Pay For Old Maps? I don’t Think So!
For the past few days, the Internet has been an abyss of Call of Duty news regarding the “leaks” of recycled maps Nuke Town and Terminal. A few days ago, Mark Rubin, the Executive Producer for Infinity Ward, confirmed that Modern Warfare 2’s Terminal would be appearing in the latest Call of Duty title in the form of downloadable content. Also, if you pre-order Black Ops II, gamers will be able to get the Nuketown multiplayer map, via a leaked image from a Gamestop store. While this may be good news for some, I am a bit frustrated.
Being a fan of Terminal, I am pretty excited about this, but Nuketown? Not so much. The interesting and more important point to all of this is that these maps will be free. And quite frankly, they damn well better be! Considering we already paid for the maps once, via the purchase of Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops I, the notion of paying for more DLC on “updated” maps is asinine. Now I understand that video game companies should be compensated for the work they do, however, recycling or just “polishing” old maps and then charging for them is unfair and greedy.
Consider the fact us gamers (consumers) pay $60 for the game itself, plus you add in premium services, additional DLC, and whatever other fees the industry tacks on, one is spending up to $100. Remember the Stimulus Map Pack for Modern Warfare 2? Yeah, we spent $15 (1200 MSP) and we received three new maps and two from COD4. So instead of five new maps, we paid for three new and two old. I guess you could look at it like we paid for three and got two old ones for free, but I don’t see it that way. Why didn’t they just incorporate all of the old maps they did for Modern Warfare 2 and release that DLC to the masses — for free — as an appreciation for Infinity Ward’s faithful fans? Yeah, I know, that would be crazy, but the almighty dollar rules and that is exactly my point!
New maps should be simply that, NEW. I have no problem paying for things that I don’t have, but to be charged for a “newer” version of something I already paid for is unacceptable. Fortunately, Inifinity Ward will be giving the gaming community Terminal for free and if you pre-order Black Ops II, Treyarch will give you “Nuketown” for free. I’m buying the game anyway, so I might as well take advantage of this “deal”.
I was able to find the video of some Modern Warfare 3 Terminal map gameplay. The video has been taken down from the original up-loader who was able to hack it, but I was still able to find it from another source, which is embedded underneath the poll.
No date has been set in the release of this map, but Mark Rubin did advise, in a Tweet a few days ago, that there is, “No specific date yet. I really don’t know one. Not hiding it.”
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