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Activision Toying With The Idea Of Pay To Play For CoD?

Activision has been a standard gamer's punching bag for a while now. And this won't help.

You've probably noticed that a certain rumor is making the rounds; it comes from a YouTube video posted by a member of the 360Junkies forums. In this clip, it appears that Activision plans to harvest even more cash from their annual arrival of the lucrative Call of Duty crop. It seems a user went to go join a friend's session in Modern Warfare 2 and was greeted with a line of text that mentions "Modern Warfare 2 Membership." The user would then have to select a certain membership level or add Microsoft Points... Now, bear one thing in mind: both Infinity Ward boss Robert Bowling and Treyarch community manager Josh Olin have countered the idea of a "pay-to-play model" for the franchise. Bowling said on his Twitter page that "nobody has to pay to play CoD or MW2 multiplayer, nor will they." And Olin said the rumor was "officially squashed." However, it could be pretty difficult to fake that video and Bobby Kotick has expressed interest in other revenue streams for their games...

We're not really sure what to think right now. We certainly want to believe Bowling and Olin but then again, Activision has the rights to do almost as they please...and the default desire for any owner of a multi-billion-dollar product is to make even more money.

Tags: activision, call of duty, pay to play

7/19/2010 9:04:33 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (90 posts)

Jawknee
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 9:34:44 PM
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Good luck with that.

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Qubex
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 12:36:10 AM

I second that... they can go to hell!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Godslim
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 5:11:33 AM

yeh there is no way they are making me pay extra!
tbh even to validate the paying every month they would have to change the games a hell of alot and keep adding extra content just like an mmo

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 1:34:07 PM

yeah if they try it people would gravitate towards BC, and MOH faster. i just wish people get over call of duty already

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StangMan80
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 9:36:06 PM
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I am not playing a COD game for a very long time or never again. So this doesn't effect me.

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DazeOfWar
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 11:04:17 PM

I'm with you. After MW2 I'm done with the franchise. Glad this won't effect me if it's true.

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chewy102
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 11:41:05 PM

I quit COD the minute I seen the first hack in COD4.

It's one of my rules. If a console game can be hacked, I'll never play it or another of that brand again.

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Naztycuts
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 11:53:27 PM

@Chewy- They didnt hack the console, IW just sucks big time at coding. 1st in COD4 there was the 'flying hack' now in MW2 theres the "leaderboard hack' and the 'prestige hack' (Might be the same one IDK I dont do it) But I do know that all you need is a flashdrive, and a pc with a hex editor. I never felt right calling them hackers, it seems to glorify what they're doing, when they're simply watching a youtube video on which part of text they need to modify to get the desired 'hack' result.

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chewy102
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 12:20:06 AM

I know that they weren't console mods and just game save hacks. To me it doesn't matter, a hack is a hack. And once a game gets hacked I'll never play it again unless I haven't finished the SP yet (console games only, some PC games are better with mods). I deal with enough server admin a**holes on PC games to make me sick, there's no way in hell Im going to suffer like that on a console.

p.s. wasn't the first hack in COD4 where you change the color of your name?

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Naztycuts
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 1:13:54 AM

I think you're right about the color change. Either way they're still lame lol

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jdt1981
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 9:38:04 PM
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I would like to think they wouldn't do such a thing but then when Bobby Kotick is involved it's possible.

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Oyashiro
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 9:39:40 PM
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"nobody has to pay to play CoD or MW2 multiplayer, nor will they."

Unless you own a 360 of course. Har har.

But on the serious side... If they did that, it would deal such a huge blow to the CoD franchise.

And as for there rumor squashing... Its Activision... They lie... Constantly...

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kraygen
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 11:48:29 PM

*GASP* Noooooo, say it isn't so!

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Underdog15
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 9:54:21 PM
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That just means more people to play KZ3 online!

Hooray!

But on a serious note, I really don't want to get another CoD game (it would only be my second). But I fear some of my buddies would coax me into getting it for online play. (They're the only reason I play it so much now.)

