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UK's Daily Mail: 'fury' over Modern Warfare 3
- — 26 May, 2011 05:07
The Daily Mail is the UK's answer to Fox News in many ways, as it's generally quick to jump on topics seen as controversial, misunderstand them to varying degrees and then pass judgement on them hastily. Its latest attack on the video games industry is its reports of "fury" over the recent Modern Warfare 3 trailer.
The paper's objections stem largely from the depiction of a terrorist attack on London, which it claims is insensitive to those affected by the real-life attacks in London on July 7 2005, in which 52 people died. According to the paper, supporters of those affected by the attacks are calling for the game to be banned.
Vivienne Pattison, spokesperson for campaign group Mediawatch UK, said: "I have concerns as these games are hyper-real and take place in a landscape we are familiar with. In light of the fact we have just had the 7/7 inquests, it is in incredibly poor taste."
Activision responded that the game is a work of fiction and was not intended to recreate any historical events. The company didn't explicitly point out that World War 3 hasn't actually happened yet, but it was probably implied.
It's difficult to tell from the Mail article what it objects more to: the violence in the game, or the fact it's set in a real place. It's unlikely that the apparent attempt to ban the game will get anywhere, though, and Activision is likely enjoying the publicity that the Mail has sent its way.
This article originally appeared on GamePro.com as Daily Mail: 'Fury' over Modern Warfare 3