Call of Duty's most controversial moments
- Posted September 15th, 2013 at 08:28 EDT by Michael Harradence
London bombing / train derailment – Modern Warfare 3
Another Modern Warfare entry for pile, this time hailing from Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games’ Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in 2011. Once again, Infinity Ward puts innocent civilians in the limelight, with the scene in question grisly depicting a mother and her young daughter caught in a terrorist bombing in London in broad daylight. Similar to the No Russian stage, this is not a main mission, and you have the option of skipping it if you wish. Another stage set in the capital saw gamers engaged in a firefight in the London Underground, resulting in a major accident.
Again, the mainstream media flocked to the level like flies around a cow pat, although perhaps unsurprisingly the reaction was felt more in the U.K. due to observers noting its similarity to the London Bombings of July 2005.
Once again Call of Duty found itself scrutinized by UK parliament, with notorious game-hater Keith Vaz arguing, “that this House is deeply concerned about the recently released video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, in which players engage in gratuitous acts of violence against members of the public.”
It certainly doesn’t help a game when you have the words ‘child-killing controversy’ hovering over its head like a dark cloud, but even that didn’t stop Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 from comfortably selling in the millions and breaking yet more records in the process.
Turn the page for the the final batch of controversial CoD moments.