I know for sure at least 2 of them won't get it if they have to subscribe. This might sound odd... but I hope they DO charge... that way we can play some OTHER online game for once. lol

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StangMan80
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 10:00:53 PM

I agree 100%.

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Kangasfwa
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 10:44:32 PM

More people playing online can be a double edge sword though...

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Underdog15
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 8:37:38 AM

As long as there's a mute button, it's alright. Besides, I like it when people start cursing me and my friends when we start beating the pants off them.

My favorite is in MW2, when noob tubers start calling us cheaters for using heartbeat censors. Especially when they consistently come back for more death without switching to a class that uses ninja... morons. lol

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Danny007
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 10:00:53 PM
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Just what Activision needs. More money from Call Of Duty.

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The X Factor 9
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 10:02:04 PM
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Good luck ripping someone else off Activision...

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CrispyJawas
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 10:05:06 PM
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Like I said on another site, I don't care because I'm a lone wolf that only plays single player. The game industry is beginning to realize these people spending months playing online multiplayer aren't buying new games and thats why new game sales are tanking. These people shouldn't mind paying a monthly fee to keep the developers going.
These people that get bent out of shape for having to pay a small fee each month to play COD online are the same ones ranting that Gamestop is ruining the game industry by selling pre-owned games.

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Alienange
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 10:23:06 PM

I hope the post you made on the other site made more sense then THAT.

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FM23
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 10:59:55 PM

lol

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 11:06:57 PM

You had me until Gamestop, sort of.

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Nickjcal
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 11:26:02 PM

Id rater pay for the good storyline than the multiplayer

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 6:42:03 AM

is that you ______ ? Nah, i don't think even _____ would say something so stupid

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Underdog15
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 8:40:25 AM

Keep the developers going?

Maybe... if CoD had dedicated servers for online play. They don't though. It's locally hosted by a randomly selected player whether they have a good connection or not.

Why would you pay even a tiny fee for little to no service?

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SvenMD
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 9:46:42 AM

I liked the "lone wolf" part though. And with those little beedy jawa eyes peering out at me, it's adds a little air of mystery.

But, yeah, then the rest of the comment was just crazy-talk.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 1:01:17 PM

I like his name and avatar so he gets a pass.

Aaron, i think you know Cowherd has and will say worse things then this.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 2:37:43 PM

Hey Jawk,
I'm going to pretend you made an undertoned shot at ____ by using 'then' instead of 'than'. ___ does that ALL THE FREAKIN' TIME, and can't get it right... even after a couple people have pointed it out.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 3:11:28 PM

I did it subconsciously..haha

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Underdog15
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 5:00:46 PM

I knew it.

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DeathOfChaos
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 10:09:22 PM
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So, you have a 360 and LOVE your CoD. Now, you have to pay to play online and THEN pay to play online AGAIN!! On the PS3, you'll just have to pay to play online, but even more of an outrage really because it was completely free to play in the first place. I HATE CoD games, and now I'm even more glad that I do, lol. I actually hope this rumor is true. It will show who the real idiots in gaming are, lol.

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Alienange
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 10:26:43 PM
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First of all, that video is screwed up something fierce. He's being told there's no memberships available at this time? What the hell does that even mean? Meanwhile you have the introduction playing in the background? It's not like he's trying to connect to the multiplayer and he's being told this, it's just popping up during the intro? How messed up IS the 360?

Regardless of how screwed up the Live network is, the point still stands that a CoD monthly fee will kill the franchise.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 10:35:27 PM

"a CoD monthly fee will kill the franchise"

Let's hope so.

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Alienange
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 10:51:22 PM

As cute as Treyarch is, with Infinity Ward all busted up, CoD may already be dead. I guess we'll have to see.

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bigrailer19
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 11:09:41 PM

I like Trayarch's cod games better. MW was groundbreaking and obviously set the franchise up for its success mainly cus of MP. But Treyarch built a better all around game, I expect the same from black ops.

