I'm looking for someone willing to discuss the theory of balance in a game (in context to the CoD series and upcoming title MW3). I really want to create a conversation about how a game can be balanced and how this should concern developers. Of course, if this goes well, it could expand to something where we discuss all aspects of the game and the business that encompasses it, but that's down the road. I really enjoy a lot (okay maybe some) of the discussions that have been on these boards over the years about game balance. Whether it's been about a certain weapon, perk, killstreak, or the infamous deathstreaks, some posts have really brought different ideas to the table about what is truly unbalanced. So, if you are interested in participating, I ask that you have:
This means that you are about to critically think and analyze a shooter like CoD. It also means that you must be able to respect the views of another person and have the ability to "agree to disagree". Also, the way you use the language also comes into play here. Basically what I mean this is that you must be able to string a sentence together without cussing.
+ basic communication skills
I do not set the bar very high in this area (especially when it comes to a live discussion rather than a written post), but you must be able to express your thoughts in a clear and precise manner. Under this category also comes the technical detail of being able to communicate through Skype with a quality microphone.
I ask that you have played CoD4 at the very minimum. A lot of discussion will be around the games prior to MW3 and Black Ops so knowledge about these titles is necessary.
+ an opposing view
You must fundamentally disagree with me. This isn't so that we can have shout matches about why the other guy is wrong, but only so we can have an honest discussion instead of saying "yeah, i agree" every few seconds. The whole point is to talk about things and bring new ideas to the table so that people will begin to think about game balance in a more analytical (and theoretical) manner. This means that you must believe that in order for a game to be balanced, it must give equal options to every player. That sounds kind of obvious but I can and will dispute that with a different definition of "balance". An example may be that you didn't mind deathstreaks and think that killstreaks are no problem at all when it comes to game balance.
Obviously, you must be committed to the discussion for a length of time. We can't just talk for a few minutes and then have you leave for something.
This broadcast will be played live. This means that viewers will be able to raise questions challenging either of our beliefs while we are talking. After its completion it will be uploaded to YouTube. Hopefully, this will be a lightening rod to create much more intelligent and mature discussion about the game (perhaps even on these forums). Currently, the idea is to have 3 participants in the discussion, all with varying ideas on balance. I asked for forum regulars because we generally have more to say, are more experienced with the Call of Duty games, and are more willing to have passionate discussions.
So, would you be interested in participating, either as a viewer or talker? If so, just let me know and go ahead and start in this thread. Tell me what was unbalanced about the CoD games you've played (please list them if that's the case) and which one would be your pick for the most balanced.