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Buy "Accelerated Experience Points" With Call Of Duty: World At War

Don't have the time to spend a lot of hours in Call of Duty: World at War multiplayer? Why not just buy your way to the top of the rankings?

Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but according to ALT+F4, Activision is planning a unique promotion for the launch of the next CoD entry. Evidently, the publisher wants to ramp up online activity for the franchise (even though CoD4 is massively popular on both the PSN and Xbox Live), and they want to do this via the "Day One Advantage." The player will purchase this option when they buy the game, and it will "accelerate their experience point earning." Basically, by tossing a few more bucks over the counter, you won't have to invest as much time as everyone else to rank up, and this may be a big positive for the casual gamers out there. But for the hardcore, they'll undoubtedly perceive this as lame; other people with less skill can have the same rank simply by paying more money. To the avid gamer, that may sound very unfair.

But hey, it's a well-known fact that this industry continues to work to embrace a larger and larger audience, and that includes the casual crowd. However, a promotion like this is bound to be exceedingly controversial, so...let the debate begin!

Related Game(s): Call of Duty: World at War

9/16/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (35 posts)

BeezleDrop
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 1:28:32 PM
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In no way is that fair to the avid gamer that will actually dump hours into ranking up. It looks like the hardcore gamer would have to teach the noobs a lesson.

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The_Benny
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 1:46:32 PM
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A lot of the news coming out of the new Activision Blizzard isn't very reassuring. "We're big enough to influence console development!" "We'll churn out a new Bond game every year!" "We'll triple our Guitar Hero games by 2010!" "We can make more money from CoD4 online play!"

Combined with the way they discarded a lot of the more interesting games Vivendi had in development in favour of just keeping the safe bets, it doesn't really make them look good.

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HANZ64
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 1:51:23 PM
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There must be some kind of limit to this. Otherwise it just won't be fair.

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Jeffrey
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 1:51:34 PM
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I can def understand the pros and cons of this situation. Im a huge FFXI player, and they recently updated their systems so that you can earn increased XP on some of your kills. It has made it easier for newer people to become involved in the game, yet has still kept it fair for other players who can go out and get the same kills as well. I would hate to see other players that were able to lvl their characters just by paying money. The challange of the game is what should envoke the player, not the ease of the game.

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fatchad420
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 2:13:12 PM

You still play? I'm on kujata.

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Jeffrey
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 4:30:32 PM

Yeah of course, I'm on Bahumut though. Gotta kick ass LS if you switch over! haha

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LegioN
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 2:01:11 PM
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It is unfair.. and to be honest, completely underhanded if you ask me

And to ANYONE who buys this i have some wise words for you..

You can buy your rank, but you can't buy skill.

In other words, i'll still whoop you up and down the game because i actually PLAYED it to get to your "accelerated" rank.

Last edited by LegioN on 9/16/2008 2:01:34 PM

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Skwidd
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 2:09:14 PM
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Horrible idea. If its for the casual gamer then they shouldnt expect to have any high ranking because they play for fun. Players that want to rank up to he top are usually the more avid ones. If they want to pay for something lame then give them something lame. Give them a customizable pink hat or something so we all know who to shoot.

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JPBooch
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 3:08:05 PM

lol, I like that a big ol pimp daddy hat we could use as target practice....nice

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snglbck26
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 3:18:47 PM

That's an awesome idea. I love that head shot noise in COD4.

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fatchad420
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 2:11:23 PM
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FAIL

They should implement a down level system so if you suck bad enough you get pushed back to the previous level.

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Maz
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 2:21:42 PM
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'Its for the n00bs that inhabite the gaming world' i love that sayin, but buyin a rank wats the point if ur good at the game u dont need it so n00bs come and get ur easy XP!!!!

Maz

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Ed_Wayne
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 2:34:53 PM
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It doesn't matter. It doesn't take skill to rank up in COD anyway. Just get kills over a period of time, do some of those ridiculously easy challenges for extra XP, etc.

You can go 0-30 in one game and it won't harm your rank in any way. Good people are never defined by their rank in videogames.

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Zapix
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 2:36:50 PM
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I saw something on ebgames that if you pay a little more money you'll get to start off with some gun at the start instead of having to earn it the normal way.

Personally, I think that's pretty lame. If I get the game, I'll be playing it the old fashioned way... Earning my rank on my own.

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Tim Speed24
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 2:46:36 PM
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Why don't we just "buy" our grades in school too. You shouldn't have to put time and effort into getting good grades....just pay for them.

Are that many people looking for the easy way through life?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 2:57:46 PM
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Just as a site note, guys, I think "Day One Advantage" may only apply to the launch date for the game. In other words, only on that one day can you actually buy accelerated experience points and after that, you can't.

And I'm also wondering if this is permanent, or if it only lasts for a week or something, you know?

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snglbck26
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 3:24:11 PM
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It's really kind of ridiculous. Just another way for them to make added millions. Why don't they just do what Infinity Ward does and offer a free Double XP weekend when the game comes out? Oh what am I thinking....that wouldn't get them the extra bucks.

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shaydey77
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 3:26:54 PM
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This is rediculous.doesnt it just defeat the whole purpose of all those battles that lasted long into the bright hours of the morning just to get those last few XP to level up..and doesnt it take from the whole reason of buying a game??pay more to take the fun away??ill pass thanks..id rather level up the old way and then get constantly shot by better people!!ha

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m2tbo
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 3:31:10 PM
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Infinity ward did something similar with the map pack, which offered double xp the first or second weekend the map pack was offered for sale. I commend them for making a creative way to promote and sell their product and make a little bit more money while their at it.

