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NAMELESS Responds to Backlash After Switching CoD Cast VoD to Subscriber Only

Published: 10/May/2018 14:09 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:51

by Ross Deason

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Retired Call of Duty pro Anthony ‘NAMELESS’ Wheeler has responded to criticism about his decision to make future Twitch VoDs of the CoD Cast only available to subscribers.

Formerly of Evil Geniuses, NAMELESS made the decision to retire from competing after he was dropped from the team following a sub-par first season in the CWL Pro League.

Since becoming teamless, the veteran player has been running a regular podcast, called the CoD Cast, which focuses on the competitive Call of Duty scene and attempts to increase the amount of content available for fans.

The show airs live on is Twitch channel and is usually uploaded to YouTube by the next morning. The VoD was also instantly available on Twitch until NAMELESS made the decision on May 9th to make that a feature that is only available to subscribers.

As someone who has been able to do virtually no wrong in the eyes of the community since starting the CoD Cast, this decision was the first time that NAMELESS has received backlash as numerous fans complained about the decision and said it was a step in the wrong direction.

However, NAMELESS has some very good reasons for making the decision as he laid out in a response to a Reddit thread on the subject:

A number of fans have already responded to NAMELESS’ explanation to say that they now understand his decision and will support it going forward.

The only criticism that persists is that the CoD Cast tends to air so late that fans in Europe have no chance of catching it live and will then have to wait for 12 hours in order to watch it.

NAMELESS has aleady addressed this issue, though, saying that he will be moving the start time of the show forward by three hours for all future episodes.

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Dr Disrespect explains how Black Ops Cold War could be “so much more fun”

Published: 21/Oct/2020 3:29

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Dr Disrespect has chimed in on the much-maligned SBMM system used in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and other titles, and although he doesn’t blame Treyarch, the Doc is less than impressed with the system and wants it removed.

Dr Disrespect is all about violence, speed, and momentum. However, he hasn’t been able to spread his wings in Black Ops Cold War and fly like the eagle he was born to be, and he blames it all on SBMM.

SBMM, which stands for skill-based matchmaking, is a system used in many popular games to try and balance out lobbies.

Some players and developers think it’s a good thing, but many others believe it tends to ‘punish’ higher-skilled players like Dr Disrespect. It throws them into lobbies with other elite players, which results in ‘sweaty’ games where everyone is good and trying really hard to win.

The game becomes more serious and less casual, and it demands more effort, which is less than ideal for streamers like the Doc, who want to entertain.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is one of many games that uses SBMM.

Dr Disrespect has never been one to hold his tongue and mince his words on matters important to him. In his latest stream, he had a frustrating time playing Black Ops Cold War due to SBMM and shared his thoughts.

Man, that SBMM, what a… what a…” he said, struggling to find the words to summarize his rage. “SBMM results to exact same fight every single time.” It’s a sentiment shared by players from many different games and skill brackets.

“It has nothing to do with… game design,” he added.

“Treyarch knocks it out the park… I just think it has something to do with a lot of the technical stuff… I would take that tech out.”

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Dr Disrespect isn’t one to hold back on his opinions, especially when it comes to games.

Dr Disrespect knows that it isn’t Treyarchs fault. Instead, he refers to a “third-party” who works with them and “manages all the data and everything.” He says, “they’re able to make all these tweaks, and all that stuff,” and the fact that SBMM is implemented at all is “such a bummer.”

“I want some sheep in my lobbies,” he said. “I want a couple triple peekers. The game could like just be so much more fun. I don’t understand why they have it.”

The related segment begins at 3:38:30 in the video below.

Dr Disrespect isn’t the first person to express his concerns about SBMM, and he won’t be the last. However, the Doc is a pillar in the gaming community. He has also been involved in some behind-the-scenes level design, so his opinion has some weight.

Either way, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is still loads of fun. SBMM might even help you become a better player if you’re willing to embrace it.