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Here's the Tube Terror in Modern Warfare 3 That's Freaking Out the Brits

Depictions of terrorist attacks on London's Tube are just one of the ways military shooter Call of Duty courts controversy in this year's blockbuster Modern Warfare 3 game.

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Decried for being in "incredibly bad taste" by the UK's Mediawatch campaign, the Call of Duty series has for years depicted graphic and shocking moments in fictionalized war.

Last year's Call of Duty: Black Ops drew ire from the Cuban government over a scene that seemed to allow players to assassinate Fidel Castro. Two years ago, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 came under fire over a scene that had players gunning down unarmed civilians in an Russian airport.

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This year the game's media flashpoint will likely be the game's depiction of terrorist attacks in London and the U.S. military response in Paris.

Be warned, this is a video loaded with spoilers. Don't watch a second of it if you want to experience the game free of prior knowledge.


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I don't get why this would be so controversial. It'd be different if YOU were invading London or Paris, and carrying out massive terrorist attacks. As it is, it seems like you're part of the forces trying to stop it, and you just witness terrible things happen.

Games taking place in the US do the same thing (Homefront, Turning Point (I believe), etc).

And for the record, I'm sure this non-controversy is nearly as widespread as the article (or at least the headline) indicates. Likely it's just been mentioned on one or two news stations.