OpTic's CouRage has some ideas on how Call of Duty's Blackout mode can be improved - Dexerto
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OpTic’s CouRage has some ideas on how Call of Duty’s Blackout mode can be improved

Published: 12/Sep/2018 18:27 Updated: 12/Sep/2018 22:37

by Albert Petrosyan


After getting a chance to try out the Private Beta of Call of Duty’s new Blackout battle royale mode, OpTic Gaming content creator Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop has given some constructive feedback.

As with many others in the community, CouRage’s main contention with the Private Beta was that some of the in-game Armor was way too strong and over-powered.

The way Armor currently works in the beta is that there are three levels that players can pick up, each awarding an increased amount of protection over the health the player already has.

Here are the changes that CouRage proposed for Treyarch to implement in order to make Armor more balanced:

How to make Armor in Blackout better:

Level 1 = Gives 50 extra HP. Common to find.

Level 2 = Gives 100 extra HP. Only available in Supply Drops. Very rare.

Level 3 = Removed

I think it’s safe to say Armor is everyone’s biggest complaint after day one. Hoping for changes!

Several hours after this post, Treyarch Game Design Director David Vonderhaar announced that they have heard the feedback about Armor and that there are changes coming soon to further balance it, some of which may incorporate what CouRage had proposed.

Aside from Armor, CouRage also made a point to bring up footsteps, and how the current sound balancing makes close quarter situations in Duos and Squads modes more hectic since no one knows whether nearby footsteps are from a teammate or enemy.

Next improve needed in Blackout:

Teammates footsteps need to be 80% quieter than they currently are. No way to tell where enemies are coming from when teammates are stomping around. Would make duos/squads 10x better.

This was also an issue in the early goings of Epic Games’ popular Fortnite Battle Royale title, at which point the developers lowered friendly footsteps to a point where they could be clearly distinguished from enemy footsteps.

CouRage’s proposed ideas are the exact type of feedback that Treyarch have been encouraging players to give after trying out the Blackout beta, in order to keep the gaming experience fresh and fun when Black Ops 4 is released on October 12.

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Another Warzone streamer shows hacks live on Twitch stream

Published: 24/Oct/2020 22:27

by Theo Salaun


Like clockwork, another Call of Duty: Warzone streamer has exposed their in-game cheats while playing live on Twitch. And this time, the cheater did not take kindly to chat quickly trashing him.

Hackers have been the biggest issue in Warzone; with cross-play enabled between PC and console players for the first time, the CoD fanbase has been exposed to even greater levels of cheating than ever before.

Going by ‘festation’ on Twitch, yet another streamer has outed themselves as a cheater on the platform by displaying their hacks while broadcasting live. In this case, they were quickly called out on Twitter and in the chat, leading to deleted clips and a switch to Black Ops 4 gameplay.

With Twitch chat flaming him for being bad at Modern Warfare and Warzone even with hacks activated, festation proceeded to let them know that he is elite on Black Ops 4 and challenged them to 1v1 matches. He then switched over to the earlier CoD title, but not before his hacks were clipped and shipped across the internet.

As shown in the clip, downloaded before its inevitable deletion on Twitch, festation is rolling around Verdansk while knowing precisely where every single opponent is on the map. He can see players, color-coded based on their health, with a structural indication of their character model’s movement through walls.

Similarly, he also has indicators for guns, cash, and armor found throughout the map. Unfortunately for him, that sort of unfair game awareness doesn’t equate to the IQ that matters, as he is easily blown up by a Cluster Strike at one point.

This is likely why Twitch chat laid into him even more, as fans typically shame hackers for remaining inferior at the game even when gaining an unfair advantage. 

Part of the reason why he gained a decent amount of viewers on Twitch was likely because of getting exposed on Twitter. Concerned fans of the battle royale went so far as to reply to a random TimTheTatMan tweet to try and bring attention to the blatant hacking.

In response, new viewers could enjoy seeing the cheater switch over to BO4 and continue to struggle while throwing out challenges to his detractors in chat: “Get on Black Ops 4, watch me smack any of you on Hardpoint.”

This is far from the first time a streamer has been exposed for cheating. In the past, one accidentally displayed his hacks while another purposefully tried to show his off. As of yet, neither Infinity Ward nor Twitch appear to have banned festation, but repercussions seem likely following this exposure.