Call of Duty is making us dumb: how modern shooters are robbing us of skill

The first person gamers of today are not the first gamers of yesteryear. PA laments the loss of ‘real’ skill and thinking, and the randomness of multiplayer FPS gaming in today’s age. Accessibility has it’s price?

“One of the things that Call of Duty does, and it’s smart business, to a degree, is they compress the skill gap. And the way you compress the skill gap as a designer is you add a whole bunch of randomness,” Tripwire President John Gibson said in an interview with PC Gamer. “A whole bunch of weaponry that doesn’t require any skill to get kills. Random spawns, massive cone fire on your weapons. Lots of devices that can get kills with zero skill at all, and you know, it’s kind of smart to compress your skill gap to a degree,” he continued. “You don’t want the elite players to destroy the new players so bad that new players can never get into the game and enjoy it.”

The PA Report – Call of Duty is making us dumb: how modern shooters are robbing us of skill

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