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Xanavi23
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 3:36:22 PM
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Gay(all i can say).

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LinkJr
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 3:51:37 PM
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First of all COD4 lack some true ability to measure skill, there's only up rank no down rank. Casual gamers don't play for rank, they play for fun. So give them unranked games. What it boils down to is that Activision will make a truckload of money for people to jump in at level 55, to only be a victim to the gamers with skill. Hardcore gamers will make out since casual gamers will be fresh meat for the slaughter making kills easier. Casual gamers will become more frustrated because they'll be doomed to failure. It's all about the $$.

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ThePoetRazel
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 4:46:38 PM
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Very bad idea. I think the game could take a nasty turn with hardcore gamers becoming more vicious towards the people who used this to gain exp. That kind of dynamic could put off a lot of casual gamers.

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Joema
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 6:07:39 PM
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The kind of people who will bu this are the ones who brag about having a higher rank than you even though it took them twice as long to do it.

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Daedusian
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 7:22:41 PM
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Wow this is lame lol. It's like cheating your way through WoW. I just hate it. The only time I like to cheat is when I first complete the game, that is if we're talking about a linear game, like GTA4 for example.

Adding something like this, that is online, is just plain stupidity imo.

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D_RoyJenkins
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 8:04:33 PM
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to whoever thinks its not fair...stop whining! either pay up or shut up, if u don't think u need it than don't get it plain and simple, its not big a deal

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Tatsujin
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 9:34:27 PM
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Eh, They should do what IW did... Doulbe XP weeks... BTW, when is the double xp? I thougth we were getting another!!!

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mk ultra
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 @ 11:04:53 AM

I think its this weekend, but im not entirely sure.

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LightShow
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 10:08:14 PM
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k, this is funny

usually Devs work hard to make sure that the online portion of the game is very fair, but it appears Activision is doing the exact opposite. typically the system of "ranks" in an online game is to reflect the overall skill of the player. Higher rank=More Skill=Tougher opponent. This looks to me like it drastically unbalances the purpose of ranks, and cheapens them

This also has the potential to backfire. While many publishers like handing out freebies to get people to preorder (hat for mercs 2, sniper rifle for BF:BC, Various stuff for LBP), none of them have really given people who dont preorder a reason not to buy the game. In this case, arriving to the party late means you wont level up as fast as the rest, which is a big disincentive. Why would I buy a game that is already stacked against me before i even buy it, when there are plenty of other good (if not stellar) titles that have been perfectly balanced?

This looks better on paper than it does in practice, but its unprecidented. It's a gamble, but a rather large one, with high risk and low gain. We'll wait and see, but I wouldn't be surprised if it blows up in activision's face.

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BigT_1980
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 11:24:27 PM
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Well I personally think its a good idea. I will not take advantage of it, however I feel some you our looking at this at only one point of view. Yes it can be geared toward the casual gamers who want to experience some of the perks of ranking up without as much effort. But their is also another demographic this type of program is targeting. That would be the non casual gamer who now has more responsibilities in life now such as a job, community events and a family and they want to experience the same thing as the hardcore gamers who have more time to dedicate to hobby.

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Gabriel013
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 @ 1:36:22 AM
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In the good days, ranks were only for bragging rights which makes the promotion a bad idea but as rank now seems to determine your equipment there is no point in someone picking up the game down the line or if you only get to play occassionally. My first online game of CoD4 online came about a month after release and my start weapons were so inferior I didn't stand a chance. Skill didn't come into it. Because of my 'easy' ranking I was a target for asshats too. Took the fun right out of the game. I see a positive side to this promotion now in that I COULD get myself a headstart on the equipment and put me on a level footing of the 20 hour players with no jobs.

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_nightwalker85
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 @ 2:46:30 AM
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i think u guys a looking at this wrong. what i think it means is u wll pay for your ranking in the game like lvl 55 in cod 4 not actual rankings that are determined by exp points so u will have all perks an guns on first day which is good so u can kill the people who pay for it an have a good gun till u dye an it will be fun to kill some one with more advantage than u. then the lvl will go away the next day if this is what it is it's a good move on ther part it will get u hooked to the game cause it will show u what will come later after people rank up.

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ceedot
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 @ 5:55:05 AM
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Why don't the 'hardcore gamers' just pay as well. It all works out, doesn't it?

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mk ultra
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 @ 11:34:09 AM
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If its for one day only I dont see a problem. But im not giving in to their ploy to get more money.

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vampko
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 @ 4:33:00 PM
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This is actually quite common in many MMORPG's. So, what's wrong with it being in this game? This is another way for Devs to make money, and gives different players a boost because of it. If you feel like those people are cheating, then get to their rank without the boost, and beat them. Or better yet, beat them at a lower rank. Unfair advantages have come to be a part of the gaming circle, aka "DLC".

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LowKii
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 6:04:36 AM
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GAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY..... It won't make someone a better player. I have played many many hours on COD 4. when i started i sucked, but now I've gotten alot better because I've had to play ALOT and Im only on 2nd prestige. But ive basically stopped playing for competition and started screwing around. I do Ball shots, or lower headshots whatever you wanna call them. I find it funnier because i emasculate people now lol.

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