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Call of Duty director responds to community harassment on social media

Published: 1/Dec/2019 20:55 Updated: 1/Dec/2019 21:03

by Scott Robertson

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Call of Duty’s game director Joe Cecot appeared in the comments of a popular r/ModernWarfare post to reply to a silly video and ended up revealing why he’s been spending less time in that part of the game’s community.

When passion for something gets taken too far, it paints a poor picture of a community. One of the leaders for the Call of Duty Modern Warfare team made that abundantly clear on the Modern Warfare subreddit when a reply to a silly video soon turned into a discussion about people online taking things way too seriously.

Joe Cecot replied to a post that had made its way to the top of the r/modernwarfare subreddit, showing a silly interaction between players involving a door, a shield, and a little bit of bamboozling.

This game is so dumb sometimes and I love it. from modernwarfare

Cecot responded a link to the Unexpected subreddit, and was met with a reply expressing a lack of surprise that Cecot and other Infinity Ward representatives avoided ‘this s**tstorm of a subreddit.”

On its surface, the r/modernwarfare subreddit is home to highlights, humorous clips, and the occasional bit of criticism or feedback regarding the latest Call of Duty installment. But Cecot revealed that some users were taking things too far via private messages.

Cecot wrote, “It can be rough. I’d prefer less PMs about my children dying horrible deaths. Spending less time here. Thanks for the thanks. We’re still working crazy hard!”

To the credit of the subreddit, Cecot was met with replies thanking him and the dev team for their continued support and efforts. Also, a screenshot of Cecot’s reply with a declaration that people who do that kind of thing are “the scum of the earth” catapulted to the very top of the subreddit.

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Atrocious behavior and over-the-top negative feedback like the stuff Cecot has received in private messages is unfortunately not uncommon to Modern Warfare. 

Ashton Williams, Sr. Communications Manager for Infinity Ward, is constantly berated with negative feedback and personal attacks by some players online. 

Williams has made it abundantly clear that any feedback coupled with insults or attacks gets blocked, and has shut down users who think she should get used to receiving abuse in her position.

Modern Warfare is not a perfect game, and many members of the community at casual and professional levels believe there are still some glaring issues that need to be resolved. But the community also agrees that people who engage in deplorable behavior like this aren’t real fans, and need to remind themselves that developers are people first and foremost.

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Iconic Call of Duty Raid map spotted in Black Ops Cold War files

Published: 2/Dec/2020 2:24

by Brad Norton

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Eight years after its introduction in the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops 2’s Raid could finally be returning in a mainline entry as files for the iconic map have been uncovered in Black Ops Cold War.

Treyarch’s fan-favorite Black Ops 2 released in 2012. Since then, we’ve seen eight new titles come and go. In that gap, Raid has only made one other appearance in a global title, that title being Call of Duty Mobile.

While other maps have been rereleased countless times, including seven remakes of Nuketown alone, Raid has been left in the past. However, that’s about to change according to the latest leaks.

After an extended period in the shadows, Raid could finally be thrown back into the spotlight soon. Dataminers have uncovered a line of code relating to the map in Black Ops Cold War, suggesting that we’ll see it return in Season 1.

As a huge influx of Season 1 content slipped through the cracks on December 1, one key line stood out from the pack. ‘S1_map_raid_tu_cairo’ was plucked directly from the latest version of Black Ops Cold War.

Obviously, this doesn’t outright confirm Raid is a guarantee for the next Season. This is the first official reference to the map in quite some time, though, so it’s safe to assume Treyarch has been working to bring it back to life.

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
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Raid might finally be back in a mainline CoD title for the first time since 2012.

The original map quickly became a favorite for its unique design. There were distinct sections that paved the way for vast combat opportunities. Both close-range and long-range loadouts could feel right at home on Raid. On one side you had a wide-open area with a high ground advantage for one team next to a  

On the other, you had a circular area perfect for flanking opportunities. Meanwhile, in the middle lane, you’d often catch snipers peeking across from either side in a near-symmetrical layout.

One of the more interesting tidbits from this datamine is the final word. Cairo is the capital of Egypt. The original version of Raid was set in Los Angeles. So when we see this new version, it could have a fresh coat of paint to fit the locale. 

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
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Expect to see snipers hanging out across the basketball courts if Raid drops with Season One in Cold War.

It was an extremely popular competitive map throughout the year of its initial release. Given it worked quite well with essentially all objective-based game modes. From Hardpoint to Search and Destroy, Raid was often a favored pick.

Season One of Black Ops Cold War kicks off on December 10. There’s no confirmation we’ll see Raid in-game from this point on, so do take this leak with a grain of salt until then.