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Submitted by CodCom 1719d ago | opinion piece

Modern Warfare 3 to be Banned in the UK?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 may have hit that nerve with a scene showing a train derailing and exploding in one of London's underground tunnels. (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

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Fishy Fingers  +   1719d ago
Cool headline, but nope.
Dart89  +   1719d ago
If they did ban it that would be a blow to activision but more than anything they will just cut that mission out for that region like they did with the No Russian mission in Russia.
CodCom  +   1719d ago
That's what I was thinking. If shove comes to push, they'll just make some adjustments.
evrfighter1  +   1719d ago
i lol'd at this part in the Activision statement

"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is a fictional action game aimed at mature adults "
RBlaze  +   1719d ago
I really think whoever thought up this train scene should have some respect... They know full well about 7/7, yet they choose to use a derailing in London? Just to get a bit of extra press?

These guys should learn some damned tact... some things just shouldn't be made, and I think this sort of thing should be avoided.

EDIT: A game like CoD is huge (despite the fact that many dislike it, CoD is a HUGE franchise) and when it releases EVERYBODY will know it's on the shelves... They don't need to get cheap press like this. People ought to know better... I mean, where does it end? When do they decide that something is just a little too much?
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NexusCurb  +   1719d ago

Wait... so then it should be banned in USA too? I mean what about New York going down?
HolyOrangeCows  +   1719d ago
I'm pretty sure about 90% of the British population plays call of duty, including 100% of its 12 year olds.
An army of this kid (and similar emotionally disturbed children) would destroy parliament and set up a Call of Duty revolved Monarchy.

In all seriousness, Activision has learned that controversy helps sales.

Shoot up an airport? News stations spending 10 minutes every other 10 discussing it.

New York attacks? Train attack? British and US stations talking Call of Duty 24/7.
I_find_it_funny  +   1719d ago
wordwide ban would be better
Kurylo3d  +   1719d ago
yes of course and you can ban batman while your at it like they tried to do all those years ago... lol

Thats why I am glad to be an american. Freedom of speech.

No game should be banned, I dont care how disturbing. They make it disturbing for a purpose... to get an emotional response. Thats like saying they cant release a movie about 9/11. Sorry Nickholas Cage has been there... done that.
Blackdeath_663  +   1719d ago
they shouldnt cut anything out. why is it that they are not allowed to put a scene of the london trains but are allowed to show scenes when you kill Vietnamese or Iraqis or russians either you leave everything in(it just a game after all) or ban the whole of cod which will make life a more pleasant place.they should just leave it in or make a skip button like the no russian mission.
awi5951  +   1719d ago
Train derails have been in movies forever. Do we have to stop doing them for all time? Sometimes people just like to blow things up for ratings like how gta had to remove a airplane mission after 9/11. And that was in the game before 9/11 happened game developers should really blast these damn media people that blow stuff up for ratings. I dont know why the game industry allows them to treat them this way.
badz149  +   1719d ago
who came out with this stupid rumor/article??
Kotick is not stupid enough to let CoD be banned in any country, period!
Kurt Russell  +   1719d ago
The UK won't ban it... They'll be a few jobless mums upset by it and Loose Women will complain it's too violent, but that will be the extent of it.
bluegreenman  +   1718d ago
jesus christ guys its a VIDEOGAME! If every movie that involved one of our beloved superpower countries being attacked got banned, people would be screaming of censorship. They have every right to tell any story they want!
Itzy  +   1718d ago
Can't see that happening. If a movie showed a train blowing up in the underground, would they ban that? Of course not. What's the difference?
DaTruth  +   1718d ago
They'd be pretty hard pressed to find a method of terrorism that hasn't been tried yet and that nobody lost someone to!

You'd pretty much have to avoid nuclear weapons all together to sell your game/movie in Japan
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trunker  +   1719d ago
storm? meet teacup.

