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Ex-Machinima producers roast CoD culture with new YouTube series

Published: 25/Oct/2019 7:20 Updated: 25/Oct/2019 16:38

by Dustin Steiner


A new web series from a group of former Machinima producers has taken a tongue in cheek approach to Call of Duty culture as Modern Warfare launches.

The series is called Modern Wardudes, cheekily aiming for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in its title, and is being helmed by director Stephen Ford of Machinima fame. It takes inspiration from the live-action Call of Duty commercials, such as There’s a Soldier in All of Us, but with a more humorous spin as seen in movies like Tropic Thunder or the new Jumanji films.

So how did this project come about? Since Machinima is no more, Ford opened up Ascender, his production studio, and focused on making “fun, action-packed content.”

The inspiration for the series can be found in Machinima’s past, all the way back to early YouTube.

“When I was producing over at Machinima, I was a huge fan of the Battlefield Friends, and I grew up on Red vs. Blue,” Ford told Dexerto. “I wanted to create something similar but for the Call of Duty community where episodes centered around the mechanics and experience of playing the game.”

In the trailer for the series, the cast of Modern Wardudes debate the name, trying to come up with a better one than what’s on the title card. In the end, they couldn’t improve upon it. 

Modern Wardude’s characters reference a series of text messages that decided the title of the show – which wasn’t fictional.

“This pilot episode is totally based around a text message thread we had trying to decide the name,” Ford continued. “We weren’t planning on shooting a trailer or promo, but I wanted to release something before the game dropped.

“Weirdly, it was challenging to come up with the name as there aren’t a ton of puns that go with Modern and Warfare. I’m sure someone will suggest a better one in like two months, and we’ll kick ourselves for not thinking of it.

Other rejected titles for the show included Bros of Duty, Modern Warhorses, Modern Warboys, and even Model Warfare.

With Modern Warfare’s launch already proving to be a massive success for Activision Blizzard, Ascender is hoping to ride the hype wave.

“We’re taking a gamble and doing this entire thing totally on our own,” Ford said in closing. “Luckily, we’re working with some awesome people and former Machinima alums who are just excited to create something fun.”

Ascender and Ford have 10 episodes of Modern Wardudes written for the series, with the first episode set to drop on Monday October 28. If these first 10 are successful, they have 60 more outlined to drop throughout the year.

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Best QBZ-83 loadout in Black Ops Cold War: Attachments, Wildcard, more

Published: 27/Nov/2020 17:03 Updated: 27/Nov/2020 17:07

by James Busby


The QBZ-83 is may not be as strong or as accurate as the AK-47, but its superior mobility and handling make it a great pick. Here all the perks, attachments, and equipment you need to push this assault rifle to its peak. 

Whether you’re looking to level up every gun to grab those ultra-rare camos or just wanting to give the QBZ-83 a go, then you’ll want to use this loadout. This assault rifle is often overlooked by a lot of players and it’s currently one of the least used guns in the assault rifle category. However, if you’re willing to put in the effort into learning the QBZ, you’ll find that it is a pretty well-round rifle. 

This loadout boosts the QBZ-83’s already great speed, but also increases the gun’s accuracy and firepower. If you’re after an AR that can go toe to toe with the game’s SMGs, then look no further. In order to help you get the most out of the QBZ-83, we’ve put together a reliable loadout you can use to get those deadly Scorestreaks.

Best QBZ-83 loadout for Black Ops Cold War

QBZ 83 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The recent FFAR 1 and M16 nerfs have made the QBZ-83 a more viable option.
  • Muzzle: Infantry Compensator 
  • Barrel: 15.5” Reinforced Heavy
  • Underbarrel:Foregrip
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap 
  • Stock: Raider Stock


  • 1911


  • Stimshot
  • Semtex
  • Field Mic


  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket + Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Assassin + Scavenger 
  • Perk 3: Ninja + Ghost


  • Perk Greed

Due to the QBZ-83 having a very clear default sight, we’ve saved the attachment slot to make a much more comfy build. The Infantry Compensator and Foregrip help control both the gun’s horizontal and vertical recoil. This enables you to remain accurate at medium to long ranges. 

Adding to this is the 15.5” Heavy. Not only does this attachment increase the AR’s bullet velocity by a significant 40%, but it also increases the gun’s damage range by 100%. Whether you’re planning to play on the game’s bigger maps or just wanting to increase your kill potential, then the Reinforced Heavy is a must. 

Rounding things off at the bottom, is the Airborne Elastic Wrap and Raider Stock. These attachments increase ADS and sprint to fire time, allowing you to aggressively rush your foes without having to worry about sluggish performance. 

In terms of equipment, the standard Stimshot, Semtex, and Field Mic have been chosen. These items will keep you on your feet and enable you to get the drop on any potential targets. 

QBZ 83 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The QBZ-83’s speed and firepower makes for some blisteringly fast kills.

This loadout uses Perk Greed, which allows players to take six perks. The combination of Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask will keep you safe from any explosives and noxious gas. These perks are important for most loadouts, but especially hyper-aggressive ones that prefer the run and gun approach to combat.

Meanwhile, Assassin reveals high priority targets and enables you to get the drop on any enemies who are on killstreaks. Scavenger also replenishes the QBZ-83’s ammo from fallen players, so you’ll never have to hunt for another gun when your ammo is low. 

Lastly, Ghost and Ninja keep your movements hidden from prying eyes and enable you to go for those sneaky flanks. After all, this loadout favors both close to mid-range firefights, so don’t be afraid to get into the very thick of a fight. 

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