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Black Ops 4 vs Twitch Part IV: Call of Duty Survival

Lastly, in this series about Black Ops 4 and how it could make an influence on Twitch and the gaming community as a whole, we’ll be talking about what majority of the Black Ops community consider as the best game mode in the franchise: Zombies.

Zombies are one of the earliest oversaturated genres in video games ever since the huge influence brought in by Capcom’s phenomenal survival horror game Resident Evil back in the mid-90s. The undead supernatural creatures popped up in almost every video game especially during the late 2000s, specifically 2008 when Left4Dead was a popular hit thanks to Valve. Ever since then, the cooperative multiplayer survival genre was full of zombies with different archetypes, appearing in different categories of video games from horror, action to platformers.

In the same year of 2008, Treyarch released Call of Duty: World at War—the successor to the smash hit Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. This time, they went back to the classic WWII shooter that they were always known for. However, unlike their previous games, WaW was the “dirtiest” of them all: excessive gore, unfiltered strong language, horrific war acts and the moral lesson that there are really no good guys in war—just men trying to survive against the opposition. Continue reading “Black Ops 4 vs Twitch Part IV: Call of Duty Survival”

Black Ops 4 vs Twitch Part III: Call of Duty Battle Royale

We’ve seen it time and time again ever since the breakout of the multiplayer survival genre Battle Royale ever since it got mainstream fame thanks to PUBG back in mid-2017 where almost every single Twitch live streamer suddenly played nothing else but PUBG. It was because of the genre that Twitch was housed more by the mainstream-based demographic or “normies” especially after the release of Epic Games’ Fortnite.

Names such as Ninja, Myth and Dr. DisRespect would pop up as top streamers for the genre. Old and tried streamers such as Summit1G, Shroud and Syndicate would also become very relevant again after playing the currently trending genre.

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Black Ops 4 vs Twitch Part II: CoD Going Class-Based Shooter

In part 1, we talked about the overview of Call of Duty and its success in the market as well as the game struggling to get to the top spot of most watched games on Twitch. On May 17, 2018, Activision finally announced the release of Call of Duty Black Ops 4. However, the game is obviously unrelated to the previous Black Ops trilogy, especially after the sudden straying of the 3rd game from the story of the Mason generation of Black Ops 1 and 2. This time around, there will be no story at all—everything will just be about multiplayer and there is a reason why this topic is a quadrilogy: there are so many things to discuss per segment of their multiplayer modes and how this could influence Twitch streamers along with their followers.

If you haven’t watched the multiplayer trailer yet, here is the full video:

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Black Ops 4 vs Twitch Part I: The General Call of Duty Overview

On May 17, 2018, Activision, the publisher of the smash hit action FPS Call of Duty, has finally revealed their 15th CoD for their never-ending annual release: Call of Duty Black Ops 4. Fanboys, as always, are extremely psyched up for the game this October after watching various trailers of different game modes including the not-surprising multiplayer, another set of zombies and an entry that is entirely new to the series—Battle Royale.

Unfortunately, the time-long tradition of over-the-top explosive single-player campaign is suddenly gone from this year’s CoD. To many players, this is a dismay. For about half of the fans of the franchise, they’re alright with it. The mainstream crowd may look up for this year’s release but there is no denying true gamers, Twitch and YouTube content creators that this is just another cash grab tactic by the bigwigs of Activision. Continue reading “Black Ops 4 vs Twitch Part I: The General Call of Duty Overview”