V for Vendetta saw a train packed with explosives blow up parliament, what's the big deal? numerous other UK terrorist scenarios played out across other media without this ignorant blathering...

how many people raging 7/7 had any qualms with either no russian or the castro assassination deal in black ops?
Marquis_de_Sade  +   1719d ago
V for Vendetta - 2006

London terrorist bombings - 2007

I had qualms with the castro assassination in Black Ops, I have an intense dislike for CoD in general, since MW1, they just prey upon American paranoia.
theEx1Le  +   1719d ago
@ Marquis_de_sade, really, cause i could of swore the terrorist attacks in London were in 2005.
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the_best_player  +   1719d ago
Yes ban this game
Fire1792  +   1718d ago
Just stop production of the series....
Vherostar  +   1719d ago
Ah the devs do this for advertising its a shame they have to go to these lengths really for it. I hope it does get banned now. People need to stop buying this garbage and a ban will stop them buying it. Well at least on the 360 clever ps3 owners will just import it..
hiredhelp  +   1719d ago
if that was aimed at the 7 7 bombings activision really has no heart. Are they gonna do the 911 too.?

i hope this isnt true. cos its not gamers that get to see these games its mothers farthers, worse victims that have kids playing this game.
gunnerforlife  +   1719d ago
Activision Cant be that heartless, can they...?
Rybakov  +   1719d ago
yeah 911 is gonna be MW4 and then America will be pissed of at it

and Activison was prolly best buds with bin laden till he got his ass handed to him
Klaykid123  +   1719d ago
Just.. shut up.
Livin_in_a_box  +   1718d ago
You arse, shut up

EDIT: Not you Klaykid, ha.
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Tachyon_Nova  +   1719d ago
Whats the issue? They aren't actually recreating the 7th of July attack, it is just a similar event. Crysis 2 is set in New York and an alien vessel flies straight through an office block.

By the way, gamers do get to see these games if they are playing it, just thought I'd point that out.

Edit: If they did recreated 9/11, that would be an issue I agree. But I don't agree that this should mean that anything similar is off limits. Let me give you an example of something that emotionally impacts a lot of people but is still used a lot in many forms of media.

Suicide! Hundreds of Movies contain scenes were someone commits suicide by jumping off a building or some other way. Where is the outcry against this by the many many people who have lost someone they know to suicide?

Edit 2 @ RBlaze - I agree with you in some sense, that they do need to respect that it is a sensitive issue. If the scene is purely to cause outrage and get attention on the game then that would be appaling. If there is a good reason for it in context of the games story though I would not have a major issue with it.
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Senden  +   1719d ago
Well it's as dangerously close as it can get. I'd like to think even Activision wouldn't cross this line and if it did I'd be boycotting MW3.
RBlaze  +   1719d ago
I see what you're saying.. But of all the places to choose that scene they pick London? Most other big cities (apart from Madrid) could have had a similar scene without causing nearly as much offence. As I said, I do completely get your point... But I think (as a sign of respect) they should atleast take some measures to avoid direct reference..
gamingdroid  +   1719d ago
People always get offended for something! I say screw them all, I can say what I want and YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LISTEN TO IT!
HappyGaming  +   1719d ago
lol yeah sure try using that mentality in the real world...
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Vherostar  +   1719d ago
Activisions an American company so of course they aint gonna make money off US incidents just other countrys incidents they are heartless and only care about money why dont you people get that?
hiredhelp  +   1719d ago
true dart they could cut the mission.
but that goes to question if they cutting the mission then surely they know they done something they shouldnt have done.

there just some lines you dont cross. even if it has nothing to do with that event its still made to resemble it in this case London, Tube, add it up if there is a bomb involveed not looking good.

plenty more stuff that could be done using london.
gaden_malak  +   1719d ago
"but that goes to question if they cutting the mission then surely they know they done something they shouldnt have done."

