My son wants Call of Duty, but how do these video games impact teen boys?

Michael RichPost update: Dr. Rich responded to the comments on this post, including whether he got some of the facts about the game wrong. Check out his response.

Media expert Michael Rich, MD, MPH, director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital Boston, answers your questions about media use. Last week, he discussed junk food ads on kids’ websites.

Here’s this week’s question:

Q: I don’t wish for my teen son to have more “first-person shooter” experiences, and yet all he wants in this world is this Modern Warfare game. All of his friends have it already, and he says he’ll be laughed at and left out if he doesn’t get it. He said these games are so much fun…he gets a real rush. How do these games impact teen boys? Are there any positive impacts? What’s a parent to do?
-Wary of Warfare in Glencoe, IL

A: Dear Wary,

I commend you for questioning and challenging your son’s request. The game he is asking for, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, opens with a scene in which the player—an undercover member of a terrorist group—walks through an airline terminal in Russia. The player earns points by shooting as many tourists as possible, including those who are injured and crawling away.

All video games create behavioral scripts, which encourage the player to respond to the virtual environment in certain ways and rehearse those behaviors over and over. If the game is fun, the brain connects those behaviors to positive feelings. This powerful learning experience can be positive or negative, depending on the content and goal of the game. In this case, your son is getting a rush because the video game is fun, but this is concerning because the fun is being linked to the behavior of shooting helpless people. So the question with this, as with any video game, is what skills and behaviors you want your son to learn, and what he himself wants to practice.

Please note that the concern about first-person shooters and other violent video games is not so much that players will immediately increase their aggression level and become physically violent.  Rather, the concern is what the research shows: that playing such games shifts players’ ideas of what’s normal (related studies can be found here, here and here). Those who play violent video games tend to expect the world to be a meaner place, and they become disconnected and less caring people.

Given all the evidence, I personally would never recommend that a parent give this game to a child or teen. It’s certainly true, though, that your son’s argument – that “everyone else has it” and he’ll be left out if he doesn’t – makes it extremely difficult to say no. But as a parent, you can provide the foresight he doesn’t yet have. Take this opportunity to talk with him about how all video games are educational and that you’re saying no to this one because of what it will teach him. Ask him what kind of person he wants to be and whether this game matches those goals. And most importantly, brainstorm with him to find other, healthier ways to get a rush.
>>Additional advice: Learn how to look up reviews and find videos of what game play is like

Enjoy your media and use them wisely,
The Mediatrician

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  • jaambageek

    I am no psychology expert, however I am an adult who plays video games occasionally. I have a few issues with the statements above.First of all, I have played this game and the level (or Scene) refereed to above can be skipped by choice of the player. When you first put this game in to your XBOX the system tells you that there is a level in the game that can be very disturbing to some players and you may choose to skip this level. Skipping the level in no way affects the score or features of the game that can be unlocked. I would hope that most teens could handle the idea of this level and not be traumatized by it however that is a judgment call for you as the parent. You could oversee the child when they insert the game and make sure that they choose to skip this content if you are worried about it. Also if you feel they are mature enough to see it and play it, you should know that they are not rewarded for killing anyone in this scene and there are no “extra” points for shooting wounded people. You can actually play through this entire level without killing anyone, and the outcome of the level will be the same no mater what.As for the idea that violent video games like this cause children to disassociate themselves from reality or become less caring people because of it is outrageous. Video games like this are no different than violent movies. The only difference is that you are interacting with the movie instead of just watching it. If you feel your child is not mature enough to watch a rated R movie then they are probably not mature enough for this game. However, my brother and I both grew up play games like this and other non-violent games and nothing in them has made us violent or detached from the society. My brother in particular has been an avid gamer since the age of 8 and he is now a 30 year old veteran of the Navy (Communications, not weapons expert or anything violent) who now works as a Paramedic. If he were less caring because of video games like this why would he be out there saving lives every day?Your child is going to turn out to be what you guide him to be, and if you treat him with respect and trust him to do the right things and talk to him about violence and real life, he will listen. From my experience, kids who are sheltered and coddled from things like this are more likely to rebel against their parents and not be well adjusted adults. If you keep him away from a violent game that all his friends are playing do you really think that he is not going to be exposed to it? His friends are going to talk about it with him and they are going to let him play it any time he goes over their house to visit. You are much better off allowing him to play the game and maybe experiencing some of it with him so that you can talk to him about how you feel. Chances are that by the age of 13 or whatever age he is, he knows that violence like this is not OK in real life, it is just a game.If you have any questions about the game feel free to ask here.

  • jaambageek

    I am no psychology expert, however I am an adult who plays video games occasionally. I have a few issues with the statements above.

    First of all, I have played this game and the level (or Scene) refereed to above can be skipped by choice of the player. When you first put this game in to your XBOX the system tells you that there is a level in the game that can be very disturbing to some players and you may choose to skip this level. Skipping the level in no way affects the score or features of the game that can be unlocked. I would hope that most teens could handle the idea of this level and not be traumatized by it however that is a judgment call for you as the parent. You could oversee the child when they insert the game and make sure that they choose to skip this content if you are worried about it. Also if you feel they are mature enough to see it and play it, you should know that they are not rewarded for killing anyone in this scene and there are no “extra” points for shooting wounded people. You can actually play through this entire level without killing anyone, and the outcome of the level will be the same no mater what.

    As for the idea that violent video games like this cause children to disassociate themselves from reality or become less caring people because of it is outrageous. Video games like this are no different than violent movies. The only difference is that you are interacting with the movie instead of just watching it. If you feel your child is not mature enough to watch a rated R movie then they are probably not mature enough for this game. However, my brother and I both grew up play games like this and other non-violent games and nothing in them has made us violent or detached from the society. My brother in particular has been an avid gamer since the age of 8 and he is now a 30 year old veteran of the Navy (Communications, not weapons expert or anything violent) who now works as a Paramedic. If he were less caring because of video games like this why would he be out there saving lives every day?

    Your child is going to turn out to be what you guide him to be, and if you treat him with respect and trust him to do the right things and talk to him about violence and real life, he will listen. From my experience, kids who are sheltered and coddled from things like this are more likely to rebel against their parents and not be well adjusted adults. If you keep him away from a violent game that all his friends are playing do you really think that he is not going to be exposed to it? His friends are going to talk about it with him and they are going to let him play it any time he goes over their house to visit. You are much better off allowing him to play the game and maybe experiencing some of it with him so that you can talk to him about how you feel. Chances are that by the age of 13 or whatever age he is, he knows that violence like this is not OK in real life, it is just a game.

    If you have any questions about the game feel free to ask here.

  • Matt

    “The game he is asking for, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, opens with a scene in which the player—an undercover member of a terrorist group—walks through an airline terminal in Russia. The player earns points by shooting as many tourists as possible, including those who are injured and crawling away.”

