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Modern Warfare 3 Fans Angry, Schedule "MW3 Blackout"

Now you've done it, Activision. You've got a bunch of irritated fans on your hands...you know you've seen it before...what will you do now?

What is being called the "MW3Blackout" is making some waves; you can check Twitter to learn a little more. Basically, fans of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are planning a "blackout" day for April 20, 2012; nobody will play MW3 online to make a statement: Basically, they want Activision to address a bunch of game-related problems, starting with persistent lag.

Here's a video that will help explain things.

The list of problems they want fixed is quite long, and it includes Matchmaking options, changes to the "broken spawn system," more hardcore game modes, better Elite playlist options, the removal of any assault killstreaks from the support package, the fixing of LAN settings for competitive events, etc.

Okay, well, just so all you people are aware...if every last one of you opts not to play on the 20th, but then resumes play like normal on the 21st, Activision and Infinity Ward really might not give a damn. Fair warning.

Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Tags: cod, call of duty, mw3, modern warfare 3, mw3 blackout, mw3 fans

3/29/2012 8:41:02 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (68 posts)

Nas Is Like
Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 9:24:01 PM
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I haven't played the game in weeks. I hopped on for a bit again like 2 hours ago, didn't feel like playing it anymore after 2 matches lol.

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laxpro2001
Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 9:28:04 PM
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Some of the stuff is completely subjective such as no TAC in kill confirmed, removal of assault killstreaks from care package and removal of deathstreaks. I haven't played in so long but now I feel like going on just to protest this blackout :P

Some stuff is frustrating though so I understand where they are coming from but they have to be reasonable

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Laguna
Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 9:29:22 PM
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This is not even on the same level of Mass Effect 3. Nothing has changed.

Give Activision credit, they make their games more or less worth $60. Unlike EA who charge for modes that could be in the game.

Of course each publisher has their pros and cons, but I really think Activision is only guilty of killing Guitar Hero and milking Call of Duty.

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Jawknee
Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 10:24:40 PM

Wait, so a cut and paste game very year is worth more than a brand new game from EA? BF3 is loads better than MW3.

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bigrailer19
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 1:00:05 AM

I'm not the biggest BF3 fan to be honest. Don't get me wrong it was polished, and played good, had some good online modes, I can see the appeal. But it was a major let down, and the campaign was a drawn out mess. That's just my opinion though. I'm not gonna compare any FPS to each other though. I like the genre, sometimes there's let downs.

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Jawknee
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 1:24:18 AM

But you can't honestly tell me MW3 is a better game all around when it's just MW2 with some new skins. Also, BF3 is a ton better than the Bad Company series. I can't speak to the PC Battlefield games as I haven't put much time into them.

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bigrailer19
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 8:57:52 AM

I'm kind of torn on that question. I want to stick up for CoD but it's hard too when all I can say is it is more fun for me haha. So you're probably right I can't say that MW3 is a better game, if were looking at quality it's BF3 and support, well we know the CoD games rarely get patches to fix major concerns so...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 9:33:29 PM
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I will join this blackout, because I don't own MW3.

I like how gamers are starting to demand fixes though. Where was everybody while I was stuck being a vampire in Oblivion?

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laxpro2001
Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 9:34:59 PM

lol dang that stinks. Though even with all its bugs Oblivion was a cut above most of other games

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OptimusX
Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 9:35:28 PM
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Really? Removal of death streaks? Exactly what are the problem with those? Removal of assault kill streaks from the support line up? The ones that require 15 - 18 points that take the entire match to earn? This just sounds like a bunch of cry babies to have their massive kill streaks ruined because they've killed someone a couple dozen times in a row and get blown up with martyrdom. Please.

So go smoke your doobies and eat your Doritoes on 4/20/12 (they choose this date so they would have more time to be stoner losers) and continue playing on the 21st so Activision and IW can laugh at you. If you REALLY want to make a statement... STOP playing all together!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 9:45:45 PM

yeah you have to mentally separate the extra crap that doesn't make sense. As to the date, maybe they are KKK (Hitler bday=4/20) lol.

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wackazoa
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 9:53:59 AM

Dude what does the KKK have to do with Hitler ?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 2:53:57 PM

Quite a bit

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playSTATION
Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 9:53:49 PM
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i think this is possible seeing as how it is "four/twenty".

