Tag Archives: Backlash

Morrowind

Morrowind isn’t just a game to me – it’s grown into something much more in the course of my history with it. While there are plenty of other games that I adore – Blood Money, Sup Com, Dragon Age, etc – Morrowind is in a different place. Not necessarily because it’s better, though I’d argue that it is or at least was – time is often cruel – but because it changed me from really liking games a lot, to being fascinated by games and what they can do. The first time I saw Morrowind, I had no idea what…

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,…