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Berger: Elite’s creating a “true community,” of healthy respect and socialization

Thursday, 8th September 2011 20:00 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The Call of Duty: Elite beta has been encouraging camaraderie between other CoD players, Activision has observed.

According to the firm’s digital VP Jamie Berger, instead of hurling insults and participating in other unacceptable social behaviors you hear so much about on XBL, during the service’s beta, Berger said participants are being “supportive” and “talking to each other”.

“One of the most interesting things to me is how positive people are in the service,” he told Gamasutra. “I’m most excited that within it, people are being supportive; they’re actually talking to each other, and amongst each other.

“They’re so happy to actually have a place to be part of a community, not a message board… They’re actually behaving very much like people who just want to be social and have fun, not people who want to flame each other.”

Berger is of the opinion, like most folks, that anonymity through online promotes hostile behavior because it is easier to get away with. Call of Duty Elite bypasses this in a way which allows participants to get to know one another in a more friendly environment.

“It creates a social contract,” he said. “How can we start behaving as if we live in a neighborhood? You try to treat your neighbors with respect. When you create a true community, that, to me, is the difference between ‘social gaming’ and a community.

“I’m really excited about that aspect. It starts breaking a lot of the bad assumptions about what a shooter is. It breaks down those anonymous walls and turns it into something where you start knowing each other.”

Call of Duty: Elite launches alongside Modern Warfare 3 in November.

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10 Comments

  1. G1GAHURTZ

    Much better than the VG247 community, then…

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Freek

    Mr Berger actually lives in oposite world where online communities are nice and friendly and multiplayer games aren’t mostly filled with douchebags.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. endgame

    LOL at Berger!!

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    haha… Okay. I’m sure as hell won’t communicate with “That” community.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Really? You promise? Well theirs a reason to sign up right there ;)

    #5 3 years ago
  6. JimFear-666

    healthy respect, on internet? hmmmmm…

    #6 3 years ago
  7. UKTomm

    ‘true community of healthy respect’

    WHAT? Respect? If only.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. TheWulf

    Camaraderie?

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Stephany Nunneley

    @8 yeah that is what I meant. I hate chrome spck. And my eyes. Damn them!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmFnX8So27U

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DSB

    I certainly wouldn’t use the word respect, but I actually think it is a bit like VG247, not that I’ve really come across a bonafide CoD community, more like people who share a lot of the same traits.

    Fiercely competitive, aggressive, and at least the ones who are worth half a damn aren’t put off by a bit of smack talk, and they don’t waste their time crying about stuff like campers or wondering why they just got shot in the head, they just play to perform.

    I can see why some probably wouldn’t want to hang around with a bunch of smartasses pounding their chests like that, but personally I enjoy it.

    #10 3 years ago

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