Girl Gaming - Black Ops
When Call of Duty: Black Ops was getting ready to hit the market Activision and Treyarch put together a Prestige Edition and a Hardened Edition package of extras for their dedicated players. The Prestige Edition came with a copy of Black Ops, a Black Ops RC-XD Car, a premium steelbook casing, custom Black Ops emblem medal, a woods Avatar outfit, and four exclusive co-op maps. The Hardened Edition came with a custom Black Ops emblem medal, a woods avatar outfit, and four co-op maps. Awesome deal right? â€“ For guys; yes, but for girls; well lets just say we received the short end of the stick on this one.
Unfortunately for those who have created a girl avatar on their Xbox Live accounts they were unable to redeem the woods avatar outfit. After attempting to enter the redeem code a fail attempt message popped up that read:
This code cannot be redeemed because that item will only fit a male avatar. Your avatar is female. You may want to share this code with a friend who has a male avatar.
While the stereotype that more guys play video games, specifically, Call of Duty, may run in the guys favor, that doesnt mean there arent girl gamers out there in the Xbox Live community who werent ecstatic about the release of the newest edition of the collection. I even ran into some girls while playing live that claimed to have changed their avatars sex just so they could redeem their free Black Ops gear.
While it was a disappointment that Activision and Treyarch overlooked the female gaming community, they did do their best to make amends for their error. While admitting their guilt, Activision offered what many believe to be a fair compensation. Activision and Treyarch have released codes for Xbox Live so that those with female avatars can access their new Black Ops Girls.
While it may be a minor detail that was overlooked, it is the small things in life that can make or break a gamers day.