Practicum: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 UPDATE – Post-discussion postPosted: November 30, 2011
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.