First-person shooters set in modern times have had a run of controversy. First there was the ‘No Russian’ scene in Modern Warfare 2 and then there was Medal of Honor with the controversy over Taliban shooting U.S. soldiers in multiplayer. Now it is a scene from the debut trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC that seems too close to the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London for one British tabloid.
The trailer sets the stage for players to fight World War 3 in the game. However, it is the scene in the trailer where a London Underground train derails that is the source of the controversy. On July 7, 2005, terrorist conducted a coordinated bombing attack on three different London Underground trains and one double decker bus.
The Daily Mail says, “Supporters of those affected by the 7/7 suicide attacks in July 2005, which killed 52 people, called for Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to be banned” but does not name any specific groups or individuals who are offended by the trailer and have called for the game to be banned. The only quote from a specific detractor is from Vivienne Pattison, spokesman for campaign group Mediawatch UK.
“I have concerns as these games are hyper-real and take place in a landscape we are familiar with,” she said. “In light of the fact we have just had the 7/7 inquests, it is in incredibly poor taste.”
It should be noted though that the scene in the trailer does not match the real life 7/7 attack though. The Daily Mail says that it “depicts the derailing and explosion of a Tube carriage a chilling echo of the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London” yet the trailer shows a car chase through a London subway and the train derailing after striking one of the vehicles. There is no explosion around the train car in the trailer. Conversely, while there was damage and the horrific loss of life during the 7/7 suicide bombs there was no derailment of the train cars.
Modern Warfare 3 spans the cities of not just England but America, France and Germany as well. Activision told the Daily Mail that “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is a fictional action game aimed at mature adults and set in World War Three. The scenes in the game are entirely fictional and are not intended to recreate any historical events.”
Cities being attacked destroyed is nothing new in either video games or movies for that matter. It appears as if the Daily Mail is attempting to start a controversy versus reporting on one in this case.
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