    Disregarding personal opinions on whether this game is appropriate for any child or teenager, as a “media expert”, it would seem appropriate to not disseminate blatant misinformation. The “airport scene” is not the opening scene of the game, the player is allowed to skip this particular scene without penalty, and there is certainly no point-scoring system to tally how many tourists you have or have not killed (the player does not need to kill a single one if he or she choose not to).

  • Matt

    “The game he is asking for, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, opens with a scene in which the player—an undercover member of a terrorist group—walks through an airline terminal in Russia. The player earns points by shooting as many tourists as possible, including those who are injured and crawling away.”

    Disregarding personal opinions on whether this game is appropriate for any child or teenager, as a “media expert”, it would seem appropriate to not disseminate blatant misinformation. The “airport scene” is not the opening scene of the game, the player is allowed to skip this particular scene without penalty, and there is certainly no point-scoring system to tally how many tourists you have or have not killed (the player does not need to kill a single one if he or she choose not to).

  • nick

    Dr. Rich,

    While I agree with the overall tone of your response and that parent’s must take the responsibility of media content into their own hands I wish you’d been a little more objective in your description of the videogame in question. The game does not open up with the “airport” mission you described, further more the player does not receive points for shooting the civilians and receives no penalty for not even firing the gun. Further more, the event takes place within a much larger global context, that if fully realized allows the player to better interpret the moral and ethical implications of the mission.

    Your failure to highlight these nuances only continues to villify video games, and while the issue of violence in the media is a very important one your inability to look at both sides of the coin only serves to reinforce the idea that things must be black or white.

    Parents need to understand the content that their children are exposed to, even more important than understanding parents need to create a open dialogue about the content. Initially it’s the parents decision to gauge the maturity of their offspring and decide if the provocative content can be maturely handled with discussion or even independently.

    I fully understand the need to protect and inform children and parents of the myriad of entertainment options, but when done in such a one-sided, subjective point of view you create nothing but more ambiguity and false beliefs than if you breeched the subject thoughtfully and objectively.

    • George

      Must be comfy living in a world where every owie is your mom’s fault.

  • nick

    Dr. Rich,

    While I agree with the overall tone of your response and that parent's must take the responsibility of media content into their own hands I wish you'd been a little more objective in your description of the videogame in question. The game does not open up with the “airport” mission you described, further more the player does not receive points for shooting the civilians and receives no penalty for not even firing the gun. Further more, the event takes place within a much larger global context, that if fully realized allows the player to better interpret the moral and ethical implications of the mission.

    Your failure to highlight these nuances only continues to villify video games, and while the issue of violence in the media is a very important one your inability to look at both sides of the coin only serves to reinforce the idea that things must be black or white.

    Parents need to understand the content that their children are exposed to, even more important than understanding parents need to create a open dialogue about the content. Initially it's the parents decision to gauge the maturity of their offspring and decide if the provocative content can be maturely handled with discussion or even independently.

    I fully understand the need to protect and inform children and parents of the myriad of entertainment options, but when done in such a one-sided, subjective point of view you create nothing but more ambiguity and false beliefs than if you breeched the subject thoughtfully and objectively.

  • Mark

    are you kidding me ? do you often just straight out lie to people ? maybe someone forgot to teach you something as a kid – not to lie ?

    the game starts out with you at the side of a river, in the midst of complete chaos, with the rest of your troops all around you. there are terrorists on the other bank, and you are trying to defend the position to get a tank bridge laid. it has nothing to do with mowing people down in an airport. you are trying to escape a mogadishu type situation.
    after a couple missions into game, there is a part where you are in an airport with terrorists. the lead terrorist is responsible for the full scale invasion of the united states by russia. they lay the rules down at the beginning that while this mission will tear a part of your soul out (because to be an undercover terrorist, you would have to join with them, which would mean doing terrorist things to earn their trust) but that you will save countless lives. you walk through an airport, and you have to kill everyone, then the police try to kill you, and then the terrorists shoot you in the head because they find out you work for the US government. you are KIA, and at no point do you get any points for this. not much of a rewarding situation is it.
    at the beginning of the game YOU CAN SKIP THIS. it clearly says there is a part of the game which you can skip if you want to because it has disturbing content.

    the russians get control of our communications, and invade main street usa, killing everyone in sight, and eventually invade washington dc. it is your job to defend the united states and fight off the russians.

    it is up to parents to teach kids that war is bad. they only need to turn on the news to see that the world is full of terrorists. they just blew up our own CIA agents the other day. spies are crossed and double crossed and everything else. that is real life. you can tell your kid not to play, but he’s gonna play anyway somewhere. otherwise he’ll go to school and his friends will ask why he can’t play at night with all of them at online capture the flag, and he’ll say cause my mom won’t let me.

    be a parent. don’t listen to liars like this guy. media expert ? maybe you should play the game before saying you are an expert on it.

  • Mark

    are you kidding me ? do you often just straight out lie to people ? maybe someone forgot to teach you something as a kid – not to lie ?

    the game starts out with you at the side of a river, in the midst of complete chaos, with the rest of your troops all around you. there are terrorists on the other bank, and you are trying to defend the position to get a tank bridge laid. it has nothing to do with mowing people down in an airport. you are trying to escape a mogadishu type situation.
    after a couple missions into game, there is a part where you are in an airport with terrorists. the lead terrorist is responsible for the full scale invasion of the united states by russia. they lay the rules down at the beginning that while this mission will tear a part of your soul out (because to be an undercover terrorist, you would have to join with them, which would mean doing terrorist things to earn their trust) but that you will save countless lives. you walk through an airport, and you have to kill everyone, then the police try to kill you, and then the terrorists shoot you in the head because they find out you work for the US government. you are KIA, and at no point do you get any points for this. not much of a rewarding situation is it.
    at the beginning of the game YOU CAN SKIP THIS. it clearly says there is a part of the game which you can skip if you want to because it has disturbing content.

    the russians get control of our communications, and invade main street usa, killing everyone in sight, and eventually invade washington dc. it is your job to defend the united states and fight off the russians.

    it is up to parents to teach kids that war is bad. they only need to turn on the news to see that the world is full of terrorists. they just blew up our own CIA agents the other day. spies are crossed and double crossed and everything else. that is real life. you can tell your kid not to play, but he's gonna play anyway somewhere. otherwise he'll go to school and his friends will ask why he can't play at night with all of them at online capture the flag, and he'll say cause my mom won't let me.

    be a parent. don't listen to liars like this guy. media expert ? maybe you should play the game before saying you are an expert on it.

  • http://www.examiner.com/x-5772-Console-Game-Examiner Steve

    The whole question of whether or not the game is appropriate for a teenage boy seems to have been derailed by the fact that Dr. Rich had some facts wrong. As an avid gamer, I was also a little troubled to see the game’s content misrepresented, but I suspect that’s simply a matter of Dr. Rich reporting the game as it was presented to him. There’s a difference between getting some facts wrong and actively trying to “straight out lie to people.” Let’s all take a deep breath and step back to the original question.

