Asher Moses is reporting on the outrage caused by leaked footage of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which allows players to play the part of a terrorist as part of a cut-scene.

Once again, this story really shows how expressive video games can be. They're constructed, like films, to elicit emotional responses in players, and some of them deal with fairly gritty subject matter. Films often show the villain's perspective, and by doing that, they get across the character story and the heinous nature of people who carry out atrocities. Games, too, are becoming more expressive, and are telling more involved stories. From the reports I've seen of the CoD:MW2 footage, it seems to be trying to tell the story of a truly evil character, setting the scene for the player's main role of stopping the terrorists.

We do not ban films that tell such expressive stories, and we need to realise that computer games, like gamers, have grown up. Most interestingly, Infinity Ward appear to acknowledge that the game is aimed at an Adult audience - it's MA 15+ rating in Australia is lower than elsewhere. If we're concerned about allowing people to make informed decisions about what games they want to play, and empowering parents to make those decisions for their children, it really seems like it's time that we should introduce an R 18+ rating.

58 comments

  1. Unfortunatly parents don't realise that the games are very violent due to the ratings. However, in regards to COD modern warfare ( x box version) do you REALLY think its alright to kill a dog by wrenching its head around, or is it ok to have blood splatter onto the screen when you shoot someone????? I for one think this is far too graphic and this is only rated MA15+! This is an adults game and should not be permitted to be played by children who are far too impressionable. Yes I know it's JUST a game but do children have to experience this kind of violence so early in their life. You're an adult a long time so let children be children while they can. This should be rated R+

    Comment by sue on 2 March 2010 at 22:43
  2. Firstly, I am the poster from above. I am 13.
    Secondly, Kamil, I am guessing that you are under the age of 18. You have valid arguments but please learn English grammar. The last word in the first paragraph should have been 'there' not 'their.
    Now, lastly, Sue. Yes i do believe it is alright to kill a dog or have a blood splatter on the screen in a game that was designed for entertainment. I personally do not think it was essential to have the blood splatter but if you we offended or just thought it was too much for children then why not just eliminate that from the game?
    Sue, back to your first statement: "Unfortunately parents don't realise that the games are very violent due to the ratings." On the front of my copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 I believe it very clearly states "MA15+. Strong Violence."
    MA15+ is currently the highest rating for video games and I am fairly sure "Strong Violence" is self-explanatory.

    Comment by jake on 3 March 2010 at 00:58
  3. sorry if this out of this consecutive eronic bull but don,t you think some countrys could ease up on some games sure some deserve the rating of r18+ but some in a way don,t concerning MW2 thanks.

    Comment by LIBERITY on 24 April 2010 at 00:17
  4. ok im 16 atm and iv got this game i beleave that we should get an 18+ as it helps the parents distiguish between the good and the bad iv have a 6 year old playing with me on MW2 and we were mature and kept it all pg for him but kids that age shouldnt even be able to get it i personly have got games that are 18+ in america and some even banned in australia. the world is changeing but the rateing is staying the same they say they want more monny if they alow the 18+ then the tax will help them no?

    Comment by bennett on 30 April 2010 at 23:58
  5. this is bull shit do not ban call of duty mw2 and black ops because it depends on the indivisual and how they take in the action and violence and as i am a cod lover i really don't take it seriously because im mature at the age of 12 so it really depends on the indivisual and how they take the in to there mind but overall i think this new policy is fukin bull shit and if they did take cod away they should other violent games that invove knifes like assains creed zombie games this is fukin bull shit.

    Comment by rhefodtriod on 6 December 2010 at 12:12
  6. they should only band the uncut version fare enough but banning black ops and mw2 is really fukin bull shit and the new policy should not go on again its FUCKIN BULL SHIT

    Comment by truzxk on 6 December 2010 at 12:15
  7. i am 12 years old and cod is 1 of my favourite games. it is not damaging me at all. My grades are better than average and i dont smack people in the mouth when they walk past me because "i play a violent game". I honestly DO NOT see what damage i am doing to myself by playing cod. i really dont think it should be rated r. there is games 1000 times worse out there. making cod r is like making bloody ratchet and clank MA.
    thats all ive got to say.

    ciao

    Comment by dick on 7 December 2010 at 21:14