Like it or not, Activision’s “Call of Duty” video game series causes people to skip work and classes when a new game comes out every November. And raking in half a billion dollars in sales in its first week alone, the latest game, “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2,” was no exception two weeks ago.
Surprisingly, as someone who grew up on video games and still loves them, I’ve managed to stay away from the “Call of Duty” craze for the past five years. I purchased “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” several years after it came out, tried it and realized I wasn’t a fan of first-person shooters (a type of game in which the player experiences the action through the eyes of the game’s protagonist). I preferred my games in the third person.
This changed in September when Playstation, my game console of choice, offered “Borderlands” as a free game for Playstation Plus members. “Borderlands” is a first-person shooter with a role-playing game element tied to it, and being free, I downloaded it not expecting to like it. After playing it for about an hour I realized I was coming to terms with gaming in the first person, and in fact started to like it.