Daily Mail Voices Concern Over "Ultra-Violent" Modern Warfare 3

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Daily Mail Voices Concern Over "Ultra-Violent" Modern Warfare 3

Media pressure groups are calling out the reveal trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for being in "incredibly poor taste."

British newspaper, the Daily Mail, is upset Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to task for its "ultra-violent" content, which the paper feels gets a little too close to the 7/7 bombings that occurred in London in 2005. The paper says that some are actually calling for the game to be banned.

The 7/7 bombings were a series of suicide attacks in the English capital, targeting the city's transport links, with the majority of the attacks happening on the London Underground service. The attacks killed 56 people, including four bombers, and injured around 700 more. The Daily Mail pointed to sections from the recently released Modern Warfare 3 trailer, which showed an Underground train derailed by a pickup truck, and a series of masked soldiers firing on an unmarked vehicle, calling them a "chilling echo" of the 2005 attacks.

Vivienne Pattison, a spokesperson for pressure 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." However, in a statement Activision said that Modern Warfare 3 was a work of fiction aimed at adults, and it did not recreate any real events.

While it's very easy to dismiss the Mail's comments as reactionary, especially considering its less than friendly stance on videogames in the past, it's not hard to see how people affected by the bombings might feel uneasy about the Modern Warfare 3 trailer. Of course, it's very unlikely that Activision will change the game over these complaints - it left the controversial "No Russian" level in Modern Warfare 2 after all - and it seems unlikely that the complaints will do a great deal to dent the game's sales.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 comes out on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on November 8th.

Source: via GamePro

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Isn't the Daily Mail that newspaper that no one trusts?

EDIT: More on-topic, I find it hard to take this seriously. The COD MW games were only realistic during the first one - it seems to be growing steadily more ridiculous ever since.

The entire world turned into a battlefield? Sure, why not. But don't draw parallels with real-life terrorism, because it misses the point that the game is a work of fiction and growing steadily more fictional as time goes by.

Stop. Picking. British. Newspapers. Seriously, the Escapist is always commenting on the stuff the British press says. Our press is ultimately stupid, you're making us all look bad!

That being said, I did intially think much of the same thing when I watched the trailer. It just seemed a little strange that they're specifically target the rail system and the big red London buses considering the attacks.

Someone show these people the film Four Lions.

Eh, I don't think it really matters and I don't think anyone will take this cry for a ban at all seriously.

And there it begins. MW3 gets attention, and Acvitision gladly takes any kind of attention they can get :D

Lord Krunk:
Isn't the Daily Mail that newspaper that no one trusts?

Yup.. the only thing they've ever printed that i've actually believed, is that the latest pirates of the carribean film was terrible.

They're basically our FOX news.

Anyway, come on its been 6 years, im sure if this were a James Bond film or something they wouldnt mind but no because its a game.. or are they saying we can never have any fictional event ever take place in London again?

Lord Krunk:
Isn't the Daily Mail that newspaper that no one trusts?

It's trusted by middle-class mothers, so in a way it's our Fox.

Which begs the question, when will Fox compare it to the 9/11 attacks.

Eh, no surprise, I knew they'd get a stick up their arse about it. The Daily Mail gets a stick up its arse about everything, including Kick Ass.
And I wish I was lying about the Kick Ass thing.

Ah, the Daily Mail prints more reactionary sensationalist bullshit, and the world keeps turning.

Zhukov:
Someone show these people the film Four Lions.

I would love to see the average Daily Mail reader's response to that film, or to any of the episodes of Brass Eye, the spoof documentary series Chris Morris did back in the 90s.

The Daily Mail are the most ridiculous and unpleasant type of sensational journalists. And how is someone crashing a car into a train anything like someone bombing one?

Lord Krunk:
Isn't the Daily Mail that newspaper that no one trusts?

The one that no-one with any common sense trusts, yes. Unfortunately, this means it still has quite the readership. It's the worst of the bad bunch that are the British tabloids.

On Topic: Ridiculous reactionary sensationalism. Just what I'd expect from the Daily Fail. This kind of rabid moral indignation over nothing is their specialty.

