WARNING: This official trailer contains scenes of war
It’s the biggest video game launch ever …
The web is buzzing after the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 around the world at midnight. 10,000 stores in the US alone stayed open (see the queues here and here). London’s Leicester Square hosted the sort of premiere normally reserved for blockbuster movies – but with a camouflage carpet, not a red one.
They’re all waiting to get their hands on a game where the player takes part in a military strike on a terrorist group. The most controversial scene allows the player – having infiltrated the terrorists – to attack civilians in an airport. The developer, Activision, says that scene is “not representative of the full experience” of the game. There is a clear warning ahead of the scene too.
But this Delhi blogger thinks it’s too close to recent reality in India. This UK newspaper reports a British MP’s anger about the game’s release – although another British MP has set up this Facebook group to protest against “newspapers and politicians beating up on gaming”. Comments in this piece from the United States defend the maker’s “right to move into a taboo area for video games”.
Are you playing Modern Warfare 2 today? What do you think of some of the reaction to the game? What is the appeal of entertainment in which you kill or be killed? Should it be allowed?