Modern Warfare 2 criticized on Fox News

Yet another biased attack on video games from Fox News.

It shouldn’t come as any surprise to many gamers out there after the Mass Effect sex scene controversy, but Fox News and its "fair and balanced" reporting have criticized Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, game creators, retailers, and the industry as a whole once again. It occurred on the program "Fox & Friends" during a segment on Modern Warfare 2 titled, "A game that lets you play as a terrorist?"

The story headline was followed by a pre-commercial quip: "Is the game going too far? We’re going to have a fair and balanced debate to find out."

Fox & Friends had Jon Christensen of Slash Gamer and Common Sense media CEO Jim Steyer discuss the issue with the show’s host. The following is a transcription of the segment:

Fox Host: Jim, you got some problems with this game?

Jim: It’s mainly for adults and a well made game, but there’s no doubt there’s a link between violent video games and kids.

Fox Host: Jon, you essentially get to be a terrorist and kill people and it’s very realistic.

Jon: You’re not actually a terrorist. You’re a CIA undercover agent. You are infiltrating a terrorist organization and the game specifically says, when you go into, uh when you work with this terrorist organization. You are um… (Jon loses his train of thought, awkward moment) You are a a a uh a a a CIA operative. (chuckles) I’m sorry.

Fox Host: Jim at what age is this game appropriate or is it ever appropriate?

Jim: The main issue with violent video games, including very well made made games like COD. There’s no question there’s correlation between violent games and kids blah blah*. It’s up to the parent to decide whether they buy the game for their son or daughter blah blah*. You need to use common sense.
*blah blah blah added by reader Ryan

Fox Host: I’ll give you the final world Jon

Jon: Kids can definitely pick up the game. If parents buy it for them. I have a buddy who’s a manager of a store. Little kids came in to buy the game and he asked if they were over 17. They said no, so he didn’t sell them the game. Retailers are doing a good job. It’s been proven time and time again.

Fox Host: You bring a violent game into a house with an 8 year old, nothing to stop that kid from playing it and becoming a terrorist…on a video game.

Jon: That’s ridiculous! You’re not a terrorist! It’s pixelated violence! You’re not a terrorist!

Fox Host: It’s violence.

Jon: (closing his eyes) It’s not real. It’s not real.

Fox Host: Jon and Jim. The debate goes on.

For anyone looking for the full clip, you can find it by clicking here.



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Mike has been playing games for over two decades. His earliest memories are of shooting ducks and stomping goombas on NES, and over the years, the hobby became one of his biggest passions. Mike has worked with GamerNode as a writer and editor since 2009, giving you news, reviews, previews, a voice on the VS Node Podcast, and much more.

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