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Modern Warfare 2 Censored in Japan, Germany

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will undoubtedly be this year's biggest selling game. It also might be one of the most controversial due to its "No Russian" level.

Infinity Ward posts multiple warnings before the player starts the game regarding the explicit level, giving players an option to skip it entirely without affecting the outcome of the game. Those who do play through the level can choose not to open fire on the civilian crowd, but doing so won't penalize the player either.

Things are different in the Japanese and German versions of the game. According to Kotaku, gamers who open fire on the civilians in the airport level will automatically fail the mission and will have to restart. Fingers will have to be off the triggers in order to progress successfully to the end of the stage.

While this does allow the gamer in Japan or Germany to experience the same horrific scene that other MW2 players do, the moral choice is removed.

For those of you who played through MW2, how did you approach this level and why?

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  • N19h7M4r3
    i killed as many as i could... for the same reason in kill any granny i stumble upon on GTA they are a bunch of pixels with in most cases really bad AI... i dont know where is that "moral choice" you speak of... to kill or not to kill programing objects... of course its the same as picking a machine gun and running down a shopping-mall...
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  • XZaapryca
    It's a frick'n video game. People get upset over the stupidest crap.
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  • tommy indanus
    how many reported shootings in the world is caused by the influence of video games? Graphic shooting games have been around since the 80's... so we know something.
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  • lumpy
    It shocked Me a bit,but Im a big sissy.
    Its rare a video game evokes much emotion in Me so In a way it worked.I didnt shoot um up..well, I shot a few 2nd time through;)
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  • a response to N19h7M4re who said:
    i killed as many as i could... for the same reason in kill any granny i stumble upon on GTA they are a bunch of pixels with in most cases really bad AI... i dont know where is that "moral choice" you speak of... to kill or not to kill programing objects... of course its the same as picking a machine gun and running down a shopping-mall...


    The characters in the game, though they may only be programming objects, do represent people. Games attempt to immerse people in an alternate reality and the programmers do a pretty good job. When I play a game, I'm not thinking about manipulating human interface devices to change the parameters of these objects, I'm thinking, "shoot the bad guys." I didn't kill the civilians because of what they represent, despite the fact that they are created in code.
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  • Gin Fushicho
    It's a GAME , if I'm told to shoot somebody , I'm going to in game.
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  • IzzyCraft
    It's a fictional world... that's like censoring a book for being offensive or some crap. Don't like it don't buy it.
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  • jisamaniac
    Of all people, the Japanese are getting "offended" about morality? Either two things can occur.

    1. They are upset you can use a WW2 plane to blow up the crowd.
    2. You can't go up to the crowd AI and commit sensual acts.

    Oh the mysterious ways of the Japanese.
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  • mman74
    I kept shooting Makarov and his men, but the game kept ending. Stupid story. If I was the operative I would have wasted Makarov and his men, and then none of the Russian invasion would have happened.
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  • sinsear
    I don't get it; lolicon is perfectly okay but this is censored in Japan...
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