I'm all for being proud of something that's important to you like a sports team, but as I get older and accumulate more bills to pay I've stopped purchasing things based on nostalgia or partiality and started to look more carefully at it's utility.
For instance; two weeks ago I was do for a phone upgrade. I've been a notoriously adamant Android supporter. Google Play offers more free apps, I have more control over my interface, and I can easily access my phones core programming to put old NES Gameboy games on it. But I've recently Apple's 5s has since made incredibly advancements in the iPhone that's given the iPhone unsurpassed capabilities and highly refined functionality making it the obvious choice in value.
When I showed my phone to a friend who was an adamant Android supporter like I was he immediately passed judgement on my decision. I explained to him my thought process during the purchase and clearly laid out the advantage the iPhone had in terms of performance which made it the better purchase. Still he defends his Android and talks down about my iPhone claiming it's inferiority.
You can see this with the new generation of gaming consoles. The Playstation 4 is completely and utterly (it's not even close) far more powerful than the Xbox One. There's just no comparison, but, without fail, Microsoft has a following that swears loyalty to the Xbox to the point that they are ignorant to the consoles lack of performance. In fact, some will go so far as to say that the Xbox is an equally powerful console which isn't true.
Why is this important to Call of Duty?
I feel that CoD has generated a similar fanboy issue. Call of Duty is a fun game, but it's not without problems. I speak outside of the technical issues of lag. The players who play Call of Duty are addicted to the idea that their playstyle is superior, their favorite gun is perfect and not unbalanced, their concept of how Call of Duty should be is without flaw. They have these ideas not based on any factual evidence but simply from personal appetite.
Where this game's problem shows the most is that it's through these ideals that the game is being changed. There is no superior way to play the game. Guns in the game are fictionalized versions and therefore carry an amount of inaccuracies which, over a period of time, can be revealed as being problematic and needed modified. Call of Duty is played by a community and that community is free to play the game however they see fit.
These ideals should not be taken seriously to the extent that they are used for the conceptualization of the game. It doesn't matter what your ideas are. If you're a camper or a rushers, it doesn't matter because it's your playstyle, not mine, not your friend's, but yours. Instead we should should look objectively at the game and it's ability to be as universally acceptable as possible much like I objectively looked at my iPhone purchase. Instead of basing my decision off of nostalgia partiality I based my decision of possibility and functionality.