Memes are an international treasure gifted upon the world, and one area of the web which is rife with them is the gaming community. One particular gaming franchise that has almost no end to the hilarity of memes thrown at it is the Call of Duty series. Call of Duty has been the successful franchise it is since 2003.
Since then, several games falling under the FPS shooter’s banner have been released, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty Ghosts, Call of Duty Black Ops 1 & 2, and, within a week’s time, fans are set to recieve Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War. The news of the new entry to the popular FPS series was met with mixed reviews from critics and gamers alike, and the memes have been nothing short of hysterical.
10 Look At Me, I Am Black Ops Now
The Captain Phillips, “I’m the captain now” meme has been a firm favorite among Redditors since the film’s release way back in 2013. The hilariously versatile meme template has been reworked countless times, with iterations featuring Captain America, Star Trek, and, most recently, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. It’s cheeky and speaks to many a fan’s irritation at the possibility that COD basically recycles the same game with each new offshoot of the original.
9 Ronald Raygun
One of the trailers for Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War features a historical figure who is a character in the game. Yep, it’s Ronald Reagan. It’s a bold move by Activision to feature a US president whose tenure has controversial effects on modern-day politics, including the 2020 election.
What makes it even weirder is the fact that you play as a character taking orders from Reagan. “Ronald Raygun” is just one of the many Reagan memes delighting many a gamer across Reddit forums, Instagram, and Pinterest.
8 Shut Up And Take My Money Fry
The “Shut Up And Take My Money Fry” meme template is another classic meme straight from the old days of memes. In this case, the Futurama character’s meme template is a jab at gamers, especially COD fans who tend to pre-order their favorite titles before any reviews have dropped.
Can you blame them? When hype is real, it gets the best of even the most sensible gamers. Remember what happened with No Man’s Sky?
7 Hey I’ve Seen This One
We can’t imagine the burden of producing big-budget Call of Duty titles on an annual basis, and, while it’s easy to mock the franchise’s greedy publisher, fans should show at least some respect to the work-a-day folks slaving to make it all happen. Sure, Black Ops Cold War looks set to retread a lot of the same ground as other Call of Duty titles, but, given that it’s the seventeenth mainline title, the recycling of ideas seems inevitable.
6 When Cyberpunk 2077 Got Delayed The Third Time
Okay, we get it, this one might be a cheat, but it features Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, and, for fans eagerly anticipating the release of the next-gen game consoles, it’s pretty relevant. With developers such as Activision and Ubisoft clamoring to get their new titles out before Christmas, CD Projekt Red catalyzed a collective sigh of sadness when they announced that the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 was delayed, again. It was a sad day for all, but, if one can’t laugh during times of strife, how does one ever look on the bright side?
5 COD Players
If there was ever a meme that summed up COD players it’s this one; with an annual release schedule, fans are always quick to jump on the bandwagon of the next title, even though the last one is only a year old.
Modern Warfare did quite a bit to rejuvenate the tired Call of Duty franchise, but it’s still likely to be ditched all the same by an anxious fanbase, even if shared progression between the games will allow it to maintain just a bit of relevancy.
4 Ronald Reagan (Again) This Time On A Raptor
If the title doesn’t do it for you, you’re more than likely not a fan of memes in general. Ronald Reagan on a velociraptor bearing the American flag as he fires an SMG is quite possibly the most ridiculous Cold War meme yet. It screams “Murica” and “Freedom” simultaneously, themes for which the Call of Duty franchise is more or less known.
3 Activision Ronald Reagan Vs Ubisoft’s Karl Marx
If you think Activision and the COD team were the first to include a controversial political character, you’d be very wrong. Ubisoft, the studio behind FarCry and Assassin’s Creed, had the insane and utterly ridiculous idea to feature Karl Marx in Assassins Creed: Syndicate. You can not make this stuff up.
2 Cold War Exam
High school students no longer have to study the Cold War. Activision has made gaming educational for those addicted gamers who can’t pull themselves away from the console or PC.
Also, this one features another classic meme template that should get all the OG meme members cracking. It’s actually referencing the first Black Ops title from 2010, but, as they say, what’s old is new again.
1 Physical Copy Of Call Of Duty Black Ops: Cold War
These days, FPS games, especially those from the Call of Duty catalog, tend to take up notable amounts of space on hard drives—Warzone and your updates, here’s looking at you. Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War is the latest in the “hard drive killer” arena, making us all collectively groan as we parse through our internal storage, weighing which games we can and cannot afford to delete.
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