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Tuesday
Mar162010

Call of Duty Fans Up In Arms

Gamers all over the world had been waiting for news about a new multiplayer map pack for the hottest game of the year, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.  They got it, as Infinity Ward announced that 5 maps would be available to Xbox 360 users on March 30.  Instead of heaping praise on gamer forums, fans were up in arms at the hefty price point: $15, or 1200 points in the Microsoft system.  

This map pack is a complete rip off and a slap in the face to fans of the franchise.  It is a clear example of a corporation taking advantage of a captive audience with no thought to the fans' best interests.  Cruelly titled the "Stimulus Package", the map pack contains 3 new maps and 2 reworkings of fan favorites from the first Modern Warfare game.  That's either $3 or $5 per map, depending on how you look at it.  

Modern Warfare 2 has already broken records by earning more than $1 billion worldwide since its release in November 2009.  This is not a case of a company trying to bolster sales because they're in the red.  This is pure exploitation of fans' addiction to an incredible game.  Downloadable content prices are determined by back-and-forth suggestions between Microsoft and the publisher, in this case Activision.  Either way, I think I'll leave the Stimulus Package to those who aren't outraged and instead buy a copy of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, a game that has already announced free DLC less than a month after its release. Smart move by Electronic Arts.

Do you own Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2?  What do you think of the $15 price point for the new map pack?