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Russians Upset Over New “Call of Duty” Game

23. November 2009 by Daniel 0 Comments

An American video game maker has made significant edits to the Russian release of the new hit game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2,” as Russian gamers expressed anger over the game in internet forums.


Russian players were reportedly upset about the portrayal of their country in the game, which grossed a record-breaking $550 million in sales in its first five days of release. The game puts players in a world in which the Russian government has been taken over by ultranationalists seeking to spark a war with the U.S.


One level of the game, dubbed “No Russian,” has the player take part in a massacre of civilian hostages, including Russian women, at a Moscow airport. This, along with the overall depiction of Russia in the game, including scenes showing obscenities written on rooftops, particularly drew the ire of Russian gamers.


The game’s publisher, Activision, stated that they cut the massacre scene and other elements of the game from the Russian release.


A company spokesman said that the edited release deprives Russian players of a substantial portion of the game’s storyline. But he also noted that the decision to modify the Russian version was made well in advance of the game’s Nov. 10 release and few of the gamers were upset enough to actually boycott the game.