What Is Too Real?

Dawsyn Perry, writer

There has been much controversy surrounding violence in video games in recent years.

 

Many people are skeptical of the possible implications that violent video games can have on others, especially when it comes to the influence on children.

 

One aspect of the newly released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is it’s approach to the controversial topic of realism.

 

The term realism is used to describe the realistic portrayal of situations that seem true to life.

 

Realism in video games has led some to believe that the industry should shy away from the possible implications it may lead to.

 

That being said, the newest continuation of the Call of Duty franchise was marketed as one of the most accurate portrayals of military and covert operations in a video game.

 

Fans of the franchise had been asking for a “boots on the ground” Call of Duty ever since they first experimented with futuristic settings with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

 

Given that the franchise had successfully handled a modern combat simulation with the trilogy of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, it didn’t seem like too much to ask of the industry giant.

A factor leading fans back to the franchise included the brilliant decision to reintroduce Captain Price because of how much the Call of Duty community loves his character.

 

For a Call of Duty, the campaign achieves its high expectations and stays true to the marketing.

 

By having multiple story lines, it allows us, the players, to engage and relate to different scenarios we’re presented with throughout the narrative.

 

Some people don’t find engagement from things such as campaigns and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s multiplayer gives them an option to play with their friends or meet new people online.

 

Senior Jonathan Vargas is a perfect example of one of the people who only enjoys multiplayer.

 

“Playing with friends just makes my experience better than playing a campaign all by myself,” he said.

 

Thankfully, multiplayer is one of the games greatest strengths and the franchise continues to expand it with inclusions of new game modes such as Ground War and Gunfight.

 

Overall, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare challenges the stigma of video games causing violence by pushing for one of the most realistic experiences in gaming to date.

 

With the risk of facing a media era that pushes to remove anything addressing important topics, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has still flourished and will continue to so heading into the future.