My oldest son has been breaking my fucking balls about purchasing Elite for CoD since MW3 dropped. Of course, you may recall my “Fuck Elite” rally call or my disdain at PS3 Elite Subscribers still having to wait a month for their DLC despite being charged the same amount that 360 Elite Subscribers are.
Well, little has changed…I still haven’t purchased DLC for MW3 on either console platform, and I still haven’t purchased Elite or even used the “free” portion of the Elite application. BUT…with Black Ops 2 coming, it occurred to me that if I purchased Elite in September, I could d/l all the MW3 DLC AND I’d be able to nab the Black Ops 2 DLC without having to fork over the extra money.
I was all set and ready to go to buy Elite last month…and it’s a good thing that I chose not to, because there’s no way that Activision was going to get caught giving stuff away for free.
IGN is reporting that when Black Ops 2 drops, Elite will be made a totally free service and they will go to the Season Pass model of leeching more money from customers that had been so fortuitously pioneered by Epic Games with the release of Gears Of War 3.
Of course. Like I said, there’s no way Activision would be caught dead giving anything away, despite the fact that they are the gaming industry’s equivalent of a “One Percenter” who makes a billion dollars a year and pays no taxes. But what’s more is how Activision habitually underestimates and insults the collective intelligence of the CoD fanbase.
Okay, okay…if you’ve ever put a mic on while playing CoD, then you know that most CoD regulars are a raging mix of ignorance and stupidity, and you’ve probably had a chuckle or two at hearing their moms yell at them in the background about what pathetic losers they are. But the fact is that while the huddled masses in CoD lobbies are stupid…I am not. Most of my friends who play CoD are not stupid. Activision however operates on the assumption that we all are.
See, when Elite was coming out, the company line from Activision douchebags like Bobby Kotick and Dan Amrich was that Elite represented a significant intellectual and physical investment by Activision and couldn’t be made available without charge. I disagreed at the time, being that better, more balanced games that utilized more modern tech (like Killzone and Halo) had social networking stat tracker sites/apps that are nearly identical to the Elite app (if not better) that Guerrilla and Bungie respectively offered to their users for free.
Not that it should be a shock to anyone, but I was right: Activision was flat out lying…misrepresenting their product to their potential customer base for the purpose of getting more of their money.
The people I feel sorry for are the people who don’t have MW3 but may have bought Elite in preparation for Black Ops 2. Yes, there are people who only by Treyarch’s CoD titles, and it usually revolves around their use of the Zombies mode. Sure, MW3 added a Survival Mode, but anyone who has tried it knows it’s just trite filler that is boring, repetitive, simple, overly easy and lacks the creativity and soul of Treyarch’s Zombies.
I’m sure there’s not many people who fall into that category, but there are some, and Activision just stuck their money grubbing cock up their asses…which is really the only thing they’ve ever wanted to do.
So yeah…I was right about Elite.
Fuck Activision, fuck Kotick, fuck Amrich, fuck Elite and fuck anyone who has a problem with that.
Hi, my name is The Glue and I’m a CoDaholic. I have both a 360 and PS3 and I have EVERY CoD since Cod4. I’ve easily spent hundreds of dollars on DLC for BOTH systems and who knows how many days I’ve sunk into the game…it’s a few.
I’ve enjoyed the single player campaigns immensely despite their brevity. I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed the co op features in the IW games, the zombies and wager modes in the Treyarch games and the competitive multiplayer options in all of them. For some reason tho, I held off on getting Elite.
I’m primarily a PS3 gamer, and while the early release of DLC has helped me before (learn the maps on XBL…own the n00bs who haven’t played them when it drops on PSN), I just couldn’t reconcile another $50 for Elite while knowing that I’d still get my DLC a month late.
PS3 Elite users who didn’t take that into account are finding out about that just now, and they’ve unleashed a torrent of eRage on Activision for never overtly saying that PS3 Elite users would still get their DLC a month late.
They’ve got a point, too. In the CoD Elite Founders Booklet, on page 7 it specifically says: “Love map packs, but hate the wait? That ends now with Call Of Duty Elite.”
This was taken from the Elite booklet that was included with a friend’s purchase of the PS3 MW3 Hardened Edition. While I’m sure there’s enough plausable deniability for Activision to deflect any legit claims of false advertising or bait and switch…they still told PS3 Elite users in writing that “the wait” for map packs “ends now with Call Of Duty Elite.”
Now I knew this was coming, which is why I never bought into (or bought) Elite in the first place. I also realized that there would indeed be a backlash against Activision from the PS3 Elite Users who actually thought they’d get their DLC on time.
What I didn’t see coming was Activision setting some in house douchebag blogger out to give the finger to said PS3 Elite Users…which is pretty much what they did.
For those among us who can’t be bothered to click a link…I’m one of you, so don’t take that as an insult…I’ll basically grossly paraphrase it. That link goes to a blog called One Of Swords, and is for Dan something or other, who works at Activision…in some capacity or other.
Dan basically goes on his blog and says in a thinly veiled way that the PS3 Elite users who have been complaining about not getting their DLC at the same time as 360 Elite users are idiots for thinking that they would and should shut up and stop bothering him.
