Cover Your Eyes!

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Writes the Christian Science Monitor:

The scenes are familiar enough to even the casual gamer: tanks rumble by, choppers pass overhead, exchanging gunfire with troops on the ground; explosions erupt left and right, revealing the grimacing faces of soldiers fighting a faceless enemy. But in the upcoming “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2/Infamy” one thing stands out: the gallant mansion reduced to rubble doesn’t belong to some crazed separatist dictator hellbent on all kinds of nefarious acts. Instead, it’s the White House. The scenes of post-apocalyptic scenes of carnage play out not in some fictional town in eastern Europe, but in Washington D.C. itself…. Does the game go too far? Is it offensive?

(Thanks to Mark Fee)

UPDATE from Craig:

Can’t you see? It’s wrong to show warfare or anything unsavory upon that Hallowed Ground, that Shining City on a Hill, that Holy of Holies: Washington, DC. Why to imply warfare there would be like suggesting the Goths could sack Rome!Will “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2″  cast the player in the role of defending DC from secessionists or some other such PC theme? The Call of Duty producers made their fortunes. after all, producing games that glorified the “Good War”.

However, my personal favorite “post apocalyptic” game, Fallout 3, depicts the player fighting in and around the ruins of a post-nuked DC and portrays the remnants of the fedgov as the power-mad, self-serving, genocidal “Enclave.” I assume you aren’t a gamer, Lew, but since you are a sucker for “end of the world” movies, if you were a gamer, Fallout 3 would be for you.

UPDATE from John Jolly:

The narrator of the trailer has some potent words, though, on our current foreign policy. He said that Cain could not hide his crime (murder of his brother Abel) because the “voice of his brother’s blood cried out from the very ground”. Then, near the end of the trailer the narrator spoke these potent words just before showing the white house, “perhaps you can not yet hear it, because the soil is not your own. But you will.”. It is true that most Americans can not hear the voices of the dead because those we kill are not our brothers and nor on our soil. When it isn’t on our soil, our property, most do not care. Even though I feel for those we kill, and do what I can to help, the cries of their numerous dead barely reach my ears. May God give them peace.

11:15 am on October 6, 2009