Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 News for Xbox 360

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Speaking on BBC Radio 4, reporter Marc Cieslak revealed that the controversial airport scene in the game "saddened rather than shocked" him, largely because it disproved his belief that the video games industry had "grown up a little bit".

Asked if he'd been damaged by the game, Cieslak responded: "Oh not at all. I've played an awful lot of games and watched an awful lot of movies.

"I wasn't shocked by it but I felt a little bit saddened. I thought the games industry had moved beyond shock tactics for shock tactics sake. And that's what I thought about this particular level: it was controversial for the sake of being controversial. I didn't think it necessarily needed to be included in the game."

Modern Warfare 2 is out now for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Do you agree with Cieslak? Has Modern Warfare used shock tactics in order to gain publicity? Is the game evidence that the industry still has plenty of growing up to do? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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quattain's Avatar


"we are all gona die one day"lol
Posted 22:38 on 12 November 2009


thewhoopimen wrote:

"A game is not a game"

No further comment. :)
Posted 11:59 on 12 November 2009
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David-Macphail@ thewhoopimen

What in the hell did your parents do to you as a child??? Whatever it's messed you up, big time!

Obviously you're suffering from some kind of deep traumatic issues that will not be resolved by yelling at people on a random website, i think you should go seek professional psychiatric help.
Posted 11:47 on 12 November 2009
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altaranga@ CheekyLee

Posted 06:44 on 12 November 2009
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Bloodstorm@ thewhoopimen

Are you fu'cking kidding?????

No comment.
Posted 23:06 on 11 November 2009
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I think Modern Warfare 2 is proof that the videogames industry HAS grown up and is now ready to challenge gamers with adult themes such as terrorism and war. Like it or not, theese things happen in real life and, in an attempt to make videogames more immersive, they have to happen in the game as well. If all you did in MW2 was talk nicely to people and make new friends it wouldn't be very realistic, would it?

If these liberal idiots don't like it or find it uncomfortable they can go back to playing Animal Crossing, nobody is forcing Modern Warfare 2 down their throats. Personally MW2 is not a game i'm interested in but i still respect the job Activision have done making the most realistic game based on war possible. Besides, why is a freaking BBC reporter upset by a make - believe videogame? Shouldn't he be more upset by the REAL LIFE acts of terrorism his company have to cover on a near daily basis?
Posted 20:49 on 11 November 2009
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thewhoopimen@ da_nik69

You need to grow up if you think this is responsible 'adult' material. A game is not a game. It needs to be designed responsibly or else it can be psychologically damaging because of it's interactivity and immersiveness. The fact that you even find this acceptable, proves how much our society has fallen.

If your such a big fan of realism lets see you stomach this scenario:
How about with Call of Duty 6 we have you play a Nazi in the concentration camps gassing some jews. Is that chamber filled? oh yeah, pull the switch by hitting 'b'. And watch the jews screaming and pounding at the doors in terror. Why not press 'x' repeatedly to laugh maniacally at the dying faces of innocent people? Does that sound retarded enough?

Or better yet, why not do this?
why not make a FPS game about prison butt rape then, where you can repeatedly hit 'y' to get some in the ass? Hit it one hundred times in 30 seconds and get a MS Achievment trophy! Why not add some 'realistic' fun customizations by taking your picture via MS webcam and upload it on the prison bit*hes face? Better yet, wait for Natal, then you can hump it in 'realtime!' After all, real men can handle reality.
Posted 19:10 on 11 November 2009
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The BBC should hire Frank Castle.

YouTube Video
Posted 17:17 on 11 November 2009
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CheekyLee@ guyderman

I am 100% with Guy on this one. It was unnecessary, and really does smack of being included just to get this sort of publicity. Why else do we have the option of skipping it, even before we have taken so much as a single step forwards in the game? If it is important to the story, then surely we need to witness it?

Further, what starts out as a very intriguing idea is let down badly by the last moments of the scene.
Show Spoiler When the trigger was pulled, sure, I didn't expect it. But, suddenly, I found myself questioning the decision. If my actions in the airport itself were so insignificant, why was I being asked to do them at all?

The whole thing, in my opinion, should have been a cut-scene or briefing item at most.
Posted 15:38 on 11 November 2009
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They need to grow up? Dont he need to grow up"hes the one crying over it"
Posted 15:28 on 11 November 2009


"Gamers Saddened by BBC Reporter."
Posted 14:56 on 11 November 2009
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guyderman@ Bloodstorm

I think if you shoot civilians in any other levels it's game over but not on the airport sequence.
Posted 14:47 on 11 November 2009
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Hmmm? Maybe i heard wrong, oh well.
Posted 14:46 on 11 November 2009
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guyderman@ Bloodstorm

Not when I played last night - I shot loads of civilians and it didn't end the game!
Posted 14:44 on 11 November 2009
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You do know if you open fire on the civilians it's game over, right?
Posted 13:23 on 11 November 2009

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Release Date: 10/11/2009
Developer: Infinity Ward
Publisher: Activision
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rating: BBFC 18
Site Rank: 257 3
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