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5 Takeaways From The Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare Panel From A Non-Gamer

Marissa Messiano | PopWrapped Author

Marissa Messiano

11/05/2016 5:28 pm
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5 Takeaways From The Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare Panel From A Non-Gamer | Infinite Warfare
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Despite being a lover of all things Comic-Con, I am not an avid gamer in the slightest. So when I found myself at the Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare Panel at SDCC, I was intrigued by the in-depth storytelling, militaristic research, and filming process that went into the creation of such an immense game.

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5. You're Immersed, Trusted, And Skilled

In Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare,  the player is the protagonist -- something that I hadn't realized could be so fascinating. Maybe it's just because I would never trust myself to fight on a spaceship to protect anyone ... ever. But, for those who are so inclined to try it out, you can run the ship. You're not chasing after commercialized characters or following orders the entire time, but, rather, you're "subtly guided" on a quest to save the world and secure resources for Earth, all while defeating an invading commander played by Kit Harington (seriously -- it's awesome).

4. Seamless Transitions

Based on the clips that were shown at the panel, you're not just dropped into a scene with characters repeating the same phrases over and over until you figure out what to do next -- you're a player within a continuous narrative with rich characterization, story arcs, subplots, and humor. I'd imagine that, by playing the game only once, you're missing out on a lot of the storytelling and alternative endings to conflicts.

3. Your Actions Have Real Consequences

Now, you can't really trust me on this -- but you should trust the game makers who have revealed that, if you make the wrong decisions for your team, there will be very realistic consequences. This is not a simple "game over" situation, but one that's rooted in research and detail. But, like, if you want to mess up on purpose just to see how much damage you can do, that's cool, too, I guess?

2. Filming Was Like A Stage Play

For the actors in the game, they had to play out each possible scene on an empty soundstage with minimal sets and props. Their every movement being captured by computers, their interaction with one another was not filmed they way it would be for movies or television. The cast shared that it felt more like acting in a stage play, when no large cameras are visible and movements are exaggerated.

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1. Actors Have To Play Infinite Warfare Too

It makes sense, but for some reason, I had never thought about it like this. If the actors (or creators, writers, etc.) want to see their work -- they have to actually play the game themselves. There's no huge premiere where their work is shown to them in one clip. I hope they've been paying attention to what they filmed this whole time ... they're going to need some inside info to win.

Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare is set to be released this November. Whether you're a gamer or non-gamer, consider giving it a go. You might just unearth your hidden talents as a military commander in outer space (and Kit Harington -- don't forget about Kit). 


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