More like they'd cut it to please the minority who make mountains out of molehills.
rabidpancakeburglar  +   1719d ago
There is absolutely no chance of that happening. The UK isn't germany or australia, it takes a hell of a lot to get a game banned here
Dark_Overlord  +   1718d ago
Unless the BBFC tries to make an example of it ALA Manhunt 2
alousow  +   1719d ago
its just a game
josh14399  +   1719d ago
They will be doing this on purpose to gaine controversy. Games with controversy sell more.
LycanSoldier  +   1719d ago
As much as I agree with your point. COD really doesn't need it to sell gazillions of copies, it's most likely just to have one of those epic shocking scenes that players enjoy
mastiffchild  +   1719d ago
No sh-t Sherlock! You're damn right and they do it all the time with the MW COD games. Remember all the No Russian BS with MW2? The FAGS video and so on? Any tasteless, lowest rung of the ladder publicity seems fine for MW games. Not clever and not in great taste-last time OR this time imho. i'm no prude and I'm not saying even this upsets me that much but I AM sick of them using cheap gimmicks like this to push a game that would sell anyway-they will upset some people too-do they really want to be shitbags about it? The damn sad thing is there's absolutely NO need for it at all so anyone they DO upset could and should have been easily avoided.
PaPa-Slam  +   1719d ago
I Say not just UK, Ban this filth from the face of this earth.
ape007  +   1719d ago
in your dreams
Kon  +   1719d ago
They wont be missing much.
ape007  +   1719d ago
speak for yourself please
Der_Kommandant  +   1719d ago
He's also speaking for myself
Undeadwolfy  +   1718d ago
Hes speaking for me as well.
JamieLeeC93  +   1718d ago
And me.
Rybakov  +   1719d ago
PLEASE BE YES....if so im moving to the uk
Max_Dissatisfaction  +   1719d ago
Or, you could stay wherever the heck it is that you're at and just not buy the game. While you're at it keep out of CoD articles too. Everybody is happy.
mastiffchild  +   1719d ago
I'm trusting(as a UK resident and native moaning proponent)that either you don't know what it's like here OR you must live somewhere amazingly crappy for you to consider this sorry switch. Having fairly lenient sensors is no way to make up for the awfully crappy and dull,meaningless an empty lives we all have over here. Stay put-I guarantee the weather is better.

The UK isn't hot or dry enough to say it has a summer and the winters are just as bad cos we don't even get enough snow to ski even if we had enough mountains!Which we also don't. he sea is also freezing and it's generally just a bit grey and damp whenever we Brit gamers brave the outside World. Seriously, don't joke about moving to rip off Britain. Everything is dearer and nobody's wages are higher-it's really crap,basically. AND we get our games later than the US even though the localisation must be the exact same! Bloody EU and it's countries with "other" languages ruining my life even more.Why should we have to wait just because Poland didn't have the decency to learn English even when we and the US saved them in WW2?!
mixelon  +   1719d ago
I really hope you're joking. Seriously.. Wow.
HappyGaming  +   1719d ago
No people like you are the biggest reason why UK is shit...

How stupid must you be to complain that other countries speak their own freaking languages?

Just because your life is meaningless and empty lie you said it doesn't mean everyone else's is around you... yesterday was a lovely sunny day and I had an awesome day!

But as a gamer at list be grateful we are not like Australia who truly gets f****d when it comes to censorship game delays and videogame price!!!
rabidpancakeburglar  +   1718d ago
"even if we had enough mountains!Which we also don't."

Take it from that statement that you're not welsh or scottish. I advise you get some psychiatric help before that rage fit you're having leads to you picking off some European migrants in a killing spree
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xPhearR3dx  +   1719d ago
I wish they would ban in here in the US. That way I don't have to worry about my friends trying to shove it down my throat pestering me to buy it.
TXIDarkAvenger  +   1719d ago

Its so hard to convince my friends not to get MW3. They say its crap but when they saw the MW3 trailer, they jizzed their pants. All the trailers are just going to be flashy and then the final product will most likely turn shit.
RankFTW  +   1719d ago
It's only a game ffs.
Darkspade  +   1719d ago
They just need t make the Game Region Free, then They can Import it
Dan50  +   1719d ago
Paralex  +   1719d ago
Eww, PS3.
Undeadwolfy  +   1718d ago
Lol, 360.
TXIDarkAvenger  +   1719d ago
Well, if it got banned in England because of the London Underground destruction then wouldn't that be the samething as saying it might be banned in America because of NYC.
ChrisW  +   1719d ago
Exactly! Planes flying towards towers and smoke and explosions in NYC probably strikes nerves with many who were traumatized by 9/11. But hey! We got Ol' Binny, so maybe it won't be that big of a problem.