    I’m a gamer, and no doubt about it, I enjoy many games that fall into the same “inappropriate” category as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. I will absolutely defend my right to enjoy the vicarious, antisocial thrills of the Assassin’s Creed and Grand Theft Auto games. But I’m also a father, and those games don’t even come out of hiding until my daughter is fast asleep. Just because she loves Scooby-Doo doesn’t mean she’s ready to fight the zombie apocalypse in Left 4 Dead.

    That’s an extreme example, and I won’t pretend that making a judgment call about what’s appropriate for a 5-year-old is the same as guiding a teenage boy towards the same decision. As far as whether your teenage son is old enough for an M-rated video game, I’ll defer to something Roger Ebert once said when asked by a parent if a particular movie was too scary for her kids. “I don’t know- they’re you’re kids.”

    Not every child handles scenes of violence, fear or intense emotion the same way. Your child may play Call of Duty and find it exciting, terrifying, disturbing or a mixture of emotions, positive and negative. Play online and you’ll find a startlingly high population of gamers who clearly can’t handle their emotions. They get so swept up in the excitement that they use the anonymity of the online world to vent the worst aspects of their nature, slinging non-stop verbal abuse in a way they’d never dream of doing in the real world. It’s one of the reasons many gamers (myself included) refuse to play online unless it’s with friends in a private match (to quote John Hughes, “it’s demented and sad…but social!)

    To “Wary of Warfare,” I would say this- we could go around in circles about whether this game is appropriate for a teenage boy, but you’re the only qualified to decide whether this game is appropriate for your teenage boy.

    You may want to consider getting a rental and trying the game out for yourself before making a decision. As parents, we’re constantly trying to help our kids understand what’s appropriate, whether they like it or not (mostly ‘not’). It’s never going to be the easiest part of the job, but it always helps if you can speak knowledgeably about the thing you’re saying yes or no to. Think of the M-rating on video games the same way you would an R-rating on a movie. It doesn’t tell you whether your son’s old enough to handle the game or not. What it does tell you is that he’s still too young to make that decision without you.

    • niwiro

      Steve,

      You are right, the central question of the appropiateness of the game was derailed by the fact that the game was described inaccurately by Dr. Rich.

      But shouldn’t a “media expert” experience the media himself, rather than take another’s description of the game and copy and paste.

      The issue with the way Dr. Rich describes the game is that it conveys the message that the game is not appropiate for anyone, let alone a teenage boy.

      By starting with the assumption that the game is so offensive that no one should witness the atrocities that take place during it’s play (points for shooting innocent civilians, some crawling away helpless) you create a moral panic that largely ignores the central question.

      The other question that seems to be missed is that of who should have the final say in a household. Even if a kid (be it a teenager/preteen/adult living at home, whatever) is mature enough to handle the content in a videogame if the parent feels the subject matter is offensive enough than it should be their choice to allow the videogame into the household.

      Excellent description of the rating systems in that they should be a guide for the parents rather than a code that should be followed blindly.

  • http://www.examiner.com/x-5772-Console-Game-Examiner Steve

    The whole question of whether or not the game is appropriate for a teenage boy seems to have been derailed by the fact that Dr. Rich had some facts wrong. As an avid gamer, I was also a little troubled to see the game's content misrepresented, but I suspect that's simply a matter of Dr. Rich reporting the game as it was presented to him. There's a difference between getting some facts wrong and actively trying to “straight out lie to people.” Let's all take a deep breath and step back to the original question.

    I'm a gamer, and no doubt about it, I enjoy many games that fall into the same “inappropriate” category as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. I will absolutely defend my right to enjoy the vicarious, antisocial thrills of the Assassin's Creed and Grand Theft Auto games. But I'm also a father, and those games don't even come out of hiding until my daughter is fast asleep. Just because she loves Scooby-Doo doesn't mean she's ready to fight the zombie apocalypse in Left 4 Dead.

    That's an extreme example, and I won't pretend that making a judgment call about what's appropriate for a 5-year-old is the same as guiding a teenage boy towards the same decision. As far as whether your teenage son is old enough for an M-rated video game, I'll defer to something Roger Ebert once said when asked by a parent if a particular movie was too scary for her kids. “I don't know- they're you're kids.”

    Not every child handles scenes of violence, fear or intense emotion the same way. Your child may play Call of Duty and find it exciting, terrifying, disturbing or a mixture of emotions, positive and negative. Play online and you'll find a startlingly high population of gamers who clearly can't handle their emotions. They get so swept up in the excitement that they use the anonymity of the online world to vent the worst aspects of their nature, slinging non-stop verbal abuse in a way they'd never dream of doing in the real world. It's one of the reasons many gamers (myself included) refuse to play online unless it's with friends in a private match (to quote John Hughes, “it's demented and sad…but social!)

    To “Wary of Warfare,” I would say this- we could go around in circles about whether this game is appropriate for a teenage boy, but you're the only qualified to decide whether this game is appropriate for your teenage boy.

    You may want to consider getting a rental and trying the game out for yourself before making a decision. As parents, we're constantly trying to help our kids understand what's appropriate, whether they like it or not (mostly 'not'). It's never going to be the easiest part of the job, but it always helps if you can speak knowledgeably about the thing you're saying yes or no to. Think of the M-rating on video games the same way you would an R-rating on a movie. It doesn't tell you whether your son's old enough to handle the game or not. What it does tell you is that he's still too young to make that decision without you.

  • niwiro

    Steve,

    You are right, the central question of the appropiateness of the game was derailed by the fact that the game was described inaccurately by Dr. Rich.
    But shouldn't a “media expert” experience the media himself, rather than take another's description of the game and copy and paste.
    The issue with the way Dr. Rich describes the game is that it conveys the message that the game is not appropiate for anyone, let alone a teenage boy.
    By starting with the assumption that the game is so offensive that no one should witness the atrocities that take place during it's play (points for shooting innocent civilians, some crawling away helpless) you create a moral panic that largely ignores the central question.
    The other question that seems to be missed is that of who should have the final say in a household. Even if a kid (be it a teenager/preteen/adult living at home, whatever) is mature enough to handle the content in a videogame if the parent feels the subject matter is offensive enough than it should be their choice to allow the videogame into the household.
    Excellent description of the rating systems in that they should be a guide for the parents rather than a code that should be followed blindly.

  • Soccer Mom

    I am a cautious mother and I do let my son play Modern Warfare 2. It is the only Mature rated game he plays. I believe it does depend on the individual.

    I ahve got to say I am more concerned about what he is exposed to at public school. He just came home today and was talking about a short story his class has read, it was about a man who murdered his Mom and was accused of burying her in his backyard. That disturbs me.

