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Violence Surrounds 'Modern Warfare 3' Release: Blame the Game?

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In-game explosions weren't the only waves of violence witnessed on the release of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3." The highly anticipated first-person shooter, released on Wednesday, has been widely hailed as one of the greatest games of the year. But for some, the release almost turned into real-life violence.

According to Fox News, there have been several reports of violent threats and armed robberies related to the release, and Connecticut papers are reporting litter and vandalism throughout malls where gamers lined up for the game. Now many new sources, from Forbes to the The Los Angeles Times, are wondering if it says something about the game.

France saw the worst of it. According to Digital Trends, two seperate shipments of the game were stolen from the back of shipment trucks. The first robbery was reportedly carried out by two men armed with knives and tear gas; the second was carried out at gunpoint.

The biggest story in the U.S. took place in Aurora, Colorado. Lomorin Sar, a 31-year-old gamer, became so upset when his local Best Buy told him they didn't have his pre-order that he threatened to "shoot people in the parking lot" and blow up the store if they didn't let him have a copy. Staff quickly contacted the polic, and Sar was arrested.

There are a couple more instances in the news, but the important thing is no one was actually hurt. A few mall windows suffered, but the only killing that went on in the "Modern Warfare 3" community was in-game.
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  • REALCHIX001 2011/12/06 13:01:54
  • Greatkibble 2011/11/21 19:33:09
    Yes
    Greatkibble
    If violence was aroused because of the release of the game, then yes, blame the game for that; however I'll never say violence in general is caused by video games - I find that idea a bit absurd. I'm just here to vote that the violence in the examples were caused by a game - and not violence is caused by games. #difference
  • Reikyrr 2011/11/16 11:57:39
    No
    Reikyrr
    I would grow aggressive too if I had to stand in line for hours, but I am not that bad of a maschosist,
  • NinjaZombieslyr 2011/11/16 04:14:57
    No
    NinjaZombieslyr
    I know that MW3 is awesome. I love the story line. I don't blame the game for violence...unless there was any one left for the limited edition....then hell, I would fight for it!
  • demonic angel 2011/11/15 22:51:42
    Yes
    demonic angel
    its a game i use it to unstress my self im 14 most kids can actually be less violent thru this sort of thing
  • demonic... demonic... 2011/11/15 22:52:56
    demonic angel
    lol wrong one
  • Kaname Kuran 2011/11/15 17:36:13
  • marty 2011/11/15 15:02:36
    No
    marty
    +1
    You pay for what you want. If, say, I want a game with realistic explosions, blood n' gore, then that's what I want with my $50-$60! The more we try to "baby" games down to "be less violent," the lousier the games get AND the game becomes less effective as a 'teaching tool.' The 'violence' lets players see the repercussions of their actions; seeing the blood and gore from fake-video game actions may deter real life violence. Expressing violence in video games is also an outlet to aggression; it's better for someone to kill fake people then to bottle up their anger and frustrations and kill real people.
  • 2011/11/15 14:17:54
    No
    no its to sick to bring violence just fun dahh ppl use ur heads
  • Asa Core 2011/11/15 04:12:51
    Yes
    Asa Core
    MW3 = Release the Awesome!
  • FuzzyWuzzyBearJew 2011/11/15 02:20:37
    No
    FuzzyWuzzyBearJew
    Don't let a few bad apples spoil the whole thing. MW3 sells well; ergo lots of people go to but it, therefore there are more people who are going to put out a bad example than the people who get games that aren't rated as good.

    The fact is, for all most people's paranoia, games are not bad. You could even argue that for all that people say they encourage violence, they are also an outlet for violence that isn't the real world-now there's a benefit for you!
  • Decipher 2011/11/15 00:13:40
    No
    Decipher
    MW3 = Release the Awesome!
  • thksfrthmmrs 2011/11/14 21:55:29
    No
    thksfrthmmrs
    If that's the case we'd all be jumping on turtles:
    super mario

