By now, that very controversial airport/terrorist scene in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has generated a ton of debate and backlash and not surprisingly, everyone seems to have their own opinion on the matter.
It's always interesting to hear how another developer views the situation, though. Quantic Dream co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumiere spoke to MTV about the situation and after reading his reply, we should've seen it coming. After all, Quantic Dream is going to deliver one of the more adult-oriented, dramatic experiences in gaming history with Heavy Rain and in the past, Quantic members have said they see no distinction between games and movies. Well, they recognize the obvious differences and limitations, of course, but in terms of content, they simply believe that if it can't be controversial in a movie, it can't be controversial in a game. Said de Fondaumiere:
"My take on it is very simple. I don’t see any reason why video games should be treated differently than movies, for instance. I think that we should leave game creators free of expressing their vision as they see fit. I think the guys at Infinity Ward had something very precise in mind when they did this scene. The real danger for me is, when you put out such a scene out of context. I can take any movie and take a sequence and make up a story and it will look like something that’s amoral or that crosses the line. This is most of the time what happens in video games [in the media]."
If we consider gaming to be an art form in the entertainment industry, then it's always difficult to condemn a piece of art because you find the content questionable. At the same time, many of us do believe that there is such a thing as inappropriate and unnecessary content, which is the reason why many are upset over that scene in MW2. Where do you come out on the issue? And please, no explosions of arguments in the Comments below.
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2