Modern Warfare 3 April Blackout Boycott – What is it?

On the 20th of April 2012, Modern Warfare 3 will be the victim of an organised consumer backlash. The “MW3: Blackout movement” is encouraging players not to play Modern Warfare 3 on the above date in an attempt to get Activision and Infinity Ward to take head of their grievances and problems with the game.

The Blackout movement have given a list of reasons as to why they are not happy with their Modern Warfare 3 gameplay experience:

  • Lag Compensation,
  • Matchmaking options which include the ability to enable disable local search and base search off the party leader when playing with friends,
  • The broken Spawn System,
  • Full featured Theater mode,
  • Individual volume controls in the options menu,
  • Tac insert removed from Kill confirmed,
  • More Hardcore game modes,
  • Better Elite playlist options,
  • Objective stats on in-game scoreboard,
  • Akimbo machine pistol nerf,
  • Removal of any assault kill streaks from the support package,
  • Removal of death streaks
  • Fix Local Area Network settings for Competitive events.

The following is posted on their YouTube video to raise awareness of the event:
“This is a Global movement and we need your help. This is your chance to have your actions count and help save the Call of Duty franchise. We were sold a game based on broken promises. Its now time for them to make good on their mistakes.”

The group are requesting some pretty hefty changes to the game, they claim that Modern Warfare 3 was sold to them with “Broken Promises” so they wan’t to get as many people as possible to not play MW3 for 24 hours on the 20th of April.

Some of what they are requesting though is extremely specific which sort of lowers their reputation in some users eyes such the complete removal of death streaks from the game and the addition of tactical insertion into Kill Confirmed. These are not problems, they are features of the game so it is a bit silly to be campaigning against these trivial concerns they have.

The bigger picture is of Lag Compensation and more LAN settings which for some users are a genuine problem in the game. Lag Compensation is a feature which slows down the game for players on a super fast internet connection so that everyone on your server is playing at the same average latency and speed. The feature has some problems though where it over compensation and creating too much lag for players on a fast connection making the game really hard to play which should be the case if you have a good connection.

The Lag Compensation feature has been addressed in numerous patches yet people still seem to be having problems with it, I’ve never notice any problems with lag as the game is currently but if some users are still having problems then this needs to be addressed.

The spawn system is something we can likely all relate to. There are certain maps in Modern Warfare 3 where the spawning system is really poor with users are report to have been killed instant after spawning or seeing enemy players spawn. The system was changed in Modern Warfare 3 and seems to have had a negative effect so we look forward to a fix for this.

For many, the reception towards Modern Warfare 3 has been a rather cold one. Even though it has been the best selling Call of Duty game to date, many members of the community have complained about it dubbing it a Modern Warfare 2.5 rather than a whole new game as well as the confusion behind the whole ELITE DLC system.

Modern Warfare 3 recently lost 3 awards to Battlefield 3 at the BAFTAS a few weeks ago, could this be the beginning of the end for Call of Duty or will the rumoured Black Ops 2 bring it back into its former glory? Full post here.

The official update blog over at lists the following as currently in development:

  • Further improvements to network performance.
  • Further improvements to the Spawn system.
  • Improvement to PS3 Mic Quality.
  • MP music volume remix..
  • Countdown timer tick volume fix for PS3.
  • HD Video Uploads on PS3
  • Default :30 Round Start timer for System Link only, while looking into adjustable timer for System Link games for Competitive Play.
  • Options to allow System Link players to ‘unlock all’ for competitive play in System Link only

As you can see from the list of updates currently in development by Infinity Ward, the biggest problems that plague Modern Warfare 3 are being worked on as we speak so it is hard to say how much this Blackout is going to achieve. With just under 14,000 views on the video, even a Boycott of that size will be minute compared to the tens of millions of people playing Modern Warfare 3 around the world. We’ve just got to wait it out till the updates are released but if you want things changed in Modern Warfare 3 and are not happy with your gameplay experience then feel free to join their cause!

  • Bryson

    YYYYYYYEEEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO MORE DEATHSTREAKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and by full featue theater mode i hope they mean that you can see other poeple in 1st person and not just 3rd, also be able to see the score and I really hope they make it possible to re arrange your videos around. I dont understand why in non of the cods can u do this, its so easy to fix but they still dont do it. last thing, i really wish that u can edit ur videos after it has already been edited (so u can make motages). ans thats really smart of them to make the blackout on april 20 (4:20) everyone will be getting sooo high on that day, they won’t have time to play cod.

  • Guest

    btw thats hitlers 123rd birthday…

    • Rudolfhess

      Sweet, Where’s the party? Will there be cake? This is gonna be a gas.

  • Guest

    wow buncha wining babies! I got an idea that i think would be more beneficial towards your movement and to all MW3 players…. QUIT BITCHIN AND GET OFF MW3! i know right MINDBLOWING! 

