Disclaimer; This is me venting a bit, whether this falls on deaf ears or not I could honestly care less. I just feel the need to vent and figured others who feel the same way can chime in and add their two cents.
So, if you're like me, you are one of those players that enjoys realism in games. Now don't get me wrong, I don't expect video games to be true to life, especially not the CoD franchise, because it was never designed to be a military simulation game. I do however, expect the dynamics of the game to be as close to real as possible. In a FPS the dynamics would be the interaction between players, i.e. killing eachother.
Personally, I can't stand it when I have to unload an entire magazine into an enemy just to kill him, because let's face it, that isn't even close to realistic. In the Core game modes it literally takes a dozen or more hits on an enemy to kill them, and god-forbid they have a vest on because you'll be unloading that entire magazine in order to put him down. The same goes for Sniper Rifles, if I have to shoot someone in the chest more than once with a Dragonov or a .50 cal in order to finish him off, than why in the hell would I want to use one?
This is why I choose to play in the Hardcore game mode types, because it is much more realistic in my eyes. When I shoot my MK14 into someone's midsection I fully expect them to fall to the ground in a slump and have that be the end of the fight, and for the most part in Hardcore this is true.
Now the reason I decided to write this post is because, as of the latest patches/nerfs/buffs, HC has become a shell of what it used to be. When I first started playing Hardcore and up until a month ago, Hardcore mode wasn't full of campers and tubers. Yes, there were some, but for the most part people moved around and didn't resort to cheap tactics for quick kills. Some people will disagree with this statement and say HC has always had campers, but in all honesty it was NEVER as bad as it is now.
Since they decided to change all this stuff in Hardcore mode (buffing vests, blast shield, etc) it seems to have had a direct correlation with the amount of cheap tactics people pull out in game. Now, I'm not complaining about people's play styles, if you want to sit in your corner and wait for half the game to get a kill, that's your choice, I'll get 30-10 and you can be happy with your 4 and 0.
What does piss me off, is that these noob kids who play Core all day long, come into a Hardcore match and expect to just run around like idiots around the map and cry and whine on the forums when they lose. They cry and cry and cry about weapons being too powerful, or that things like vests don't protect them like they do in Core and they need to be changed.
So what does Activision do? Caters to the Core players and totally F**KS UP Hardcore mode. Now you literally can't play a single match in HC without finding someone with a supervest, sitting in the corner somewhere, waiting for you to stumble into them.
It used to be, when I ran into a kid sitting in a corner, I would blast them with my shotgun or spray them down with an SMG and be on my way. Now I get a hitmarker or two before I'm dead and the kid STILL has some vest left for the next one or two people that make the mistake of moving.
Add to that the lag compensation BS and these kids feel like they actually have some sort of skills when it comes to playing CoD...