The leaked footage of terrorists attacking civilians in an airport in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has touched on a sensitive nerve around the world, despite Activision's response to the outrage.
According to Kotaku , one group in Australia is demanding the game be re-rated. As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Council on Children and the Media wants to see a higher rating than the currently held MA 15+, even though that's as high as a rating can go in the land down under. ACCM president Jane Roberts complains that if the game releases with this rating, it would be made available to kids under the age of 15 but maybe she forgets that if the game can't be given an MA 15+, it won't be given a rating at all and hence, won't be sold. Basically, she's asking for the game to be banned in Australia. Said Roberts:
"We understand that it's a game but…we're not far off when you look at the images that you could actually put it on a Channel Nine news report and you'd think maybe that is real. The consequences of terrorism are just abhorrent in our community and yet here we are with a product that's meant to be passed off as a leisure time activity, actually promoting what most world leaders speak out publicly against."
Unfortunately for Roberts – and fortunately for Activision and Infinity Ward – it appears such demands are falling on deaf ears. The Australian Classification Board has already responded and simply said they "could not review its own decisions." Of course, this won't stop the oncoming tide of resentment and concern over the game, but it'll likely do wonders for game sales.
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2