Christian Science Monitor Upset Over Modern Warfare 2's D.C.

Over the weekend Infinity Ward unveiled a trailer for Modern Warfare 2 in the middle of the Steelers-Chargers football game. The two-minute ad gave a national audience a gander at a war-torn Washington, D.C.

Too soon after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks?

The Christian Science Monitor thinks so.

Does the game go too far? Is it offensive? Many on game forums are quick to point out that this is not the first time the US capital has been destroyed on-screen (remember 1997's "Independence Day?" Little green men made kindling of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue). And with what's coming out of the gaming industry these days (Grand Theft Auto IV, anyone?) is this any worse? Maybe not. But this is one of the first times such striking imagery has surfaced since 9/11, when the idea of widespread destruction on US soil was suddenly thrust into reality.

As Innovation blogger Amy Farnsworth wrote this summer, games based on current events are seeing something of a surge. But something tells this writer there's something of a difference between a cartoonish Flash game where the object is to try to hit George W. Bush with a shoe, and one in which the destruction of a major US city – in near photo-realistic detail – plays a central role.

It would be easy to point out to writer Andrew Heining that this isn't in fact the first video game to show a destroyed Washington, D.C. Fallout 3 did a marvellous job of that.

But putting that aside, the heart of the argument is that Sunday night's audience, that a national audience isn't prepared yet to deal with images of war and destruction on US soil, even when its fiction.

That's the one of the points of fiction though, isn't it? To be provocative, to deal with modern day issues in a way that gets people to stop and think.

I don't know, the Christian Science Monitor doesn't know, yet what exactly Modern Warfare 2 will be about. How war starts in Washington, D.C., but judging from past games I suspect it will be a meaningful story. I think at the very least that perhaps the Monitor needs to wait until we find out what that story is before it starts attacking its value.

If the imagery of war on US soil is so troublesome, there are plenty of movies, music, books and art that are finished and in the public eye right now for the Monitor to attack. Maybe they should start with them.

‘Modern Warfare' trailer: Does Washington burning go too far?


    Didn't a terrorist nuclear bomb go off in the middle of a football stadium in the middle of a large american city in 'The Sum Of All Fears', the tom clancey based movie with ben afflick as the main character?

    Good point about "Sum of All Fears" where it was launched launched in 2002. I think that is more graphic and strikes more fear given it was a nuclear blast.

    No offence but it has been more than 8 years since "9/11" and I think its time we slowly move on.

    The Dark Knight had many acts of terrorism, in New York.

    Christian Science, what an oxymoron.

    A good solution? Make some games based OUTSIDE of the U.S.

    Christian Science Monitor being upset by little things like this, maybe they are worried about their own hidden agenda being exposed in MW2?

    give them a real d.c. scare to go apeshit about.

    So this person think people can't discern from fact or fiction?

    Gosh, people are so dumb these days, I think they might have a point.........

      Fact or fiction? Hell millions of people believe in an invisible man ffs. Case in point.

    Where were these people when COD4 came out? I don't remember hearing any complaints out of them then. So they don't have any problem seeing foreign lands getting the living crap blown out of them by the USA (and I'm not just talking about COD4 here - you can see it on the news every night), but when they see it depicted on their own soil suddenly it's offensive?

    Maybe that'll give them just an inkling of how the average poor bastard living in Iraq has felt every day for the past 5 years or so. Except they can't turn it off.

      100% correct

    Agree with a lot of the points already said here, about Christian Science being an oxymoron and the sympathy towards those actually living in war torn countries. I actually felt sympathetic to the germans back when every game was about killing nazis. As for the actual issue, I'm assuming that this is really just a minority; if not..

    Well call me racist or generalising but I find far too often americans take 'patriotism' too far to the point of being stupid. This would be a perfect example, that they find the imagery of their country under attack incredibly offensive, or calling french fries 'freedom fries.' But then I'm probably not the best person to talk about these kinds of issues, I don't understand the problem with people burning flags. It's a strong form of protest for the person whom wishes to do it and it ultimately has no victims. Better than rioting.

    Wow some people waste their energy on silly things. Instead of worrying about videogames why don't they put their attention on real problems that people deal with every day. If they do not like the content of games, movies, or books, then they shouldn't partake in them. I'm just saying, I'm very patriotic, military, and I can't get enough of this game. I guess the difference is I understand that its not real?

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