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My Love/Hate Relationship With Call Of Duty Black Ops

December 5, 2021

I know I am not the only person reading this that has played Call of Duty Black Ops in their past life. Perhaps you even play it now. Perhaps you are frustrated with Activision and their insanely high prices for mediocre games as of late. During this last Steam sale, my boyfriend decided to pick up Call of Duty Black Ops I because he’s been itching to play a round of zombies again for years now. This feeling of nostalgia forced him to give in and spend $30 on a game that is been out we’re over a decade now.
Don’t get me wrong, I grew up with this game. I really loved the Kino Der Toten and Der Riese maps and the songs that came with them. To be honest, I never really cared for the other maps, but these two were enough for me to purchase the game two years prior, as I had the same itch. However, since then, I have become painfully aware of Activision’s practices. I am someone who tries to be socially conscious about issues facing women and minorities in the gaming industry, and it is something that I have had to consider as I near graduation and navigating the working world. Companies like Activision make me fear working in this industry, despite majoring in media arts and game development. I also think that they grossly abuse their player base by trying to charge them 60+ dollars for a half-baked game. Their practices remind me of what CD Projekt Red did with Cyberpunk 2077 just a year ago.
For what it’s worth, Black Ops I zombies is classic. I’m not a fan of Activision in any sense. I wish that my partner and I didn’t have to give a gross company this money in order to play a classic game. I do feel conflicted. But I’ve already done what I have done, so I might as well enjoy it.

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