He then posted a second, less trite entry in which he tries to say he didn’t mean to be a douchebag…leaving me to assume that he’s just naturally…a douchebag.
It reminds me of the time that PS3 users were complaining about some other aspect of a CoD game (pretty sure it was MW2) and the Activision fucknut that was chatting with them got bitchy and went to the “Activision can always turn off the PS3 servers for any reason” retort.
Again…I have both systems, but I’m primarily a PS3 gamer. And I’m not gonna lie…I play CoD…a lot…I like CoD…it’s quick fun, I have a lot of friends who play and I’m fairly good at it.
But I don’t like being told to fuck off, and that douchebag Dan whatsisname from Activision’s department of whatever just told a large portion of the PS3 community to fuck off. And for whatever reason…it’s not the first time this kind of bullshit has been levelled at PS3 gamers by Activision.
Now I realize that this will have next to no effect on Activision’s bottom line, and it may not even qualify as a speedbump to those corporate cockmasters, but I’m an American living in a free market, and while I’ve never shied away from speaking out with my voice or a keyboard, I also like to speak with my money.
And I look forward to all that DLC they have planned to drop so that I can officially say “Fuck you, Activision” by withholding any purchase of Activision products going forward.
So yeah, no Elite and no DLC on either system. I might still play zombies, but after the DLC drops for MW3 on PS3, I’ll probably stop playing CoD all together. I hope IW and Treyarch continue to make the games they want to make, and personally I’ve always liked Treyarch, dating back to their Spider Man games the previous gen…
…but fuck that. I’m out. Fuck you Activision…more importantly, fuck you Dan…and your gay ass blog. Seriously…how fucking gay is that name?? ”One of Swords,” you fuckin pantywaist bitch. Blog like you’ve got a cock.
Really Dan…I mean it. Fuck you. And everyone who lives in your house. Your momma ain’t shit.
Okay this is going to be just a little quick hit. Of course with the release of MW3 came the release of Call Of Duty Elite, which is CoD’s little social networking/stat tracking/clan building website. Kind of like Killzone.com or Halo Waypoint…except for the fact that Activision wanted Elite to be a springboard for charging the CoD userbase a subscription fee on top of the $60 that we already paid for the game itself.
Faced with the fact that social networking alone was NOT going to get them the $50 extra per player that they want, Activision went ahead and offered all the upcoming DLC for MW3 as part of the Elite package, which as I understand it does offer legit savings.
Here’s my problem. Elite costs as much for PS3 users as it does for 360 users, but PS3 users will STILL have to wait out the month of timed exclusivity that 360 users get before they can have access to the DLC. What’s more is if you PAY for Elite, you can only use the DLC voucher for ONE system…regardless if you’ve got active PSN AND XBL accounts.
Now…I have a 360…and at last check I had CoD2, MW, MW2, BO and MW3 for the 360. The thing is that I’m primarily a PS3 gamer. There are legit reasons for that above and beyond “ZOMG, Sony >>> M$ FTW” that I won’t go into here, but the fact is that I’m a PS guy first…it is what it is. Typically I buy all the DLC for both systems, but I’m not buying any this time around.
I wanted to get Elite…but why am I going to pay the same money that 360 guy is paying to STILL get my shit a month late?
Now I’m not one of those people who is completely ignorant in the ways of business; I understand that Activision and Microsoft have a contract regarding timed exclusivity and I’m sure there would be significant financial ramifications for Activision to offer DLC to PSN users during the period of negotiated timed exclusivity to XBL users…
…but that isn’t good enough for me as a consumer.
I’m not buying Elite and I’m not buying any MW3 DLC. If Activision is ever able to modify their DLC agreement with M$ so that PSN users who subscribe to Elite can get access to DLC from the first moment it becomes available to XBL users, then I might change my mind.
But this is bullshit. Sure…I’ll miss out this time around, but to be honest…MW3 isn’t that difficult. I finish most games in the top 3 overall scoring, I almost always go positive, and I may not have a 2.0 KDR, but I also don’t camp on objective games trying to pad my stats when I should be trying to help my team win.
Fact is, I’m a very good CoD player, at least in the games I play in, (as I said) I’m usually top three. It’s been that way since about a month into MW2, and it hasn’t really gotten any more challenging since then.
As such, I’m not even sure if I’m going to be motivated to boot up a CoD game again once SSX drops…
I mean, being good at something…or being better than most at something is pretty cool, but I’ve been doing this CoD thing for three or four years now. It’s kinda like winning the Special Olympics. Yeah, I won…but I’m still a retard. XD
Just kidding…only douchebags look down on CoD vets just because they’re not playing Battlefield or Skyrim or whatever other gayass game that somehow makes those who play it better than those who play CoD…#getthefuckoveryourself
But yeah. Fuck Elite. If I can get the maps on PSN from the moment they’re available, then maybe I’ll think about picking it up. But as long as timed exclusivity reigns over the DLC’s availability to PSN Elite subscribers, then buying Elite for either system will always be out of the question.
And to reflect somewhat in the words of Bobby Kotick, “…if they don’t do something about (this) soon, (I’ll) have to seriously evaluate weather or not I will continue to support (the CoD franchise) going forward.”
That’s right…fuck you Kotick, you horse fucking cock goblin.