Activision released the trailer for its new Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 game last week and to say it got people talking would be an understatement. As you might expect, it shows war up close and personal. The visuals are nothing short of brilliant, which is one of the reasons why it’s causing such a stir.
The game is set in World War 3 with fighting taking place in London, New York, Berlin and Paris. One scene from the trailer which has caused a lot of uproar is an explosion on the London Underground. According to the Daily Mail, this has led to supporters of those affected by the 7/7 suicide attacks to call for the game to be banned. Mediawatch UK even described the trailer as "in incredibly poor taste."
But there are two sides to every argument of course - Activision said that "The scenes in the game are entirely fictional and are not intended to recreate any historical events". Also a recent Guardian article pointed out that “players will understand that the use of recognisable landmarks ramps up both the intensity and the stakes” and so there clearly is a demand for real life settings.
I reckon the people outraged by this are just looking for an argument. The material is obviously way in excess of any terror style attacks (unless they have nuclear subs now?).
This looks like a lot of noise that will make the game a talking point - a great marketing ploy! There have been films way worse than this portraying actual events, so how is this any worse or different? It’s all hype and noise and the trailer is not that filmic anyhow!
What do you think? Is the game offensive or is this all just good publicity? Let us know.