While dissapointed to read about the reported "link" between Modern Warfare and the recent Russian Airport tragedy I can't say I was suprised. While games have always been linked to controversy in the press it seems to be becoming increasingly regular. This might simply be a symptom of videogames increasing importance in mainstream culture but I can't help but wish there could just be a proper debate about it instaed of the usual;
Mainstream Media, "Games are bad!". Gaming Press/Gamers, "Oh no they aren't!" Rinse and repeat every few months.
Now while this latest episode is well wide of the mark I feel sometimes developers do need to be more accountable. However fictional the plot, games like COD do strive for a certain level of military authenticity in many aspects and the fact is they would not exist without real world conflict increasing interest in them.
I'm not saying these games should be banned or anything, if films are allowed to glorify these things why shouldn't games? I'm just saying there IS a debate to be had about where to draw the line and what is acceptable content for a game. This can never happen while both sides refuse to listen to anyone elses view.
To keep things in perspective ITV plan to run a docudrama about Fred and Rosemary west. This appears to be fine but just imagine the outcry if a West game was announced...