Dashy. “Shut the f**k up. You shut the f**k up. Look at our levels and look at you guys. Look at our levels. You wanna bet a thousand bucks on this match?”

Much to the delight of the watching Scump, their opponents hilariously suggested upping the wager from $1,000 to $1,000,000. It’s fair to say that was never going to happen, but the $1,000 wager seemed to stick.

“I just put a thousand bucks on this match,” FormaL said. “[It was with] Unemployment. So he really needs this.”

The match went about how fans would have expected, with Formal, Scump and Dashy running out fairly comfortable winners. While Scump and Dashy used snipers, FormaL had his hands on an AK-74u, and finished the game with a jaw-dropping 7,100 damage.

He made his feelings known at the end of the game too, obnoxiously shouting through the microphone as the Play of the Game showed a nice 5-piece. As you can imagine, Scump collapsed into laughter, calling his T2P duo an “idiot.”

We can’t confirm whether the $1,000 wager was actually paid, but it’s one of the funniest stream moments we’ve seen in a long time.

Fans will be hoping that OpTic Chicago can take their confidence and winning habits into the CDL when it kicks off on January 23.