Everyone Was Thinking It: Cod Of Duty

By Nathan Grayson on February 2nd, 2013 at 10:00 am.

So yeah. This is an actual game now.

Call of Duty: Black Ops. CODBLOPS. BLOPS. COD. Cod. Heh, that’s a fish.

This is the exact process every human brain goes through upon trying to create an acronym for Activision’s record-obliterating mega-blockbuster, so it’s only natural that someone would eventually convert that lush, meaningful imagery back into a game. Thus, I bring you Cod of Duty. The basic premise? Evil fish terrorists are planning… something. It involves guns. And barrels. And being in barrels. Yes, this is a game in which you literally shoot fish in a barrel. The commentary, it is palpable. CODPALPS. Or something. I don’t know. Join me for some crunchy, lightly fish-flavored discussion after the break.

Cod of Duty is only about 15 minutes long, and – as its creator points out – that’s just about the perfect length for what’s essentially one long punch line. It’s not super “fun” in the traditional videogame sense, either, but it’s quite entertaining for its short duration. Basically, you shoot fish. Upon being so much as gently, gingerly grazed by a bullet, they erupt into a scalemist of blood and high-powered assault weaponry. Then you laugh, collect your pinata-esque prizes, and repeat the process.

Eventually, non-barreled, gun-toting fish join the fray, but more for absurdism’s sake than challenge. And then there’s the final battle, which is just majestic. I’m not going to spoil that for you, though. I mean, it’s only 15 minutes long. Go see for yourself. I’ll wait.

Silly, right? But so is Call of Duty, frankly, and this parody’s pretty apt – if not exactly subtle. Cod of Duty’s not masterpiece, but it’s good for a laugh. And when a series quite abjectly refuses to laugh at itself, this kind of thing’s much appreciated.


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  1. philbot says:

    The graphics look a bit scaley to me. I might throw it a line if I can find some spare time though.

  2. NailBombed says:

    CODFACE *slip slap slip slap slip slap slip slap*

  3. SuperNashwanPower says:

    Ahhh the Grayson, back on fine Graysonian form.

    Also what happened to that chap who wrote the Ural Steel Tankfest diaries? He made my saturday mornings a white-painted-tree smorgasbord of chuckles / coveting a russian hat (called a ushanka, you know)

  4. DrAmateurScience says:

    Well, it’s better than a slap in the face with a wet fish.

  5. Risingson says:

    Somehow I can’t help to remember Monty Python and “fishy,,,fishy….fishy…fish!”

  6. SuperNashwanPower says:

    This has clearly backfired, because now I actually want to play call of duty. I never want to play call of duty.

  7. RedViv says:

    I want Cod of War, in which I brutally rip apart smaller fish.

  8. TechnicalBen says:

    Been done before… http://youtu.be/Pd-MpXCMcIs

  9. MichaelPalin says:

    Yep!, definitely the medium has been democratized, anyone can create a game now.

  10. Phantoon says:

    It’s not CODBLOPS.

    It’s CODBO, clearly.

  11. kyrieee says:

    Day one perch

  12. DrScuttles says:

    I felt like a hero today. Dirty damn fish trying to take away our freedom.

    On a serious note, it does annoy me when I can’t find a way to swap the vertical axis on the mouse in games like this.

    • rje says:

      Hey, game developer here — I’ve seen some requests for inverting the y-axis, so I’ve added an option to the pause menu.

      Any time during regular play press the esc key to bring up the menu, and then there should be an option to toggle.

      Thanks everyone for playing, absolutely blown away by the positive response.

  13. jorygriffis says:

    Great stuff. I love that the player character inevitably dies a scripted death at the end of each mission.

  14. Dervish says:

    Still not an un-game.

  15. ZephaniahGrey says:

    Their tails are going the wrong way. Fish tails are vertical. Sorry, it’s bugging me.

  16. Yoshis95 says:

    when i looked at this i instantly thought “Myst!” lol

  17. jorygriffis says:

    whoa Nathan it knows your name

  18. RakeShark says:


  19. Roxton says:

    Nice touches throughout:

    Because there is no player body, as such, the shadows show you only as a floating, disembodied gun.

    Scripted deaths at the end of each mission.

    The invisible walls on the last level.

  20. Ciber says:

    I couldn’t see the wood barrels for all the trees!

  21. furikaju says:

    like Anita said I am alarmed that a person can profit $9387 in 1 month on the internet. have you read this web site http://www.Cloud65.com

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