If you play a lot of either Black Ops, Modern Warfare or any of the previous Call of Duty titles, chances are you've encountered one or two - thousand - foul-mouthed, often racist and/or homophobic players who don't quite sound like they reach the 18 rating criteria. It's a topic of much debate, but so far Activision has done nothing to combat the issue, other than allowing you to mute unruly players. And according to community manager, Josh Olin, don't expect future Call of Duty titles to include an 'adults-only' mode.
According to Olin, he believes the issue "should be handled by the ratings board". Call of Duty is rated 18 and above, meaning that younger players are circumventing the system when purchasing the game. Olin acknowledges the issue, but maintains that the ratings board and, perhaps more importantly, the parents of these children should control what they play. "If parents want to let their kids play it's completely at their discretion".
Olin also stands firm that he wouldn't want to ruin the fun these players are having. While I do believe Activision should be held responsible for who plays their product in one way or another, I can understand his side here. "I get where you're coming from, it's that maybe the kids are more obnoxious to deal with - but hey, they want to have their fun too, so I don't want to kill that for them".
It's a contentious issue ripe for debate, so let's chime in shall we? Should Call of Duty include an adults-only mode, or should it continue to unofficially allow all ages to play? [Eurogamer]