Practicum: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 UPDATE – Post-discussion post

I hope my presentation was interesting for everyone; I really enjoyed doing my research and analyzing it for the class.  Looking over our discussion questions, I felt I should elaborate on one of the topics.

– Does the online aspect of the game make it more violent?  Would you let your kids play Call of Duty?

The class was somewhat mixed about this question, and there are a few different ideas at work here.  First, the human element that online gaming provides.  Because a player “kills” another player, the violence seems to be realer than most video games, but this quality is very subjective.  Second, the idea of the techno panic.  I had overlooked this argument, and its certainly worth noting.  Often times, gaming is demonized by the media (like the story I brought up in class), and not given a fair turn.  Is that happening here?  Is Call of Duty training snipers or simply improving our dexterity? I’m leaning towards the latter, but the class should continue the discussion.


2 Comments on “Practicum: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 UPDATE – Post-discussion post”

  1. ashglowinski says:

    As a retail employee who sees this game being purchased frequently, I do not think it is neccesarily a techno panic. Parents frequently come in with their children under seventeen and purchase the game for them even after I explain that it is rated M for mature and mention all of the violence involved in game play. Plently of parents are still allowing their children to play the game so I think that it is not all that bad. Plus after you “kill” a player if you are talking to them on the heaset over the playstation newtwork, xbox live, etc they usually respond with “Dude! You just killed me” and it is all in fun and obviously fake violence. I do not feel the need to become a sniper after play COD. Those are my thoughts. Nice presentation, hope you continue to enjoy online gaming! 🙂

  2. mikecoakley says:

    I definitely think that people can distinguish between online play and reality. Online play in games like COD lets people express themselves in harmless competition. “Killing” people in COD is a far cry from killing people in real life. Its ironic that the media likes to demonize games that have violent play but often shy away from criticizing real life war. We think too little of people when we assume that people can differentiate between pressing a trigger on an Xbox 360 controller and pulling the trigger on a real weapon. Violence (like it or not) is part of American culture, and I’d rather have it in games or featured in movies than have it on the streets.

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