Here we go again. Not concerned with running real stories, the Daily Mail has leaped on the latest Modern Warfare 3 trailer - which, among other war-torn locations, shows London under attack from terrorists - branding it a "chilling echo of the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London". In the trailer, we glimpse a truck pursuing a train-carriage deep in London's underground rail system, culminating in the train upending itself and crashing into support columns.
The Daily Mail's article, which contains the "chilling" remark, also includes a testimony from Viviene Pattison of Mediawatch UK. Pattison apparently has "concerns" about Modern Warfare 3's trailer as its "hyper-real". "In light of the fact we have just had the 7/7 inquests, it is in incredibly poor taste," she explains.
Call of Duty is no stranger to controversy. In 2009, it sparked worldwide debate with its infamous 'No Russian' level, which puts players in the boots of an undercover CIA operative. Having infiltrated a famed terrorist's inner circle, they enter a Russian airport and open fire on the hapless commuters inside. It was a shocking, poignant scene, and the press was right to examine its effect, if a bit overzealous in its condemnation.
While it would be stupid to refute Modern Warfare 3's London scenes have any connection with the 7/7 attack, I do feel the Daily Mail is, once again, running wild with an inflammatory headline. Film is often given free rein to explore its controversy - see last year's excellent Four Lions, a bold satire of modern terrorism and jihad - with videogames afforded much less freedom to plumb significant depths.
What say you, Dealspwners? Is the Daily Mail right in condemning Modern Warfare 3's London Underground Scenes? Or is this yet another case of tabloid prejudice run amok? [Eurogamer]