Glowing Weak Spots

Picture the scene. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Team Deathmatch. Highrise map. The score is perfectly balanced at 9900-9900. The next kill wins the match. You jump out of the window at one end of the map, and you get tagged by a sniper, camped out across the battlefield. Your own blood obscures your vision and you drop to the ground, and your Final Stand deathstreak kicks in. What do you do?

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For a medium that (for the most part) strives continually for realism, for larger-than-life interactive storytelling, it is amusing to note that sometimes an utterly bizarre videogaming mechanic, that has no basis in real-world logic, will be added and repeated without the gaming public even batting an eyelid. In this, the first of an ongoing irregular series, infinitecontinues examines the curious case of…

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