There’s no denying the ridiculous popularity of Activison’s Call of Duty franchise; it breaks sales records left and right, and is basically regarded as the King of the video game world, somehow managing to top its own success with every subsequent entry.
However, I have another theory about why Call of Duty is so popular, and that’s because it provides a safe outlet for players to purge all those nasty little personality tics that are festering deep down below in our subconscious.
Through the game’s sheer nature – especially during online play – it flips a switch in players, causing all that inner resentment, at your siblings who get more parental love, at the crush who humiliated you at school and so on, to come bubbling to the surface, remedied in a good old-fashioned bout of simulated bloody combat.
Many will say that this series is a pointless waste of time, and in many ways they’re right, but the game does at some point force you to stare yourself in the mirror and realise these 10 things about own personality.
10. A Love Of Violence
Probably the most obvious entry into this list is that, by its sheer nature, the Call of Duty games are going to appeal to people who enjoy violence; that’s not to say that everyone who plays CoD is a psychopath (though I’ll cover that point later), but simply that players are going to have an inherent predilection towards seeing people get blown to smithereens.
Alright, so what? We all watch violent movies, but that said, we probably don’t hypnotically watch death scenes from movies two or three times a minute in quite the same way that a regular game of Call of Duty will present it to us.
We’ve all racked up thousands, even tens of thousands of kills on the CoD games over the years, something of a bragging right for hardcore players, and though within the safety of the game it’s nothing more than a number, the wider implication is a celebration of violent murder.
Sure, it’s war, and some will argue it’s a healthy way to get out aggression, but wouldn’t the world be a better place if we could just all get along? No? Alright, pass me the AK…
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