In case you missed it, Modern Warfare 2 features an infamous (optional) airport level that requires you to pose as a terrorist, and watch as your crew mows down innocent russian civilians. Matt Turner, producer of the Army of Two series, had this to say regarding the actions of his competitor’s studio:
“You’re playing a CIA agent, it’s designed to show the atrocities… it’s pretty awful and if you fail to see that side of it than you’re not getting the whole picture. That being said, I thought it took it a little far; it was pretty out there. But I like seeing that they have guts like that.”
The producer goes on to say “for me personally I think the alarm bells went off in a big way on that one because it was out of context. When the footage got leaked thousands upon thousands of people saw it on a clip not knowing what it was.”
Personally, I think the scene was not nearly gritty enough. All of the citizens felt like cardboard cutouts, there was hardly any blood, you were given the option to skip it, and you weren’t ever forced to fire your weapon until the police arrived. If movies (and even TV’s Dexter) are going to push this sort of atrocious, realistic demon-like behavior, video games should not be exempt as a medium. Baby steps, I suppose.
Read the entire interview here.