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Modern Warfare 2 Launch Day Round-Up

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Modern Warfare 2 is here. You knew about that right? Well, if you didn’t then you do now and the launch of the year’s most anticipated game has lead to an explosion of column inches and an Internet awash with stories of preorder numbers, violent scenes and supermarket price wars. So let us wade through the MW2 swamp and bring you the big hits of the day.

For starters The Daily Mail decided to post a story yesterday attack ‘that scene’ in Modern Warfare 2 involving the killing of civilians at a Russian airport. Labour MP Keith Vaz had his say; “I am absolutely shocked by the level of violence in this game and am particularly concerned about how realistic the game itself looks.” Most gamers are similarly concerned by how realistic the game looks, but generally they consider it a plus point rather than a negative.

However fellow Labour MP Tom Watson has sprung to MW2’s defence starting a group of Facebook called Gamers’ Voice. When Vaz asked the government what it intended to do to protect children from MW2 Watson responded that we already have a ratings system that does just that. “Does the Minister agree that it would be better for this House to support the many thousands of games designers and coders and the many millions of games users, rather than collaborating with the Daily Mail to create moral panic over the use of videogames?” Watson asked Vaz.

Beyond the world of politics there have been other battles over Modern Warfare 2 going on on the highstreets as retailers take each other on in pricing Modern Warfare 2. Sainburys and Morrisons are both reported to be selling MW2 for £26 while Tesco has it for £32 (They’ll give it to you for £25 if you buy another chart game). Online, Amazon is also selling the game for around £32. Chances are that stocks will not last long, especially since Asda has reported there have bveen 600,000 preorders for Modern Warfare 2 in the UK.

And in among all the noise Activision has set aside $1 million (approx. £600,000) to create The Call of Duty Endowment, which will help war veterans to find careers and jobs after leaving the army. “The joblessness rate that [veterans] should have should be far less than the national average, not more,” Activision Blizzard chief executive Bobby Kotick told the Washington Post. “How do you expect people to actually join the military if when they leave the military they can’t integrate back into the free market they’re supposed to be protecting?”

Oh, and you can read Play’s review right HERE

Via VG247 (here and here), Kotaku and GamesIndustry.biz




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