Death Threats Went "Way Too Far"
Ah, internet rage. There's so many forms of internet rage. So many mundane pointless things turning into enormous first world problems. One of the most mind bogglingly dumb ones of this summer was that of the death threats a Treyarch-employee recieved upon releasing some patch notes for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. We covered that story back then, the stupidity of it and some of the rebuttals from David Vonderhaar, the man who recieved the threats.
In a recent interview with CVG.com on the topic of the "dilemmas of innovation", Activision lieutenant Eric Hirshberg was asked about that specific incident.
"Call of Duty is a game that 40 million people will play this month. First off, anything that 40 million people will do is going to result in maybe a few behaving in way that you wish they wouldn't. I love that we have a passionate audience, people who are engaged and opinionated, that's a gift for people being creative. But some people took things way too far, and threats of physical violence is absurd and I obviously do not accept it."
Though it shouldn't be surprising that there's morons willing to threaten others on the internet today, there is no sort of IQ test required to get access, after all. But it is a tad strange that such a small patch would infuriate a significant minority of jackass Call of Duty players to such an extent. Hirshberg sums up the interview by saying that there's two sides to every coin, but there's gamers out there that might want to reconsider what they say and do before they actually say or do it.
"On one hand I think developers have to be ready to receive the praise and critiques, but at the same time I feel some fans need perspective."