BTW... in war, nothing is tasteful... except the blood of your enemy.
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The_KELRaTH  +   1719d ago
We should also ban the Underground trains that pass through the station as they too are a reminder of the bombing :)

As I see it this is the start of Activisions controversial marketing strategy that they perform prior to each release. It's much cheaper than paying for advertising and it keeps the title name in the headlines, online media and forums.

This will follow with the Superstores having lots of stock at the initial release and it selling on consoles for £27.95

Every media on the planet will then go on to tell you just how fantastic sales figures are then go on about exclusive deals on over priced map packs.....

Then it's onto MW4.....
Eamon  +   1719d ago
It's very unlikely it will get banned.

The media here in UK don't go as crazy over trivial crap as American media does.
Dan50  +   1719d ago
Your Daily Mail is like our Fox News
Pintheshadows  +   1718d ago
It is read by mental housewives. According to the Mail eggs will give you cancer.

On topic, I'm English, I lived in Colchester at the time of the bombings. I don't see how a truck with SAS forces on board firing at the tube filled with Russian soldiers bears any similarity.

If you were playing a terrorist maybe. But no. You are not. The Daily Mail just likes to spread lies and cause panic over nothing.
Eamon  +   1719d ago
Yes but Fox News is a TV channel while Daily Mail is a petty tabloid newspaper.
kza  +   1719d ago
The Money hype has started, its just a another plan to get more controversy=£££
Tony-Red-Grave  +   1719d ago
The Money hype has started, its just a another plan to get more controversy=$$$

still i dont see the problem with this sure its extreme but that was in the past its over and done life moved on
Kee  +   1719d ago
If they tried to pull that, there'd be an uprising. I kid you not...
Hide_and_Geek  +   1719d ago
Lol. It won't get banned - it generates millions of pounds of profit, and nobody actually takes the Daily Mail seriously. At least, I hope they don't.

Anyway, this whole article is laughable. Sensationalist bollocks; what came first - violence in society or violence in videogames? Hmm, I wonder.

"Bad stuff happens in the world, so let's ban this game."

Such a stupid argument.
mixelon  +   1719d ago
Hahaha what a surprise.. The Daily Mail..

Not going to get banned. It's another made up controversy.

It isn't "Too soon" these are the sort of images we've been scared of here since the IRA used to bomb things left right and centre. It'd be a pretty crappy war game if it didn't show destruction. It might be scarier because something vaguely similar happened 6 years ago but really - shocking people and reminding them of bad stuff isn't necessarily a bad thing. If it's evoking an emotional response surely that's GOOD. The trailer is trying to get across the fact that the sh$* has hit the fan - tapping into people's pre-existing anxieties and experiences seems like an effective tool to get the message across. Take into consideration the number of people who were *really* affected by the 7/7 events.

"War games are ok as long as they don't make me feel uncomfortable or remind me of real life.." shouldn't almost all these games be banned to avoid offending *someone*.

The British media is pretty bad with gaming stuff, but the government and legislators are actually pretty damn good.
Der_Kommandant  +   1719d ago
Lucky British!
MARKUS_MAX1MUS  +   1719d ago
The Daily Fail started all this controversy, the same "honourable" paper that has headlines with racist undertones.

Controversey? This is just another example of games being demonised and picked apart because the mainstream media for some reason still views gaming as a "taboo" hobby.

Why not films? what about V for Vendetta which featured the houses of parliment being destroyed? infact what about films set in any kind of real setting which depict destruction and killing of innocent civilians?

What about disaster films that show the world being destroyed? shouldnt the whole world be outraged?

Its amusing how people in the western world bang on about freedom of speech and freedom of rights, so these people want to ironically deny a gaming company the right to release a game.

