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Published on March 15th, 2010 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder

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Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Pack Priced; Enrages Gamers Everywhere

To say that it hasn’t been a good couple of weeks for Activision would be as much of an understatement as saying that Caramel Delites are a tasty cookie. We all know that unless you’re allergic to any of the ingredients, Caramel Delites are some of the best cookies ever made and that Activision’s last two weeks have sucked harder than an industrial strength Hoover.

Between storming Infinity Ward and firing the heads, getting sued by those former heads for due royalties, and handing off the Call of Duty Franchise to other devs, their hands are full of the proverbial “FAIL”.

Now, we get this nonsense. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s first map pack, labeled the “Stimulus Pack,” has been the cause of much ruckus (and the butt of many jokes) today after the announcement that the pack will release for 1200 MS Points, or $15.

The pack includes 5 maps, which at first glance wouldn’t seem all that bad, but all maps aren’t created equal. The reason gamers are upset is that of the maps in the pack, two of them are from the original Modern Warfare. So technically, you’re paying for three new maps and two that you’ve already played to death.

New Maps:

  • Bailout: a multi-level apartment complex
  • Storm: an open industrial park littered with heavy machinery
  • Salvage: a snowy junkyard fortified by stacked debris and crushed cars

Returning Maps:

  • Crash: a war-torn urban environment
  • Overgrown: which features a massive dry creek bed.

The “Stimulus Pack” is due to drop on March 30th for Xbox Live at the price of 1200 MS Points, while PC and PS3 gamers will have to wait until 30 days after to get their fix.

To clarify the problem even further, the current standard for map packs is three for 800 MS Points or $10. This wouldn’t seem that bad if not for the fact that the last two maps are ones that have been played for years already in the original Modern Warfare. Add in the fact MW2 is already the highest selling video game of all time and that they’re still selling copies of it and you have the perfect storm.

To get even further down the rabbit hole, most gamers’ wallets stop opening so freely once you break the $10 barrier. While you may say “It’s only a $5 difference”, to a great many people, that’s the difference between buying DLC and thinking of other things they could be doing with $15.

Personally, I think that if this pack was released for $10, it’d be worth it. Fifteen dollars is enough to splinter the considerable user base, even though it’s only a $5 different from the standard pricing.

The sad part about it is that people will still spend the money on this, justifying Activision’s actions both with the pricing of this DLC and it’s treatment of Infinity Ward.

Do you agree that the map pack prices are too high? If so, post this message on your Twitter:

$15 for only 3 new maps and 2 throwbacks? That’s WAY too much for the #MW2 Stimulus Pack! #MW2StimulusSucks http://bit.ly/a31y67

If they wanted to advertise a real stimulus package for Modern Warfare 2, this pack would be free and have 2-3 more Spec Ops maps. Not to mention that fixing the game-ruining glitches that are running rampant in the multiplayer before releasing paid content would go a long way to warming some of the already cold hearts of angry gamers. Activision should be giving gamers reason to continue supporting them since their business practices have been pretty appalling lately. They could use the good face time.

I’ll be voting with my wallet by not supporting this pack with a single cent. Luckily, not supporting this will be easy: my free time has been going to Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

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About the Author

Deejay has been a gamer since the Atari 2600, has wrestled–and defeated–alligators with only his toes, and once aligned all the planets in the Solar System by uttering the words "Coo Coo Ka-Choo". In his sleep. He currently bides his time behind the scenes here at GAMINGtruth.com, streaming at http://www.twitch.tv/deejayknight and teaching.



  • DAKing240

    Infinity Ward claims they are all about the community, but when they release 5 maps for $15, it just seems like a slap in the face to everyone who helped propel MW2 to billion dollar status. Plus, we know this is only the beginning, with IW already planning another DLC pack, if not 2 additional. I’m not really in the mood to pay $45 extra dollars over time for 3 more map packs.

