Modern Warfare 2 video game simulation…
A video game called Modern Warfare 2 will be released next week that includes a scenario putting the player in the role of a terrorist carrying out an attack on unarmed civilians at an airport. The player joins a team of four terrorists who use automatic weapons and explosives to massacre civilians as they move through the terminal. Unusually, it’s receiving as much criticism and rejection from with the gaming community as from without. One reviewer speculated that it was partially based on the Mumbai terror attacks last year.
i just saw the video. there’s “a line”, and i think that line has been crossed with this inclusion. morally, there is an enormous difference between trained combatant vs. combatant and combatant vs. innocent civilians. so this is not just like D-Day or Pearl Harbor scenes. i realize this is reality, and yes, it happens in the world every day, but it’s cruel, gutless and sickening, and i think putting players behind the gun in this situation is going too far.
Activism games has been very aggressive about forcing websites to remove the leaked clip of the attack, though I did find a link that I’ll put below the fold, along with still shots of some of the carnage represented in the game (warning, very explicit).