Victims and familys of victims of the 7/7 attacks, our sympathy goes out to you but there is no retribution in attacking entertainment that loosely mirrors these events that took place.
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Pintheshadows  +   1718d ago
Don't forget it also ran a story saying eggs will give you cancer.
MeNoRasta  +   1719d ago
So if a train derails in any game that means its aimed at the 7 7 bombing?

If that's the case then does that mean blowing up buildings in battlefield bad company 2 is aimed at the twin towers incident?

Short answer: it shouldn't get banned because of a train derailing.

R.I.P to all the people who lost their lives in both incidents.
JMyers  +   1719d ago
I hope it does get banned, not because of the scene, but because I don't like COD. xD

On a more serious note, that would be ridiculous. People are way too oversensitive and politically correct these days. This scene has nothing to do with those attacks, people just one something to complain about and blame. If a video game (rated 18) shows breasts its an Outrage. Yet newspapers (that anyone has access to) can show this on page. Similarly, movies rated 12A can show explosions and violence of all sorts anywhere... yet in a video game (rated 18) its an issue. Blind, misguided, narrow minded fools with double standards.
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thrashermario  +   1719d ago
no bann this garbage game in the whole world please
pandehz  +   1719d ago
I hate how some games desensitizes gamers to real events.

Aliens attacking New York in Crysis 2 is fine as it is science fiction and totally imagined.

Using real events to motivate a plot and using it for gameplay purposes creates a distraction from the reality of it.

Hope the London scene is not disrespectful.
Redgehammer  +   1719d ago
So how will games ever become Art if they are not allowed to reflect life?
ninjagoat  +   1719d ago
Truth be told but opening to that trailer and ending freedom tower stands don't see any planes flying into it do we??. Yet in london the undergrounds where people perished is being used as a cheap advertisment for mw3. Yes its a game yes its gonna be fun.

But at what cost and where do we draw the lines. Btw im from the shankill road in Belfast Northern Ireland ive seen my Fair share of Terrorism in my time.

Im yet to see a game where the IRA walks into a fish shop on a busy afternoon on the Shankill road and blows women and children up. Hense where would the difference be there.

Are what about the countless shootings and killings on the streets here car bombings. Bars blown to pieces people carried out in pieces. There has to be a line drawn somewhere tbh.
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Killzone3___  +   1719d ago
what's IRA ?.. you mean iraq ?..

in my opinion , games shouldn't put anything offend people , they don't have the right to do it , it's just a game so why not put new names and looks to make all people buy it...

look what battlefield doing , they are making iran people look bad that's why i won't buy it , if offend me even if im not from iran , if they want to make something realistic they should make a game about attacking hitlar , sadam not normal people who defend their countries or civilians , it's pointless , it just offend people , it's not going to reach any point that the people of iran are bad , same with all the countries.. everyone want his humen rights , everyone wants to make his country powerful , freedom , have good peope in it , it's stupid that people out side take their thoughts as attacking or anything , they just defend their country , they don't do anything bad to the other people in the other countries , the thing that makes me shocked that why america have nuclear weapons and they don't let the other countries have it , why they don't let the other countries defend their selfs , iran didn't attack anyone , they are not terrorists they just feel that the world are against them because they want to make their country powerful and no one dare to attack it , the only way they think is if they get attacked they will defend their selfs , if a war happened they don't want the other countries defeat them , that's how every good ruler think but he never use the weapons on anything else then defend ..

why people accppting israel to attack felesten and force the people in it to go out the country to controle it ? .. why you accept them to kill humens ?. do you accept a country come try to take your country ? .. do you ? .. i don't think so , no one want to get killed , torture , homeless , don't have anything , forced to go out your country .. it's really shocking that people claim they care about humen rights but they don't even know anything about what happening in middle east ..
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b_one  +   1719d ago
Retailers gonna get mad as hell about this ban. If this happens, Amazon could hire assasins ;)
Blitz001  +   1719d ago
Hahahahahahahha.... -.-
DAS692  +   1719d ago
... A game this terrible should be banned everywhere...
Frak  +   1719d ago
It won't be banned but article like these should be banned, some ppl just want some hits.
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