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article imageNational Newspaper Questions Modern Warfare 2's Propriety

By Wayne Santos     Oct 7, 2009 in Entertainment
The upcoming video game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is being criticized by the Christian Science Monitor for striking a nerve with people still sensitive to the 9/11 incident.
Up until 2007, Activision's Call of Duty series had confined its first person shooter activities to the historical setting of World War II. All of that changed when Infinity Ward (one of a pair of developers assigned to the franchise to ensure a Call of Duty title releases every year) released Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The title moved the series ahead to contemporary times, telling a story of multiple soldiers in different armed forces fighting a terrorist conspiracy. The game quickly became one of the biggest and best selling first person shooters, toppling even Halo from its #1 spot amongst both critics and gamers. Now in 2009, Infinity Ward returns with Modern Warfare 2, and a new trailer for the game that shows the fight has now come to America. To Washington D.C., in fact.
The Christian Science Monitor commented on the recently revealed trailer, saying that the developers may have gone too far this time, particularly in light of the 9/11 incident which Americans may have yet to fully recover from. Andrew Heining writes "this is one of the first times such striking imagery has surfaced since 9/11, when the idea of widespread destruction on US soil was suddenly thrust into reality." Heining then goes on to say:
As Innovation blogger Amy Farnsworth wrote this summer, games based on current events are seeing something of a surge. But something tells this writer there’s something of a difference between a cartoonish Flash game where the object is to try to hit George W. Bush with a shoe, and one in which the destruction of a major US city – in near photo-realistic detail – plays a central role.
The idea of a devastated Washington D.C. isn't a new concept in either games or Hollywood. The article itself points out that the movie Independence Day showed the White House getting destroyed by alien attack. However, last year's hit role-playing game Fallout 3 portrayed a post-apocalyptic Washington D.C. where players could visit the ruins of the White House, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument in the aftermath of a communist nuclear attack. The game even allowed players to undertake missions such as stealing the actual American Constitution.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is set to release in North America on November 10th for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
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