“To face my fears, I was asked recently to take a trip to Activision headquarters in Santa Monica to get a hands-on demonstration of Activision’s social network-meets-statistical analysis software Call of Duty Elite — along with my own personalized lesson in virtual warfare from international Call of Duty eSports broadcast announcer and former pro player Mike Rufail.

As I discovered, spending time tracking your progress, watching tutorial videos and studying other players’ techniques actually is a means to an end — namely, a more accommodating difficulty curve (and hence a significantly more enjoyable experience) playing the world’s most popular online shooter.”

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