The Quickscope Riot Continues

26 Oct

This whole ordeal has been a giant *facepalm* but also is highly entertaining. Yesterday Treyarchs community manager Josh Olin addressed his comments about quickscoping on the Official Call of Duty Forums. Heres what he had to say…


(Humorous ironic subject line noted? :))

I’ll refer to this video with a response:


1] Explosives are not more powerful than Quickscoping. You have one, or two explosives – not magazines worth in rapid succession.

2] Anyone who Quickscopes will say automatics are easier; that’s human nature when defending a point. More importantly is the irrelevance of this point. It doesn’t detract from how frustrating and annoying it is for every other player when a quickscoper who has crosshairs taped to his TV screen can Left-Trigger, Right-Trigger before the scope is even fully visible on the screen. That’s not how Snipers operate, and is not a fair way to play.

3] All quickscoping kills are cheap. You’re firing your bullet, getting your one-shot-kill while the screen is still BLACK from pulling up your sights. You’re leveraging Aim Assist and the fact that the bullet will travel perfectly straight upon sighting in with a Sniper Rifle to get a laser-accurate, One-Shot-Kill. It’s an exploit.

4] It requires timing, that’s for sure – but it does not require aim. When considering the impact Aim Assist, and taping crosshairs on a TV monitor have on Quickscoping.

When I called Quickscoping “cheap” I wasn’t saying that because I can’t do it. I know I can’t do it, presently. If I practiced enough, however, I could be just as lethal as anybody with it. But that’s specifically what we do not want this game to become. A Quickscoper cannot hide behind a “well everyone can do it if they try hard enough” argument. Then the entire game would consist of people running around hopping with sniper rifles in their hand.

I know not all Quickscopers do it to be cheap. Some do it because they find it fun, or want the cool montage. But there are plenty of other cool things to make montages of, that do not negatively influence the ecosystem in such a resounding way. Think of it like this: for every one Quickscoper, there’s an entire team of angry players who find it annoying. “Cheap” is just another synonym often used to describe this frustration. It’s unreasonable to ask them to “suck it up” just so this tiny community of quickscopers (by comparison to the global community of players) can have their fun.

It doesn’t matter if a team of non-Quickscopers will beat a team of Quickscopers every time. I bet my team could beat a team of Quickscopers, no problem. But it wouldn’t change the fact that we’d be gritting our teeth in frustration the entire match, which is something as developers we do not want to see.



As a result quickscopers are even more butthurt while the rest of the community rejoices and praises Josh Olin’s name. I don’t think it can be put anymore clear, quickscoping is cheap. The real problem is trying to explain this news to the quickscoping community. Unfortunately it’s proving to be like telling an raging alcoholic that they are in fact an alcoholic and need to go to rehab. They just don’t want to hear it.

Angry gamers swear an oath to continue to quickscope while others stomp, kick, and scream to their mommy’s that JD_2020 took away their only means of getting kills in CoD.

So angry quickscope community, get a Band-Aid, heal your butthurts, and learn to play for real. Game on!


A new thread has appeared on the COD Forum from David “Vahn” Vonderhaar. It includes an Official Poll regarding quickscoping. So get in there and voice your opinion! Be sure to read what Vahn has to say before putting down your rage thoughts.


Posted by on October 26, 2010 in call of duty


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3 responses to “The Quickscope Riot Continues

  1. RK1Apocalypse

    October 26, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I couldnt agree more with this. Ive always considered quickscopers as borderline cheaters because they have to exploit the system to get kills. Im glad they are addressing this in Black Ops.

  2. The Dude

    October 27, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    I put it on par with fishing with dynamite. Yea, I can do it too, its just not fun. As one of the few who actually snipe in MW2 I am elated to hear of this news. I hope quickscopers never play BO.

  3. Jim Bennett

    October 30, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I’m with them both, Jill.. I cant stand it..I was able to figure out how to do it eventually, but no thanks..I’ve really taken to sniping in MW2 and it cheapens it alot.. Thanks for posting this up, Jill !



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