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Summit1g claims controller players have the advantage on Modern Warfare

Published: 26/Nov/2019 11:50

by Joe Craven

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Popular Twitch streamer Jaryd ‘summit1g’ Lazar has explained why PC players are at a disadvantage on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and how controller players disproportionately benefit from aim assist. 

The console vs PC argument has been raging for a number of years, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Games like Fortnite and Modern Warfare have recently incorporated crossplay, seeing PC players and console finally facing off against one another. 

The main mitigating factor console players receive to even the playing field is aim assist, meaning there is a small amount of magnetization when aiming close to an enemy. PC players do not receive this benefit, being left to their more precise mouse movements. 

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Modern Warfare is the first Call of Duty game to incorporate crossplay, with the main pre-match lobby indicating what platform players are competing on. 

Despite the widely-praised implementation, summit1g has criticized the move as unfairly benefitting console players, explaining that the boost provided by aim assist is often too powerful. 

“I know you need aim assist for controller, I know you do. I get that,” the streamer said. “But f*ck! It’s not viable PC – mouse and keyboard and controller competing against each other. It’s just f*cking not.” 

“Those guys shoot their ARs it’s like a f*cking laserbeam,” he continued. “Are you kidding me? I have to pull down to compensate. They just have to put their crosshair in the right spot.” 

He goes on to explain that, even when PC players lock on to an enemy at the start of a gunfight, the lack of aim assist paired with recoil makes it seriously difficult to ensure all shots are accurate. 

This contrasts to console, where aim assist makes it disproportionately easy to ensure players hit five or six consecutive shots. “My wrist could flinch as I click, who f*cking knows,” he finished. “I don’t have the magnetization to help me.”

While summit clearly feels the current situation is unfair on PC players, many have been quick to compliment Infinity Ward and Activision for the implementation of crossplay in Modern Warfare. 

It is the first time in Activision’s incredibly popular FPS series that Xbox, PS and PC players can go against one another in the same lobby. Despite its implementation, professional Modern Warfare will still be played exclusively on PS4. While this is partly down to Sony paying Activision for exclusivity rights, it also suggests a knowledge that the ‘level playing field’ is not quite level. 

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Call of Duty pro ZooMaa steps down from competing in CDL

Published: 19/Jan/2021 17:37 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 17:47

by Jacob Hale

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New York Subliners SMG star Tommy ‘ZooMaa’ Paparratto has announced that he’s stepping down from competing in professional Call of Duty, just days before the CDL Kickoff Classic brings the league back for the 2021 season.

ZooMaa has a storied career in Call of Duty, and has spent the last year representing his home city of New York under the Subliners, renowned for his no-nonsense yet positive attitude and incredible gameplay.

Arguably one of the best to ever grace the game, the Italian Stallion also represented major organizations such as FaZe Clan throughout his career, winning multiple championships over the years.

Now, on January 19, 2021, ZooMaa has revealed that he will be stepping down from competing in Call of Duty, citing a recurring injury in his thumb and wrist, calling recovering from it “one of the hardest things I ever had to do both physically & mentally.”

In addition, ZooMaa says that “playing through the weakness and pain in my hand just isn’t possible anymore. I don’t enjoy competing when I can’t be the ZooMaa everyone knows and loves.”

Known for his fast playstyle and often-successful flanks, ZooMaa’s gameplay and the fanfare he generates speak to the kind of player and person he has become, and his legacy is one that will remain in fans’ hearts and minds for a very long time.

In the Twitlonger posted by ZooMaa, it’s painfully clear how much this is affecting him, and were it not for his injuries we would likely be seeing him taking to the main stage once again this year and annoying every opponent he comes up against.

“It breaks my heart to step away from a game I put my heart and soul into every single day for eight years,” he explained. “Tearing up just writing this, but I don’t know what else to do at this point.”

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ZooMaa was about as passionate as they come in the Call of Duty world.

This doesn’t look like the end for ZooMaa in the CoD scene, however. He says: “I’m not sure what the future holds and will explore all options as I love this game too much to walk away completely. I look at it as one door closing and another one opening.”

Where Tommy goes next remains to be seen, but fingers crossed this isn’t the last we see of him.