The best part about Call of Duty: Ghosts is the dog, you’ve heard that. You might even know it yourself. The strange part is that as I sit down to type this, it seems like the only part. The only part I can remember.
I’m not sure I’m going to play through the campaign until I get one of the new boxes; one of them comes out next week, and another one comes out a week after that; it’s not like I can’t find the strength or whatever. I’m not playing the new Assassin’s Creed on current gen hardware, either. But in the portion of the campaign we played, I get mad if I don’t have the dog. And in multiplayer, these fucking dogs eat throats daily. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a dog eating a human throat - forever.
There are like a hundred dog comix you could do. We talked about it for like a fucking hour. I don’t know how this came to be the one! Be sure to give it a second. But the running dialogue we have is almost exclusively related to where the dog is at any second. I’m starting to think we should record these first hours or so as podcasts, who knows.
What I do know is that I haven’t won a single game in three nights of playing. Kiko doesn’t like anything, so not liking Ghosts isn’t a particular surprise - the levels are “rat’s nests” the spawns are placed nonsensically, he has filled up more than one lunch with observations of this kind. He’s excellent at shooters, though - he sees it a different way. I always die, all the time, in every game; it’s hardly data. But what he’s telling us to do is to go back to Black Ops II. Immediately. Which strikes me as bad news for this iteration of the product. A ball was dropped, somewhere.
“Teh Hardcor3z” are especially bad at calling the next thing in games. The DS, the Wii, and iOS are especially brutal examples of people with supposed expertise completely whiffing the greater cultural arc of these devices. Generally speaking (for the last two generations, at least; the duration of Penny Arcade’s operative window) I have suggested that the enthusiast gamer catalyzes a launch. But 2005 wasn’t 2001, and 2013 is even less so. Playing videogames is the least weird thing ever. Does something like “resolutiongate” matter to people for whom the device is purely a means to an end - for a person more interested in toast, than toasters? I genuinely want to know just how “mainstream” this industry actually is, and we are being presented with an opportunity.