Why is it that people have no problems with letting books, music, or movies approach certain subjects and events, but they get all pissy when a video game tries it? I say we call discrimination! *slams fist*

Yes, let's listen to the newspaper that believes that just about everything causes cancer.

Don't believe me? Check this out:
http://hellokinsella.posterous.com/the-daily-mail-list-of-things-that-give-you-c

While I'm as far as one can be from titles as CoD and at best to make them a compliment I call them propaganda games. Still they do one thing right showing that war is not a pleasant thing and in examples like that shock terapy is the best to be used. Sure it's not easy to go beyond the we are good and we have to kill them because they are evil.

Lord Krunk:
Isn't the Daily Mail that newspaper that no one trusts?

EDIT: More on-topic, I find it hard to take this seriously. The COD MW games were only realistic during the first one - it seems to be growing steadily more ridiculous ever since.

The entire world turned into a battlefield? Sure, why not. But don't draw parallels with real-life terrorism, because it misses the point that the game is a work of fiction and growing steadily more fictional as time goes by.

This is the newspaper that rants about asylum seekers being the root of all evil in the guise of an Indian gentleman.

OT; Meh, its the Daily Mail, since when were they not a conservative/biased paper?

Sparrow:
Stop. Picking. British. Newspapers. Seriously, the Escapist is always commenting on the stuff the British press says. Our press is ultimately stupid, you're making us all look bad!

That being said, I did intially think much of the same thing when I watched the trailer. It just seemed a little strange that they're specifically target the rail system and the big red London buses considering the attacks.

You'd have difficulty finding press outside of the UK that isn't stupid either.

Over here you've got this line, and on one side you have the Church of Black Jesus, and on the other side you have Fox News. It's like trying to decide between drowning or being burned to death.

On topic, Daily Mail seems to be the Fox News of the UK, which would make their opinion on anything about as relevant as what I'd leave in the toilet after eating a thesaurus.

No one with more than half a brain cell actually gives any credence to the Daily Fail.

It is beginning to irritate me that The Escapist keeps making articles like this, as every time they choose a paper with no credibility and one that all British people know are the kind that blow everything out of proportion. The same goes for when Fox News and other such companies are mentioned.

Can we have some real news please?

Daily Mail... I have heard the name before. Isn't that a brand of toilet paper with lots of writing on it?
A TP company that lets hacks try their crap since its gonna be covered in shit soon anyway.

The Daily Mail says something is in poor taste?

Seriously, if you ever see a true story in the Daily Fail, that will be news.

What this implies is that a videogame COULDN'T by definition of being a game tackle the subject of terrorism. Now im not saying that modern CoD isn't sometimes in poor taste (because it sometimes is) and equally i don't expect the game to be some great work of tactful, well thought deconstruction of events (becuase it won't be, it's CoD) but calling for the game to be 'banned' based on a reveal trailer? Not a good movie for the "We are not reactionary bastards" look.

Now im not a fan of call of duty post MW2 and IW bitch-slap but i think criticims here are not even... criticsms, they are hysterical nonsesne based on ONE trailer. All this does is RE-ENFORCE the idea that you can get free publicity and look edgy when you are really just picking the low hanging fruit by being "Shocking" and generating controversy. All it does is feed the slight tastelesness of CoD into a full blown marketing tactic. I personally think millitary games need to treat their subject matter with a little more tact but they are far from being beyond the line of what film and TV have been doing for decades.

While I do feel empathy for those who might be bothered by such images, I don't think we should ban everything that people are traumatized by. Works of fiction have long been a place of catharsis for people. Books, movies and television are filled with violent imagery of serial killers, rapists, murderers and yes, even terrorists. Should we ban all those as well?

Censorship is not the answer to this problem.

Wait a minute, there's a war going on in four different countries at the same time? How big is Russia's army that they can fight in four places at once? I couldn't care less about the game's nonexistent objectionable content; the story is way out of hand.