    There are so many things he tells me thta go on at school that are appauling… This fall another child threatened to kill my son with a gun… The reason being that they were hoeseplaying and my son told the boy to keep his hands to himself… The other boys behavior escalated from there, he beat my son up. My son did fight back and therefore scared to tell a teacher… It has been engrained his mind since Kindergarten that if you tell you are a tattletail.. We did file a complaint and the other boy was suspended. But it still happened….

    Even the way teachers, not all, but some, treat boys horribly. They just can’t seem to handle the fact that boys are silly and need movement. Thankfully my son talks to me and I am aware of his struggles at school, unfortunetly my son is only one boy in the school system… By the way we live in a small city in Maine. As a parent I know what my son is doing, we spend a ton of time together as a family, my husband and I attend every baseball, basketball, and soccer practice and game, my son knows he is loved and we teach him to love himself as well as other people… I am personally more concerned about the negative effects of his experiences in public school than I am by him playing a war game a few hours a week!!!!!!

  • Soccer Mom

    I am a cautious mother and I do let my son play Modern Warfare 2. It is the only Mature rated game he plays. I believe it does depend on the individual.

    I ahve got to say I am more concerned about what he is exposed to at public school. He just came home today and was talking about a short story his class has read, it was about a man who murdered his Mom and was accused of burying her in his backyard. That disturbs me.

    There are so many things he tells me thta go on at school that are appauling… This fall another child threatened to kill my son with a gun… The reason being that they were hoeseplaying and my son told the boy to keep his hands to himself… The other boys behavior escalated from there, he beat my son up. My son did fight back and therefore scared to tell a teacher… It has been engrained his mind since Kindergarten that if you tell you are a tattletail.. We did file a complaint and the other boy was suspended. But it still happened….

    Even the way teachers, not all, but some, treat boys horribly. They just can't seem to handle the fact that boys are silly and need movement. Thankfully my son talks to me and I am aware of his struggles at school, unfortunetly my son is only one boy in the school system… By the way we live in a small city in Maine. As a parent I know what my son is doing, we spend a ton of time together as a family, my husband and I attend every baseball, basketball, and soccer practice and game, my son knows he is loved and we teach him to love himself as well as other people… I am personally more concerned about the negative effects of his experiences in public school than I am by him playing a war game a few hours a week!!!!!!

  • Corey Niles

    Buddy, First of all the game does not open up with that Airport level, Second you have the option at the begining of the game to opt out of playing said mission as it is highly disturbing but it advances the plot.

    The airport mission is the only mission in which you kill civilians and your forced into it, You Dont get “points” for shooting civilians and if you choose not to kill them the mission will continue all the same.

    There is no LEARNING experience in most games, They are just meant to be fun, Not all games have to be a learning experience, And no video games cause a child to be disturbed, The child is already disturbed and the video game brings it out through violence.

    Don't blame video games or musicians for psycho kids going on school shootings, They are meant to be fun, Not tools of destruction. And dont make **** up to try and make things sound worse, Where did you get the whole “points for killing civilians” idea?!

  • Corey Niles

    Buddy, First of all the game does not open up with that Airport level, Second you have the option at the begining of the game to opt out of playing said mission as it is highly disturbing but it advances the plot.

    The airport mission is the only mission in which you kill civilians and your forced into it, You Dont get “points” for shooting civilians and if you choose not to kill them the mission will continue all the same.

    There is no LEARNING experience in most games, They are just meant to be fun, Not all games have to be a learning experience, And no video games cause a child to be disturbed, The child is already disturbed and the video game brings it out through violence.

    Don’t blame video games or musicians for psycho kids going on school shootings, They are meant to be fun, Not tools of destruction. And dont make **** up to try and make things sound worse, Where did you get the whole “points for killing civilians” idea?!

    • Matt

      Alot of the cause of shootings are from depression, abuse, or traumatic moments. NOT violent video games. Everyone just has to point fingers at video games for the cause of everything.

      • ufg

        Maybe one day america will realise its stupidly lax gun laws are the problem…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Douglas-MacDonald/633768995 Douglas MacDonald

    I am sorry to have to defend myself against a doctor, seeing as how they are highly respected members of society and generally good for the public, but this is just taking things too far… As the previous people stated, you can easily skip the level in question via a fancy little thing called a MENU that pops up when you put the game into the console and run it. It says that there are disturbing parts to the game, and it also asks you if you would rather skip said parts.

    Also, even if you did choose to skip the level, it’s not really like you’re really changing much in the gameplay. Now, I’m not saying that killing civilians is something to be trumpeted in any way, in fact, there are a few missions in the game where you are PROTECTING civilians using the force that you seem so happy to deem evil.

    Now, I myself am an 18 year old gamer. I was given Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball, and of all those games, the one that affected me most was the last one. Not because of violence, but because of the soft-core porn I was being treated to every time I played. I don’t mean to disparage the game, or those who like it, I just mean that DoAX had a great effect in my life by acting as my mother and step-dad’s version of “the talk”.

    Now, violence should not be glorified, I understand that. Who would want to glorify violence, but somebody who is violent? Dr. Rich, you sir are a complete fool. Violent video games can act as something that creates anti-social behavior, but not because the game is violent, but because the player actually likes the game and doesn’t want to give it up for a moment.

    If you want to complain about a game, complain about Ninja Gaiden II. It’s violent, bloody, and it shows you how to wield a sword properly while lopping off heads or limbs… And even then, the bodies of your opponents will still try to attack you. Now, I know how to use a gun, but playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Fallout 3, Halo 3, and Devil May Cry 4 have not taught me to shoot any better. Ninja Gaiden II on the other hand, made me a better fighter in hand-to-hand, by showing me how to react.

    Also, playing these games does not make you anti-social, in fact, playing Halo with my friends made me more social, because I had something in common with them that we could all enjoy equally. In fact, some of my happiest memories are from these video games that you deem bad for my mental health because I could play with my friends, or just random people online, and enjoy myself, while they had fun too.

    So, before you judge any one group of things, please, pull your head out of your a** and actually get some first-hand with some of the things in that group.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Douglas-MacDonald/633768995 Douglas MacDonald

    I am sorry to have to defend myself against a doctor, seeing as how they are highly respected members of society and generally good for the public, but this is just taking things too far… As the previous people stated, you can easily skip the level in question via a fancy little thing called a MENU that pops up when you put the game into the console and run it. It says that there are disturbing parts to the game, and it also asks you if you would rather skip said parts.

    Also, even if you did choose to skip the level, it's not really like you're really changing much in the gameplay. Now, I'm not saying that killing civilians is something to be trumpeted in any way, in fact, there are a few missions in the game where you are PROTECTING civilians using the force that you seem so happy to deem evil.

