Nameless Reveals the Story of His Tough Childhood for the First Time and How Call of Duty Changed his Life - Dexerto
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Nameless Reveals the Story of His Tough Childhood for the First Time and How Call of Duty Changed his Life

Published: 26/Jul/2018 20:12 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 20:16

by Calum Patterson


Former professional Call of Duty player turned caster and analyst, Anthony “NAMELESS” Wheeler has, for the first time ever, revealed the story of his upbringing and how pro gaming changed his life.

NAMELESS has been a stalwart of the competitive Call of Duty community since the early days, competing for over eight years at the very top of the pro scene.

He went on to win six championships and over $500,000 in prize money with his teams, until finally stepping away from the main stage and onto the casters desk, midway through the 2018 CWL Season.

But, despite being one of best known veterans in the scene, not much was known about NAMELESS’ childhood and how he came to be a legendary Call of Duty competitor.

In the most recent episode of ‘Behind the Controller‘ by Scuf Gaming and MLG, NAMELESS reveals more about his personal life than he ever has before, retelling a remarkable story of overcoming struggle to get where he is today.

“Growing up where I did, there was only a few options for me. It was either gangbanging, drugs, video games or being a mess up. Luckily, from a one in a million chance, I found the right path.

I spent a lot of my childhood bouncing around different houses. It was tough because I had no father figure, he left right when I was born so I never met him, never knew him. And my Mom, was unfortunately addicted to drugs, so she was always in and out of jail.”

For NAMELESS, it was his Grandmother who stepped up and took responsibility for him when he was set to be adopted, and is also to thank for his passion for video games.

“We were meeting with the adoption lady, my Grandma got to the place and took us and said ‘you’re not leaving this family, you’re not getting adopted, I’m not letting this happen.’

We moved to a really bad area, right outside of Chicago, and I was associating with people I shouldn’t be. My Grandma didn’t know what to do about it, so she just bought me a tonne of video games. With whatever money she could put together, she would buy me games.”

From there, NAMELESS became an avid gamer, and being indoors gaming kept him out of trouble – and of course, later became his career.

NAMELESS got 2nd at the 2014 World Championship with Team Envy

He explains that his biggest win, 2nd place at the 2014 World Championship netting $200,000, came at the perfect time as he and his grandparents were struggling.

“I was $4,000 in debt, my Grandma got sick, my Grandpa got unemployed. If we didn’t make money at champs, I was pretty much screwed. If I didn’t get top two at that tournament, who knows what would have happened, I can tell you I would not be sitting here, so thank God.”

Finally revealing all these personal details of his struggle, NAMELESS says he doesn’t want anyone to feel sorry for him, rather to use his journey as inspiration.

“I’m at a point now where I feel like I can tell this story, and I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me. It’s something that I didn’t want people to know for 22 years of my life. It didn’t decide what was going to happen for me – I decided what was going to happen for me. […] And I’m thankful, that Call of Duty lead me to this path.”

You can watch the full video from Scuf Gaming and MLG on NAMELESS’ remarkable journey below.

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Warzone dev reveals fix for missing Trick or Treat rewards bug

Published: 22/Oct/2020 13:55

by Jacob Hale


One of Warzone’s lead developers has responded to the frustrating Trick or Treat rewards bug during the Haunting of Verdansk event, with players not getting the Pumpkin Punisher Grau blueprint after completing all the challenges.

The Haunting of Verdansk is the special Halloween event in Warzone, with lots of new content for players to sink their teeth into.

This includes new Operator packs, including skins from horror films Saw and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well as the new Zombie Royale game mode and, of course, the Trick or Treat Rewards.

By searching chests in 16 different locations, players can earn all manner of items from calling cards and emblems to the awesome Cleaver melee blueprint. As a result of unlocking all 16, you’re supposed to get the Grau blueprint weapon, Pumpkin Punisher — but for some people, this isn’t happening.

Warzone Pumpkin Punisher blueprint Grau attachments
The Pumpkin Punisher gives a spooky spin on a previous Warzone favorite weapon, the Grau 5.56.

A number of players have reported that even after completing all 16 Trick or Treat challenges and unlocking all the rewards, the Pumpkin Punisher remains locked and isn’t added to their Armory.

One player reported the issue to Joe Cecot, the Co-Design Director of Multiplayer at developer Infinity Ward, and he suggested that the likely issue is the UI thinks players have everything, but they’re actually missing one of the rewards.

To fix this, Cecot offered a workaround, though it might not be particularly fun: he advises players to hit all the locations again and the gun will likely be unlocked, to make sure the game properly registers the completion of every single challenge. He also says that it’s “most likely the location that is still not registered will give candy out of the box.”

Of course, this will be slightly frustrating for players who have not yet unlocked the Pumpkin Punisher, despite having completed all of the relevant tasks.

Cecot did add that in the long run, they’ll “most likely fix people in this state,” though it’s unclear when that could happen, or even if at all.