Controversial Level in Call of Duty Essay

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As an avid video game enthusiast it is always fascinating to witness the gaming world evolve as modern technology seems to continually outpace expectations of what can be reproduced in a virtual medium. Gone are the days when a fraction of the entertainment world included lazily playing pong or pac-man on a cumbersome arcade console. Today, with the technological boom, the video game industry has evolved to include a plethora of gaming genres, bent on maximizing entertainment and profit. However, despite such exponential growth, this particular form of entertainment has remained in the shadow of traditional forms of amusement, such as television broadcasting or the movie industry. Yet, with the release of the game Call of Duty: Modern …show more content…
On a more practical point, the level shouldn’t be censored or deleted because it’s actually unrealistic. This, coupled with the fact the nature of the game necessarily entails violence, helps to provide an argument for the fact the controversy surrounding the level is unwarranted. Perhaps most importantly, the level ‘No Russian’ introduces players to a take on the reality of the post 9/11 world. Video games are known to create fantasy situations that remove the player from reality. The Call of Duty Series, on the other hand, portrays situations that can occur in the real world, such as terrorist activities. Granted, elements of fantasy still exist even within the Call of Duty Series, such as fighting “the Russians in the suburbs of Washington, through familiar-looking subdivisions and strip malls before storming the White House itself” (Schiesel). Yet, particularly, the ‘No Russian’ level plays upon the emotions of the gamer and provokes them to consider what’s really happening. The connection between airports and potential terrorism is nothing new. In January 2011“part of the main terminal at Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia was shut down for hours after a suspicious package was discovered near the baggage claim area” (MSNBC). Although, it’s unrealistic that terrorists would come into an airport, guns blazing, the possibility is not out of the question and certainly
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