It's not bashing for the sake of bashing...I was a huge fan of the original modern warfare. The first FPS i actually played for a long period of time after Counterstrike. If you're telling me that these last few games and their 15 dollar mappacks weren't disappointing....I don't know. And i've played many over the last 15 years.
They did change each game, but for the worse. MW2 was bad, black ops was slightly better. No dedicated servers, rampant cheating, mass noob tubes, mass killstreak spam and all nuketown servers...and mappacks for 15 dollars. Seriously! Blame Kotick, the mass exodus from Infinity Ward, the deadline pressures (I also remember the game came out w/ some major bugs
that took a long time to fix)...and ported from the consoles...the UI in the game was TERRIBLE. Trying to navigate the opening menu was just clunky/bad form.
You can say that video games come out w/ huge issues all the time, but this was a very persistent issue that took a very long time to fix (though BFBC2 has some issues too). I switched over to BFBC2 b/c it was on sale for 5 bucks and i was so dissatisfied by the quality of the games put out by activision. Not the graphics, the quality.
Also, the new subscription based service they are talking about implementing, isn't going to convince me to get another game. I'm just waiting until they do it to starcraft....
This was the problem with all the WoW updates too...that were more to milk the fanbase. You end up w/ ridiculous lvl 70 PVP's that take 45 minutes to an hour, even at the professional level (or whatever remains of it).
It's not necessarily b/c the graphics are poor...I play counter-strike still and my black ops and MW2 gather dust....