    Be tearing down plants:

    lengend of zelda plant monster

    And going on insane treasure hunts:

    uncharted
  • DSSSD94 2011/11/14 20:10:05
    No
    DSSSD94
    It's a violent game. Take it or leave it.
  • eagle8 2011/11/14 02:31:02
    No
    eagle8
    +2
    Weak minds do weak things regardless.
  • on and on1 2011/11/13 18:44:40
    No
    on and on1
    Accept responsibility for your actions.

    accept responsibility gif
  • Yolanda Sure' 2011/11/13 18:39:08
    No
    Yolanda Sure'
    I love that game its the sh*t (:
  • jimbo999 2011/11/13 18:33:32
    No
    jimbo999
    Blame the person, not the game.
  • cowabunga 2011/11/13 17:51:10
    No
    cowabunga
    Blaming their parents....
  • Mike 2011/11/13 10:23:14
    No
    Mike
    Non-sense! Videogames don't remove a person's choice, therefore if the person acts in an unapropriate manner it is that person's fault, not the videogame's!
  • CupCake0911 2011/11/12 20:51:09
    No
    CupCake0911
    I wouldn't blame the game at all for it because a lot of people are wanting the game but don't have the money or their parents won't let them play it. I love mw3 because it's one of the best games that came out this year besides Skyrim. So hell no, i don't blame the game at all.
  • aksquad 2011/11/12 04:24:41
  • nadia bieber 2011/11/12 00:13:37
    No
    nadia bieber
    people need to learn to keep the crap in the game. just cuz some people act stupid everyone's gonna blame the game.
  • Teh MIghty Pyro 2011/11/11 22:14:50
    No
    Teh MIghty Pyro
    if you say yes your a moron( no offense) because i realy dont think i need to explain this to anyone. anyone sane should know the correct answer for this is "no"
  • Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮ 2011/11/11 19:09:31
    No
    Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    I say, blame the parents for not being parents, and idiots for buying material they are not mentally ready for.

    For all mature people that vote with their dollars (either for the games or not) and were mature about it, I thank you.
  • RosaG 2011/11/11 17:13:04
    No
    RosaG
    Not this again.
  • Vezman 2011/11/11 17:10:36
    No
    Vezman
    Hard to blame a game on peoples actions before they've even played it.
  • cupcake 2011/11/11 16:51:07
    No
    cupcake
    it's a game
  • wpsark 2011/11/11 16:40:59
    No
    wpsark
    +2
    sure blame the game, seems to be a trend that we place blame on every and anything other than the person who did the act.
  • Thomas Foster 2011/11/11 16:37:49
    No
    Thomas Foster
    hello
  • actionjksn 2011/11/11 15:34:20
    No
    actionjksn
    +1
    This is just people making excuses for why they want censorship.
  • Time Traveler 2011/11/11 14:14:09
    No
    Time Traveler
    +1
    Blame the popularity among young teens. The violence has nothing to do with the game - it's simply that the thieves know they can steal the shipments and sell them on the streets cheap and they'll sell fast.

    Expect no different with Skyrim.
  • Halle M... Time Tr... 2011/11/11 15:10:01
    Halle Martinez
    +2
    Syrim players are a level above the knuckle dragging shooter only gamer. The FPS addict is like knowing how to type but not how to compose logical sentences or correctly spelled words. Shallow wargamers with no depth to their experience and skill base.
  • Devin Pederson 2011/11/11 12:33:46
    No
    Devin Pederson
    +1
    Blame the idiots that don't have a brain.
  • NYCbrit 2011/11/11 09:23:54
    No
    NYCbrit
    +3
    Music, movies and games are not to blame for humans being violent. Lotsa violence before video games & movies.
  • jenny.bryan1 2011/11/11 08:30:22
    No
    jenny.bryan1
    +3
    Leave the games alone it has nothing to do with the games it's the sicko that sits behind them :O
  • Tessa 2011/11/11 02:27:43
  • KendraT... Tessa 2011/11/11 03:14:42
    KendraTaylor
    +1
    what a great analogy!
  • Tessa KendraT... 2011/11/11 14:59:24
  • Time Tr... Tessa 2011/11/11 17:52:30
    Time Traveler
    +3
    When I look really hard at the rate of infant mortality for kittens, I believe that kittens are responsible for the famine in South Africa.

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