Never undervalue a fan’s devotion to a video game franchise. A wanted guy put his life on the line to buy a copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, but things didn’t go as planned. Clint Butler, a British criminal, fled from Buckinghamshire’s HMP Spring Hill open jail in November 2020.
Butler was completing a 17-year term for burglary and illegally possessing a handgun, but the allure of the first-person shooter was too much for him, and he was caught after coming out of hiding to buy the game.
Butler and a friend went to Martineau Way in Birmingham, England, to purchase Call of Duty, but were stopped by two police officers who observed their odd behavior. “I’ve come to have the latest Call of Duty because I can’t hang around in lockdown,” Butler answered as they challenged their decision to go shopping considering the lockdown mandates. Butler hit one of the officers in the crotch before trying to flee after police followed up on the false name he gave them.
Butler was apprehended once more with the assistance of local security guards and a slippery floor. His initial term was increased by 13 months for eluding capture and another six months for resisting a police officer.
There are a few lessons to take away from this, the most significant of which is to strictly follow the rules. If you’re on the go, you may want to try downloading the games you want to enjoy. Butler may have been carried away by the recent out-of-season Black Ops Cold War Christmas Bundle.
Character bundles are still in season, and Black Ops Cold War only introduced one that fans have been asking for. The game’s official store also has a Samantha Maxis pack. She was formerly only available in Call of Duty: Zombies, but she is now available as an operator. Treyarch announced her appearance with a blog post that detailed her backstory and revealed more about her past.
CALL OF DUTY: Police officers are punched in the face and attacked whilst apprehending an armed fugitive who broke cover to buy a video game during COVID-19 lockdown in Birmingham, England. https://t.co/ONzNmgunhC pic.twitter.com/3zWZCvPVA9
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In late February, the second season of Black Ops Cold War was out, carrying with it new maps, operators, and the addition of the fan-favorite game mode Gun Game. The mode has essentially stayed unchanged since its inception. Players must also get 20 kills, and after each enemy is vanquished, they must swap weapons. The player who cycles through all 20 weapons first wins.
The final levels are statistically the most difficult, prompting several players to request big Gun Game updates. The mode becomes sluggish and repetitive and players are limited to using only their fists. When you consider how challenging it is to creep up on opponents due to radar pings, this section of the mode has been a source of criticism. Players are now requesting that Treyarch should pay attention to fans’ suggestions and potentially make improvements in the future.