There are many people out in the world today that wish they could get a chance to voice their opinion and thoughts about something they love and/or hate. I have finally took it upon myself to interview some of the local video game player’s around the Blasdell, NY area that want to voice their opinion and thoughts about the games that they love and/or hate. So, yesterday I was given the opportunity to interview the Supervisor of the Video Game Department at Best Buy about his views of Call of Duty: Black Ops on the PS3.
Sei: Good evening John.
John: Good evening.
Sei: How would you explain what the word “fun” means when it pertains to video games?
John: An escape from reality that takes your mind off daily things.
Sei: Do you feel like you are experiencing some sort of fun in Call of Duty: Black Ops?
John: I do and I don’t.
Sei: Can you explain what you mean by that?
John: Well, it’s fun because of all the fast paced gunplay and because it give me the opportunity to play something with my friends. Basically it becomes a very fun social event for my friends and I. It’s not fun because it’s cheap, the guns act way to unrealistic, and the knife killings are way too fast and fake. I used to play the original Call of Duty games when I was younger and they all required a lot more skill than Call of Duty: Black Ops does. The older ones also focused a lot more on historic events. Nowadays, they push out what will sell over anything else that actually matters.
Sei: Do you prefer playing single player mode or multiplayer mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops?
John: Multiplayer mode because the single player mode is way to disappointing compared to how it used to be.
Sei: What could Activision do as a company that would make you want to play single player mode more often?
John: Laugh if you want, but more realistic sniping and rate of fire on the dang guns would be a great improvement. I also think the tactics could be changed because as of right now, they seem very unrealistic coming from a military family.
Sei: I definetely agree with you one hundred percent John. How would you classify more realistic sniping?
John: They could ultimately change the sway in the scope bullet drop. They could also change it so that there is wind resistance on the bullet, but that could be pushing it too far. I would also have to say that bipods would be awesome.
Sei: So, since you play multiplayer mode more often than single player mode, what would you say is your most favorite part of playing online?
John: What I like most about playing online is that I have the ability to be able to play with my friends and still be competitive. I also love the fact that you can group up before you enter a match online. There are not many games out in the gaming industry where you can play co-op with your friends.
Sei: Do you find yourself playing more with your friends online than with random people?
John: Yes. When I play Call of Duty: Black Ops, I usually play with at least one other person that I know. I am not very big on playing with random people.
Sei: Can you tell me what your least favorite thing about multiplayer mode is?
John: I absolutely can’t stand the lack of dedicated servers online. I always despise the player who is the host of the game because he or she always has an unfair advantage. I also think that it is kind of cheap compared to Battlefield.
Sei: Is this the first game that you have played online where the host of the server seems to have an unfair advantage, or is it just Call of Duty: Black Ops?
John: No. I do have to say though that I have experienced this issue more with the Call of Duty series than any other game that I have played online. Surprisingly, I have never had problems on Battlefield or Crysis 2.
Sei: How often do you find yourself playing Call of Duty: Black Ops on a weekly basis?
John: About ten hours, give or take.
Sei: Are you just busy at the present time in your life or are there other games that you are playing more than Call of Duty: Black Ops?
John: Both. Right now I have a great job at Best Buy in the McKinley Mall as the Video Game Department Supervisor and I find myself playing Battlefield and Oblivion IV a lot more than usual.
Sei: I have to say that I love playing Oblivion IVon the PC. Last question John. Do you think that you are going to stop playing Call of Duty: Black Ops when Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is released in November of this year?
John: I will only stop playing Black Ops, if and only if, Modern Warfare 3 is any good. But you should probably know that I still play Call of Duty Two, Three, and World at War because I miss the WW2 games.
Sei: Well, thank you very much for your time tonight John. Are there any last comments you would like to make before I let you go?
John: Yah. I just want to let everyone know who has pre-ordered Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 or is planning on to do so at the mall, that there is going to be a midnight release tournament at Best Buy in the McKinley Mall. There is no cost to sign up or to play in the tournament. It will be a ladder tournament consisting of four-man free-for-all matches on a random map. If you want to enter the tournament, all you have to do is come into the Video Game Department at Best Buy in the McKinley Mall and sign up. The winner of the tournament will receive a free copy of the game itself.