The leaked Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 footage has raised the hackles of a few parties in Australia.
The footage, which showed gamers playing the part of a terrorist and taking part in a massacre of civilians at an airport, prompted the Australian Council on Children and the Media to call for a re-review the game’s MA15+ rating.
The group’s President, Jane Roberts, told Australia’s The Age:
The consequences of terrorism are just abhorrent in our community and yet here we are with a product that's meant to be passed off as a leisure time activity, actually promoting what most world leaders speak out publicly against. We understand that it's a game but ... we're not far off when you look at the images that you could actually put it on a Channel Nine news report and you'd think maybe that is real.
South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson, who is usually described as the main reason the country does not have an R18+ rating for videogames, offered that, “Expecting game designers to be responsible by not glorifying terrorism will always lead to disappointment."
Electronic Frontiers Australia lobbyist Nicholas Suzor was a bit more rational, saying the topic highlighted even further the need for an adult rating in Australia:
Films often show the villain's perspective and, by doing that, they get across the character's story and the heinous nature of people who carry out atrocities. Games, too, are becoming more expressive, and are telling more involved stories
We may make an argument that these sorts of topics are not suitable for children, but I don't at all accept that it is unsuitable for adults.
An Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) spokesperson said the Board could not review its own decisions.
Activision has since said that the scene in question is skippable by players.
Thanks Ryan and Dante