    Now, I myself am an 18 year old gamer. I was given Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball, and of all those games, the one that affected me most was the last one. Not because of violence, but because of the soft-core porn I was being treated to every time I played. I don't mean to disparage the game, or those who like it, I just mean that DoAX had a great effect in my life by acting as my mother and step-dad's version of “the talk”.

    Now, violence should not be glorified, I understand that. Who would want to glorify violence, but somebody who is violent? Dr. Rich, you sir are a complete fool. Violent video games can act as something that creates anti-social behavior, but not because the game is violent, but because the player actually likes the game and doesn't want to give it up for a moment.

    If you want to complain about a game, complain about Ninja Gaiden II. It's violent, bloody, and it shows you how to wield a sword properly while lopping off heads or limbs… And even then, the bodies of your opponents will still try to attack you. Now, I know how to use a gun, but playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Fallout 3, Halo 3, and Devil May Cry 4 have not taught me to shoot any better. Ninja Gaiden II on the other hand, made me a better fighter in hand-to-hand, by showing me how to react.

    Also, playing these games does not make you anti-social, in fact, playing Halo with my friends made me more social, because I had something in common with them that we could all enjoy equally. In fact, some of my happiest memories are from these video games that you deem bad for my mental health because I could play with my friends, or just random people online, and enjoy myself, while they had fun too.

    So, before you judge any one group of things, please, pull your head out of your a** and actually get some first-hand with some of the things in that group.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kilikali12 Patrick Caldwell

    I have a complaint against the answer. I own Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and that is not what you’re supposed to do.

    1. The game doesn’t “start out” in the airport in Russia.
    2. It is not a mission objective, nor do you gain any “points”, for shooting tourists/Russian citizens.
    3. You have the option to skip this mission at any time.

    Please refrain from future exaggeration of video game storylines, as this makes the game developers and publishers (Infinity Ward and Activision, respectively) look bad.

    By the way, I am a 16 year old guy, and I am not “less caring”; as a matter of fact, I’ve created a group on Facebook to raise awareness about the situation in Haiti just today. So at least put, “some teens experience a less caring demeanor” or something along those lines instead of assuming that ALL teens become less caring.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kilikali12 Patrick Caldwell

    I have a complaint against the answer. I own Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and that is not what you're supposed to do.

    1. The game doesn't “start out” in the airport in Russia.
    2. It is not a mission objective, nor do you gain any “points”, for shooting tourists/Russian citizens.
    3. You have the option to skip this mission at any time.

    Please refrain from future exaggeration of video game storylines, as this makes the game developers and publishers (Infinity Ward and Activision, respectively) look bad.

    By the way, I am a 16 year old guy, and I am not “less caring”; as a matter of fact, I've created a group on Facebook to raise awareness about the situation in Haiti just today. So at least put, “some teens experience a less caring demeanor” or something along those lines instead of assuming that ALL teens become less caring.

  • Anonymous

    Dr. Rich responded to your comments on his Call of Duty post, including whether he got some of the facts about the game wrong. Check out his response here: http://childrenshospitalblog.org/dr-rich-respon….

    • S Chetouan

      Hello

      My son’s friend is 8, they are in the same class, and me and the mum see eachother every weekend and take the kids etc.
      This boy has been playing Cof D, Black ops and all these sort of games since he was 6!!!!

  • mattcyr

    Dr. Rich responded to your comments on his Call of Duty post, including whether he got some of the facts about the game wrong. Check out his response here: http://childrenshospitalblog.org/dr-rich-respon….

  • Anonymous

    I dont think you should buy your son this game my son was addicted to is he wakes up in 7 in the morning and starts playing if you want to buy it tell him play 1 hour or 2 hours a day.

  • harout

    I dont think you should buy your son this game my son was addicted to is he wakes up in 7 in the morning and starts playing if you want to buy it tell him play 1 hour or 2 hours a day.

  • Anonymous

    Its ok for a teen the only problame is that there are lots of vilince

  • harout

    Its ok for a teen the only problame is that there are lots of vilince

  • Anonymous

    My teenage boy has it but i only let him play on Saturdays and Sundays

  • harout

    My teenage boy has it but i only let him play on Saturdays and Sundays

  • harout

    My 13 year old son was in a fight to but the person that hit him broke my sons arm so then.
    we took him to the hospital.But the person who his my son got suspended.

  • Anonymous

    I am a 21 year old man and i own the game Modern warfare 2 i got to say it is really really fun but all i hate it there is to menny violence in there but for a teenage boy i sugjest play only on Saturday and Sunday. when i was a teen there was not the game modern warfare 2 there was modern warfare 1 my mom bought me the game but i could only play on Saturdays and Sundays but now modern warfare 2 game out and i could do whatever i want!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! im actully a 9 year old boy

  • harout

    I am a 21 year old man and i own the game Modern warfare 2 i got to say it is really really fun but all i hate it there is to menny violence in there but for a teenage boy i sugjest play only on Saturday and Sunday. when i was a teen there was not the game modern warfare 2 there was modern warfare 1 my mom bought me the game but i could only play on Saturdays and Sundays but now modern warfare 2 game out and i could do whatever i want!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! im actully a 9 year old boy

  • midnight hobo

    in the begginning of the game you are asked if you would like to skip the levels that some people may find offensive like the level mentioned in the second paragraph also the game is mainly used to play online against your friends and other players so please play the game or do some research before you start telling poeple that games are eveil and will turn you into terroists

  • midnight hobo

    in the begginning of the game you are asked if you would like to skip the levels that some people may find offensive like the level mentioned in the second paragraph also the game is mainly used to play online against your friends and other players so please play the game or do some research before you start telling poeple that games are eveil and will turn you into terroists

  • James

    You don’t get “points” for shooting tourist and it is not the opening scene. Please at least play the game before commenting on a game. I respect you opinion on the effects but don’t put more oil on the fire by making the game look like some tourist hunting game.

  • James

    You don't get “points” for shooting tourist and it is not the opening scene. Please at least play the game before commenting on a game. I respect you opinion on the effects but don't put more oil on the fire by making the game look like some tourist hunting game.

  • Bodi

    Well to The Mediatrician,
    First before the game starts you get to pick if you want to play the more violent and disturbing (or disturbing to people who can’t face the realities of life) levels of the game because of people like you who tell others not to get the game.

  • Bodi

    Well to The Mediatrician,
    First before the game starts you get to pick if you want to play the more violent and disturbing (or disturbing to people who can't face the realities of life) levels of the game because of people like you who tell others not to get the game.

