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Pointless moral panic

When it comes to pointless moral panics, you can always rely on The Daily Mail to get in the ear of some opportunistic MP looking to make a headline or two for himself. Take Keith Vaz, for example, an absolute paragon of virtue that all Private Eye readers will know is as morally unimpeachable as it is possible to be. He decided to bring up the controversial terrorist level in Modern Warfare 2 in parliament, which is obviously the most important issue facing the Labour government today.

‘I am absolutely shocked by the level of violence in this game and am particularly concerned about how realistic the game itself looks,’ he said to the Mail, whose reactionary readers managed to laugh this one off with ‘it’s only a game’. Nevertheless Activision have reiterated that the level is completely skippable should the player think mowing down computer generated civilians might turn them into a mass-murdering psycho, or even worse, a soldier.

‘At the beginning of the game there are two checkpoints where the player is advised that some people may find an upcoming segment disturbing. These checkpoints can't be disabled. It is appropriately rated 18 for violent scenes.’

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