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145 Jan 31, 2014 at 12:22 gaming

I decided to have a few games of COD Ghosts last night, not for very long. I can’t play the game for very long, it’s just too crap.

After about 20 minutes I quit out and found I had a message. I don’t remember the exact words, I just blocked communications, reported the sender, and closed down.

This morning I woke up pissed about it, the message had played on my subconscious overnight and I woke up in a bad mood.

The message went something like this.

“COD is dying because of you. Campers ruin the game and assholes like you are the worst. Enjoy COD before it dies”

Removed a lot of the expletives.

That particular player was one of the biggest idiots I have ever seen. It was fun shooting him in the head 10 times in a row. The map was the one with the castle, I had worked out that the other team were re-spawning in the castle so I set up with a clear view of one of the three exits from the castle. He ran out of the same exit ten times in a row with his akimbo pistols, and I shot him in the head ten times. He hadn’t the brain power to realise that “hey that exit is covered, I’ll use a different one”.

This has brought up a lot of questions for me.

1. Should we be designing games for the brain dead? What target IQ should we design games for?
2. Is COD really dying? I don’t see any decrease in the sales figures. Don’t get me wrong, I would be down the pub buying a round if it did die, It’s crap code.
3. If we wrote a game with a feedback system that allowed players to classify other players, then used that classification in the lobby code to group people together. Would it be a hit or a flop?
4. How many complaints should be received before Microshaft does something? There is no way for them to verify everything, so the system is up for abuse.

COD for me is an insult. It was a good product when it first came out, but they have never improved the game play or network code since. Yet it still sells huge volumes.

You can still see the original design in the single player game even today. The design was very simple.

setwaypoint(waypoint);
while (!next_waypoint)
{
{
}
next_waypoint = checkNextWaypoint(waypoint);
}


So you have a FPS game where you don’t actually need to shoot anyone. Just get to the next waypoint alive. You can go into a room, the room has one entry point and one exit point. Kill everyone in there, try to leave, and get shot in the back. Crap.

The multi-player game design is just awful. The host processes all logic and just transmits the game state to all other machines. This means that if someone has a better network connection than you do, you are screwed. It’s actually even worse than that, the result of firing your weapon is totally random because it all depends on which network packet arrives first. You can shoot someone in the head from three yards and nothing happens. Or you can shoot someone through a tank. It’s just crap.

Then the scoring system, I despise the scoring system. It makes my skin itch that someone who just lost the game for you by dying 30 times scores more than me because he got 10 kills and I only got 9 even though I didn’t die.

When it comes to the knife, I want ten minutes in a room with the guy that decided the knife would be the most effective weapon in the game. I’ve been shot before, and I’ve been stabbed. I know which one did the most damage, and I know which one hurt the most. I would like to demonstrate this to him in person.

The whole design means that people with good network connections can run around at a million miles an hour with a knife, akimbo pistols, or a rapid fire sub-machine gun, and you can’t do anything about it. You can’t shoot them unless they run straight at you. You can’t use defensive explosives, they just run through it. Try doing that in real life. No really, please try it. The world could do with an increase in average intelligence.

Anybody else feel the same? Or is it just me. Have I become a grumpy old man with a really nasty streak?

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165 Jan 31, 2014 at 19:09

It’s gotten pretty bad. I was just talking to my cousin the other day and she was getting sexually harassed by 6 of the 8 players in her DotA match. And just yesterday, a guy at EA who I follow on Twitter almost shut down his account because he was getting a stream of abuse from a bunch of morons who were pissed off about something or other. COD players seem to be the worst of the bunch - there have been multiple stories on the gaming press sites about them going on insane rants or bombarding people with threats and flames because someone said something they didn’t like.

I don’t think games make people go on shooting sprees or anything like that, but I have to think that games like COD, that are basically about shooting people in the head as many times as you can, are going to bring out the worst in certain people. If you have a pre-existing tendency to be an idiot asshole, it will feed that. And there’s usually no consequences for bad behavior.

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140 Feb 01, 2014 at 00:53

I would think you would want zones of players that are beginners up to experts so people play others close to their level, but I suppose then friends couldn’t play on each other’s team. Another thing I would do, would be leave bodies for quite a while, so it’s obvious if someone is lurking and shooting people coming out of an exit. I’d also leave alternatives and make it very hard to hide completely without being seen. Myself, I played Doom for a few hours and kind of got tired of it and that was pretty much it for me and shooters.

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175 Feb 01, 2014 at 06:05

If everybody were intelligent, we wouldn’t still be living in a class based society where 1% of the richest people own 65x as much as the poorest half of the world. It’s genetics man. Can’t fight the gene. Just be thankful you have the good traits and it’s not you running out getting shot every time and scratching your head :)

If you ok with MMO games, I’d recommend PlanetSide 2. Find a couple mates, form a platoon, and have a crazy good time. I didn’t think the net code was bad, it seemed pretty fair. Tanks, vtols, infantry, max units, and so many great battles (if you have the right crew of course!). I use to chill with a few mates and we commanded legions. It was really something to organize 30 tanks, a dozen aerial fighters, guarding waypoints, assaulting fortresses. Good times, intelligent people.

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145 Feb 01, 2014 at 10:02

@Reedbeta Yes, that sounds about right. I have heard of people having their xbox live accounts suspended for three months because of the voice comms. I never hear any of that because I always mute everyone.

@fireside I’ve thought about it a bit more. I would probably have different game modes. At the moment COD has modes like team death match and blitz. I would have modes that allowed the arseholes to run around like ants and modes for people who want a more strategic game.

@TheNut The problem with genetics is evolution. At the moment if you plotted IQ against number of children, you would find a peak around the 75 IQ level. There are whole towns in the UK whose main income comes from the government in the form of child support. Need more money, have another kid.

Luckily I will be dead before it becomes a major problem.

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102 Feb 03, 2014 at 18:48

the problem is gun games in general. for the most part their mindless, the gun does all the work. makes it too easy to kill. you need a weapon that forces players to kill in some way other than shooting. build a game where you can destroy the opponents gun instead of killing them. forcing them to get another gun by whatever means

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104 Feb 07, 2014 at 15:08

something sorta on topic, considering you guys are complaining about rude little weeners on the internet playing games… heres my ancient opinion on the subject of all bloody games….

games are like candy, i just cant play them anymore without cricking my neck, and paralyzing my hands, just like candy makes my teeth ache… all i want now is my neural net games, and they are so pointless to play, its just funny controlling something that looks as real as tv. :) but they are still in theory stage, cause its bloody hard, and anything out there is too maths heavy to ever learn shit off.

cause i dont do maths.

its got nothing to do with maturity of my personality, its just my body is getting SO OLD.

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145 Feb 07, 2014 at 17:18

None of my fingers point in the same direction as they used to, I’ve broken them so often.

Had to re-learn to type so many times.

I play games now more as an intellectual exercise, I look at them and think “ahh they are using deferred rendering and they are using influence maps and …..”

Some games I play as stress relief, as a true Englishman I enjoy killing the French at any opportunity. I’m too old to play rugby any more, too unfit to do judo, have to make do with virtual violence.

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104 Feb 07, 2014 at 20:20

oh god… we are all kinda in this together… this… growing old thing…

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145 Feb 08, 2014 at 10:59

It’s much better than the alternative.

You only stop growing old when you die.