The Game Awards were held on Thursday night with critically acclaimed titles “Baldur’s Gate 3” and “Alan Wake 2” taking the most honors.

However it was a joke made by “God of War” voice actor Christopher Judge whilst presenting an award that has drawn the lion’s share of attention in the time since.

Judge famously gave a rambling eight-minute acceptance speech last year when he won the award for his performance in “God of War Ragnarok”.

Presenting this year, he dropped the zinger – “fun fact… my speech was actually longer than this year’s ‘Call of Duty’ campaign” which resulted in laughs and shock amongst the audience.

The most recent entry in the series, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III,” has been widely praised for its visuals but criticised for its short campaign which can be completed in under four hours. On, the title has an average completion time of just five hours.

In the wake of the comment, some of the fanbase along qith ex and current developers of the ‘Duty’ franchise have taken to social media to express their frustration over it. IGN posted copies of some of the comments.

Tweets from one ex-Infinity Ward developer pointed out far stronger sales numbers and long-term engagement metrics of COD and suggest that makes it superior. That tweet since been deleted.

Another from a developer on the games presently seemingly takes a shot withthe tweet saying: “Imagine having short user engagement once your game is consumed”. Both tweets seem to dismiss single-player games which, by their nature, don’t have the long-term engagement levels of games-as-a-service titles.

The tweets understandably faced backlash themselves. Many responses pointing out how the ‘Duty’ franchise, which used to rate highly with critics, fell to low Metacritic scores of just 56/100 with critics and a 1.9/10 with audiences for this year’s MW3. Compare that to “God of War: Ragnarok” last year which pulled in 94/100 and 8.1/10 with critics and users respectively.

“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III” suffered from a much shorter development time for this year’s entry, but that didn’t stop it being its usual sales success – topping charts in its first week of release.

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