“GEEKY computer game fans are set to become an army of ogling pervs thanks to a giveaway of night-vision goggles with an edition of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2,” wrote The Daily Star back in October 2009. They are going to be very happy as they can recycle that entire article and post it again in 2019 by just removing the number ‘2’.
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Dark Edition has yet to be officially revealed but it does has a price point, $200 and now we know what that extra cash gets you: A pair of seriously funky and fully functioning night vision googles.
“Got to see the Dark Edition working Night Vision Goggles which look amazing. Like a modern version of the old Modern Warfare 2 one,” tweeted games Radar’s Leon Hurley.
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 goggles became a tabloid sensation when ‘journalists’ trawled the comment sections of games websites for the most lurid posts. “Now instead of squinting to see what appears to be a shadow in the house next door, you can put these bad boys on and become the Peeping Tom you’ve always wanted to be,” was one such comment, and there was the famous “stealth dogging” post.
They’re good enough for stealth dogging/cruising and I think that’s all anyone really cares about. – Psychotext on VG247
Ah, happy times.
It does seem that Activision deliberately court controversy to whip up headlines for the game. Recently it was revealed that one the killstreak perks in the new game would be white phosphorous bombs. These have been banned for use by the United Nations’s Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons as they can cause horrific chemical burns, but the United States has not signed up to that agreement.
“Weird that COD is selling itself on “gritty realism” when it makes a war crime a power up,” commented VG247’s Kirk McKeand. “Spec Ops: The Line had a moment with white phosphorus and it was intentionally horrifying and destroyed the minds of the perpetrators.”