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Geobaldi
Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 9:53:51 PM
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Doesn't affect me as I quit playing the CoD series a long time ago. Now the recent Battlefield patch has gotten long time players aggravated as well since it allows brand new players to unlock everything in the game for some extra dollars, after we have spent the last few months earning our unlocks.

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Palpatations911
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 4:06:55 PM

Are you saying you don't like the Farmville business model? Hehe. :)

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Lairfan
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 6:02:43 PM

They did that with BF:BC2, so its not exactly new. Plus, they have to shell out $35 if they want every one of those unlocks, and at least $6 if they want just one of the class unlocks. All in all, I don't think very many people are gonna buy them, and its not a big reason to worry (like it wasn't in BF:BC2).

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Cesar_ser_4
Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 10:11:43 PM
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Nice production values, but the narrator whilst trying to sound all badarse, sounds like hes reading a paper. Pretty discouraging if you ask me.

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EagerGamer
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 7:13:53 PM

Sounds more like the guy you hear in cop-chase programmes hahahaha... Also - IW aren't gonna bat an eyelid cos people will still play - not a hope of the number of players being 0 or anywhere near that low.. Plus people will go back to playing it anyway plus its coming up to summer when new games are starting to be brought out - not seriously major patches on current ones that have been out for an age..

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Jawknee
Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 10:13:09 PM
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::facepalm::

Some gamers this generation are absolutely pathetic.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 10:21:00 PM

It's hard to smoke weed and play a game with glitches though :)

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Jawknee
Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 10:23:46 PM

Lol, they should try coffee instead. It always makes me better at FPS's.

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Clamedeus
Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 11:12:02 PM

I usually play metal when I play FPS's, when I get into a zen state it's crazy what you can do. :P

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Underdog15
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 9:39:06 AM

Back in the MW2 days, I got the nuke 4 times. All 4 times I was drunk.

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Clamedeus
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 9:58:31 AM

Lol You must be a beast Underdog when you're drunk. xD I've come so close to getting a nuke many times in MW2 but I keep getting buzzed killed. :/ I've gotten a good amount of MOAB's though in MW3. I have 14, but what's crazy though my friend has 200 of them smh.

The weird thing though is my friend drinks a lot when playing MW3, and he gets a lot of MOAB's in the game, I think it's some sort of secret or something.

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Underdog15
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 10:17:04 AM

haha
Maybe he and I are from a similar lineage or something. I remember the my 2 best soccer games I've ever played were when I was hung over, and the other time after I had pulled an all-nighter....

Something about not being myself or something? lol or maybe I focus harder... I dunno.

Weird duck, I am.

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Clamedeus
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 10:24:37 AM

Haha xD

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Palpatations911
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 4:08:47 PM

How do you play drunk? I get vertigo when playing FPS's after drinking! Lol

You must be a gaming jedi lol

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Underdog15
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 2:20:41 PM

Ya, I've heard people complain of getting the spins when they drink. I don't get that, personally.

I almost got sick when playing Rockband, though. But I get dizzy when playing that sober. The constant upward scrolling does it to me every time.

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cLoudou
Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 10:44:20 PM
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Casuals will not know about protest and will play online anyways effectively killing protest.

If they really wanted to make a statement, stop buying these games.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 11:18:05 PM
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So where did he come up that robovoice?

I swear that my daughter's old "Tickle Me Elmo" sounded more realistic than he just did.

Ha, maybe his girlfriend just needs to tickle his tummy too.

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rogers71
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 12:16:07 PM

'We are COD, We will not be denied'......I have heard that voice before......wait......I got it.....Anyone ever play Joe Montana Sports Talk Football for the Genesis. That is the computer voice from that game. AWESOME!!!! Where did that find that voice? HA HA HA

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Helghast
Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 11:24:14 PM
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They chose the day all of the stoners just want to chill and play an easy game. Really bad timing. Anyway, if they actually want to see Activision/IW do any of the things they are requesting, they are going to need to schedule an indefinite blackout. Make it very clear they will not play the game or buy any DLC till it is fixed.... that will never happen though.

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bigrailer19
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 12:50:09 AM
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Let's not play for "24 hours" that'll show em'! Really? Come on now!
Oh that's right you're doing it on a Friday so you can have the weekend to play.

