Leaked Modern Warfare 2 Footage Shocks

October 28, 2009 -

Game play from the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which appears to cast players in the role of a terrorist, has caused a maelstrom on the Internet.

While Activision has been extremely active in trying to get the footage off of the Web, clips still appear on a variety of websites.

Warning: if you were planning to play the game without knowing anything about it, these videos definitely contain spoilers, so watch at your own risk.
 
CNN’s iReport still has a 3.00 minute plus video up, showing a group of characters, dressed in civilian clothes with body armor over top, emerging from an elevator into an airport and wantonly gunning down a group of (what appears to be) civilians. Another disturbing image shows a non-player character attempting to drag another injured NPC to safety, only to have them both gunned down by the player. The group of terrorists then systematically marches through the building killing and finishing off any people still left in their path.

OnlineGamingEurope has much the same footage, but with a little differing overlap, showing the group of terrorists emerging from the airport and killing people on the tarmac in the shadow of an airplane.

Comparing officially issued screenshots with the leaked footage, along with other visual cues, GameSpot verified, to the best of their knowledge, that the footage is from the actual game. Activision’s full-scale attempts to take down the videos appear to back up GameSpot’s claims.

GameSpot further compared the rampage shown in the video to the killings that took place in Mumbai, India last year.  The gaming site speculates that the terrorist mission might be one of an undercover nature for the player, who must contribute or blow his cover.

What’s different about this bubbling controversy is that even some gaming websites are questioning whether or not this takes things too far. OnlineGamingEurope wrote that they found the footage “hard to stomach.” GameSpot added that, “The brutal nature of the airport massacre and the ever-sensitive subject of terrorism might prove a toxic mix, publicity-wise, if the mainstream media decides to pounce on it.” The Escapist asks, “Tell me that this doesn't have "moral outrage" written all over it.”

IndustryGamers was a bit more reflective:

It'd be easy for Infinity Ward to simply have a non-interactive cut scene depicting parts of this terrorist action, but by putting players into the middle of it, it makes the actions much more real and the consequences more tangible; it's hard not to get a lump in your throat as innocents are being shot down in your gunsights.


GP: The context of the footage is still unknown, and while it could even be a dream sequence or flashback, players do man the guns and pull the trigger. What makes the footage so striking is the level of visuals in Modern Warfare 2, as even in blurry online footage the action looks almost real, taking this a level beyond the cartoonish violence of games such as Grand Theft Auto.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in, we saw it too!


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Re: Leaked Modern Warfare 2 Footage Shocks

"Liberal outlets will be upset that terrorists are depicted as being less than noble, benevolent freedom fighters."

If you think liberals like terorrists you are a moron. Liberals will be pissed for the same reason conservatives will be pissed.

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If you didn't notice how liberals have been apologists for Islamic terrorism for the last several years, you are a moron.  Liberal outlets and icons have been presenting the case how their actions are justified and valid- let alone the fact they are labeled "freedom fighters".  And lets not ignore the favorite liberal conspiracy theory about how George W (despite being an idiot) was behind 9-11.  Liberalism is in love with counterculture, and you don't get more counterculture than terrorism. 

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You going to blame liberalism for conspiracy theorists? Does that mean I can blame conservatives for crackpot claims about death panels, or Obama being a Kenyan Muslim?

And do tell me where anyone in the mainstream left called Al Quaeda or the Taliban freedom fighters

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Re: Leaked Modern Warfare 2 Footage Shocks

If you didn't notice the difference between Iraqi insurgents and Islamic terrorists for the last several years, you are a moron. Liberal outlets and icons have at most tried to differentiate between the two and note the motives of Iraqi insurgents. Considering that some of those insurgents have since reformed and joined either the Iraqi Police or Military I'd say it's fair to say they're different from Islamic terrorists who are beyond reasoning.

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+1. This would need to be stickied if this were a normal forum.

Games are getting better at telling stories, and will surpass the capabilities of the best movies. It's a matter of when, and that when isn't very far off.

People just need to realize this, and stop comparing the likes of "Call of Duty" to "Sesame St Alphabet Game" simply because they're both 'video games'.

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 So, what's the problem?  If people want games to be treated like an "adult" medium, then the content has to grow up some.  You can't always be a knight in shining armor, vanquishing the evil and saving the good.  

Some of the best movies around puts us in the perspective of the bad guy, because from there you feel the greatest emotions.  You connect with the character on many levels, then they do something out of left field, that just shakes you up inside.  And what medium has the best chances of you actually getting in touch with the bad guy?  Video games, because then you actually can play as them.  From this spot, you have free reign as a game developer to put across a message you want.

