Nadeshot responds to criticism of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Despite the enormous popularity of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, users have been eager to voice their criticism of the game, which seems to irritate Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, the creator of 100 Thieves and a longtime professional Call of Duty player. Haag’s esports career seems to have paralleled the increase in popularity of Call of Duty, since he began his professional career in 2008, coinciding with the release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. While his days as a professional player are over, he isn’t afraid to voice his views and was eager to discuss the criticism levelled at Call of Duty’s latest game.
The sequel to 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reboot, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, picks up three years after the events of the game’s campaign. Captain Price and Task Force 141 team up with Mexican Special Forces and an American PMC to investigate and foil a suspected terrorist plan against the West with the help of a powerful Mexican drug gang in the sequel’s campaign. On the multiplayer front, players have many options, including the 6v6 Core Map types, the more significant 32v32 Battle Map variants, and the release of Warzone 2.
As previously stated, user criticism of Modern Warfare 2 has been persistent since the game’s debut in late October 2022, ranging from UI issues to killstreaks and unlocks. The near-constant criticism seemed to irritate Haag, who addressed his concerns about it while broadcasting Warzone 2 on Twitch. He mentioned “irrationally stupid” comments on a tape from The CouRage and Nadeshot Show discussing Modern Warfare 2 and how he was angry, despite believing he put together a “compelling case” in support of the game.
According to Haag, the seeming hatred for Modern Warfare 2 and every subsequent Call of Duty release is mainly a waste of time considering how little the series’ fundamental underpinnings have altered over the years. He seems to go a step further, hinting that being outraged over difficulties at launch is a waste of time since most players are aware that there would be glitches and extra material released quickly after release. Haag’s viewpoint is also not unjustified, considering how maintenance and day-one updates have been the standard in the video game business in recent years.
Some players may not be shocked by Haag’s opinions on the Modern Warfare 2 player base and the possible backlash he could encounter given how vocal he has been throughout his career. He was in hot water earlier in August 2022 when content producers The Mob accused 100 Thieves of “predatory behaviour” over a year after being dismissed by 100 Thieves, an allegation Haag seemed to take personally when addressing it on broadcasts. It’s doubtful that his latest remarks would find him in the same heated trouble, but it wouldn’t be unexpected if some in the Call of Duty community took aim at Haag online.