A recent tweet from Arctyc on Twitter, sent me over to the Call of Duty: Black Ops forums for a discussion and presentation of the possibility of an MLG Playlist in Black Ops to help enhance the playlist variety and offer competetive MLG players a fast way to practice their skills, similar to what Bungie has done in the past with the Halo series.
While the article brought up many key points, all of which are valid, I thought I’d share my own thoughts in regards to the thread. I’ll be styling this in the form Arctyc does on his site.
For my complete thoughts, keep reading…
This past weekend I had TweetDeck searching #MLGDallas and MLG in general to keep up on what people were thinking about the event, to get results faster than MLG posts them, and to see what volume of tweets were being sent out related to the three day event.
There were multiple tweets sent out by David Vonderhaa, Game Design Director at Treyarch. Now, I do not follow Black Ops but the way his tweets were worded caught my eye and eventually led me to look into his Twitter Profile.
I think it is awesome that representatives from the companies that create games supported by MLG are attending events, connecting with fans, and working with MLG to tweek the games for the best competitive experience possible. In recent weeks, we have experienced other developers, mainly Epic Games, openly say that MLG “kids” are annoying and expect developers to conform to their liking.
While I can’t say I disagree that a significant portion of the MLG community are pessimistic and expect this, I think that if developers are keeping MLG in mind when creating their games, it adds to the appeal of our community.
The day after the event ended, we saw Treyarch already helping MLG by considering a 1.5 minute Search and Destroy patch to allow games to be faster, and more action packed. This in itself is a great start.
The way the article was written didn’t really appeal to me personally. While I like the way he addressed every rule for Black Ops, there was a lot of redundant information and obvious rules that cannot be enforced via Xbox Live.
The rules regarding Wireless controllers, screen looking, and controller manipulation are obvious rules that cannot be enforced. I think when the MLG community talks about having a playlist in the game, they do not expect to have a complete tournament experience. The principal of a playlist is to allow players and teams to practice the settings that will be at events without having to sift through the unsupported varients.
My Final Thoughts
I think the fact that Treyarch is considering an MLG Playlist after this weekend is a great start. From my understanding, Mr Vonderhaais new to MLG and may have just taken the rules or request of an MLG Playlist too literally. Obviously not all the rules can be implemented or should be implemented (speaking in terms of timed games) for the best matchmaking experience.
I think that Treyarch should model their playlist after Bungie’s example. Simply implement the Maps/Gametypes into a playlist and let the players police themselves. Just like in Halo, there will be players that do cheat but that is going to happen in any online game.
I’m excited to see where these conversations go in the future, and hope to see MLG and Treyarch to continue to support one another throughout the life of Black Ops.
I haven’t posted on this blog in a while for a number of reasons:
I hope to post up some reviews on iPad Apps since I got a new, old iPad. Not old, but the first generation. I won it through a PayPal giveaway a week or two ago. Its sweet, so I want to share some Apps I found. WIll post later this week.
Also, I’m working at Microcenter Electronics now. Great store, cool employees. That’s what has really been keeping me from doing anything, that and school.
Unlike the last video I posted, this article bears some truth. Apple is expected to announce the latest version of the iPad on March 2nd, just around the usual time frame for new products. With the iPad being only one year old, the iPad 2 is expected to be free of the hardware and software flaws that the first one experienced. Besides that, there will be new features!
According to Mashable, these are some of the more likely truths in a sea of rumors:
All sounds interesting, but nothing earth shattering. Some other sites are reporting USB ports and other hardware enhancements to add peripherals like printers (although iPad can already print wireless) and mice to the device. Can’t wait to hear the official announcement.