Just a few weeks ago, a lot of the news here was complaining about games not being taken seriously, not being able to handle, or willing to handle, the big topics.  Now, when one game developer is releasing a game that deals with quite a big topic, people are in an outrage.  Why the double standard?  It's "kid stuff" because it doesn't handle serious topics, yet when it tries to people yell back "you can't do this because you're kid stuff!"  Screw them, leave it in the game, and release the game as planned.

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I think the main issue is that many people still believe, by some fluke of reasoning, that video games are just kid stuff. So, to make a game that puts you in the shoes of a terrorist shooting civilians, even briefly, is looked at as an attack on the sensibilities of our children.

Because, you know, obviously it's just the kids playing these games, what with that M for "recommended for mature audiences" being just so confusing.

Seriously, this is very mature content in a game rated for a mature audience... what's the problem? A movie rated "Restricted" gets no such backlash. What the hell does "Restricted" even mean, per se?

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Funny how this will create another bad Fox News story, almost guaranteed.

However, even though I am not for killing citizens, movies and books pushed that long time ago. How are video games are different? If video games are so violent, way most games barely pass content you see in PG-13 films? I admit, there are some pretty violent ones like Gears of War or Mad World, but still doesn't beat Saw or The Hills have Eyes.

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I'm preordering that today!

blog sounds like a kind of vomit :(

Re: Leaked Modern Warfare 2 Footage Shocks

Heh, people complain that video games don't accurately portray certain events or circumstances. This seems pretty realistic to me. It could have easily been a cutscene, but I doubt a cutscene would have a similar effect.

Regardless, this game's chances of being released at all are now slim.

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"Regardless, this game's chances of being released at all are now slim."

If you believe that than you don't know how many people were anticipating this game.

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Re: Leaked Modern Warfare 2 Footage Shocks

I've already paid for the Limited Edition console bundle on pre-order. If you think a little bit of video on the internet is going to deny me that, you are sorely mistaken.

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The game has around 600 reserves at my local gamestop, and the US Army is going to bring an HMMWV to the parking lot for the release.  Chances are, most of the discs are all ready to go, sitting in packaging.  There is no way in hell that this game is not getting released.  That would force everyone involved to basically eat the production costs, which are fairly high for this game.  Not happening.

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Trust the US Army to try recruiting at the launch of a game where you shoot civilians.

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Actually, my local Gamestop invited them there.  And at the time they were being invited, it was still unknown that this would be happening in the game.  We'll see if they still show up.

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"Regardless, this game's chances of being released at all are now slim."

I don't usually quote from videogames, however in this case Gears 2 came to mind:

"Cain't stop the Train Baby!"

 

Sure this footage is shocking. Sure it's realistic. Sure some people may find it hard to stomach. But I can't watch the SAW films because they physically make me sick, and I'm not calling for them to be banned. Roll on MW2, and roll on 10th Prestige!

 

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Re: Leaked Modern Warfare 2 Footage Shocks

Game comes out in ten days.

Game has massive preorders including specil edition xbox's.

 

This won't slow the train.

Re: Leaked Modern Warfare 2 Footage Shocks

Speak of the devil, this is what whiston and I were just talking about in the shoutbox.

First, I want to point out, I'm not pro-civilian-killing.

I think this is another step video games are taking to get on equal ground with other mediums. Movies (although mostly stylistically) have civilians dying, getting blown up etc. Documentaries show real clips with real people actually being killed; and these are documentaries that show up on the History Channel.

As far as its inclusion in this game, I agree with it. If we want realism attached to our bad guys, as opposed to the James Bond villian who just says he's evil, this is what is necessary. The bad guys need to show some evil if they want to be taken seriously. Just like real life, unfortunately.

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So a game gives people a visceral reaction to what is going on, people have a gut level negative reaction to what they are seeing and doing.

A game making players uncomfortable?

I fail to see what they are doing wrong? I mean holy shit? Players, feeling bad about what they are doing? Isn't that exactly what critics have been claiming that gaming prevents? I mean, aren't gamers cold remorseless murders who revel in blood lust?

 

This game is doing exactly what more games should be doing.

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I agree.  For once a game is making us THINK about the act of killing.  I think it's interesting that people are outraged when a game turns the tables like this.  I shall definitely be pre-ordering this game - after all, it seems to me that this is the first game title that's truly for adult gamers.

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Ha. Wake me up when I can shoot children. THEN we have a game truly for adults.

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Re: Leaked Modern Warfare 2 Footage Shocks

WAKE UP!

Go playing Fallout 1 and 2.

 
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