For those dozen or so gamers out there gearing up for the launch of Infinity Ward’s uber-mega-funtime-anticipated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, you might want to brace yourselves for some serious anti-violent video game advocate backlash. We haven’t even come close to hearing the end of the game’s already infamous airport sequence, and that’s just one aspect of the game that will likely cause many a discussion regarding violence in video games in the near future.
So, if you feel like getting a head start on showing your support for Modern Warfare 2, and the artistic merits of its content, depictions and experiences, then, as the BBC reports, there’s a Facebook group just waiting for you to join.
British Member of Parliament Tom Watson founded the Gamer’s Voice group after fellow MP, Keith Vaz, told the British publication the Daily Mail he was “absolutely shocked” by MW2’s level of violence. Watson spells out his intentions on the group’s page, saying:
“Are you sick of UK newspapers and (my fellow) politicians beating up on gaming? So am I. The truth is, UK gamers need their own pressure group. I want to help you start one up. I don't know how it should work yet but please register your interest if you agree that gamers need their voice hear [sic] in the corridors of power.”
The group’s motto/official description similarly declares, “This group is unashamedly pro-video games. We aim to discuss how UK video gamers can find their voice in newspapers and government.” Keeping good on his word, Watson has promised to make MW2 a point of discussion in Parliament on Wednesday, the day after the game is released.
Given the UK's history with violent video games, it's encouraging to see someone standing up for the medium in such a public way. Whether it will actually result in anything remains to be seen, but at least it's something.