Fire up Black Ops III for the first time and you’ll be presented with this message. It sticks out amongst the corporate logos and splash screens, but it’s also a nice little touch.

Like, everyone knows that games are made by large teams of human beings, but do we really? A lot of fans treat games like products to be picked apart, temporary and often flawed diversions. But for the people who made them, they’re everything, literally the only thing they’ve worked on for the past several years.

Being reminded of this at the very start of a game—especially one like Call of Duty, which can get heated and hostile in multiplayer (and in forums)—is a smart idea from Treyarch. It feels like I’m seeing these sorts of notes from game developers more often, be it at the start or the conclusion of a game. It takes a bit of the edge off, gets you easing into the game in a more positive state of mind. It’s not going to stop you from assessing any problems the game may have down the line, but it’s nice to start a game thinking “awww” instead of “ok what am I in for”.

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And if it helps a fan or two realise that a lot of hard work has gone into stuff they might not otherwise recognise, then all the better.