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Published on March 17th, 2010 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder

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#MW2StimulusSucks and How to Fix It.

Just a couple of days ago, I wrote an editorial post about the first map pack for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.  It’s called the “Stimulus Pack” and includes three new maps (Bailout, Storm & Salvage) as well as two throwback maps (Crash & Overgrown).

The price for the maps? 1200 Microsoft Points, or $15. Normally, I’m a fan of map packs. I bought All Fronts Map Pack for Gears of War 2 – with 19 maps for 1600 MSP (or $20), and I bought the Variety Map Pack for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – with 4 maps for 800 MSP.

Needless to say, I wasn’t all that enthused about the Stimulus Pack pricing, and there are a couple of reasons for that.

Higher Cost, Less Content

The amount of maps you get for the price doesn’t justify the price increase. If the norm is 4 maps at 800 MSP, that’s 200 MSP per map. Multiply that x5 and you get 1000 MSP. While Modern Warfare 2 is a newer game, you’re paying an extra $2.50 for maps without much reason behind it.

Not to mention the fact that two of the maps included are maps from the original  Modern Warfare, which in my opinion at least, drops their value a bit. Some people may disagree, but I can’t justify paying full price for something that I’ve played for YEARS already. Those two maps should be 100 MSP each, in my opinion, which would take the price right back to – you guessed it – 800 MSP. 200 for each new map and 100 for each of the older ones. (200 x 3) + (100 x 2) = 800.

“Stimulus” is Misleading

The “Stimulus” in the name brings to mind free checks to most people. $15 is not free, therefore a different name should’ve been chosen if these maps aren’t free to gamers. The only pockets being stimulated are Activision’s.

If they really wanted to have something be “Stimulus”, why not give the original maps to everyone who owns Modern Warfare 2? Then they could add in other stuff…

What I Would’ve Done

It seems this latest fiasco is a cavalcade of wrongdoing, if you’re trying to cater to the fickle gaming market. Gamers can love you one day, but one wrong PR stunt and you’re bottom barrel. The absolute best thing to do in this situation would’ve been to make the pack as sweet to gamers as possible. The ultimate option using the materials at hand is selling the pack for 800 MSP. If they’re not having that, there’s a better option.

Using the system I wrote about a couple years ago regarding video game DLC, I would’ve made two separate packs:

  • Stimulus Pack: Includes the two retooled maps from Modern Warfare.
    Price: Free.
  • Multiplayer Madness Map Pack: The Three new maps as well as three Spec-Ops Maps.
    Price: 1200 MSP

I’m sure that with this pack, there would have been ZERO unhappy gamers. It sticks to the ‘standard’ guideline of charging 200 MSP per map, they get to keep the original price of 1200 MSP, and all Modern Warfare 2 gamers get free maps, so the people who didn’t buy the other new maps still get to partake in new content to Modern Warfare 2.

If anyone WERE to complain, they’d be laughed at for already getting free content and complaining.

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With all that in mind, I’m a bit confused by a certain group of gamers out there. It’s not to any one person, but rather those who would take time out of their day to bash those of us who speak out on the issues that bug us about the game industry.

Why?!

The primary goal of myself and other gamers speaking out about these issues is to bring them to the attention to the average gamer. Those gamers who don’t know what’s going on with the industry and won’t realize that by not purchasing this content, the publisher would be forced to drop it’s price.

Essentially, if these articles are effective in any way, the result would be lower prices for all of us. That’s right, complainers/name-callers/haters/griefers/tk’ers/etc., you would actually benefit in this by paying less for the content that you want just like the rest of us.

All of your negative comments are comedy to me, because you’re fighting against your own gain if our discussion of the matter is successful. If you understood, and I mean really understood, what we’re doing you might even use the #MW2StimulusSucks hashtag like the rest of us.

In a free market, if something doesn’t sell, the price is lowered, right? The gaming industry is no different. We have no problem paying for content when it’s priced fairly. The Stimulus Pack, though? It’s as unfair as you can get.

Yet again, I ask that if you agree with these statements, please RT the following statement on Twitter:

Activision, you can do better than the “Stimulus Pack”. Want me to spend $15? Here’s How You Fix It: http://bit.ly/dhdaWA #MW2StimulusSucks

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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.



  • Anonymous

    My favorite part of this whole fiasco is that Infinity Ward won’t comment at all.

    Sure, Activision probably set the price, but the fact that IW is just ignoring the problem makes them look REALLY bad. They consistently talk about how they actually listen to their community. I guess everyone over there has gone deaf or something.

  • Atomicow

    My favorite part of this whole fiasco is that Infinity Ward won't comment at all.

    Sure, Activision probably set the price, but the fact that IW is just ignoring the problem makes them look REALLY bad. They consistently talk about how they actually listen to their community. I guess everyone over there has gone deaf or something.

  • badfollower

    It’s pretty sad to see what they’re doing =(

  • badfollower

    It's pretty sad to see what they're doing =(

  • Tort

    Why would IW/Activision suddenly start worrying about consumer response? This is the same group that failed to patch serious issues in MW for two years. This is the same group that takes weeks to patch major glitches in MW2. They know that they’re teflon.

