Author Archives: Laurence Elliot

Modern Warfare 2 – Killing Civilians

Once again, the world has been confronted with difficult questions about the nature of videogames as an entertainment form. Footage of recently release Modern Warfare 2 featuring the player gunning down innocent civilians in an airport was leaked several weeks ago and caused the usual ignorant and ill-informed backlash from the usual ignorant and ill-informed social commentators in the press. Accusations that “it makes light of terrorist activities” were thrown around will-nilly, betraying a gross misunderstanding of the medium, not to mention the scene itself (as this isn’t exactly what I would call a “light” treatment of terrorist violence). Yes,…

We got served

They called me paranoid. They called me deluded. They said it would never happen. Well who has the last laugh now?! Funnily enough, no one. If there was any affirmation that the world of the console was aggressively encroaching on the world of the PC, then the recent news that Infinity Ward is removing dedicated server functionality from Modern Warfare 2 is it. Its replacement with a matchmaking system, akin to the likes of Halo 3, has prompted a vicious backlash of Left 4 Dead proportions that IW seem to be ignoring. The comparatively recent explosion of “casual gaming” (that…