Modern Warfare 3′s “No Russian” Moment Is A Lot Worse
And we have the video to prove it. Just be warned that this video, post, and comments that are likely to follow will be very spoiler filled to those who want to keep Modern Warfare 3′s intricate story a secret. Ok, I’m lying. Modern Warfare 3′s story should be far from compelling, but there are some spoilers after the jump.
Still here. Good, let’s get started. In Modern Warfare 2, there was the highly controversial mission named “No Russian”, which involved you, the player, strolling into a packed airport and shooting everything with a pair of legs. Yeah, it was gruesome, and you were at the helm. It cast a massive shadow of controversy on Modern Warfare 2 even before it released, and it seems Infinity Ward have done it again.
In Modern Warfare 3, it’ll be a bit different though. Firstly, you won’t be massacring civilians. In fact, you won’t be in control at all. You’ll be forced to simply sit back and watch the horror unfold. There is no moral choice placed before the player.
If you’ve read this far, stop and watch the video.
Now, you should have seen the little girl get blown to bits, right? In gaming, that’s not something you see every day. The sight of an innocent girl being blown up right in front of your face is both shocking, terrifying and brutal, and it’s certainly worse than “No Russian”.
No doubt the media will be all over this in a few short hours, but let’s put things into perspective where they seemingly never can. Modern Warfare 3 is rated 18+. It’s not a game for your 10 year old son to be playing. It’s certainly not a toy or for children, and in my opinion it’s a step in the right direction for the industry. The gaming industry needs to move away from the conception that it caters for children. You may think “Hell, they’ve already done that”, but you’d be surprised. Compare it to the film industry. Films are able to discuss important social matters, like violence, sex, murder, rape etc. in a manner that has not yet been seen in gaming. If the industry ever wants to evolve and have audiences take it more seriously, it needs to make more and more bold moves such as this one. I’m not saying that developer’s should make games with mass amounts of sex, drugs and violence in them, but rather present them in a more adult manner, and less in a “gamers are all lonely perverts” style.
I have no doubt that this is going to cause an uproar in many parts of the world, but I for one applaud Infinity Ward for continuing with the “No Russian” styled missions. The world needs to come to the realisation that gamers aren’t just children, and that we are more ready for some real mature and bold games. Without moves such as these, we may as well all just continue playing Super Mario for the rest of our lives.