When I look back at how I got to where I am now in regards to skill in first-person shooters, I always see a certain franchise that molded me into who I am now.
I would of course be talking about Call of Duty.
Now don’t get me wrong, the recent editions to the game have been sad and pitiful compared to the groundbreaking and stunning combat of old.
But to this day, one of my favorite things, and one of my first real memories of the games, was when I bashed someone in the head with a stick grenade.
You heard me, I used an explosive charge as a cudgel.
That blew me away (not even sorry for that one) and from there on I was in love with the game.
From the first game, I moved to Call of Duty 2 (COD2), and found my niche almost instantly.
I loved the campaign, as a history nerd and a budding gamer, I think I beat the game twice on maximum difficulty.
Then I discovered the greatest part of all. Multiplayer mode.
Using this, I joined my first servers and was doused in a healthy dose of humble pie as I was beaten down into the lower rankings of the scoreboard.
This however only made me try harder, and before you knew it, I was in a clan and kicking some major tail.
The simplistic design of the game gave way to a rich and colorful modding community. We developed new versions of the game and created skins (character costumes) and new weapons.
My favorite mode, which has hugely impacted my gaming style, was the zombie mod.
The mod made the Nazis only able to bash and have more health, their job was to wipe out the Allied team, turning them into “zombies” of sorts. We eventually created zombie skins and started making our own maps instead of using the pre-built ones.
The object of the Allied forces was to hide or set yourself up on a choke-point to see how long you could last against the Nazi-Zombie horde.
When I wasn’t chasing my friends around with a blunt machete in my zombie claw, I was developing a skill that to this day has made me powerful in the gaming world.
I trained at being a sniper.
I’m talking hours upon hours of running around with a sniper rifle while my friends used machine-guns and automatic weapons.
It got to the point that I was a terror of the Rifle Servers and could no-scope and even use iron-sights instead of any scopes.
I will never admit how many hours I played on that game, but I can tell you that I once made it an objective to see if I could perform so well that I would get kicked for suspected hacking.
So try out the oldies, like COD2 and the first Modern Warfare. Those were the good old days and I will never forget them.
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