I see the threads every day. People complaining about Weapons, Perks, Game Modes... you name it. People complaining about Playstyles. Trashing eachother over various perspectives on certain aspects of the game. Don't get me wrong, all of this is important to the gaming experience. But it seems we've forgotten about the reason Video Games were introduced to begin with: Fun.
Plain and simple, FUN.
What happened to it? Don't get me wrong, I have had good times in Black Ops II and MW3, but it just seems that as the Series continues forward, both the Developers and the Community are forgetting that the game is just simply supposed to be fun. I've had fun because I've made it fun for myself, but even so, the past two titles there just seems to be something missing that takes away from the experience it used to be.
So what is it? What has been lacking? Where has the fun gone?
A lot of it, of course, is just the changing dynamics and demographics of the community. A very vocal portion of the community seems to think the game exists to bolster their egos, get ratings on their YouTube or Twitch Channels, to ruin the experience for others (or Troll if you will), to exploit glitches, or just not play in the spirit of the game. We can't fix that, but we can do our part not to participate in it and report violations where necessary.
So what can the Devs do to bring the fun back? A few thoughts-
1) Matchmaking/Party System- Oddly enough, this has become worse and worse with each game. I want to play the game. I want to play with friends. It shouldn't take up most of my play time (which is increasingly limited) finding a match or trying to connect with friends. Make it so we can get on, party up, and get into a match.
2) Increase enforcer presence- Add more report options to the game and help rid the community of those breaking the rules on a grander scale. Security should be a top priority, and while not easy in a community this large I think efforts can be made to crack down on boosters, hackers, glitchers, and other nefarious types who ruin the fun for everyone else.
3)Spawn System- It isn't any fun to be spawn killed or spawn trapped constantly. Sure Good players can break spawn traps, but when a map is designed such that players spawn in front of someone else regularly, there is a problem.
What am I missing? What do you think the problem has been? Why does it seem as though the fun factor of CoD games has been on the decline? Or am I wrong? Would love to hear your thoughts, and as always, request you keep it civil. We want discussion, not trash talk or fighting.