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MW3 A "Chilling Echo" Of London's 7/7 Attacks, According To Tabloid Rag

Felix Kemp
Daily Mail, Games news, Modern Warfare 3

MW3 A "Chilling Echo" Of London's 7/7 Attacks, According To Tabloid Rag

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]

Add a comment11 comments
MattyPlant  May. 25, 2011 at 20:23

That is all,Daily Mail, that is all!

Goity  May. 25, 2011 at 22:26

World at War is a chllling echo of World War 2, which is in very poor taste as 1945 was 66 years ago this year.

DragonChris  May. 25, 2011 at 22:45

I believe I speak for everyone when I say f*** the Daily Fail. Seriously, they need to find some real news and stop making up total crap.

The "No Russian" level was hardly controversial - I didn't see a problem with it - it's a video game, it wasn't real. Believe it or not, these things are shown in films and much, much worse. It was nothing, seriously, I happily didn't shoot a single bystander on my first playthrough until I entered a combat sequence - the next time I played the level, I massacred the lot of them - no issue, no thought of "omg that could be real" because I know it's not.

God, I hate this anti-game crap the media spews. Uninformed morons spouting crap.

Late  May. 26, 2011 at 00:15

You've let yourself down, Felix.
Reading the Daily Mail? Shame on you...

MattyPlant  May. 26, 2011 at 07:53

Then they must have blown their fruit when Halo was released, what about the future when we may possibly find a planet with an advanced race, using advanced satellite technology and imaging devices and they see what we do in our spare time!

Whatever  May. 26, 2011 at 07:59

I always liked Charlie Brooker's summation of the Daily Mail:

"...not so much a newspaper as an idiot's guidebook issued in bite-size daily instalments..."

mark w  May. 26, 2011 at 08:23

EA Sports Fifa World Cup was a chilling echo of Englands performances since 1966!

Luke kirk  May. 26, 2011 at 08:44

They would of paid the Daily Mail to write the article! I can pretty much promise you that! Negative media is sometimes the best! It starts controversy and excitement, aswell as boosts 1 week sales as people thinkbit will be taken off the shelves!

LanceVance  May. 26, 2011 at 10:26

"see last year’s excellent Four Lions, a bold satire of modern terrorism and jihad"
"Yeah, i got hostages init. Just like xbox counterstrike!"

Souls  May. 26, 2011 at 13:03

Ha, typical DM. "Ban this sick filth!"

will  May. 30, 2011 at 21:54

putting something as serious as terrorism into something not serious such as a game is fucking stupid.
It will offend tons of REAL people who know REAL people who died in the terrorist attack for the sake a of a game..


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