Call of Duty XP 2011: T-Wolves’ All-Star Kevin Love on FPS Success

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What’s your favorite weapon in the game?

Personally, I like the Galil. I hate the guys who just stand there and are the snipers all the time. I personally like the Galil. I don’t know if that’s the best gun in the game but it’s something I’ve always ran with and I took a liking to when I first started.

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It seems that particular of weapon is better for a mid-range, run-and-gun style.

Yes, and that’s definitely the type I am without being too crazy and racking up deaths all the time.

Do you find it’s easier to memorize a level? Because that’s the thing that always gets me, I always forget where stuff is.

Right. I always forget where stuff is. I definitely like to memorize the level, memorize the map, but a lot of times, that’s very, very tough for me. I’ll find myself not even looking at the map at certain points. Just going about my business and that will get me in some trouble.

So you’re saying it’s not any easier despite the fact that you have all this experience, like with memorizing plays. If your coach outlines a play for you, is it a different set of tools all together?

Yeah, definitely it is. It’s easy when you can just put yourself in a particular spot on the hardwood, but when putting yourself out there in different levels where it’s just mayhem at all times, it’s very tough.

Just memorizing the different levels is challenging, and anticipating where people are going to be. A lot of the time guys have figured out different pockets in different levels to where they like to scope and hide out as snipers go. It’s tough. You have to go about your business in a different way than in sports. I’ve gained a lot of respect for the game because it’s very, very humbling playing it.

But, if they were to take you on on the court that would be something else entirely?

I can definitely say yes to that. [laughs]

Why did you agree to participate in the tournament this weekend at Call of Duty XP?

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I agreed to do it because I thought it would be a great way to interact not only with the fans but the service members. We’ll actually be able to play some of the members of the Armed Forces abroad. It’s a good way of getting the troops together and showing support for the men and women that are serving our country. Plus, I get to go against Chris Bosh. [laughs].

So, all the athletes like me, they’ll give you a lot of trash talk and it’s going to be a lot of fun. Afterwards Kanye West is going to close off the show. It’s for a great cause. All ticket sales go the Call of Duty Endowment. It’s a non-profit that assists veterans transitioning into civilian life. In that regard it’s pretty cool to try to provide a career for them afterwards and help them go along. This weekend is kind of getting the best of both worlds: You get a lot of entertainment and it’s for a good cause. It’s the first time people get to be hands-on with Call of Duty Elite and Modern Warfare 3.

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