Retired Lt. Colonel Hank Keirsey spoke to a gaming website called Stevivor at E3 where he talked about his role as military advisor on Call of Duty. Colonel Keirsey joined the Infinity Ward team first in 2003, where he gave his advice on the first Call of Duty game.
Keirsey helped them understand what really happens in war situations:
“Well, I’m the one guy who’s actually been on the ground,” he said. “In the various parts of their development process, they [Infinity Ward or Treyarch] can filter their grand scheme through me. I just look and say, ‘that doesn’t look quite right,’ or ‘rock on’.”
Back in 2003, Keirsey had his work cut out for him. “In the early days, I always noticed dialogue that was sounding off, or was correcting improper radio procedures. They [Infinity Ward] would listen to cop shows and have the usual ‘copy me?’, ‘copy that.’ An ice cream truck driver would use that shit.”
“Soldiers would use ‘roger.’ ‘Over.’ ‘Out.’ ‘Wilco,’ which means ‘I will comply,’” he clarified. “These are sacred words that are used by military forces, so I – we– really wanted them to be in there correctly.”
For the first Call of Duty, the dialogue wasn’t the only issue he found when he saw that game. It was also the tactics and strategies used by soldiers. He say that the game had soldiers who just went “running in the middle of the street.”
“Oh, they [Infinity Ward] would have guys running in the middle of the street, instead of hugging the corners and crevices of houses,” he continued.
Keirsey also helps the team at Treyarch on developing their Call of Duty games. Most recently in Black Ops 2, he didn’t really understand the futuristic stuff.
“Well, I wasn’t very good at the future stuff,” he laughed. “I’d look at that stuff and ask, ‘why is that gun looking through a four foot pillar?’ and they’d say, ‘Well, we’ve taken this radiation magnet technology, and it’s advanced so far and…’, and I’d just go, ‘I don’t think so.’”
So instead, he helped with the levels that took place in the Cold War era.
“I advised more on the Afganistan level, the Nicaraguan level, the Panama level. The future stuff? Well, I was a bit in awe with those levels, I’d say.”
Keirsey is also working with Infinity Ward on Call of Duty: Ghosts. He also stated that the dog is based off of the real Navy Seal dogs and do the same actions in real battles.
“The dog is modeled on an actual SEAL team dog that they brought into studio, and you can see the actual scars he’s got on his muzzle from running through barbed wire,” he said.
He went on to talk about how detailed the developers are in every situation of the game; even just a small water drip matters to the developers.
“Here’s the deal. The developers have an enormous amount of passion to get the authenticity of the weapons, the authenticity of the scenarios, the authenticity of brick and mortar structures spot on. They’ll spend hours and hours just working on it. I remember looking at an animator working on a building, and I asked what he was doing. He said, ‘look here, where the water drips? It’s producing mold on the bottom six layers of this building’s brick, and I’m making it.’ And I just asked, ‘who’s going to notice that?’
Activision files cease and desist letter against another cheat manufacturer
Activision Blizzard continues to take down cheat manufacturer sites to stop the spread of different cheats for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone.
In August, the company filed a lawsuit against CXCheats for illegally creating cheats to be used in an IP owned by Activision Blizzard. CXCheats since deleted all cheats for Modern Warfare and Warzone in compliance with the lawsuit.
Now, in September, another large cheat manufacturer, GatorCheats, has said that Activision Blizzard has filed a cease and desist letter to stop them from making cheats for Call of Duty games.
The owner of GatorCheats said in their Discord that the first letter was filed by in May 2020, but they did not fully comply with that – opting to allow cheats to continue to be available.
In May 2020, Activision Blizzard’s attorneys contacted me via a Cease and Desist letter. Considering this event, I decided to act on my already pending decision to close all sales to new customers for my product relating to Modern Warfare and Warzone.
Activision has since escalated the requests. In Sept. 2020, the owner of GatorCheats claims that Activision Blizzard served another cease and desist letter. But, this time, a PI showed up at his residence with the letter and informed him of what Activision knows about their site and the owners behind it.
In September 2020, Activision Blizzard’s attorneys had another Cease and Desist letter hand delivered to me by who I assume was a PI, considering he knew my family members by name and made a point to showcase that he did. Also in September 2020, I received very clear communication in a follow up from Activision Blizzard’s attorneys communicating that they would litigate (file a law suit against me) if I didn’t comply with continuation of stopped sales as well as a complete stoppage of interaction with and updating of any products related to their client’s products.
The full letter from the owner states that he will “never make or create” a cheat for an Activision Blizzard product again after receiving the letters and a visit from them at his house.
Activision has not commented on their anti-cheat initiatives since June, where the company said they continue to ban players on a regular basis.
Activision files lawsuit against cheat manufacturer
Activision filed a lawsuit to sue a company responsible for creating hacks and exploits for Modern Warfare and Warzone.
Activision has sued CXCheats for illegally creating cheats to use in Call of Duty, the company announced.
CXCheats claims on their website that they are “dedicated to quality.”
This is a pathetic marketing line to convince users to buy cheats to use in Call of Duty.
As a result of our lawsuit with Activision, we have agreed to cease development and support for all Call of Duty related products or services sold through the site. These products will not be returning to CXCheats in any form. You also should be aware that using third-party tools in Call of Duty may result in the suspension or banning of your account by Activision Publishing, Inc. or the game’s developers. We apologize for any pain we’ve caused to players of Call of Duty.
Call of Duty: Warzone has been experiencing an intense amount of hackers since the game’s launch on March 13 on the PC platform.
With cross play, the hacks impacted the console players as well. PS4 players have opted to disable cross play to avoid them. Xbox players currently cannot disable cross play for unknown reasons.
CXCheats said on Discord that any user found using their software in Warzone will be banned, permanently.
Any user who utilizes unauthorized third-party software to gain an unfair advantage, manipulate stats, and/or manipulate game data is subject to penalty. Unauthorized third-party software includes, but is not limited to, aimbots, wallhacks, trainers, stats hacks, texture hacks, leaderboard hacks, injectors, or any other software used to deliberately modify game data on disk or in memory.
As of now, Activision has not commented on the lawsuit.
Former MLB executive joins Activision Blizzard to lead Sports & Entertainment
Activision Blizzard announced this week that former MLB executive will be joining the company starting August 17 in a newly formed position of President of Sports & Entertainment.
Petitti was the Deputy Commissioner and COO of MLB for years.
“Tony is one of the most highly regarded executives in sports and entertainment,” said Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard. “His success in media and as Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball is the perfect blend of skills to help us realize our aspirations for esports and our related businesses. He is admired by owners, media executives, players and fans.”
“Bobby Kotick has been translating his vision into opportunity at Activision Blizzard for 30 years. I couldn’t be more excited to use my own 30 years of sports and entertainment experience to help Activision Blizzard realize its ambitions,” said Petitti. “It’s clear to me the company has an incredible opportunity to connect players and fans in new and innovative ways, and I’m excited to be joining the company at such an important moment in its history. The last 12 years in baseball have been extraordinary for me and I am especially grateful for the leadership and mentorship that Commissioner Manfred provided to me and the League.”
Tony Petitti will join on to be in charge of the company’s esports businesses, which include Overwatch League and Call of Duty League, consumer products division, and films & television division.
Petitti will report directly to Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick.
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