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Sometimes in multiplayer in Black Ops, I see a lightbulb appear over another player's head. What does that indicate?

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2 comics, that means they had an idea. Given the context, I'd guess the idea is absorbing as many bullets as they possibly can. – badp Feb 13 '11 at 22:22
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It's when the player has paused their game. Obviously, you can't actually pause a multiplayer game, but it's when they are on menus and can't move/shoot.

As far as I can tell this is limited to the use of the start menu (change class, leave game) and associated system menus - for example, the Xbox Dashboard.

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In other words ... "free kill". – Anon. Feb 13 '11 at 22:51
@Anon I'm not sure, I think it's limited to your own teammates, but I didn't include it in the answer because I'm not entirely sure – user821 Feb 13 '11 at 22:54
I've never seen this anywhere but on teammates. And does this include changing settings in the start menu? (I semi-commonly will change sensitivity depending on how I'm feeling) – Earlz Feb 14 '11 at 6:19
@Earlz Yes, anything in the start menu. – user821 Feb 14 '11 at 17:12

It means that they are typing or talking.

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I thought that, too, but I don't always hear any voice from them when the light bulb is up. – mipadi Feb 16 '11 at 20:55
it comes up when they're typing, because they cannot play the game while they're typing, but they can whiel talking. – xbonez Mar 4 '11 at 19:44

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