A lot of people blame Activision, but in my opinion IW put the franchise in this position. I mean Treyarch built a great all around game in W@W, even with Activision publishing it.In my opinion IW was fishing for money as well as Activision with MW2.

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Alienange
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 11:14:03 PM

Wasn't MW2 forced upon IW by it's publisher? Just as MW3 will be forced upon the saps who stayed behind?

No disrespect to W@W. That game is great and I'm sure I'll get my moneys worth out of Black Ops... Unless it's a monthly fee of course.

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bigrailer19
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 10:26:57 PM
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I like the COD franchise, but if this happened I wouldn't buy it so long as I HAD to pay to play online! I just wont do it!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 10:37:43 PM
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I sorta hope they do this too, it would be Kotex's Waterloo. Of course they will have to fire Bowling to get it done, no problem for the big boss over at Activision. It would also allow for the rise of a superior product elsewhere and show the rest of the industry how not to do things.

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Kangasfwa
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 10:47:14 PM
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A call of duty MMO would seem more likely.

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SvenMD
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 9:48:22 AM

Isn't that MAG?....just not as cool as MAG?

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Jawknee
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 1:02:49 PM

Only MAG is free.

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FM23
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 11:04:48 PM
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That wont happen, but if it does these guys are about to make alot of money. People will hate the idea, but I don't care for CoD so this doesn't affect me. But from a hustlers standpoint, these boys care about the money and that's the objectvie...why let others opinion stand in your way of glory. It's the same with Lebron James, he wants championships...doesn't matter if Cleveland fans are upset because he made a decision that will benefit him. At the end of the day, it's all about you...but seriously if CoD does do this...they would only be hurting themselves, but then again people are foolish enough to keep buying these games so lets see what happens. So when is KZ3 coming out again...lol

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Underdog15
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 9:01:32 AM

Lebron rode out his contract to the end without pissing on anyone. He didn't ask for a trade, he didn't badmouth the fans or the city... The unclassy people were in Cleveland... their owner got slapped a major fine for being out of line, too.

Lebron became a free agent. He had every right to go wherever the heck he wants. Welcome to the real world, Cleveland.

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BeezleDrop
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 11:10:07 PM
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Another reason why you shouldn't play CoD, there Multi-player would never worth a subscription fee, ever. What do you think of this godslim? Your beloved overrated franchise is ruining itself.

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Jawknee
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 11:15:01 PM

Hes probably playing it as we speak. haha

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FM23
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 11:15:51 PM

Callin' him out son?...lol Definitely overrated. Metascore for both MW's is 95. Never played MW1, but MW2 was a solid 8.5 for me if even that. As a single player game...yeah nothing to say there

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Godslim
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 5:14:14 AM

hey man the mw series is good...mp is great fun with mates.....but im not that much of a gamer to wanna pay monthly....thats a hell no!
With this they would just be milking cod even more to get more money out of us! i mean for god sake they've already got two companies making cods

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Kai200X
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 11:15:21 PM
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I was foolish for buying MW2, and once I finished single player campaign I never touch it again, so I don't think I will ever play any CoD series again.

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gangan19
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 11:19:57 PM
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There 're ruining gaming the way microsoft is doing it. :(

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Nickjcal
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 11:27:49 PM

Its more activison than microsoft. On the flip side EA has gained a lot more respect from me lately all this ps3 exclusive stuff and just the diversity of their games is great

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The Stig
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 10:24:14 AM

I think it's because of Microsoft getting away with charging to play online that Activision are toying with the idea of pay-to-play.

Activision saw that there are plenty of people out there that are willing/gulible enough to pay for something that should be free.

The way they see it- free money.

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kraygen
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 11:58:44 PM
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I see a lot of ppl commenting that this probably won't happen, but I have to disagree. For one simple fact always remains, some ppl will pay it.

Sad, but true. How many ppl put up $150 for the special edition of MW2? I don't know the exact numbers, but I know most websites sold out of their pre-orders for it. I'm sorry, but that is just sad, that's half the price of a ps3.

