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Friday, July 8, 2011

Activision Shame On Your for Call of Duty: World AT War

                                    I don’t play computer games beyond bridge and scrabble.   I do not do first person shooter games howevActivision Shame On Your for Call of Duty: World AT Warer I have a friend who loves them.   He got Call of Duty:World At War for Christmas.  He wasn’t able to get it going on his computer.  I upgraded his video card to a 256mb video card to meet the specs of the game.  He exceeds all other specifications.

Game still wouldn’t run.   I looked at myriad you-tube videos complaining about the game and offering suggestions as well as too many forums to count.   After tweaking and prodding and patching I got the game to run adequately.   Adequately compared to how well it runs on the X-Box.  

I spent 25 years in the computer business and it still was a pain in the tush to get the game to run.  Activision’s website was nothing but promo for the ensuing games and zip support.  Treyarch the actual developer of the game was no better.    In this day and age of technology the distributor and developer of a game should be embarrassed if it doesn’t run straight out of the box.   In fact they should be acutely ashamed.   If a game can be popped into a game box and run smoothly, it should be that easy to do it with a PC that meets the game specifications. 

Frankly I would have demanded my money back but that wasn’t my call.   This whole incident explains why game boxes sell so well.  People just don’t want to be bothered becoming a technician just to play a X#$**@@ game.

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