Call of Duty Developer Receives Death Threats Over Latest Game Patch

Call of Duty players are taking to Twitter to harass David Vonderhaar in an extreme way of voicing their displeasure after a regular patch to the latest game nerfed one of their favourite weapons.

On July 23rd Treyarch released the latest patch for Call of Duty Black Ops II that, amongst numerous fixes to the games’ zombie modes, also included modifications to a few weapons:

Multiplayer Game Balancing

    • AN-94:  Damage slightly reduced.
    • DSR 50:  Rate of fire reduced.
    • Ballista:  Rate of fire slightly reduced.

It was the changes made to the DSR 50, a popular sniper rifle in the multiplayer community, that lit a fire under players feet, causing them to take to the internet to express their frustration. It quite quickly went overboard.

Studio Design Director David Vonderhaar initially responded to these complaints the day the patch went live, explaining exactly how much the rate of fire had actually been reduced via several tweets. As someone with no Call of Duty experience, I have no idea what any of this means:

The DSR fire time was 0.2 seconds. It’s now 0.4 seconds. The rechamber time was 1.0 seconds. It’s now 1.1 seconds.
The sprintinTime was 0.25 seconds. It’s now 0.30 seconds. SprintoutTime was 0.25 seconds. It’s now 0.30 seconds.
Not sure these fractions of seconds are worth the threats of violence.

The complaints started with YouTube videos sent directly to Vonderhaar via Twitter, then moved on to rather blunt petitions that will likely never gain any serious traction. Now, it has come to light that Vonderhaar has been receiving a wealth of vitriol on the social media outlet in the week since the patch went live.

Over on Tumblr, an assortment of the choicest death threats have been collected on the GamerFury page, which is only worth looking at if you want to make yourself angry for some reason. It is Monday morning, after all. The majority are perhaps a bit too extreme to even quote here. Suffice it to say the death threats extend to his family as well. What a community.

It wasn’t long ago that we heard the story of a young man sentenced to prison for a year over a comment made during a Facebook argument. Everyone was insistent that the comment was meant to be treated as a joke – especially given it ended with the familar ‘lol’ and ‘jks’.

It’s a bit harder to justify any of these tweets as jokes, though.

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