The internet’s a funny old place, isn’t it? People can just trot along, lend the world at large an opinion and then carry on with their day. A lot of the time, that can be fantastic and we love it when there’s a nice bit of discourse in the comments, but sometimes there’s also a lot of anger and disappointment that boils over.
And so I’m struck by a little similarity between Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and the upcoming all-female Ghostbusters reboot. Both seem to have had their first reveal trailers specifically targeted by people who want to make some sort of point, and both are now amongst the most disliked videos on YouTube.
But which is “less popular”? Shooting guns in space or these four women getting to bust ghosts?
Crunching the latest figures (and bear in mind that Call of Duty’s getting more and more dislikes by the second), Ghostbusters has a huge 716,913 dislikes from 30,913,434 views, which makes 2.3%. Call of Duty: Infinite War, on the other hand, already has 308,948 dislikes from 7,844,848 views, which makes a more sizeable 3.9%.
It’s doubtful whether those wanting to target the video can keep up the pace, as the Infinite War video will likely breach the 20 million views mark, going off the last few COD reveal trailers.
However, you do have to wonder what the point of all of this is. Skipping past Ghostbusters, which has its own particular hurdles, the comments from Infinite Warfare have a mixture of people disappointed that the Modern Warfare remaster isn’t being sold separately and those disliking the new space setting for what was traditionally a series with historical and contemporary settings.
We’ve an interview with Naughty Dog’s Bruce Straley coming soon, where he makes a quite pertinent point. “Unlike other games, we’re doing something different [with Uncharted],” he said. “They usually drag on and… we could have been up to Uncharted 15, we’d have a jet pack and it’d be something crazy, because you’d have to reboot it five times over to keep it interesting.”
That’s not to condemn Call of Duty or to say that Infinite Warfare and the current directions the series has been taking is bad, it’s just a necessary evil when trying to sustain a huge, blockbuster franchise for this long. Trust me, if the series were 13 games in and still set in World War II or the modern era, the grumbling would simply shift to how boring having the same old setting is.
But really, all of this will come down to how people end up spending their money. Sure, there’s a few hundred thousand people fanatical enough to go on YouTube and click a dislike button, but then there were tens of thousands of people who clicked to join a campaign to boycott Left 4 Dead 2’s release, because they felt it should have been a free update.
You’ll never guess what those so-called boycotters were playing on November 17th, 2009…