  • Luke

    I’m 15 and play violent games such as call of duty and grand theft auto. In modern warefare 2 there is the option to skip the mission “No Russian”. You see in the media how video games make people think it is ok to kill. Just look at me. I play violent video games but I’m not some violent Yob. Ok so I do just sit on my xbox all day but at least I aren’t out on the streets getting in trouble. This is added to by the fact there is nothing to do where I live. The only thing video games have done is taught me a method of self defence. If the worst came to the worst and I had to kill somebody who was attacking me or face being killed myself I could (if I had a firearm) take the life of someone who wished to end my life and not be overly bothered. It annoys me the how if one idiot thinks the world is a video game the media over hype it and say that video games are evil and must be killed. Hell one game DCS: Blackshark has taught me how to operate the systems of a Russian Attack helicopter the Kamov KA50 Hokum. So allow your son to make up his own mind. Please don’t try to be one of these parents who smothers their children. We need to know about the evil in the world. We need somewhere to take out our pent up anger. I’m sure you would rather your son takes out any anger on a virtual level rather than going out and hurting somebody in real life. Video games are also a great way to speak to new people. Unlike what (again) the media say not everyone on the internet is a predator. I know people from all over the world thanks to video gaming. I know what these people look like and I know their voices. If your son can handle emotions properly the game should have no affect on him. I know it hasn’t affected me. (I prefer the likes Forza 3 but thats not important right now)

    Sorry if this came across as a rant. I was running out of stuff to say and that is the first thing that came to mind.

  • Luke

    I'm 15 and play violent games such as call of duty and grand theft auto. In modern warefare 2 there is the option to skip the mission “No Russian”. You see in the media how video games make people think it is ok to kill. Just look at me. I play violent video games but I'm not some violent Yob. Ok so I do just sit on my xbox all day but at least I aren't out on the streets getting in trouble. This is added to by the fact there is nothing to do where I live. The only thing video games have done is taught me a method of self defence. If the worst came to the worst and I had to kill somebody who was attacking me or face being killed myself I could (if I had a firearm) take the life of someone who wished to end my life and not be overly bothered. It annoys me the how if one idiot thinks the world is a video game the media over hype it and say that video games are evil and must be killed. Hell one game DCS: Blackshark has taught me how to operate the systems of a Russian Attack helicopter the Kamov KA50 Hokum. So allow your son to make up his own mind. Please don't try to be one of these parents who smothers their children. We need to know about the evil in the world. We need somewhere to take out our pent up anger. I'm sure you would rather your son takes out any anger on a virtual level rather than going out and hurting somebody in real life. Video games are also a great way to speak to new people. Unlike what (again) the media say not everyone on the internet is a predator. I know people from all over the world thanks to video gaming. I know what these people look like and I know their voices. If your son can handle emotions properly the game should have no affect on him. I know it hasn't affected me. (I prefer the likes Forza 3 but thats not important right now)

    Sorry if this came across as a rant. I was running out of stuff to say and that is the first thing that came to mind.

  • Fernando

    Dr tht is bs. its a mission and you have a choice at the begining to skip that part. Its not required to do that part and you dont get points its just a storyline.It clearly warns you at the begining of the game that “There is some Mature content” and that you can skip any parts you find very violent

  • Fernando

    Dr tht is bs. its a mission and you have a choice at the begining to skip that part. Its not required to do that part and you dont get points its just a storyline.It clearly warns you at the begining of the game that “There is some Mature content” and that you can skip any parts you find very violent

  • J_rockchornoby

    i dont agree with the answer, a he was taking about the worst mission on the game for what happens you can talk to him well he’s playing the game that it’s not right and it might be better for him to learn the fact what happens in the game is not the best thing

    • bob

      wtf thats not how it opens. the best line in that level is “remember no russia”

      2 of all this game is fun and i know everyone is like ohhh u kids bad for ur brain but no. its for fun if it was real life i would say no but its fake rember no russia lol GO ROACH AND SOAP AND GOHST

  • Orourkej010646

    Query: wouldn’t the son just play this game at his friend’s house? the only purpose this will serve is to alienate the parent from the child. Rather, the proper solution would be to sit in on the son while he is playing and provide a voice of reason.

  • Charredpasta

    In the options you can block the mision in russia and also resctrick all of the blood and gore in the options menu!

  • Ff

    At the start of the game you have the option to skip this mission and you have the option to turn off language.You are not shooting helpless people and hes probably playing it online/splitscreen witch is mainly for fun and competion

  • Zach

    Im a 15 year old. The answer that person gave you is really uneducated. Call of Duty is a series of games that gives the player a first-person shooting experience. I have played these games since I was 9. They are very fun. The only pre-caution I would give you is: dont let your son play all the time. A hour a day is good. I am a huge fan of COD. Its just a game, not real life. Im sure your son has seen movies with worse things that are in the game. The language can be bad sometimes, the gore is not that bad. I would get this game for my son if he was over the age of 8.

  • Xloveisbldingx

    if you were smart, you WOULD NOT get him the game. YOu have NO clue the crap people, kids say on that game. I am 29 yrs old, marrried and it literally blows my mind the things young kids say to me. I had a 12 yr old kid tell me he was going to rape my wife in front of me, then kill her and me. umm yeah.

  • just another kid :]

    ok wow i think that was the most retarded answer i have ever seen.
    im 14 and everybody DOES have this game besides the weird ones or the people nobody likes. i dont see why you have a problem with this. i really doubt a kid will play a video game where he shoots people then acts it out in real life. major media over hype. its stupid. if it was really like that everybody would b running crazy with guns. some people dont even play the storyline. this game is all about online play. i see why you would question yourself as a parent for giving this game to your son but you cant let him miss out on opportunities to “protect” him from what really might not be there. if he goes crazy with it then set a limit on how long he can play. if he starts changing negatively after playing the game then take it away. but at least TRY. he would feel horrible to know that his own mother wouldnt even trust him to play a simple game without turning into a gangster. i think that he would be even more mad to know that rather than not getting the game. and in the game you get killed too. so yeah i dont think you will have to worry about your kid’s attitude changing because he played a game unless you were a bad parent and didnt raise him right or give him the right mindset. at least give it a try. hold him back too much and he will rebel. this is the first time i’ve heard of someones parent not buying the game for them. even my mom understands that its just a game and i think she knows that she raised me well enuff so that i wont act out things in a video game. you never kno until you try.

    • mother of gamer

      I like your answer the most. I am mother of the 14 year old and I purchased him Xbox as it was part of the teenage life. I gave him a chance. But now it is discutable what is the point when I should take away: when he keeps swearing, yelling that distructs the whole household and keeps me on the edge of the nerve. The explanation I get that everybody who plays Call of duty gets angry because the programmers made mistakes, and he has to vent through the yelling and swearing. So, the question is: is it true that the swearing and yelling is also part of the social life of the teenagers and I am supposed to accept that behaviour?

      • yesterdaysgoddess

        Absolutely not. Swearing and yelling in any agressive disruptive manner are not part of the social life of a teenager. I’m a 20 year old girl, and I and my brother have played many video games growing up. I was less into shooter type games, but my brother played them a lot and there was never any swearing or yelling other than the occasional gasp or groan of disappointment because my mother would NEVER have allowed that. She would have told us to turn it off and we probably wouldn’t have been allowed to play again fot the next week. 

