You know you’re addicted to Call of Duty 2 when you close your eyes at night and see red Nazi flags and little helmets in the distance.
I’ve never been a first-person shooter fan (I did not grow up playing Counter-Strike like everybody else), and subsequently have never learned to aim. But the times that I did play were in World War II shooters. Years ago, officemates and I were addicted to Day of Defeat. Call of Duty reminds me of DoD except it’s much, much better. The sound engineering is _awesome_. The one-hit kills make the experience realistic, and with fast respawn times it’s not punishment at all. And I’ve always liked having just one gun at the start. It simplifies things. (I am notorious for being fragged in CS while standing stupidly at the base trying to figure out which gun and equipment to buy. I take shopping very seriously!)
I think it also helps that I was a big Band of Brothers fan. There was something about the ensemble-based underdog story that got me. It’s weird as I’m not a fan of any other war movie or TV show, just that one. So while playing Call of Duty I recognize some of the maps (the village of Carentan, the trenches of Brecourt) and remember how the 101st Airborne fought bravely in those battles.
But as much as World War II excites me, it still has not improved my aim. Hahaha!
(By the way, does anyone have a copy of the German soundbites in CoD2? I can’t seem to find them on the Net.)