Here we go again. The Daily Mail indulges in yet more scaremongering today, as it links Activision's Modern Warfare 3 to the tragedy of London's 7/7 suicide bombings in 2005.
A story, published with no byline
, attempts to incite "fury" over the teaser trailer for Infinity Ward's latest blockbuster shooter that was released yesterday
In the trailer, scenes of destruction and chaos ensue in New York's Wall Street and on the London Underground train service. Of course, "Daily Mail Reporter" writes that "Supporters of those affected by the 7/7 suicide attacks in July 2005, which killed 52 people, called for Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
to be banned," but provided no evidence or quotes to support the claim.
Comment was obtained from spokesperson for campaign group Mediawatch UK. Vivienne Pattison said, "I have concerns as these games are hyper-real and take place in a landscape we are familiar with. In light of the fact we have just had the 7/7 inquests, it is in incredibly poor taste."
Luckily, Activision commented on the situation to clear the air. "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
is a fictional action game aimed at mature adults and set in World War Three. The scenes in the game are entirely fictional and are not intended to recreate any historical events," reads a statement.
The story has already provoked a negative reaction from its readership. "What an absolute load of rubbish - we get this kind of poor 'article' every single year, written by misinformed people who are clearly taking advantage of a popular game's hype to try and get noticed and make a name for themselves," writes one user.
"That isnt really about the London tube bombings though..." types another. Good to see that some people have their head screwed on. What are your thoughts, readers?