Truth is, that while many of us here would never pay that much for CoD, or be willing to pay monthly fees for CoD, lots and lots of ppl will.

For some strange reason that I'll never understand, some ppl seem to think they can't live without their CoD and they will pay whatever it takes to get every last special pre-order, every last bit of dlc, and squeeze every last pathetic drop out of CoD, regardless of the cost.

So that's why I see Kotick, going for it, because even if initial sales took a hit, they'd get it back and more from those who are willing to shell out endless amounts of cash all to play CoD.

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booze925
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 12:08:22 AM
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it will not happen for black ops. treyarch said so.
black ops is the only game i will buy from now till years end... if i don't get my hands on some more cash before then..

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Culoslap
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 12:48:14 AM
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Honestly I'm looking forward to Black Ops but if the rumors hold true I can definitely live without it and any future installments of CoD.

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CharlesD
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 12:52:16 AM
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If they do.. no more CoD for me. I play it too much anyways. Unless they actually make the game good enough to buy just for the single-player..

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sirbob6
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 12:53:47 AM
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The fact that the guy who ultimatly controls the series was wanting to charge $100 for a single game, I could se this happening.

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Mamills
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 1:50:14 AM
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lol, dont care, sold MW2 a long time ago.

but we know this is going to happen eventually.

its up to us the consumer to not support this.

lol CoD aint that special

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faraga
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 2:00:33 AM
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Please let me pay to play MW2, then I have a good reason to quit playing that way to addictive game.

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___________
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 2:43:03 AM
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i know its activision were talking about, but i really cant see them doing this.
COD is one of the most played online games ATM, they dont want to loose that.
they think people will sit there as they tip them over and shake the coins out?
ask ubisoft how that turned out!

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The Stig
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 10:27:07 AM

"COD is one of the most played online games ATM"

There's your answer to why they would do it.

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___________
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 @ 9:18:17 AM

so?
you really think people are going to pay for it?
there are many other places they can go for free MP which is just as good if not better than COD!

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Zorigo
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 5:42:10 AM
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I wouldn't be suprised if they did announce it, activision have been money grabbers for a long time now.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 6:26:08 AM
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Oc c'mon lets not jump on conclutions here, this "membership" can be *anything*, and most probably is something along the lines of "Rockstar Social club", Skate(1/2/3) or the Burnout Paradise player club. It's optional, it's free and it's just a feature to make more out of the online gaming.

Edit: Come to think of it I think maybe the Skate club was a mandatory (EA) membership in order to play online. But my point remains the same.

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 6:44:54 AM
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Since when was Robert Bowling the boss at IW?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 2:17:39 PM

since everyone else got fired?

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tanner1
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 6:54:33 AM
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Tell me why i would pay to play the multiplayer? I wont even pay the 45 fu**ing quid they're asking for the game, tossers.

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RobiinzZ
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 7:04:59 AM
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Well, i wasn't happy paying £30 for mw2 and generally dont play it that much.

So doing this would make me skip the franchise all together.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 8:14:49 AM
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MyWorstNightmar
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 4:10:12 PM

Ultimadream has spoken. Nothing more to be said.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 9:42:47 AM
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Knowing Activision, this will eventually happen.

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Deathb4Dishonor
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 9:52:24 AM
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Activision can go F*uck themselves... I mean I do play MW2 multiplayer b/c most of my friends play it non stop but i could do without MW or any call of duty as long as I have warhawk, battlefield:BC2, and now Medal of Honor... I'm pretty sure I won't be the only one to say F*CK U activision... Your lucky enough to have sold millions and millions with a mediocre game to begin with and now u wanna charge to get online too... A**HOLES

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Highlander
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 10:03:54 AM
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Well, with a game like MW2 is it more a case of pay per clip instead of pay per play? I mean, if they *want* to be idiots and charge per play, then why not simply charge players for ammunition?

