People don't have a problem with this as long as it is anti Russian
November 20, 2019 at 7:16 AM - Views: 91 #227886JonLPParticipant
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Call of Duty Accused of Promoting Anti-Russian Propaganda
Controversy over so-called “anti-Russian” propaganda in the popular video game reflects our current fake news society and a growing confusion over right paths, truth and accuracy.
Call of Duty is one of the most successful franchises in video game history, but there are currently calls to boycott its latest release due to the game’s depiction of military conflict. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019), released in October, accrued more than $600m in its opening weekend, more than double that of the record-breaking weekend had by the movie Joker. It has received backlash due to giving players the chance to use white phosphorus, a chemical weapon, and for its mishandling of global politics, especially its questionable depiction of Russia.
The controversy surrounds a scenario in the game called “Highway of Death”. The player, as an embedded CIA operative overlooking a Middle Eastern desert highway, is told how “The Russians bombed it … killing the people trying to escape”. The scenario resembles an incident in the 1990-1 Gulf War, also called the “Highway of Death”, when the United States and its allies attacked a large retreating Iraqi convoy on Highway 80 that resulted in mass casualties, and later, accusations against the American military for undue force.
But the game crucially places Russians, rather than Americans, as responsible for the killing. This allusion to a Russian-made atrocity has led to accusations against Activision, the game’s production company, for blatant Russophobia. In a predictable clash between an American developer and the Russian media, the game has been denounced by Russian journalists and gamers as pure US propaganda.
This is not the first time the Call of Duty series has provoked controversy. In 2009, an earlier version of the game featured a level called “No Russian” in which the player takes on the role of a CIA undercover agent, actively assisting a terrorist cell in a massacre of civilians at a Russian airport. Controversy does little to negatively impact sales, with avid gamers undeterred by the bad press.
The US committed the Highway of Death and the Highway of Death bothers me & and if a AAA game is going to reference a historical event it should be true.
Hillary Clinton went after Grand Theft Auto but GTA 4 showed more respect to Russian people & immigrants. Hove Beach was based on Brighton Beach.
November 20, 2019 at 3:59 PM #227965VoltairineParticipant
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Russians make games too:
I’ve played neither CoD or SW, but reading the customer reviews of SW is kinda interesting.
November 20, 2019 at 5:12 PM #228045Babel 17Participant
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There’s one brutally honest video game that comes to mind. Bruce Boxleitner’s voice can be heard over a radio throughout it as a Colonel Kurtz type of character. It got excellent reviews for it’s notably different take on warfare.
November 20, 2019 at 7:59 PM #228129doh1304Participant
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Ask a 16 year old – the “Russians” might as well be Quitzpartlans as if he cared. A game is a game, it’s not real, and any attempt to demonize someone falls on deaf ears and tells more about you than them. Call Of Duty and Grand Theft Auto are reflections of cultural prejudices, not the cause, just as Elvis or Alice Cooper or Marilyn Manson or Martin Luther King were not Satan.
November 20, 2019 at 8:09 PM #228133JonLPParticipant
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I have played games since the 90s. I like the Assasin’s Creed series because they manage to be historically accurate when they reference historical events. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has the entire map of Greece within the game.
I love the Grand Theft Auto & Red Dead Redemption series (which are well done). I will never play Call of Duty though.
The average age of a gamer is around 30.
As a gamer I have a right to opinion on the content of games. I tried to post this in the gaming forum at DU but people don’t care about Russophobia. Again the US committed the Highway of Death not Russia. If we complain about false information from Russia we should be consistent and call out false information.
I actually play these games and lived through the religious right & Hillary Clinton going after GTA which is a game they did not understand.
On edit : not sure if you played Grand Theft Auto but they don’t really have cultural prejudices. In fact it satires them. GTA has excellent satire.
November 21, 2019 at 2:55 AM #228313doh1304Participant
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Actually I do have a problem with a game attributing a war crime the US committed to Russia, not for the effects, but for the reason behind the intentional lie.
And though I do not play computer games I was one of the earliest D+D gamemasters, including through the Jack Chick years.
November 20, 2019 at 8:02 PM #228131jerry611Participant
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The political establishments are just itching for another Cold War. These people don’t know how to exist without it.
November 20, 2019 at 8:36 PM #228140retired liberalParticipant
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That is because they, the political establishments, absolutely needs an adversary, an enemy, to function. Without one, they have to invent one to place the needed blame for their own short comings. After all, nothing is ever their own fault, no matter how obvious.
The USSR used to work well as the scapegoat for these people when they were communist, so why not now when that country is now Russia? It’s basically the same hunk of land, ya know? Forget reality, they’ll decide the facts for ya, so you don’t have to think about it.
We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
Both major political parties are special interest groups enabling each other for power and money, at the expense of the people they no longer properly serve…
Always wear a proper mask when out and about. The life you save could be both yours and mine.
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