Two days ago, I was surprised to see what was trending on Twitter.
DSR is #1 twitter trend? Then 1Direction? Then its the royal baby? The Sh*t is wrong with the world?! It’s a game, a band and a sodding baby!
— Wil Morris (@WevilWilMorris) July 23, 2013
Here in the UK, Royal baby fever had taken over every news station. By a point it irritated me because it’s only a sodding baby! Yes, the newly named Prince George of Cambridge is our future king, but we still have to go through HRH Elizabeth, Charles and William first. Anyway, rant over.
I’m not even going to talk about One Direction. I’m way out of their target demographic so taking the piss is like shouting at dog for licking its own balls. It will do no mater how blue in the face you are.
But the number on trend was “DSR“. To explain, DSR was the short-hand for the Call of Duty DSR sniper rifle. This was there was a ‘community’ patch and fixed some minor bugs, patched ‘Buried‘ game mode and so on, as patches do. But this one had one note at the end;
“Multiplayer game weapon balance” [or words to that effect]
This has made the community go bat-shi*t insane! To explain what they balanced, here’s the list;
Multiplayer Game Balancing
- AN-94: Damage slightly reduced.
- DSR 50: Rate of fire reduced.
- Ballista: Rate of fire slightly reduced
That’s it. The reduced the damage of the AN-94 assault rifle, and decreased the rate of fire for the DSR and Ballista sniper rifles. I’m not a COD player but the response some players had where interesting.
Some was a sensible over-reaction;
How to fix the DSR patch https://t.co/rfGcMPvVau
— Danceive (@xDeceive) July 23, 2013
Some where more responsive then reactionary;
— NASSIIIIIIIIIM (@OhLmBo) July 25, 2013
Some where critical of the people shouting;
Honest opinion? DSR nerf was necessary for QS’ers. If you’re a good sniper, you’ll be fine. AN-94… shrug… M8 + FAL > better AR’s anyway.
— Ryan Wyatt (@Fwiz) July 23, 2013
Others sent death threats. I can’t show you those and wouldn’t want to. [I looked, couldn’t find any most likely due to deletion/ban-hammer.] This reaction was neither sensible, reactionary or even an over-reaction. All those can be explained. Sending death threats is just stupid beyond all measure. This is the nasty side of the gaming community that rants and raves and the slightest provocation.
Most of the death threats where aimed at Treyarch design director David Vonderhaar who took to twitter to talk about the patch. He put out tweets explaining the decision for the patch;
The best performing sniper rifle and one of the best performing guns in the game got detuned because it climbed out of its power band.
— David Vonderhaar (@DavidVonderhaar) July 23, 2013
If you look at some of the responses he got from this, you can see the hill he had to climb to get away. So Activision community manager Dan Amrich stepped in to defend Vonderhaar. On Amrich’s blog he wrote;
“One of Vahn’s many responsibilities is to keep the game as balanced as possible. Weapons are designed with pros and cons; they perform in specific ways for specific reasons. But if, in the course of millions of hours of gameplay and the data to go with it, weapons are found to be more effective or less effective than they should be to keep that performance balanced, they are adjusted. This has happened with every Call of Duty game that’s come out for the last few years, and it will continue to happen — a gun’s stats being adjusted should not be a surprise to anybody at this point.
Yet Vahn often gets told he should die in a fire or kill himself or is a horrible person. If anybody thinks for a second that this is okay, it is not. But if the loudest voices in the Call of Duty “community” act like an angry mob instead, guess how the entire world views Call of Duty? Now consider that these Internet Tough Guy rants and demands are not unique to COD, but exist everywhere, in many gaming communities. This is why the world often does not take gaming seriously; this is why gamers are assumed to be immature, whiny assholes. Because the immature, whiny assholes are louder.”
I am glad that there are people like Amrich working in game publishers to help defend its workers and slap the community down when it gets to rowdy. When he says “This is why the world often does not take gaming seriously; this is why gamers are assumed to be immature, whiny assholes. Because the immature, whiny assholes are louder” I have to agree whole heartedly. The world does not look favourably at the game industry because of incidences like this. The swearing, violence and gore is one thing but that is protected by freedom of speech [and by the fact that most other medias are just as graphic and not de-classed] but the community isn’t. Imagine if this was a common occurrence. The world/media would have a reason to not just de-class the game industry but try to get rid of it all together! [Yes, it’s over the top but the point is valid.]
If you didn’t like this patch or any other for any other game, the most valid and reasonable way to respond is to calmly explain to company/community why. Then people will listen to you. Saying “WTF! WHT THE HELL! YOU SUK BALLS! GO DIE U AHOLE” is not a valid argument or place to come from and it never will be.