        I am very mystified to see any parents talking about how poorly their children behave when they are playing video games. YOU have control over what they are doing, you are not ceding control to the video games. It’s a toy like anything else. If your child swore and yelled while playing a board game, would you allow that? Of course not! If there is behavior you don’t like, don’t put up with it. Tell your child that they are only allowed to play for a few hours a week (and only on weekends, if you are concerned about their schoolwork) and they need to ask you if they want to play it. If they do something you don’t like, punish them- tell them they can’t play it again until you say so.

        Video games themselves have nothing to do with bad behavior – it’s the same thing as chatting online all the time, or being on an online forum. It’s an interactive world full of peers that it is very easy to get caught up in – it’s neither inherently good or bad, it just needs moderation like everything else in a teenager’s life. 

        Additionally, in terms of content, some people have suggested that if a parent is concerned about a game, please rent it and try it out yourself. I’ve met so many parents who are sooo hesitant to do this, but it is undoubtedly the best way to see for yourself what the game is like.
        Please consider doing this before you buy games for your children.

  • Mary

    Thank you very much for this information. My son (when 8) went to play at a friend’s house and I was disgusted when he came home and told me he’d been playing 16 games. I would never dream of inviting someone else’s child to our house to play and allow this when I’m supposed to be responsible for them. I’m sure that the parents of these children would be most annoyed if we allowed their children to watch 18 horror films or worse. These parents should be prosecuted for not protecting their children and imposing their low moral standards on others.

    • joe

      Mary, please read some of the other comments. that doctor is speaking BLATANTLY WRONG information. Thus giving you a totally warped and crazy idea of Modern Warfare 2.

  • Radesigns

    I’m an avid gamer and have been so since I was probably 5. I’m 29 now. There may be some kids who’s mind can be altered by video games, but that is completely up to the parent to keep an eye on.

    I personally think the M rating (mature) should be followed. Granted, some kids are more mature, some less. If there is one thing I hate most, it’s a 12 year old boy, online with mostly 18 and up men. They’re usually the ones cussing people out, talking trash and generally being disruptive. I hear them screaming profanity into their microphone and all I can think is ‘where is this kids parents’. Why are they letting him play a Mature-rated war game, online, with grown men, talking like this.

    Doc, you got a lot of details wrong. If you want to sound as educated as I’m sure you are, you need to give it a shot (no pun intended) before you make some of these statements. At the VERY BEGINNING of the game, it warns you that there is a level later that may be disturbing and inappropriate. It says, if you choose to skip this level, it will not deduct points or achievements from the game. It was disturbing. It did exactly what they wanted it to do. It shocked and awed me. It pulled the emotion of fear and sadness out of me. I personally could not bring myself to shoot the people, even though it’s a video game. If you walk in and your kid is laughing an enjoying that, they you have a completely different problem on your hands than video games alone.

    Follow the ratings guidelines. Keep track of what your kid is playing. Set the parental controls on his game console. Set the game chat to play through speakers as well as his headset and make him keep the door open so you can hear what he’s saying and maybe what the people he plays with are saying.

    • nice

      you are the best man

    • jakesyl

      Best advice let them play it but moniter it

    • MiKENATOR

      That is totally beast. I personally believe that even though I’m 14, I should be allowed to make my own decisions. My parents simply get in the way to often. Playing MW2 has not affected my personality or GPA in any way. Parents simply need to back off when necessary.

      • Karen Robledo

        im 14 too, but so what it’s screwed up stuff what all you peeps are doin

      • Maddie

        I think that a 12 year old should be able to play the game. I am 10 and I play with friends online and almost no one is saying bad words. I also think that that it is very fun. And if you aren’t 100% positive you can always buy the game and then watch him play it for a while and then decide correctly on what you think.

      • Maddie

        I think that a 12 year old should be able to play the game. I am 10 and I play with friends online and almost no one is saying bad words. I also think that that it is very fun. And if you aren’t 100% positive you can always buy the game and then watch him play it for a while and then decide correctly on what you think.

      • Asianmmy

        Just you’re statements alone say you are not mature enough to play M games. Games got you sooo twisted that you see the parents who biologically brought you into this world and provides for you so you can be alive as in the

        way? You’re 14, you haven’t even lived long enough to experience life and how horrible it can be!!! You are blessed to have parents who even care about your ungrateful behind!!!

      • Sarah Marrlett

        I am 14 years of age and firmly believe in the M rating. You’re way too young and should be playing games like Zelda, so you can actually challenge yourself.

    • Tjlemon2003

      you r so right

    • Tjlemon2003

      u r son so so right

  • Philm

    My son is an avid gamer in most, if not all, warfare scripted games. He is also loving and an A student. Instead of beating my head like most parents do, I decided long ago to encourage his gaming as long as he kept up with his school work and responsibilities.

    As far as him thinking that the world is a meaner place than it really is, we should really ask ourselves…Isn’t it? The problem I see is that parents seem to forget what their fixations were when they were young. The world is a bad place and it doesn’t take a degree in psychology to analyze it. Children of gaming are no different than the adult fixated on reality TV or text messaging, and I submit neither contribute to the problems the world faces. I will admit that perhaps too much of anything may offer regret that some things in life have passed you by, but, that might not be all that bad. Coming from a family of police officers, I have heard plenty stories of what many can do with their time when they have nothing to occupy it with…teen or adult.

    Solid parenting has little to do with monitoring your child, especially if we don’t monitor ourselves. I think a child would readily mimic a parent’s habits before they would mimic a character of a game. Sure, don’t play your Xbox but watch me smoke two packs a day. I don’t know and I’m certainly not trying to oversimplify this issue. Just my $.02.

  • allenkazam

    in the games deffense you can choose to play that level or not

  • anonymous

    the mediatrician is wrong and just flat-out lying and exagerating when he said. “The player earns points by shooting as many tourists as possible, including those who are injured and crawling away.”

    1. The game warns you and asks if you want to skip this level at the beginning. If you skip the level, the game won’t penalize you in any way.

    2. You don’t earn “points” for killing innocent people; in fact you can walk through the whole level without firing at any civilians and you won’t lose or gain any points. (the game doesn’t score “points” anyway)

    There are many people out there that would love to exaggerate things to the extreme so they can cause controversy. (Fox News) The subject matter of this game is about WAR and it is rated MATURE. That means as a parent you should research the game yourself and decide for yourself. It has violence and gore galore and some language.

