I am a big fan of making bold statements.
Last week I claimed FPS games on consoles are for Jeremy Kyle contestants.
Back in August, I made a confident hypothesis that Left 4 Dead 2 dissidents, despite their claims they will boycott the game, will still be playing on Left 4 Dead 2 servers when the game is released.
I base my standpoint on those that blow hot air and huff and puff, are exactly the same as myself. If Modernware 2 bombs, and as some fear, it’ll be a bad console port, I’ll delete this post and pretend I never made the claim. And I assure you, if you follow my tactics, you’ll get very far in life.
Diclaimer- I am joking. Tongue in cheek time! I would never make a very good life coach.
Call of Duty 6- a poor console port?
The grapevine is an interesting medium. Sometimes drunk with chinese whispers. Other times with grains of truth. One of the rumours is that Modernware 2 has been made for the consoles first, PC last. Fuelled further by a delayed release date, it’s thought that Call of Duty 6 will be ‘ported’ over to the PC to suit a small demand.
I can feel you spitting that energy drink at the screen right now, my gamer friend. I feel you. For those that aren’t familiar with the phrase ‘porting’. Essentially, the game is made for the console. It’s then adapted to work on the PC. But primarily its based round the consoles. Why? Demand. For every one of us PC gamers, there are hundreds of controller noobs, who have a morbid fear of mice. Because they suck at gaming.
Try youtoooobing for Call of Duty 6 videos. All console based. PS3, XBOX 360. Am I breaking it to you yet?
Check this out:
While for a COD veteran, there are all the familiar signs there of a franchise. But is it just me, or is that rather ‘consoley’? ‘Arcadey’? The dictionary is no use to me here. It’s not a traditional PC online FPS game. You’ve been forgiven for imaging old skool CS and Quake players vommiting at the site of this vid, the poor mites. It’ll be ported.
So why will it still be a huge success?
Before continuing, I think it’s time to add in my exit strategy, should I need to change my mind after the last release.
This depends on a masses of factors.
Firstly the support for Linux binaries, a real hot topic of debate. Well, call me Derron Brown, but no hope here. Last year we were waiting weeks and weeks for the release of Call of Duty 5 linux server binaries. Now given the recent revelations, can you see them being rushed out? Sadly, this is a sign of changing times.
If you’ve ever read the book Who Moved My Cheese? (don’t ever claim this blog isn’t educational!), you’ll understand why we’ve adapted, moved on, and we’re now going to have Windows support for Call of Duty 6 servers with the hope we can host from day one. We just couldn’t afford to be waiting round like idiots for the linux binaries again. Third time bitten, er, third time shy?
So on the basis of the Windows dedicated server, we are then looking at how well IW support the dedicated servers. Will the servers be customisable? With the patches be frequent and fixing?
Learning from COD5, while I cannot see the same level of support Valve provide for their FPS games, I think it’ll be enough to appease the community. Because let’s face it, there’s only one COD game a year, and when all counts, the gamers don’t have much choice these days.
It should be an interesting run up to Christmas regardless. And the game makers and everyone involved (bar the poor game server providers) will make a fortune, no doubt