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Shroud criticizes gamers who expect everything for free

Published: 14/Mar/2020 12:28 Updated: 14/Mar/2020 12:32

by Joe Craven

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Mixer streamer and ex-CS:GO professional Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has explained why he is not a fan of gamers expecting in-game content for free, particularly in games that cost nothing to play. 

Large portions of the gaming community have been loving Call of Duty: Warzone since its March 10 launch, with the free to play battle royale being compared favorably to Blackout – the battle royale that launched as part of 2018’s Black Ops 4.

However, during a March 13 stream, shroud explained why he thinks developers asking players to purchase seasonal passes is completely fair, particularly when the game itself is free to download and play. 

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Shroud referenced Warzone as a “fair” example of players having to pay for extra in-game content.

At the same time, he criticized players who expect in-game content to be given away completely for free. 

“What if they made a currency for this mode [Warzone] to buy skin operators and what not?” he read from a viewer. “Yeah but that kinda defeats the whole purpose of making money. There’s a battle pass, right, you can earn a lot from it.” 

He went on to state that players “have to” expect to pay something somewhere, and that he “doesn’t like” it when players expect a plethora of content completely for free, especially in a game that already costs nothing to download and play.

“There’s gotta be a point where you gotta pay something somewhere,” he continued. “If you’re getting Warzone for free and you really like the game, but you wanna earn some skins – buy the battle pass.”

He simultaneously commended the battle pass for its diversity of content and host of accessible skins. While some want the content completely for free, shroud seems to be of the opinion that the service being provided requires some literal payback from players. 

Similarly, Grzesiek praised game developers for battle pass systems that enable players to buy subsequent passes through items earned. 

For example, purchasing a Fortnite or Apex Legends battle pass will reward players with sufficient in-game currency to buy the next one without investing more real-world money. Provided they keep playing, players can acquire the battle passes at no extra cost.

“I think the system is pretty fair,” he concluded. “For Modern Warfare – it’s very fair. In general, most game devs are trying to be fair.”

While some players want to see a currency system added to Warzone, shroud clearly thinks the current system allows players to acquire in-game content while still rewarding developers for their hard work. 

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Black Ops Cold War leak reveals new Christmas-themed Nuketown

Published: 2/Dec/2020 6:35

by Brad Norton

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The holidays are right around the corner and it appears as though Black Ops Cold War will be getting into the festive spirit as new leaks have revealed a limited-time version of Nuketown ‘84 on the way.

Nuketown has seen a number of complete makeovers throughout the years. What started as a simple, close-quarters map in Black Ops 1, has been revamped in many unique ways. From a futuristic remake to the latest 80’s themed design and plenty more.

The fan-favorite map isn’t stopping there, however. New leaks and even a quirky bug have all pointed towards a festive takeover coming into effect very soon. There might even be multiple versions of the battlefield all in-game at the one time.

Christmas is coming to Black Ops Cold War in a big way. Not only will Nuketown be covered with festive decorations, but there also appears to be a night-time variant coming as well.

From a leaked preview image of the Nuketown ‘84 map, we’re given our first look at the map from an all-new perspective. Rather than the beaming hot sun lighting things up, Nuketown looks a little different here. A dark sky keeps things mellow while Christmas lights aim to get you in the holiday spirit.

A few Christmas reefs are scattered around while tinsel is layered across almost every surface. From the one angle, however, there doesn’t seem to be any kind of snow or other major difference. Purely just decorations on an otherwise standard Nuketown ‘84.

While the leaked image comes from a reliable source that’s revealed a wide array of content in the past, there’s more to it than just that. Oddly enough, a bizarre glitch from November 25 actually let players see the Christmas decorations in-game for a split moment.

The yet unannounced version of the map randomly came into effect mid-game for one lucky player. They were caught off guard by the interior of a house but the decorations remained in place, even after death.

That should clear up any caution as to whether the Christmas-themed variant is real or not. While there’s no date locked in for this holiday takeover, we can obviously expect to see it in a matter of weeks as December draws to an end.

Nuketown seems to be the only map getting a festive makeover for now. Though there could always be some visual changes on the way for Warzone as well. We’ll have to wait and see.