By now, many of you will have played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and seen the questionable sequence. It appears in the middle of the game after a shoot-out and seems to be ‘found camera footage’.
Activision quickly removed the YouTube videos as they surfaced, but it still caused considerable discussion when the story appeared, especially given the characters involved.
Our two sided poll saw Team Adam, who eloquently argued that the scene was part of the story, face off against Team Tuffcub’s view that it was superfluous.
Here’s the gist of Adam’s argument:
This scene can be shocking and you could even call the act sick, but the fact is that these things happen and in fiction (whether a movie, book or game) real life events are often mimicked to engage the reader, viewer or player and this is no different.
On the opposing side, Team Tuffcub who questioned why the scene was included:
The child’s death is not shocking because they blew a kid up, it’s shocking as it’s in the game with sole purpose of generating headline news across the world and shifting a few more copies of Modern Warfare 3.
There was no need for this to be a family, the sequence could have had the same impact (possibly more) if they had blown the truck up amidst the crowds of tourists on Oxford Street.
So who won the battle?
Well it seems that both teams can claim a victory of sorts but with 43.54% of the vote Team Tuffcub stormed to the lead as many thought that the scene was deliberate tabloid baiting.
However, Team Adam can claim a victory as, by and large, the mainstream media have completely ignored the virtual child being murdered and concentrated on the important matter of publishing photos of the 7/7 London bombings beside screen grabs of MW3 despite the BBFC stating that there is no link between the two.
Thanks to everyone that voted.
Now that the game’s out and (hopefully) lots of you have had chance to play the section referenced, has your opinion changed at all?