Robert "fourzerotwo" Bowling
|Nickname(s)||Fourzerotwo (402), Stealth Clown|
|Rank||Former Creative Strategist|
|Affiliations||U.S Army, Infinity Ward (formerly)|
- "FUCK YOU LAST STAND!"
- — Bowling in regards to Last Stand's removal
Robert Bowling, also known by his username fourzerotwo or 402, is Infinity Ward's former Creative Strategist and Community Manager. Any official information regarding Infinity Ward's games in the Call of Duty franchise was released through him.
He resigned from his position on March 26th, 2012, and later admitted in a response on Twitter that he was unhappy with the slow evolution of the series, saying "Too much 'pew pew' not enough new new".
Robert Bowling has mentioned that before getting involved with video games, he worked in Music and Print; starting up his own company at the age of 14, creating a magazine and playing games with a friend. In 2003, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.
On 7th November 2008, before the release of Treyarch's Call of Duty: World at War, Robert Bowling made a post on his blog demanding Senior Producer at Activision Noah Heller to stop comparing Call of Duty: World at War to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare during interviews, explaining that the game "can stand on it's [sic] own merits". Bowling was also annoyed by Heller's remark that in previous Call of Duty games, bolt-action rifles never killed in one hit - something that Heller claimed Treyarch to have rectified in Call of Duty: World at War. Bowling explained that bolt-action rifles "are one hit kills in every Call of Duty we (Infinity Ward) made", referring to him as "Senior Super Douche Noah Heller", and urged interviewers to "talk to someone who actually works on the Dev Team at Treyarch and knows what the fuck they're talking about."
- Robert Bowling's username, "fourzerotwo", is based on the number 402 - his roster number when he served in the military.
- The first verse at the beginning of the song "Deep and Hard" is voiced by Robert Bowling.
- An interview with Robert Bowling on the Resurgence Map Pack had him state that he was a "stealth clown", due to him successfully hiding behind the cut-out clown on the map Carnival. This became a short lived meme among players.
- Robert Bowling does the voice of one of the basketball players on the basketball court in "S.S.D.D.".
- In the Family Guy episode "April in Quahog", he is seen playing a game of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 against Peter Griffin and his friends (under the name of fourzerotwo) when Peter buys an Xbox 360. He kills Peter with a sniper rifle after he keeps jumping up and down.
- Robert Bowling's username can be seen briefly in one of the starting screens of Call of Duty: Black Ops.
- Robert Bowling, under his Gamertag "fourzerotwo", has appeared at the end of four gameplay trailers for both Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 showcasing a new weapon:
- He appears in the end of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's "Customized Killstreaks" trailer being killed by a Semtex.
- He appears in the end of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's "Capture the Flag" trailer being killed by a Throwing Knife.
- He appears in the end of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's "Spec Ops Survival Mode" trailer being killed by an IMS as part of a sneak peak into the game's multiplayer.
- He appears in the end of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's "Tango Down" trailer being killed by a Reaper.
- Tina Palacios - Infinity Ward's current community manager
- Josh Olin - Former Treyarch equivalent
- David Vonderhaar - Unofficial Treyarch equivalent
- Guy Beahm - Former Sledgehammer Games equivalent
- ↑ Twitter / @fourzerotwo: "Today, I resign from my position as Creative Strategist of Call of Duty..."
- ↑ Twitter / @fourzerotwo: .@AngelArmas2 Too much 'pew...
- ↑ Kickstarter dot com, retrieved 20th January 2010
- ↑ Twitter / @fourzerotwo: In 2003 I joined the US Ar ...
- ↑ Infinity Ward guy attacks Activision man, calls him 'Senior Super Douche', retrieved 20th January 2010
- ↑ Infinity Ward Guy Calls Activision Guy "Super Douche", retrieved 20th January 2010
- ↑ Call of Duty fight!, retrieved 20th January 2010
- ↑ Robert '402' answers Twitter questions about Modern Warfare 2, retrieved 20th January 2010
- ↑ Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer Trailer - YouTube, retrieved 18th August 2011
- ↑ Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2 - Official CTF Trailer - YouTube, retrieved 18th August 2011
- ↑ Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Spec Ops Survival Trailer - YouTube, retrieved 18th August 2011
- ↑ Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Tango Down Multiplayer Trailer - YouTube, retrieved 13th September 2011
- Robert Bowling's blog
- Robert Bowling's Twitter userpage
- Robert Bowling's Facebook account
- Robert Bowling's LinkedIn profile