I Learned Something Today: Call of Duty: Black Ops

Being the most popular kid on the block doesn’t always mean you’re the best but it also doesn’t mean that you’re a terrible person either. There are plenty of good people that get caught up in their elevated status and its their actions and the company they keep that make or break their future reputation. I’m not player hating, just learned a couple lessons from Call of Duty: Black Ops.

The Lessons of Call of Duty: Black Ops

  1. The noise from your douchebag friends will always drown you out
  2. Don’t use up your 15 minutes all at once
  3. Remember where you came from
  4. Criticism can be helpful

The noise from your douchebag friends will always drown you out

With popularity comes the necessity for surrounding one’s self with trusted comrades. These individuals should share something in common with you while also being prepared to come to your aid when time gets tough. Despite how loyal these people may be, their actions ultimately reflect on you and if they tend to act like jerk offs then people may assume you favor such traits. If you hope to maintain your popularity, make it a point to disapprove of their poor behavior. They may never stop but at least they’ll know where you stand. Thank you, Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Dead weight will always drag you down

Don’t use up your 15 minutes all at once

When I was younger, I really loved cheeseburgers. I wished I could eat them everyday and when I got to college I was actually able to. After about two weeks, I was far less enthusiastic about this endless cheeseburger concept and a week after that I began to hate them. Like cheeseburgers, your popularity may be something that people hunger for now, but don’t milk it for too long or you may find that people react adversely to you. Not only can moderation save your status, but it can even make people anticipate your appearances even more. Thank you, Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Remember where you came from

Except for the Olson Twins, very few people are born drowning in the admiration of anyone other than their parents. Certain choices determine your status through life, but after a while it’s easy to forgot that there was a time you weren’t quite so awesome. Remember those times and let them fuel your modesty and cushion your potential fall from glory. Thank you, Call of Duty: Black Ops.

You may not like it, but constructive criticism will make you better.

Criticism can be helpful

People tend to assume that popularity is the result of pulled strings or unethical actions. This is not always true and you should ignore the rants of people ignorant of your true ascent to your current status. Just because people think you kill puppies doesn’t mean you actually do and criticism from these individuals should have no bearing on your day to day actions. However, the voices of the ignorant tends to overwhelm the few that may actually have a point, so dig through the crap and identify these points, they’ll always make you stronger. Thanks, Call of Duty: Black Ops


Being popular isn’t a bad thing, but keeping it good does take some work. The actions, opinions, and crass insults of others will always be the things that either keep you at Hasselhoff status or degrade you down to Snooki level. Thanks, video games.

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