Macgyvercas:
Why is it that people have no problems with letting books, music, or movies approach certain subjects and events, but they get all pissy when a video game tries it? I say we call discrimination! *slams fist*

This. The scenes shown in the trailer reminded me of plenty of films I've seen, and they weren't ever considered being in "poor taste".

SomeBrianDude:
Ah, the Daily Mail prints more reactionary sensationalist bullshit, and the world keeps turning.

Zhukov:
Someone show these people the film Four Lions.

I would love to see the average Daily Mail reader's response to that film, or to any of the episodes of Brass Eye, the spoof documentary series Chris Morris did back in the 90s.

Nah, that's the territory of The Sun.

I read the title of the article as "MW3 gets free publicity, not that it matters, because it's going to sell better than any game ever anyways."

The bigger problem is how unrealistic that trailer is - the tube is nowhere near big enough to get a car alongside a train!

I don't think that we'll really be all that bothered if I'm honest.

Though I'd like to point out that the Daily Mail is reporting that some want it banned. As Is The Escapist. The paper are not calling for a ban, they're reporting on a media pressure group who are.

But yeah, the British people are not really all that ruffled by 7/7 on the whole, certainly not to the extent that the American people are about 9/11. To be honest we've been bombed for decades before this and we've been bombed by people who were a damn sight better at it.

Dare I say it? I'm rather looking forward to this game! If the campaign is a decent length I'm thinking it'll be great, I'd love a worthy follower to COD4!

meganmeave:
While I do feel empathy for those who might be bothered by such images, I don't think we should ban everything that people are traumatized by. Works of fiction have long been a place of catharsis for people. Books, movies and television are filled with violent imagery of serial killers, rapists, murderers and yes, even terrorists. Should we ban all those as well?

Censorship is not the answer to this problem.

I couldn't agree more. The fact is that I can see some of these scenes from the trailers ringing a bad memory of terrorism in some peoples mind, especially those who did endure it on 7/7. That'll happen with sensitive subjects and somebody will be offended. It's inevitable.

But enforcing a ban on such a "controversial game" and holding it up like the real life devil sure as hell won't help anybody other than satisfying the fatcat wallet of any media baron, because we all know people will buy something with a overly dramatic headline.
It'll be lynching the game in a world when movies, books and other media formats can have much more shocking story lines and scenes of violence/distress. That is the proverbial scapegoat there and then.

I'm finding more and more offensive scenes in British evening soaps as of late that really aren't family friendly and the makers and viewers do away with the nay-saying, claiming it as "entertainment" pure and simple. Eastenders jumps to mind more than any.

Daily Mail complain about things. That's about it.

Seriously basically no one over here believes anything that useless, nausea-inducing scare-mongering racist bigoted arse-wipe of a paper has to say.

EDIT: got so pissed at the Daily Mail I forgot my commas - MAH BAD.

Frostbite3789:
I read the title of the article as "MW3 gets free publicity, not that it matters, because it's going to sell better than any game ever anyways."

Can i borrow your bullshit cutting sword? I have some David Icke to read XD. But yes you are bob-on, but im secretly hoping that if the game is not up the quality like the last two games have been then we might just see people get sick of the yearly CoD Re-Skin.

The problem with our tabloids is that most are blantently sensationalised, the problem with the Daily Mail, is that they seem to take it completely serious. Does it really matter that one scene resembles 7/7? It's not like it was made deliberately to offend was it. All the developers involved are American anyway, so it's not like that have extreme insight into a British event. If people would take this article seriously, you could never have a form of media without people saying it looks kind of like this event, and I find that in bad taste

Frostbite3789:
I read the title of the article as "MW3 gets free publicity, not that it matters, because it's going to sell better than any game ever anyways."

This is how I see it too. I'm already expecting this game to outsell the last three on day one. Just like the last three did to their previous installments.

Macgyvercas:
Why is it that people have no problems with letting books, music, or movies approach certain subjects and events, but they get all pissy when a video game tries it? I say we call discrimination! *slams fist*

Because they have this opinion that a person playing a game and performing the actions is a stronger influence than them reading a book or watching passively.

By the way, I thought people would like to see their reviews.

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