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Activision Defends Modern Warfare 2 PC

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 172 comments

PC gamer rage isn't worrying Activision too much.

With the news that the PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 would lack dedicated servers, console commands, lean, and among many other features that were available in the first Modern Warfare, many PC gamers are unhappy with the 'dumbing down' of the sequel.

In fact, many of you have commented that you have cancelled your preorders in response to the design decisions made by Infinity Ward. But Activision, publisher of what will be one of the largest titles of the year, doesn't seem all that worried about the backlash from PC gamers.

"We're, of course, watching this very carefully and paying attention to it," Activision president Mike Griffith said in response to a financial analyst, as noted by Kotaku. "But we're not overly concerned about it."

"One of the problems with our PC SKUs in the past is that it has not been as friendly a consumer experience in terms of matchmaking and online play as the consoles have allowed it to be," he added. "Our solution here improves that consumer experience overall by a significant margin. And so we think that the benefits we will see are going to far outweigh any negatives that seem to be surfacing."

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will be launching on November 11. Check out the launch trailer below.

Modern Warfare 2 Launch Trailer

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    lenell86 , November 6, 2009 6:57 PM
    still no dedicated server support

    move along folks
  • 41 Hide
    doomtomb , November 6, 2009 6:57 PM
    I canceled my preorder so you should be worried Activision. Don't take PC gamers for granted.
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    hotsacoman , November 6, 2009 6:57 PM
    What nonsense.
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  • 43 Hide
    lenell86 , November 6, 2009 6:57 PM
    still no dedicated server support

    move along folks
  • 33 Hide
    hotsacoman , November 6, 2009 6:57 PM
    What nonsense.
  • 41 Hide
    doomtomb , November 6, 2009 6:57 PM
    I canceled my preorder so you should be worried Activision. Don't take PC gamers for granted.
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    El_Capitan , November 6, 2009 6:58 PM
    The hardcore gamers that were at first impressed by Infinity Ward are now dumbfounded. There goes our support, good luck with the casual gamer crowd and making auto-targeting the next big thing for MW3.
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    Ciuy , November 6, 2009 6:59 PM
    this game will fail
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    worst 3 , November 6, 2009 7:05 PM
    "One of the problems with our PC SKUs in the past is that it has not been as friendly a consumer experience in terms of matchmaking and online play as the consoles have allowed it to be,"

    BS, are they telling us that because i think it the other way around. are they trying to see how fast they can ruin a game and piss of there customers?
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    hotsacoman , November 6, 2009 7:05 PM
    I was actually planning on being competitive in this game (eg 8-10 hours per day) by entering tournaments, whilst simultaneously failing my classes. This is bullshit. The sole reason I built my new comp was so that I would only look to increase my skill and realize that if I lost, it was because the other person was better than me. I would then add that person to my list, learn their techniques, join a low-ping server, surpass them and own them. Now I have to worry about either of us having an advantage depending on who hosts??
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    Lavacon , November 6, 2009 7:08 PM
    You joke, but, Auto Targeting will come to the pc.

    I really wish these game publishers would just come on out and and say it. " We don't care about PC gaming, the cash is in the consoles"
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    invlem , November 6, 2009 7:17 PM
    There's streamlining an interface to make it easier to use, then there's dumbing down the game.

    We wouldn't be upset if they simply redesigned the browser for ease of use.
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    icepick314 , November 6, 2009 7:17 PM
    "But we're not overly concerned about it."

    translation: "We don't care about what small niche gamers think about our games. As long as console versions make up bulk of sales, PC version can die for all we care."
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    maigo , November 6, 2009 7:19 PM
    WE don't want stupid console kids coming over and joining our good severs w/out knowing how to play the game.
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    darkproject , November 6, 2009 7:23 PM
    the best games i bought from IF was Call of duty 1 and 2 but the rest isnt good enough. i download them
  • 24 Hide
    Honis , November 6, 2009 7:24 PM
    Don't worry, guys. They'll just blame lack of sales on Pirates.

    Little do they know, I Ninja my software now!
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    Lavacon , November 6, 2009 7:25 PM
    maigoWE don't want stupid console kids coming over and joining our good severs w/out knowing how to play the game.


    Sure we do.. easy kills :-) Besides, They don't want people cry when they get owned, hence their matchmaking system.
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    bikeracer4487 , November 6, 2009 7:25 PM
    icepick314"But we're not overly concerned about it."translation: "We don't care about what small niche gamers think about our games. As long as console versions make up bulk of sales, PC version can die for all we care."


    *sigh* I'm prolly gonna get bashed for this, but here goes. How can we expect developers and publishers to make games that cater to a hardcore audience if it's not profitable? I keep hearing people bash publishers because they are only motivated by money, but what else do we expect them to be motivated by?

    The publishers WILL go where the money is, but that's also where the people are. We're seeing a trend of more games catering to casual gamers because the audience of casual gamers FAR outnumbers hardcore gamers...there's just no way around it and I have a hard time believing that the collective bitching and moaning of the relatively small hardcore gaming community can do much about it.
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    teknical1ty , November 6, 2009 7:25 PM
    What worries me the most is how Activision can calmy say something along the lines of "We're not concerned about it." This is the same as saying "We hear you, and we don't care. We KNOW what we're doing. We don't need YOUR input."

    This act of defense is nothing more than a cowardly cold shoulder to the community.
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