According to Michael Condrey, the majority of the Call of Duty community is "very healthy, engaged and thoughtful."
It's not uncommon, as most gamers who indulge in multiplayer will tell you (especially women), to hear insults, sexist and racist slurs, and other general types of negativity slung around left and right during online games. Not in the Call of Duty community, attests Sledgehammer co-founder and head of development Michael Condrey attests, speaking with the BBC in a recent interview.
"The community as a whole is very healthy, engaged and thoughtful and probably like anything anywhere well outside of gaming."
Condrey attests that, while there are several instances of people behaving badly out in the wild, it doesn't necessarily encompass the entire Call of Duty community. "I certainly wouldn't characterize the community of fans I know and had the pleasure to engage with as toxic or misogynistic," he explained, going on to elaborate that "Sledgehammer and Advanced Warfare have pretty low tolerance for toxic behavior."
While Condrey's experiences indicate that he generally encounters positive companions in-game and pleasant online multiplayer sessions, it's hard to overlook the fact that in any given game of Call of Duty or other game (especially shooters) you'll most likely encounter at least one person a night who claims to have done sordid things with your mother or another who delights in tossing out the most insulting communications he or she can.