Activision Social Media Manager Dan Amrich is a feisty guy, but I like him. Recently on the U.S. PS Blog, Amrich took to the comments section to respond to some gamers who “hate” Call of Duty with a passion, advising them that, if they don’t like this game, instead of criticizing it, simply go play something else.
The hate comments were coming from different PS Blog users: “Call of Duty sucks,” said one gamer, and to that Amrich replied: “Play whatever makes you happy.” Another user started complaining about the price of the map pack, and Amrich had an answer for that, too: “Six maps for $15 equals $2.50 a map. Ultimately that’s up to you as to whether it’s worth it, of course, but I’ve seen other games charge $3 or more per map.”
Some off-the-wall dude then chimed in, barking that the DLC was a “crappy add-on for a crappy $60 add-on…CALL OF DUTY BLOWS!!!!!”. Unafraid, Amrich fired back:
“So…play something you like more. You could be championing a game you like more instead of slagging this one and the people who have fun with it. Why waste your time complaining about a game you don’t enjoy, you know?”
It wasn’t over, however for this comment, Amrich had a response ready. “Do like FOURZEROTWO” (Robert Bowling’s recent departure), “and look for a new company to work for. ‘GREEDVISION’ is really getting bad.”
Amrich readied his gun:
“This is an interesting take, because every single game publisher in the entire industry is a business and looking to make a profit. What’s more, CoD is very popular and a lot of fans look forward to new maps and DLC releases. So…well, I just don’t buy into the “greed” thing when it’s really just giving people what they want, and charging money for products and services — which is what every business does, from car companies to grocery stores to restaurants and movie theaters.
Charging money for something does not make anybody greedy. But you always have the absolute power to choose how you spend your money, no matter what. So support whatever things you feel are worth the money and are likely to make you the happiest. That’s all — and that’s normal!”
Amrich is right in every sense of the word. I totally don’t get gamers who go about crying about paying for DLC, as if everything should be free.
To the point of one game being good so there’s no need for more like it to be available on the market, Amrich said: “I never really understood the attitude that if you like Military Game A, then Military Game B must suck and then be wiped off the face of the earth. A and B might both be of interest, you know?
Like, thank goodness nobody says ‘no more sci-fi movies, they already made one.’ Different approaches work for different people.”
Thanks, Afro Travis!