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Treyarch's Call of Duty: World at War was an abysmal abuse of releasing map packs on xbox-live. Instead of Infinity Ward's separation of playlists (if you don't have the map pack you don't play with people who do), Treyarch mashed all playlists together.

This made world at war near unplayable for people who didn't have the map packs! Treyarch's simple answer was boot the player and bring him to a screen where you can buy the map pack.

Does Black-ops handle players without the map pack like World at War? Or have they learned from their ways?

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The system tries to match you up with similarly "ranked" players with the same available map packs. If it can't do that, it will try to match you up with players with a subset of the same available map packs. All of this is automatic and seamless. I have two 360's and for a while one of them didn't have the map pack installed. I didn't notice a lack of games. My friends don't have the map pack, they join my party and we play as usual. No special hoops to jump through.

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Right now it appears there are seperate playlists for those with and those without the mappacks.

As to rather this will change once they release more mappacks or anything its hard to tell right now.

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