Date: December 09, 2023
By Hanna Rose
Several Call of Duty devs have called out Christopher Judge’s joke about Modern Warfare 3’s short campaign at The Game Awards.
Christopher Judge’s jest regarding his 2022 Game Awards speech being lengthier than the Modern Warfare 3 campaign has stirred some discontent among Call of Duty developers.
During last night’s Game Awards, presenters, predominantly celebrities who seemed somewhat reluctant, consumed considerable stage time, leaving award winners with a mere 60 seconds to revel in their achievements at an event meant to spotlight them. Despite the overall atmosphere, Christopher Judge, known for his role as Kratos in the Norse God of War games, seemed more at ease and injected some humor into the occasion.
One of Judge’s amusing interactions with the audience involved poking fun at his own protracted speech during The Game Awards 2022. This led to a playful jab at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. After quipping about adhering to a script and avoiding lengthy speeches, Judge remarked, “My speech was actually longer than this year’s Call of Duty campaign,” followed by laughter, and a comment that Activision is now “another company he won’t work for.”
While the audience found the joke entertaining, it appears to have struck a sour note with some Call of Duty developers. As highlighted by Twitter user charlieINTEL, several developers, both current and past contributors to the series, expressed their displeasure with the joke on social media.
One developer, formerly associated with Infinity Ward for Modern Warfare, commented, “‘funny’ but yeah, the metrics that CoD absolutely dominates all of the God of War games (probably combined tbh) in is also equally laughable (if not more).” Another current developer remarked, “Imagine having $hort user engagement once your game is consumed… can’t relate.”
However, developers weren’t the sole group unimpressed by Judge’s joke. Barry Sloane, the actor portraying Captain Price in the rebooted Modern Warfare trilogy, tweeted, “That Christopher Judge writes all his own material I hear. Talented,” accompanied by a clown emoji. As of the time of writing, Judge has not responded to any complaints but has acknowledged jokes made about him and his extended speech from the previous year.
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