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Modern Warfare 2 haters are still playing, says Infinity Ward

Community boss Bowling says hardcore backlash is to be expected

Infinity Ward community boss Robert Bowling has claimed that a backlash from hardcore gamers over Modern Warfare 2 hasn't hurt the title's popularity - because its detractors are still playing online.

When CVG asked why the game has faced a slight backlash from 'serious' gamers - as you can see in the comments threat of our best top 50 PS3 games - he said:

"I think when any property is number one at anything [it will face backlash]. Whether it's the number one move at the Box Office or the number one most played game online, like Modern Warfare 2, you're going to be up against that instinct.

"You know once it hits a certain level of popularity in the mainstream that's when people start to stand back. But that doesn't mean they stop playing. I mean the numbers show that these guys are still logging on every night."

Bowling was speaking ahead of the release of the Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus map-pack. The multiplayer map pack will launch worldwide on Xbox Live on Tuesday, March 30 for 1200 Microsoft Points (£10.20).