*Please note that this article is the opinion of the writer and writer only*
This is something that has been bugging me for a while now so I've decided to write it all down so you too can have your say.
I love Call of Duty: Black Ops. In fact I love the Call of Duty series and have done ever since Call of Duty 2 was released a mere six years ago. I've been loyal to the series but the thing that it has affected most is my wallet. Almost periodically every three to four months I've had to dig into my wallet, find my card details and purchase yet more Microsoft points - Points which I despise but that's for another rainy day.
So, 9th November 2011, the biggest selling video game of all time is released and I splash out £40 to be one of the first around the world to get my hands on the game. Fine, I'm happy with that because it's going to be getting a game I'll play to death which will mean money well spent. I've played the game since then massing a mammoth seven online days already. I think we can agree that the initial £40 outlay is money well spent.
By February I was ready for some new maps as the pre-loaded maps were beginning to become a little repetitive. Great, 1st February 2011, my prayers had been answered. A new map pack is released. 'First Strike' costing what seems to be the accepted new 800MS Points, 1200MS Points. That's £11.69 in Sterling. Again, this time I'm happy to accommodate such a rip-off because I wanted some new maps to play. Those maps were great and I was happy that I'd stumped up £51.69 over the 4 months.
A mere two months has passed and on 11 April 2011 Activision released their second map pack. Priced at equally rip-off 1200MS Points the 'Escalation' content injected four more maps to the matchmaking. Again I tossed and turned at night on whether I could justify digging back into my wallet to fund some more Microsoft points and again purchase the second map pack. After many sleepless night - massive exaggeration - I found myself in the scenario which I'm sure many of you will be able to relate too. All my friends had downloaded the content and if I wanted to play that would mean I too must download the second map pack, furth spending another £11.69. Total so far on Black Ops alone, £63.38.
You know where this is going don't you? On 28 June 2011 Activision released what we thought would be there final map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops. As of yet I've stood strong and refused to purchase this map pack. Costing yet another £11.69 to purchase it I'm already feeling the pressure from friends who clearly have unlimited funds in the bank, and it's people like them who constantly bow down to Activisions request of such a ridiculous price. I know myself though that I would enjoy the new maps so I'm not holding out much hope.
Then on 28 June 2011, the very same day as the third map pack was released, rumours started flying about that a FOURTH, that's correct, a fourth map pack is to be released. This is taking liberty's and I for one am ready to make a stance. If there is truth in the rumour and you then purchase all four map packs that means you would have spent £86.76 on Black Ops. That is ridiculous and Activision are basically laughing at us while sitting in their castle made out of map pack money.
Are you going to join me and make a stance? I won't be purchasing any more map packs until Modern Warfare 3, and even then, I might boycott those too. Sign up in the comments below!