Not everyone is cut out to be a tournament-tier player for games like Call of Duty. The twitch-reflexes required to be a master is not an easy thing to learn, and pro-golfer Tiger Woods learned that first hand when he tried dedicating time to playing the game.
In an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Woods explained that he tried his hand at getting really good at Call of Duty in an attempt to go pro, but he met some unlikely resistance in the form of kids, saying...
I would spend eight hours a day; I'd get a 30-minute lunch break. I'd be in my reclining chair, playing; I thought I was good, I got through the campaign, no big deal. Then I went online. When seven-year-olds are beating you from around the world...humbling.
The question came after Stephen Colbert asked Tiger Woods about his time off from professional golf. Woods had two back surgeries and was kind of stuck in his home for a while. During that time, however, Woods admitted that he couldn't stop competing even if it wasn't in golf.
Woods explains that he applied all of his intensity, all of his craft, all of his skills to Activision's Call of Duty. He was intent on becoming a master. Besides, it's still a game, right? Wrong.
According to Tiger Woods, it was a humbling experience because the time, dedication, and effort put into Call of Duty was not reciprocated when he went online. Most people will tell you that, though. The campaign mode is just a teaser, a small appetizer for the game's main course: online play.
One thing most people say about Call of Duty is that the campaign mode makes you feel like an out-and-out badass, but once you get online all of that changes due to the nature of competitive play against other people.
Matchmaking is designed to help hone your skills against others more akin to your level, but it's not always an accurate thing. The other problem is that there's still a team-based element to it. The developers try to ease you into the team-play through the campaign mode -- each of the Call of Duty campaigns feature squad mates that will accompany you from nearly start to finish. They will instruct you on how to breach doors, how to set charges, how to flank, suppress and when to charge. You can basically think of the entire campaign mode as one big, Hollywood set-piece that works as a tutorial for the multiplayer.
But even then, the campaign mode still can't prep you for the horrors of online play. You can check out the entire segment of Woods on Colbert below.
The latest Call of Duty is Infinite Warfare, and the game is due for release in a few short weeks starting on November 4th for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.