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Jawknee
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 1:25:03 AM
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If anything that will be a good day for those who still plan to play or don't know about this stupid boycott. The server load will be less. :P

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Laguna
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 6:05:06 AM

there is a reason why people left Battlefield 3 fairly quickly after it launched

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Jawknee
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 12:09:41 PM

Are you serious? The BF3 community is still thriving.

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Jed
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 1:41:58 AM
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They really picked a bad day to do this. And like the article mentioned, if you only stop for 24 hours Acti/IW won't give a Sh¡t. I'm sure they will be satisfied with all the people that end up playing anyway, weather they don't care or can't stand not to play.

I just thought of this as I was writing. If you want to try and level up somewhat quickly, play on 4/20 when a lot of the really hardcore guys are "protesting"

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tlpn99
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 2:10:10 AM
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This is on my birthday so i shall be busy that day lol

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berserk
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 3:06:56 AM
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I started a blackout months ago ...

But seriously , if they want to make a statement , they should just not buy the next call of duty .



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___________
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 3:58:30 AM
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oh lord forbid antivisions going to go broke if no one plays the game for a whole day!
i wonder if these guys realise how stupid they look.
im starting to feel sorry for developers, no matter what you do you still get porcupines shoved up your a$$!
as the saying goes dammed if you do, dammed if you dont.


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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 4:20:54 AM
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You know what, at this rate I think developers should retaliate by delaying the release of games to punish these rebelious fans...

Of course not, but do you see how bad this mentality from fans has become since that Mass Effect 3 incident. To be frank, we simply to not have the right to sit at are computer screens and set up activist campaigns against companies. These are people who have worked hard to get into the position of the industry they are, they have the right to make the creative decisions. Fans outside the industry have no right to do this and are laying such a bad reputation for gaming fans as a whole for this (As we talked about in that article only a few days ago.)

This is really not a step forward people, yur just coming across as spoilt. You can play and complain at every feature left, right and center. I'm going to play games and enjoy them.

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Fox hounder
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 4:43:09 AM

@Ultimadream

Well said.

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Underdog15
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 10:15:04 AM

I think it's people trying to make a point without knowing how to... just... if you dislike THAT many things about a game, why do you continue to buy it?

It should be that simple...

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Fox hounder
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 5:00:00 AM
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I don't think activision would care if you protesters didn't play for a whole year, they've already got your money (and alot of it at that)

As others here have suggested, they should just threaten not to buy the next COD, or the next piece of dlc.

Of course that's not going to happen though.

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Laguna
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 7:07:42 AM
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All I am saying is, glitches and lag COD is still fun.

I won't pay $60 for it, because it is not changing, but I don't think $60 is a ripoff.

I give activision credit because Call of Duty has alot of content for $60 and lots of modes.

other games can't say the same.

I am no call of duty fanboy, but I will admit the games are very fun

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bigrailer19
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 8:59:03 AM

Agreed, they are very fun!

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Laguna
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 7:07:46 AM
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All I am saying is, glitches and lag COD is still fun.

I won't pay $60 for it, because it is not changing, but I don't think $60 is a ripoff.

I give activision credit because Call of Duty has alot of content for $60 and lots of modes.

other games can't say the same.

I am no call of duty fanboy, but I will admit the games are very fun

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Mr_Sterg
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 9:26:20 AM

Yea they are fun. I'm gonna jump in when they release a NEW game (new engine). + i think people prefer the fast pace over Battlefield games. It takes way too long to find people and when you just wanna jump in quickly and out COD is better for that still

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wackazoa
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 9:51:31 AM
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OMG... like what would Activision do ? They would have to totally answer our concerns. We can totally get what WE want.

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Squirrelicus
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 10:08:44 AM
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This is nonsense, Activision has an extensive patch planned. In fact they release patches for this game every November.

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wackazoa
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 10:38:56 AM

As in a new COD game ? Thats an expensive patch.

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bigrailer19
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 11:15:00 AM

It might be expensive but it's not like they are losing money.

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Laguna
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 1:34:41 PM
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I know a lot of people who left Battlefield 3 because they felt it wasn't worth the price and didn't live up to the hype. They also felt there were many issues with the game.

I used to play them on Battlefield 3, but I haven't touched Battlefield 3 after Uncharted 3 came out.

