Modern Warfare 2 has been no stranger to controversy since its release. Some gamers felt it was a massive step backward for the franchise and didn’t like the over simplified console nature of the game. The competitive gaming community also had a lot to say about it. By the time footage of the “No Russian” level was leaked to the public, prompting a public outcry and causing Infinity Ward to give players the option to skip a certain scene, you would be forgiven for thinking that the game was in trouble. As it happened, it went on to break sales records.
However this hasn’t stopped representatives from the Maine Christian Civic League calling for a somewhat belated ban on the game. Publishing their reasoning on their website and then having it brought to the attention of the games industry via Game Politics, they stated quite boldly why they felt the game should be banned.
“There is a well-established cause and effect relationship between video games and school shootings, and parents of some of the victims have sued video game makers. Mercifully, our own state has been spared the occurrence of any school shootings, but the danger is growing with each passing day. The ready availability of drugs, violent video games, and outrageous rock music is a witch’s brew which will eventually lead to tragedy here in Maine.”
“All decent people should denounce the video game Modern Warfare 2 and join in opposing the sale and use of such games. Moreover, it may be time for Maine to begin a debate over the advisability of banning these games completely, giving due consideration to both the First Amendment, and the danger these violent games pose to the public.”
Once again it raises the seemingly continuous argument regarding computer games and whether or not they can influence behaviours. It is not an issue unique to America by any means, with huge debates and politicking because of violence in video games taking place throughout Europe as well.