Call of Duty streamer That Friendly Guy rises as a pacifist


In Activision’s blockbuster military title Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, guns are the name of the game. Players engage in intense gunfights with firearms chosen from a veritable virtual arsenal, with dozens of modifications such as barrels, scopes, and cosmetic elements to make each weapon unique. The best Call of Duty players are cracks who amass a lot of body counts with their excellent aim.

But amid the chorus of assault rifle fire and grenade blasts, one player has repeatedly topped the scoreboards without killing anyone. He has yet to fire a single bullet; In fact, he disabled the “Fire” feature in the game settings.

The player, who calls himself “That Friendly Guy” online, not only reached the maximum level of 55 in the multiplayer of “Modern Warfare II” in an unconventional way, but also relatively quickly. “It took exactly 23 hours and 25 minutes of play time”, That Friendly Guy, who declined to give his real name for privacy reasons, said in an email to the Washington Post. “Which is actually pretty crazy.”

UK-based That Friendly Guy accomplished this self-imposed feat by designing a loadout tailored for speed, stealth, and support. He chose light weapons like SMGs to keep his movement speed as high as possible, equipped the Spotter Scope as a tactical item to mark enemies for his team, and chose the Suppression Mine as his field upgrade to target enemies in high-traffic locations to disorient. As for the perks, he opted for the Phantom preset, which includes all the perks a non-violent ninja would need: Battle Hardened to shrug off tactical grenades, Double Time for longer sprints, and Cold-Blooded paired with Ghost to get him up to make the minimap virtually invisible .

The result was an unconventional but surprisingly quick way to level up, especially in more objective-based game modes like Hardpoint. This Friendly Guy enjoyed a constant stream of experience points while tagging and confusing opponents them with suppression mines while his teammates mowed them down.

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This also resulted in some really impressive pieces. In a round featured in That Friendly Guy’s YouTube video, he was the last surviving member of his team during a prisoner rescue match in which he faced five opponents. In this mode, the first team to score 500 points in a match wins. If you, as the attacking team, rescue one of the NPC hostages on the map, you will get 100 points, but it will also significantly reduce your movement speed. Throughout the round, That Friendly Guy used clever hiding spots and skillful juking to successfully outmaneuver his enemies and smuggle a hostage to safety, giving his team a big step towards victory.

As the challenge of reaching the level cap with his pacifist playstyle continued and That Friendly Guy received new upgrades, he transformed into a gentle tank. Using the Riot Shield, he would crouch on objective points and draw fire while his teammates flanked the enemy from various angles. He chose support-only killstreaks like UAV, Counter UAV, and Emergency Airdrop to gain experience without directly killing anyone.

To further distract enemies, he used the Inflatable Decoy field upgrade and threw decoy grenades. The only weapon he actually fired was the PILA missile launcher, which he used to destroy enemy UAVs. While destroying a UAV is certainly a violent action, That Friendly Guy can still claim no kill since UAVs are drones.

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Adopting a pacifist playstyle in a multiplayer game was great fun for That Friendly Guy, but in a game that’s all about killing people, it could also prove frustrating for teammates who use a cautious player as ballast could watch. But he said he never got a flak for it.

“Not even once because I’ve single handedly won games for my team a lot, objectively,” wrote That Friendly Guy. “I’m being serious when I say that playing this way in Call of Duty levels and progresses faster than the average Joe playing the game. I am now consistently in the top half of the scores, often in the top three.”

This friendly guy has built a streaming career that’s all about being a non-violent person in games that are explicitly combat-focused. He originally started out with pacifist playthroughs in Escape from Tarkov, a brutal survival shooter. Players in “Tarkov” are rarely friendly to each other, but one day That Friendly Guy decided to sell all of his in-game possessions and give away the proceeds to other players he met. He’s spent over 710 hours in Escape from Tarkov with zero kills, PC Gamer noted.

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This Friendly Guy said that playing as Peacenik also made him a better player. It helped him develop his gaming sense and caused him to see games in a different light.

“I said on ‘Tarkov’ to people who asked for advice on my streams [that] Everyone should try what I do or just use guns if they have to,” wrote That Friendly Guy. “And it will change your entire thought process about situations and sometimes save your life because you chose the less aggressive method.”

While That Friendly Guy is most easily recognized by his trademark boonie hat and aviator goggles, once a month he dons a black hoodie and streams as his evil twin Steve, a very “unfriendly guy” who ruthlessly kills any gamer he comes across he meets . Rather than seeing his pacifist playstyle as an ethical stance, he enjoys it because it’s a quirk that not only sets him apart from other creators, but also has a lot of comedic value.

“The whole point of these challenges and my stream is to put a smile on people’s faces,” wrote That Friendly Guy. “You never know who and what bad days or people live behind the keyboard. A small act of kindness in a video game is sometimes enough to change someone’s day!”


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