    Also if we’re going to start taking shots at DLC that includes remakes of old maps… I guess almost every Halo map pack ever has been overpriced severely.

    • bman3737

      Ah, but at least Bungie actually put in a decent amount of work into the remakes; everything on the Halo maps was created from the ground up. Each Halo game to date (excluding ODST) has used a different engine from its predecessor. This means that data from game to game has to be recompiled and reformatted to work in the various engines. What Bungie did to remake the maps was more than a simple port with some upgraded textures; they looked at the original map, modeled the remake from the ground up, and fixed any areas that did not fit into the new game well (For instance, the removal of the tunnel from Blue to Red Base on Avalanche).

      What I’m getting at is that you are paying an extra $5 for something that took seriously a day to complete. As mentioned by Robert Bowling, Crash was used in the development of MW2 for testing; thus that map has been moved into the upgraded MW2 engine early on.

      P.S. I’m sorry for quasi-flaming you; I just get heated when false accusations are made…I understand your point, but the reasoning is wrong. Plus, as you mentioned, it helps to have developer support and a solid engine on your side.

  • Rez

    Well, aside from the fact that Activision is the only one setting the prices, when patches will hit the games, when things get announced, etc, yeah, I suppose IW looks bad. If you don’t count Activision, that is.

  • Tort

    Why would IW/Activision suddenly start worrying about consumer response? This is the same group that failed to patch serious issues in MW for two years. This is the same group that takes weeks to patch major glitches in MW2. They know that they're teflon.

    Also if we're going to start taking shots at DLC that includes remakes of old maps… I guess almost every Halo map pack ever has been overpriced severely.

  • Rez

    Well, aside from the fact that Activision is the only one setting the prices, when patches will hit the games, when things get announced, etc, yeah, I suppose IW looks bad. If you don't count Activision, that is.

  • http://www.showtimeforfree.com/ miDnIghtEr20C

    “What I would of done…”

    Who the hell are you?

    • http://www.gamingtruth.com DeejayKnight

      The person whose opinion you were reading on this site! You know, because it’s a free country and I’m a customer of the company whose product this article is based on. Oh, wait, I’m sorry. I almost had you confused with someone who actually has some sort of feedback!

      My mistake! 😉

      Also, if you’re going to quote, at least quote properly. The words I used are “What I Would’ve Done”. Just sayin’.

  • bman3737

    Ah, but at least Bungie actually put in a decent amount of work into the remakes; everything on the Halo maps was created from the ground up. Each Halo game to date (excluding ODST) has used a different engine from its predecessor. This means that data from game to game has to be recompiled and reformatted to work in the various engines. What Bungie did to remake the maps was more than a simple port with some upgraded textures; they looked at the original map, modeled the remake from the ground up, and fixed any areas that did not fit into the new game well (For instance, the removal of the tunnel from Blue to Red Base on Avalanche).

    What I'm getting at is that you are paying an extra $5 for something that took seriously a day to complete. As mentioned by Robert Bowling, Crash was used in the development of MW2 for testing; thus that map has been moved into the upgraded MW2 engine early on.

    P.S. I'm sorry for quasi-flaming you; I just get heated when false accusations are made…I understand your point, but the reasoning is wrong. Plus, as you mentioned, it helps to have developer support and a solid engine on your side.

  • http://www.showtimeforfree.com/ miDnIghtEr20C

    “What I would of done…”

    Who the hell are you?

  • Anonymous

    If Activision actually wanted to support their consumers they would have given the “stimulus pack” to players for free just for putting up with the terrible catastrophe that is MW2 online multiplayer. and it’s also really shady to call it “stimulus” as the term when applied everywhere else implies that something is being offered free or at least at a discount.

    I won’t be purchasing this pack for a long time, my friends and I still get split up in matchmaking every other game, and if someone offered me my money back for this game, I would gladly take it. Send me a game invite on once this broken game is fixed.

  • http://www.gamingtruth.com DeejayKnight

    The person whose opinion you were reading on this site! You know, because it's a free country and I'm a customer of the company whose product this article is based on. Oh, wait, I'm sorry. I almost had you confused with someone who actually has some sort of feedback!

    My mistake! 😉

    Also, if you're going to quote, at least quote properly. The words I used are “What I Would've Done”. Just sayin'.

  • plokoon7

    If Activision actually wanted to support their consumers they would have given the “stimulus pack” to players for free just for putting up with the terrible catastrophe that is MW2 online multiplayer. and it's also really shady to call it “stimulus” as the term when applied everywhere else implies that something is being offered free or at least at a discount.

    I won't be purchasing this pack for a long time, my friends and I still get split up in matchmaking every other game, and if someone offered me my money back for this game, I would gladly take it. Send me a game invite on once this broken game is fixed.

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  • cb

    Please anyone reading this who has not yet bought the stimulus pack, do not buy it. It is a waste of money. I played the new maps for a couple hours and now find myself going back to the original maps/game modes out of boredom.

  • cb

    Please anyone reading this who has not yet bought the stimulus pack, do not buy it. It is a waste of money. I played the new maps for a couple hours and now find myself going back to the original maps/game modes out of boredom.

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