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‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ data miners get rickrolled by Treyarch

By Tekato Longkumer Updated: Oct 19, 2020 8:00 pm
Credit: Activision

Dimapur, Oct. 19 (EMN): The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta started over the past weekend, and Treyarch, the game’s developer, has been trolling data miners with rickrolls.

For the uninitiated, rickrolling is an online prank that revolves around tricking unexpected persons to click a link that opens Rick Astley’s 1987 hit single ‘Never Gonna Give You Up.’

It is unsurprising that a game as popular as Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War would attract curious data miners to sift through the game’s data files to uncover hidden game modes, levels, characters and other secrets. But we have to applaud Treyarch’s decision to place easter eggs to rickroll data miners, it is one brilliant troll move of the highest order.

The news about Treyarch rickrolling data miners came to light when one data miner, who goes by the name of Nova on Twitter, tweeted about the hidden links that he found while looking through the .exe file of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The links eventually led users straight to the music video for Rick Astley’s 1987 hit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’.

It is literally impossible for developers to stop pesky data miners from rummaging through their game’s files. Apart from Call of Duty, other online games like Apex Legends, Rainbow Six: Seige and Fortnite have had their fair share of online leaks through these data miners.

Treyarch seems to have accepted that data miners will always try to dig out secret information from their game files and trolling them with the old rickroll is just Treyarch throwing a playful jab at them. We absolutely love what Treyarch did here and we hope they continue to keep this up. We want more easter eggs Treyarch, we are ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will be launched for the PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on 13th November.

By Tekato Longkumer Updated: Oct 19, 2020 8:00:00 pm