Saturday, February 03, 2007

Call of Duty Make Its Rather... Unwanted Return

In the age of re-releases and micro transactions, game publishers will do anything, no matter how unfair or deceiving, to gain an extra buck. One of the many cases of this was the re-release of Call of Duty 2 on the Xbox 360 last summer. Titled Call of Duty 2: Game of the Year Edition: the original game wasn’t even a year old but still saw a rehash with added content that basically shafted those who purchased the original (and those who bought it at launch had to shell out extra dough for the added content via Xbox Live Marketplace).

Now, after a mere four months of Activision’s high budget Call of Duty 3 hitting shelves, Call of Duty 3: Gold Edition will follow. Set for a March release, this updated version will contain some fresh new maps previously only available to purchase through Xbox Live Marketplace and some other currently unannounced new features.

The state of gaming is not all untainted and seemingly minor things such as micro-transactions and quick re-releases are definitely going to hurt us, the gamers who purchase these discs, in the long-run. Consider whose pockets you’re fattening when you buy new content on Xbox Live Marketplace and how many developers are removing content from games just so they can make us buy it through micro transactions and rehashes. This is in addition to game prices increasing and ads being more abundant in games as well.

The real question: Will people want to rush out to get their hands on another Call of Duty when it drops like many did with the previous installments in the series after hearing this news? Well, like they say, money talks.


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7 Comments:

At 9:22 AM, Blogger gnome said...

That's what mod chips are good for ... Making EA behave ;)

 
At 4:59 PM, Blogger Wedge14 said...

Lol @ Gnome!!

But srsly the video game industry is starting to confuse and scare me, when i saw those lil pizza hut ads playing ninja turtles on my NES, and when they kept making Street fighter II over and over again, I should of seen this kinda thing happening.

 
At 6:17 PM, Blogger fatherkrishna said...

Stand firm my bretheren!! We shall not bow to those capitalist fleecers!
Consumer power!!! Simply don't buy!! Boycott Xbox 360! Boycott EA! Boycott sh*tty games developers!

I can assure you of one thing... If you stay Retro, there are no hidden agendas. You can look back, pick and choose, make informed choices, get tried and trusted games at a fraction of current prices and even partake of the latest trends... Motion senser controls? Dreamcast, fishing rod peripheral and Soul Calibur. Check!
Online gaming? Dreamcast... Check!
Innovative gameplay? Chu Chu Rocket, Samba De Amigo, Space Channel 5, Jet Set Radio,... Check!
Polished graphics? Soul Calibur, Shenmue, Jet Set Radio? Check!!

The answers are all there in the past!

The next gen is starting to suck...

 
At 3:31 PM, Blogger Ross said...

Good points all, but father, how are you going to play games like Viva Pinata, Test Drive Unlimited, Gears of War, Project Gotham Racing 3, Ridge Racer 6, Dead Rising, Perfect Dark Zero, etc. on them? And of course theres future releases like Halo 3, GTA IV, etc. Also, Xbox Live is very nice if you want to play with others...

 
At 12:50 PM, Blogger Rosewarrior said...

I own Call of Duty 3. The game is merely O.K, and this as Ross has said is just another re-hash to cash in. I would really like to meet the people who will actually go out and buy this game again.

 
At 4:53 PM, Blogger The Elderly said...

Call of Duty 2, was enough cod3 appeared too samsey...

erm... does that mean i win something?

 
At 7:01 PM, Blogger fatherkrishna said...

I have my ways and means Ross...ways and means...

*FK is dragged off by the men in white coats for the umpteenth time...*

 

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