    • Chris

      i agree, yes some of that stuff can be annoying (mostly the lag issues etc), but if you can’t tolerate that or some simple menu options, death streaks (which i personally think is great, an extra way to get an extra kill or two sometimes), then  DONT PLAY multiplayer!

  • Uraby0099

    dorks nope i will play it seems good to me

  • Barrevent

    I hope that they will finally make the clan system complete with clan challenges and well working clan oprations.

  • Eddie8472

    get rid of kill cam its rubbish

    • Godofwarman99

      probably cause your always getting killed lol

    • Guest

      stop camping and they wont find you

    • Dumbfuck

      I don’t die so I have no idea what a killcam is

  • Matahari

    4-20-2012 boycott! really? 4-20? you guys smoke too much! coincidence? not! some stoner thought of this boycott…

    “Put the lighter down and step away from the bong!”

    • Matahari is a fag

      you really think a stoner thought of this… doubtful… no stoner is this committed to anything.  Pick up a bong dork

  • Denvericp

    I’m tired of all the f@#$ing hackers and glitchers. Whoop Whoop

    • Yourmom

      And everyone is tired of juggahoes and icp’s attempt to make music. But us real society just ignores you, so maybe you should try it sometime ;)

  • guest

    just kids crying cause they made a purchase that they are unhappy with and cant get their money back for it. oh well welcome to the real world. just so you know in the real world crying wont get you the things you want.
    and so on april 20th i shall play mw3 harder than i have ever played it before.

    • Unitas192005

       all we do online is complain you do i do we all do , why not be the type of people who stand up for what they believe in… im out for that nite and im always on…..

  • Guest

    seriously guys? the spawn system is ok at best but its not nearly as broken as black ops, which was unbelievably terrible. and every game has lag so stfu. if its just so unbarable for you, you should probably not have the cheapest broadband and go with an upgrade instead. full theater? REALLY???  is this even a legitimate complaint?   quit whining and play the game

  • Cry Baby

    dumb the game if fine i see fixing the spawn and the elite things but the other stuff is stupid i like my fmg9′s the way they are and the tac on kill confirmed, its not the games fault its that the babys that play the game suck at it its one of the harder call of duty’s and if you cant handle it GTFO!

    • H_i_m_06

      yeah the spawns are there only logical complaint.

  • John

    I’ll be in this if you could add improved cheat detection to the list. Playing Ground War and such is just unbearable because of cheaters. It should also be way easier for us to report people – i.e I can easily report people in my own damn party by clicking their names, but in-game I have to open steam and search their names, as the “recently met players” or “players” function rarely, if ever, works.

    • Papa Smurff86

      I totaly agree. I’ve run into the problem when cheaters are in a room and cheating as soon as the game hits the lobby they jump out, so it makes it hard to report them on the ingame complaint menu. We need a better system for that. The cheaters know this that’s why do it, and they can yget away ith it. We need some sort of automated cheat, hack, and mod detection, the old socom games had it years and years ago why don’t they have it now for these more advanced games.

    • Pazmario05

      Does it really matter if people are cheating? Is it really affecting you in any way

      shape or form?

  • guest

    haha i might play extra for 420
    seriously  what a day to pick

  • guest

    i think they should just get rid of the tac insert completely. i mean most people use it for boosting and cheating. and the only death streak they need to get rid of is final stand, cmon if u cant get a kill and go into final stand then u shouldn’t get the kill in the first place. thats all i have to say about that.

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  • H_i_m_06

    These babies are crying over stupid problems that don’t even matter they are obviously kids who can’t play at all and are unhappy about there purchase when the real issues are with elite content and things we haven’t gotten that we were promised we would get. Damn people need to get a life.

  • Tazzman33

    you want an answer on the spawns well i have one stop making these tiny little maps because people push to much in this game and stop making these maps were you can go around the square or be in the square like hardhat or mission give us the space and escape routes that is need to play a strategic shooter game

  • Kdog1355

    Why don’t you crybaby’s just make your own game where everything goes your way? Waaaaahhh!

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  • sLeDnEcKs

    ill just be smokin that day i wont have time for playing

  • Papa Smurff86

    Lag compensation is an issue, spawn problems is an issue, cheaters, hackers, and modders who are becoming more frequent now is an issue. None of the other stuff is an issue its just stuff u want, not problems. Stick to the real problems with the game not what u want, just to make it easier for u.

  • Clark Nichols

    When you get a game, you are investing in a company.  You invested in this company, you invested in their world.  I don’t think people asking for game “fixes” are doing anything wrong.  But remember, you didn’t buy a new game from a company trying to develop a new shooter, you bought MW3, don’t pretend anybody thought there was going to be any advancement in game mechanics OR tech issues.  Still, the game would be quite a bit better if they implemented a couple of these ideas.  

  • Airworthi

    The Lag is my issue and also I would have like to see the use of LOCAL as in the Black Ops, so when there is no live link out there at least I can get a  fix! (PS the Internet connectivity here in Aus is shocking!)