Have you ever been killed in a Call of Duty game only to watch the kill cam and see that the other player was sitting there, hiding in a corner, with his gun trained on the door waiting for someone to walk through? This can be frustrating because that player probably isn't better than you. He didn't deserve that kill. Worst of all, how on earth is he having fun doing that?!
It is no secret that camping is running rampant in the Call of Duty community. Whether it be Modern Warfare, World at War, or Modern Warfare 2, campers have infested all of them. Modern Warfare 2 may be the worst, however, simply because of all the tools campers were given by Infinity Ward such as the scavenger perk, heartbeat sensors, and the various killstreaks to aim for (thus enticing camping).
You might argue that campers are part of the game but they don't have to be. Camping is a problem. It ruins the game for a lot of players who otherwise would really like playing online. Camping isn't even fun for the person doing it. Sitting there watching a door for five minutes is boring. When you are more concerned about your stats in a video game rather than actually having fun, there is something wrong. Based on the track record of the series, when Black Ops releases November 9th, it is not going to be any different than the others. Considering the setting of the game is largely based in the jungles of Vietnam, campers are going to have a field day hiding in the shrubs!
In a Modern Warfare 2 commentary video published yesterday, Youtube personality El Presador came up with an excellent idea on how camping could be eliminated from Black Ops. Take out the stats and remove out the leaderboards. When stats aren't tracked, people have no reason to camp. Nobody will ever know if you have a 2.0 k/d ratio or a 0.2 k/d ratio. It won't matter! This would ultimately make the game much more fun to play for everybody because players won't be constantly worried about their stats and how "good" they look to their friends on the leaderboards. People would actually play the game to have fun, not to boost some imaginary stats.
Take Team Fortress 2 on the Xbox 360 for example. This game does not really track stats like total kills or k/d ratio (it only keeps your all-time best "records"). Is it any coincidence that there is very little camping in Team Fortress 2? Sure there are engineers that "tank" sentry guns by ducking behind them to repair in the heat of battle but this is a viable strategy for that class. That is what engineers are supposed to do. You never see anybody hiding in corners and watching doors to get cheap kills, though.
So why can't Black Ops follow this method? Sure stats are cool to look at and being able to track your medals and stuff on Bungie.net is one reason why the Halo franchise became so popular. A realistic game like Call of Duty just doesn't fit this style. The camping has gotten out of control and something needs to be done. This idea seems like it would work as a solution. As El Presador is so found of saying in his commentaries, "When you camp you aren't playing the game, the game is playing you!"
Click here to check out El Presador's Youtube channel (NSFW).