Call of Duty vs. Battlefield. FIGHT?

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I like Call of Duty, and I also like the Battlefield series.
There, I said it.
It seems that this one sentence can get a world of nerds into a rage these days. The Call of Duty franchise is definitely one of the most popular gaming franchises in the world. Battlefield is also hugely known to a smaller (and they insist, more elite) crowd of gamers.

With the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, there are fewer and fewer WW2 games being made. I think this is a huge breath of fresh air to many of us who play FPS games. Although, now that we have an uprising of different modern combat shooters, everyone has their opinions on which they think is the best one, and everyone seems to be so adamant that the game THEY play is better than “all the others out there”.
This is all about multiplayer though. The single player aspect is quick and simple. I think I’m one of the 100 people in the world that actually loved the single player campaign in Modern Warfare 2. Bad Company 2 also has an awesome (not to mention hilarious) single player campaign.
I think a lot of the animosity has to do with the aspect of online gaming itself. I remember multiplayer games being fun and… well, multiplayer. Any of you out there that have played any of these modern combat games online know that yes, they are fun, but also surprisingly competitive.

In the gaming industry (just like any other industry that involves money), if there is something profitable, there will be other companies there trying to do best it. Just like we love seeing celebrities fall, everyone in the gaming industry is secretly vying for a game to take Modern Warfare 2 off its mantle. I believe the 2nd most played modern combat shooter online is Battlefield, and this is where the trouble begins. Modern combat does not equal “same game”. First person perspective does not equal “same game”.

I was gonna break down the 2 most recent games in both franchises and try to compare em, but it really doesn’t matter. There are many differences between the two games, so many in fact the only way you can compare them is that they’re played in the first person perspective, and they’re war games that don’t take place in WW2. I’ve been gaming for longer than I should be at my age, so I’ve been with both of these series since the beginning. What I find with my experiences with both games is that Modern Warfare/Call of Duty is fast and frantic. The gunfights are quick, and the matches are usually over quick as well. With Battlefield, the matches last much longer. The maps are a lot bigger and therefore make it harder to find people. Slower than Call of Duty, but extremely satisfying gunfights. Did I mention vehicles?

To determine which one I feel like playing depends on the mood I’m in. They have different gaming styles, and some people prefer the fast and frantic to the steady and calculating. Though I will say, I’ve seen way more hacks and glitches in Modern Warfare 2 than any of the Battlefield series. But I can forgive this because hackers aren’t hard to get away from, I’ve been getting away from hackers since I played Quake online. Also, when Infinity Ward (makers of Modern Warfare 2) dissolved, I didn’t expect post support for the game. I wish there was, but it’s forgivable given the circumstance. The funny thing is though, if you have been paying attention to any gaming websites or forums over the past couple of years, you know what I’m getting at here. Try going onto a Call of Duty forum/website and just mention Battlefield. You’ll get ripped to shreds, and vice versa. It’s complete elitist bullshit, and in my opinion is really hurting the gaming industry because people are getting so attached to a single video game and not diversifying.

Whatever happened to diversity in the gaming industry? Live and let live? I don’t mean to sound like a hippy here, but everyone that plays these games needs to understand that if you like something about one of these games more, it doesn’t make it better in general, just better for you. Yet people will continue to try to “change your mind” as to which series is better, while forgetting that not everyone is like them. I like them both equally for very different reasons. Until I go on a death streak, then I go outside.

/Dave

Console flame wars

I dont know if this has been going on since the days of commodore 64 and atari, since I’m only 26. I do however know that ever since I’ve been into gaming, these rivalries have always existed.
Anyone out there who had a nintendo always thought sega was the “black sheep”, and vice versa. This was true with many things when I was little though; Nirvana versus Pearl Jam, Coke vs Pepsi (or Jolt), Saved by the Bell vs Degrassi. These issues all have one common variable, and its that everyone with these strong opinions truly believe it to be fact, and not what it really is: Your own opinion.

Though maybe its just because I was a lot younger, but these issues have really seemed to take a high degree of seriousness over the past couple years.
Games have always been expensive, but compared to how things were back in the golden age of gaming, these companies are now fully realised as big business and therefore almost anything related to gaming now has some sort of cost to the gaming enthusiast. There are seriously SO many games and dlc’s out that I want and I just cant afford now. This is life.

Its almost like gaming is no longer even a hobby to a lot of people, but almost feels more like a “passion”. I know there are people out there that just “play games”, and people who didnt like Coke OR Pepsi (bullshit, you fuckin Mountain Dew creeps), but those people who are on the internet posting and learning about gaming really feel its more than a hobby, and typically those would be the same people on the front lines of these console wars.

It all stems from a basic principle that most people tend to believe that the decision they made was the right one. Your opinion is the “right” opinion to have, because theres no way you could be wrong. This obviously is a deeper issue which stems into more than just console wars (religious people also kill eachother over the same ideology… although only loosely compared), but at the core of all this – thats what it really is.

People are now spending so much money on gaming, and once you invest that much into something, it really cuts like a knife to think “oh my god, did I make the right decision?”. On top of your own feelings that youre not wasting your own money, you’ve got these gaming companies also telling you that you made the wrong decision. Segas always ripped on Nintendo, Sonys always ripped on Microsoft, The PC users just sit back and think that theyre king shit because they have PC games, literally everyone thinks their decision is right. Companies obviously will continue to do this, since thats just business, but you should really know when to make your own decisions, when to accept them, and when to accept others. At the end of day, we’re all right. We made the right decision because we bought what we wanted.

There are so many arguements over which is better, and why this is better than that. Every system out there has faults, and every system has its own awesomeness. Having said that, its a truly great time to be a gamer, as there are so many choices for every style of playing. Next time you jump headfirst into a console flame war in any way shape or form – remind yourself that what youre about to say is simply your opinion, and that no matter what choice you made, its the right one (unless you bought a Virtual Boy).

Just one mans opinion
Flame on!
/Dave