Yeah, I know, stupid idea huh? But think about it, you could buy your way to success. Don't feel like losing any more, splash $10 on some RPGs. Want to be a complete killer on the battlefield? $10 on ammunition for your chain gun should do the trick...Oh, I could so see this happening, especially for shooters.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 10:14:10 AM

I'd run around using knives only.

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Nynja
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 11:55:00 AM

Somebody delete this post before Bobby sees it!

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carl0975
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 2:23:06 PM

Sounds like Combat Arms for the pc, you have to pay for most guns on there, and they're not even permanent.

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kraygen
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 3:09:08 PM

@ underdog

They'd probably make it so that you have to replace your knife after every swing of it.

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MyWorstNightmar
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 4:12:16 PM

I would hurl insults their way. They would be so devestated, they would leave. I would win defacto. I don't think they can charge per insult can they?

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Underdog15
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 5:02:18 PM

Then maybe I could do my own version of Family Guy's, "Catch the Greesed up Deaf Guy". I could alter my voice with that voice changing setting under accessories.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 5:02:40 PM

No offense to the deaf or unshowered, of course.

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The Stig
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 10:31:06 AM
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If Activision do decide to charge to play online and it's successful (which it probably would be with all the hardcore CoD fanboys) then I just hope other devs/publishers don't look at it and say "hey, people are paying to play online, why aren't we doing this?"

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RadioHeader
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 11:50:15 AM
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So long as people pay M$ for online gameplay, other greedy bastards are gonna want their free money too.

Pay your yearly fee so you can pay your monthly fee and then your used game fee. Pay to pay to pay to play.

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Deleted User
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 1:14:26 PM
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Activision can do whatever they want. They can milk all the money they want out of their cadre of CoD buffoons because they know they can and the CoD plebians can't make decisions for themselves.

Just once, I'd like to see these CoD fans just stick it to them. Just once.

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DjEezzy
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 1:21:32 PM
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Just another reason added to the long list of why i don't want Black Ops. Or any other Activision game really with the exception of Dj Hero2. I have a feeling that one day Activision is going down. They are extra greedy!!! And you know... Bad things happen when you get greedy.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 1:41:04 PM
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Call of Duty Online Play Will Remain Free, says Activision

http://www.industrygamers.com/news/call-of-duty-online-play-will-remain-free-says-activision/

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 2:18:15 PM

they say a lot of things

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Shams
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 4:43:13 PM

Actually, so says IW and Treyarch. In a link to related article, Kotick, in response to a question about what he would change, he said that he would make COD a subscription service by tomorrow. He went on to enumerate the billions of hours that have been logged in COD multiplayer and how people are willing to pay xbox live fees for it. He then mentions how they could make the service even more compelling, but fails to mentions said additions.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 9:03:57 PM
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While devs have shot down these rumors, I would imagine these sort of ideas are floating around publisher's offices.
MW2 was a really short game, yet it has managed to outsell.... everything? Millions of gamers log unto Activision's servers to engage in online play. It really is the online community that has placed MW2 into the position it's in today. I wouldn't be surprised, in the not-to-distant future, that we see some sort of pay-to-play service fee.

Optimistically, if these sort of fees ever get implemented, maybe we'll see a drop in the cost of the off-the-shelf copies for single player play.
Having little interest in CoD's online play, a roughly 5 hour campaign just doesn't justify a price tag of a full-price game.

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nath08
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 @ 11:05:26 AM
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Sorry to put it this way but Activision can lick my b*lls if they do that. I am a person with a brain, I know when to stop. All of these CoD finatics are the complete opposites though, most are 14 year olds who still need thier parents to dress them. CoD fans would give thier right ball to play a CoD game. Thats why they are STUPID and should not be allowed to play games. They are like sheep, they will do anything that CoD tells them (of course not tells them, but you know what I mean) They really do knock me sick.

I mean the reeeeaaal CoD fans here, not the casual fans who have a life.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 @ 2:38:22 PM

I consider myself a CoD:MW2 -participant-. Not a fan. MW2 is my first, and perhaps my last CoD. As long as my friends don't manipulate me into buying the next one.

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