    BTW how much are the first 2 DLC packs for Battlefield Bad Company 2? Free

    • http://www.gamingtruth.com DeejayKnight

      Exactly my point, DAKing240. They’re treating us like they didn’t just rake in a clean $1,000,000,000 off our backs. At least give SOME sort of free DLC.

      Thanks for your comment!

  • Anonymous

    Dude, that intro sounded like something Id write!

    Good article.

    I know what Id do with MY extra 5 dollars…

    http://tinyurl.com/c2upe7

  • DAKing240

    Infinity Ward claims they are all about the community, but when they release 5 maps for $15, it just seems like a slap in the face to everyone who helped propel MW2 to billion dollar status. Plus, we know this is only the beginning, with IW already planning another DLC pack, if not 2 additional. I'm not really in the mood to pay $45 extra dollars over time for 3 more map packs.

    BTW how much are the first 2 DLC packs for Battlefield Bad Company 2? Free

  • http://www.gamingtruth.com DeejayKnight

    Exactly my point, DAKing240. They're treating us like they didn't just rake in a clean $1,000,000,000 off our backs. At least give SOME sort of free DLC.

    Thanks for your comment!

  • bryantk

    Dude, that intro sounded like something Id write!

    Good article.

    I know what Id do with MY extra 5 dollars…

    http://tinyurl.com/c2upe7

  • Scott

    High price, old content and us PS3 players get the shaft.

    Perfect.

    • Time

      PS3 players get the shaft? We have to PAY for our online service on 360, it’s about time something makes it feel even 1/10 worthwhile.

  • Scott

    High price, old content and us PS3 players get the shaft.

    Perfect.

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  • Anonymous

    Thanks for pushing the hashtag! I’ve linked off to this article in my own: http://www.wouldyoukindly.com/im-boycotting-the-modern-warfare-2-map-pack-and-you-should-too/

  • Thebestest87

    “Infinity Ward claims they are all about the community, but when they release 5 maps for $15, it just seems like a slap in the face to everyone who helped propel MW2 to billion dollar status. Plus, we know this is only the beginning, with IW already planning another DLC pack, if not 2 additional. I’m not really in the mood to pay $45 extra dollars over time for 3 more map packs.”

    Why does everyone blame IW? Yes they are partly to blame, but this is 95% Activision’s fault; it’s IW game, but if they’re “suggested” to charge a certain price for content for a game that someone else publishes, they have to do so. And now that Activision is essentially in charge of the studio, it’s only going to get worse.

    • http://www.gamingtruth.com DeejayKnight

      Great points, thebestest87. I tried to point out Activision as the culprit as much as possible in the article because I have the feeling that IW wasn’t the cause of this dilemma.

      The more people know though, the better! Activision’s the problem here, and we have to take steps to ensure it doesn’t continue or this first precedent will set the stage for every other game that sees they can get away with price gouging gamers.

  • Atomicow

    Thanks for pushing the hashtag! I've linked off to this article in my own: http://www.wouldyoukindly.com/im-boycotting-the

  • Thebestest87

    “Infinity Ward claims they are all about the community, but when they release 5 maps for $15, it just seems like a slap in the face to everyone who helped propel MW2 to billion dollar status. Plus, we know this is only the beginning, with IW already planning another DLC pack, if not 2 additional. I'm not really in the mood to pay $45 extra dollars over time for 3 more map packs.”

    Why does everyone blame IW? Yes they are partly to blame, but this is 95% Activision's fault; it's IW game, but if they're “suggested” to charge a certain price for content for a game that someone else publishes, they have to do so. And now that Activision is essentially in charge of the studio, it's only going to get worse.

  • http://www.gamingtruth.com DeejayKnight

    Great points, thebestest87. I tried to point out Activision as the culprit as much as possible in the article because I have the feeling that IW wasn't the cause of this dilemma.

    The more people know though, the better! Activision's the problem here, and we have to take steps to ensure it doesn't continue or this first precedent will set the stage for every other game that sees they can get away with price gouging gamers.

  • Time

    PS3 players get the shaft? We have to PAY for our online service on 360, it's about time something makes it feel even 1/10 worthwhile.

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