Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and the problem with its child soldier level

June 20, 2019
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On Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s announcement day, I was excited. Not just for the usual reasons, but because this instalment promised to tackle some seriously mature topics. Articles were published describing a terrorist attack in London, civilian collateral damage, situations ripped “straight from the headlines” and a particularly challenging child soldier level.

It sounded like a recipe for controversy, sure, but also an opportunity for something a bit different.

I’m a great believer in the potential of war games to provide genuinely interesting commentary on conflict. This is to the extent I wrote a bonus dissertation analysing how This War of Mine and Spec Ops: The Line critique the complexities and horrors of war. Yes, I’m a nerd.

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