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Jawknee
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 2:15:08 PM

So you leaving the game behind is an indicator that others are leaving in droves? Give me a break. There is never a shortage of games to join. The servers are always busy. Just because you left and some of your friends doesn't mean everyone else is.

Also, the reply button is a neat thing. You should try using it.

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Laguna
Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ 9:58:40 AM

Fine, here is your reply. I didn't say BF3 is dead, I just said people left BF3.

It did come before the big November rush after all.

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Clamedeus
Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ 5:34:00 PM

There is more and more people going on BF3, now that you can rent a server and put different maps the server browser is a long list now 47+ servers to join, I stopped playing CoD and only join in once in awhile to play with buddies but most of my time is spent on BF3 now anyway.

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coverton341
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 2:32:40 PM
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Here's my question/comment on the whole thing.

Activision will just be putting out another CoD later this year, will implement some of these "fixes" and every single one of the people that is complaining now will be it then. Only problem is, it's going to be MW2/MW3 with another skin change.

If the people that are so hot and bothered right now really want to affect a change in the way the game is made and the problems they have with it, just don't buy every single iteration that comes out.

Bottom line is, Activision already have your money for MW3, not playing for a day isn't going to do anything to their bottom line for the game. You (the fans/purchasers) have already made them their money to cover this game, and in the end most will buy the map packs that come out.

This whole "protest" mentality is becoming silly and completely ineffectual.

</rant>

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anjpikapp3
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 2:39:13 PM
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Hahaha...what a terrible game. I left after MW1 and will never be back....fool me once shame on you, fool me twice and I'm the dumba$$.

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thj_1980
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 2:57:26 PM
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Of all the days they could pick, they choose a day where people gather to together.

This might come to an advantage to them if people are busy celebrating else where other then sitting at home and playing while under the influence.

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Nynja
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 6:16:36 PM
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Even if gamers were to pull this off, how exactly would Activision feel a negative impact? That's a serious question.

You really want to get a message across, get a large group of gamers to not purchase any DLC or the next CoD installment until your concerns are addressed. Either that or this guy is a troll and is trying to get YouTube hits for $.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 8:42:42 PM
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...I don't think this rebellion is having the effect the CoD fans thought it would.

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DjEezzy
Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ 2:13:40 PM
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Battlefield is thriving still and i think one of the major reasons is because DICE is always updating the game and fixing glitches. These updates are not small either. The last big one that dropped last week fixed ALOT of things. I applaud DICE for listening to their fans and making critical updates to make the game that much better. I'm not going to compare it to mw3 but i know COD in general is a very accessible game so i can definitely see how people would flock to it. BF3 honestly takes time to get good at and you have to put in work to actually be great at it. Since BF3 is a bit harder to get a hang of i can definitely see why people would leave it after a couple weeks. Doesn't mean the game is bad, some people just don't have the patience to stick with it.

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Bariikade
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 12:48:15 PM
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I still play MW2, the games simply better than MW3.

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Irievibes
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 1:34:48 PM
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lol pathetic...people still play this recycled reskinned crap?

just goes to show the kind of SHEEP that play that game, its not even a new engine, and i can count about 20 or 30 instances in wich its is BLATANTLY obvious that they reused mw2 textures and didnt even bother to retouch them.. lol at the killboard junkies, what the hells the matter with you? is your game really ruined because of whatever stupid number the killboard says at the end? i always thought kill streaks were stupid , i will be joining the blackout cuz i dont own that game, bf3 was more worth my money but tbh, neither of those games can compare to me3

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fresh4life10
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 8:21:04 PM
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This is so funny. Either way I bought the game used so I have in no way supported Craptivision or Infinity Ward this year. Only reason I got it, is because CoD games are pretty fun with friends. When you are a lone wolf, ouch. I would get BF3 if more of my friends played it, but sheep will be sheep.

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SS4
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 11:25:59 PM
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So the CoD crowd is finally asking for a new game instead of this refresh of a refresh of a refresh refresh....

Its about time they wake up...they havent quite realized it yet but they are feeling something...its because they have been playing the same game over and over in disguise lol

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SgtShotty
Tuesday, May 01, 2012 @ 10:23:14 AM
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They have a new vid out as of yesterday. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwNOJ9X1Ec0

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