Nowadays, specially in multiplayer games, it's normal that games are patched in order to fix or balance some elements of a game, while some become satisfied with the changes, others won't approve, but this is something normal and that's why developers use feedback from fans. But threatening someone's life over a small patch? That's a whole other level, and that just happened recently to Call of Duty: Blacks ops 2's design director, David Vonderhaar.
Vonderhaar is one of the most high profile developers at the Black Ops studio, and regularly uses social media to answer fan queries. However, after the game's latest patch notes were revealed, Vonderhaar has been targeget via twitter with death threats and promises of violence to his family.
The update will include a range of bug fixes and tweaks, but what caused fans to react this way, was the fact that the patch will tweak three in-game weapons. The damage done by the An-94 gun will be reduced, and the rate of fire of the DSR 50 and Ballista will also be reduced.
In responde to this backlash, Dan Amrich, Activision's community manager said "Vahn often gets told he should die in a fire or kill himself or is a horrible person. If anybody thinks for a second that this is okay, it is not. But if the loudest voices in the Call Of Duty "˜community' act like an angry mob instead, guess how the entire world views Call Of Duty? Now consider that these Internet Tough Guy rants and demands are not unique to COD, but exist everywhere, in many gaming communities. This is why the world often does not take gaming seriously; this is why gamers are assumed to be immature, whiny holes. Because the immature, whiny holes are louder. If you enjoy your games, have a little respect for the people who make them "” and stop threatening them with bodily harm every time they do their job."
Although the developer asked for calm from fans, a quick look at the latest messages directed at the @DavidVonderhaar account suggests the tirade is still ongoing.