I’m just going to say it, Call of Duty Elite is a scam…a ripoff…a waste of your money…DO NOT PURCHASE IT PLEASE! If you purchase “some of the features mentioned” in the service, you are doing nothing more than fulfilling Activision’s goal of milking the gaming industry for every possible dollar they can get. They’re continuing to push developers into ruining gaming franchises and running them into the ground. This Call of Duty Elite nonsense is just one more reason to add to my, “Why I hate Activision” list. I watched the “teaser” video which was introduced by Legend of Karl on the Machinima network yesterday and couldn’t help but ask myself; DIDN’T BUNGIE ALREADY DO THIS? The trailer, if you haven’t seen it, is below:
So now we’re Facebook. Let’s create some “groups” of Call of Duty enthusiasts or people that are in my “Alma Mater” or have some “Peanut Butter Allergies.” We don’t pay for Facebook, I’m not paying to connect with an online, Call of Duty exclusive, social network. This is, quite possibly, the most laughable portion of the service, but I’m sure some people are eating it up and can’t wait to create those “Groups.”
At 2:24 in the trailer video, Legend of Karl mentions creating clans and competing in ladders. Gamebattles offers the ability to create clans and compete in online ladders…for free. I’m not paying to compete online in a half-baked, social network hybrid that fails to innovate and mimics a service I already utilize. Reiteration — why in the world would I pay for a new service when one already exists, specializes in “clan creation” and “competing in ladders” for free? I’m sure there are some die hards that are going to love being able to unlock some virtual camo and skins on their weapons.
Hell, even if Call of Duty Elite offers a clan system built into the CoD franchise (think Battlefield Modern Combat) that is well thought out, organized and functional I wouldn’t buy into it. The fact still remains that it would be a feature I didn’t pay for on BF: MC and I wouldn’t pay for it on CoD Elite. Don’t charge me for something that I can play for free from a game 5 years old!
Based on most of the interface in the video, CoD Elite looks like nothing more than a near carbon copy of Bungie’s website stat and weapon tracking interface which was introduced — what 4 years ago? If you want to pay for some extra Bungie website/game interface there is Bungie Pro and their Theater Mode rendering service; a service you really don’t need to pay for unless you do not own a capture card device. Undoubtedly we’ll see carbon copy monetization practices from Infinity Ward and Treyarch with the Theater mode and rendering. What makes matters worse, based on some of the speculative talk, this is going to be a monthly service fee. I KNOW people are going to buy into these things, yet they are currently being implemented FOR FREE by services that already exist.
Bungie For Free
- Access to personal stats
- Detailed intel on maps
- Detailed intel on weapons
- “And More”
YouTube / Google Offer For Free
- Ability to Search “X Strategy”
- Ability to Search “X weapon gameplay”
- Ability to Search “X map overview”
- Ability to Search “X specific game tip”
Future of Games
I can only hope that a band of developers unite and bitch slap Activision. Infinity Ward did it once when nearly 40 of their employees sued them over unpaid royalties, ultimately leading to some of the staff leaving IW and creating a new studio. It was believed that Activision and Infinity Ward were in disagreement about the direction the Call of Duty franchise was taking, and nearly 2 years later we see a monthly subscription service, i.e. Call of Duty Elite sprout up? It’s clear their main agenda is not about pushing creative thinking, but to stifle innovation and finding outrageous ways to spend more of your money on ridiculous features and add-ons.
Clearly Call of Duty Elite is NOT an innovative feature; it is something that mimics a number of features (Facebook, Bungie, Gamebattles) already in existence. I know some of you will fall victim to this gimmick, but Activision/Treyarch/Sledgehammer/Infinity Ward know that I will never buy into this money grab.
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