  • the happy man

    I would Say No my 13 year old son hitted his other brother when i asked him why he said i wanted to do it
    when u play a game ur brain respond as its real and it thinks it real without consequences but You say its just a game And Just Shoot the Real matter is NO TO VIOLENCE VIDEO GAMES when i was a kid i use to craft invent yeah my friends Always wanted me to play a game called Duke Nukem i always said no no no they didnt get it and there life in the end Went from the tops they turned out to be whats called a “”Hobo”” Now i am 25 i fines-ed university highschool and

    • lolfail

      that is a fail u claim u have a 13 yr old son and yet to have done that u would have been 12 quote: “the happy man 11/22/2010 04:51 AM
      I would Say No my 13 year old son hitted his other brother when i asked him why he said i wanted to do it
      when u play a game ur brain respond as its real and it thinks it real without consequences but You say its just a game And Just Shoot the Real matter is NO TO VIOLENCE VIDEO GAMES when i was a kid i use to craft invent yeah my friends Always wanted me to play a game called Duke Nukem i always said no no no they didnt get it and there life in the end Went from the tops they turned out to be whats called a “”Hobo”” Now i am 25 i fines-ed university highschool and” end quote

      u failed

    • person

      ur 25?

  • Rambo Ws

    first: i myself do not play it. i am 14 and have seen this entire game because my brother plays it. this part of the game you refer to is a level in which the main character must infiltrate a russian terrorist group in order to help the US gain evidence to take them to the UN or bring them to some other sort of justice. the game is not encouraging this type of behavior. it is ridiculous to blame games for people’s perspective on the world. just look around. if you don’t want them to get a negative view of the world, don’t let them watch the news.

  • RedsJosephoxfan8112009

    Hey Doc! Do some research before you respond to something! there is an option to turn OFF! graphic content , for example the airport mission. other than that, shooting people? C’mon, every teenage boy plays these games, I doubt severely it has any negative effects on the average teenager.

  • Murphy 157

    this is complete BS. really it is because it is just a video game just because your son plays it does it mean he is going to go shoot up an airport ??? i hate people who feel that video games and everything has an impact on a person it doesn’t. it’s fake if your son read a book or watched a movie that involved murder or even being santa does that mean he is going to start acting like that ??? no it doesn’t, those who blame entertainment for violence and murder rape and blah blah is a load of crap. why well all that was taking place before video games were around or even movies ?? war and murder has taken place throughout history he learns more about all of it from the news and school get your son the video game. it isn’t going to do anything bad to him. and those of you who are blaming entertainment for violence and world problems entertainment doesn’t affect that. look at the real reasons why. The word is ENTERTAINMENT for a reason to entertain people that’s all.

  • Thejohnsterrocks

    This is complete BS!!!!!! I’m 15 and own MW2 and Black Ops and play nothing but shooter games and I’m extremey good and nothing this guy says is true…the beginning doesn’t start with shooting all tererroist in an airport, that’s the 4th level and if u click start u can skip that level but only that level. I don’t find the game too violent at all. It is just not as much as people thing. I will admit though that I live in a wealthy enviorment and my parents try to keep me away from the violet outside world (don’t let me go to dangerious places). But as I was saying I don’t find it to change how violent people think of the world

  • Jym

    My son is going on 14 and has been playing Left For Dead, Call Of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, etc. on PS2, PS3, XBOX, XBOX360, and his laptop,(he has his own laptop, 13th birthday, he paid for half) for two years now. He is an only child and what we learned as parents, his mom and I, was that because all of his friends were playing these games it could be more damaging to him if we alienate him from the ‘buzz’ of what is going on socially in his life with his friends. This is HIS social network and to interfere with him and his relation to it is wrong. To try to change his social network (his friends) would be out of the question as well. To embrace it (this gaming thing) and utilize to advantage for all concerned, the positive aspects involved is a road more easily travelled and much easier to maintain and control. If ya can’t beat em them join em. He also plays Minecraft religiously as well as Farmville so there is a bit of a mix. All the parental controls are in place on his lap-top. Frankly, we are a great deal more concerned about the amount of porn on the net and in our society in general as well as the constant killing and raping and maiming that goes on in the ‘real world’ news than we are about his playing war games and such. I can almost guarantee that if there was any porn of any kind in any game he has that his mother just wouldn’t allow it.
    He wanted to start a sword and dagger collection when he was three, we have no idea why, we said okay after awhile. We educated him as best we could regarding safe handling and when they were to be handled. His collection grew to a sword and two daggers and then the need to collect went away when he was five.
    He is a boy, boys like guns, water guns, air-soft, paint-ball…we as his parents can make allowances and educate him , OR we can deny him and he just may decide to get his education elsewhere, on the street perhaps.
    With all the drugs and violence in our schools and on our streets I am glad to know that he is safe in his room with his many friends from around the world who are all too busy playing at home to get into trouble OUT THERE in the real world in which we live.
    I had a hard time playing playing pong on sega when I was a kid ha ha ha and to see the dexterity in his fingers and witness the speed at which he plays it truly amazes me. He has skill. He wants to get into game creation and design, and always has his laptop open while he is playing games.
    All in all I don’t believe kids “go bad” from playing these games. If there are underlying issues with a kid, playing these games may not be the best thing for them.
    Funny thing is, my son won’t watch a horror movie like anything with Freddie or Jason or Pinhead. He knows he doesn’t like them. All the comments here have been very insightful, however I don’t believe the author Mr. Rich had any intention of LYING as it was so eloquently put by some commentators. It was simply an oversight to educate himself and perhaps mistakenly reiterate a third party concern. This lack of education is what creates the fear and belief that our kids are doomed if they play these kinds of games. This stuff of violence has been around since the dawn of time and is never going to go away. It will always find its way through to our kids, are you going to be prepared and educated as a parent to further educate your kid, or will you fear out of ignorance.

    • Pritikdave

      Why he don’t go to librery ,read great books or read informative stuff on internet. I am from India and we do different stuff in vacation. Improve grades and if grades are too good read more . This games are addiction and they don’t learn simple household work. I don’t like USA for all this reasons.

      • Willy_Gsix

        Stop your trolling on the USA, if you have played any of the older call of duties, 1,2,3,5, then you would realize that there is so much history of world war 2 on those games, even my history teacher that has won many awards says he learned a lot from those games

        • alexandro

          If you were trying to stand up for the USA with that comment, you are failing miserably… You are absolutely correct!!! The fact that Americans get their history lessons from video games and people in India and other countries get their lessons from books should tell you where the good old USA stands. 

          • Sevasector68

            Yes americans are *********, that makes absolute sense. The people who play video games can grow upp to be millitary weapon techs which are the most advanced in what country?… oh yes, the united states.

          • Nick

            HA, Listen you spend your time makin your grades and whatever better and better. So do we… we aren’t a just a bunch of fat pigs who hink they have a good life because we can sit in front of a TV and play video games all day and not study at all. We do study, we do the best we can, Most people don’t go to extremes unless they have a goal in which they really want to achieve, most people do. And even then they want to be kids they want to actually ENJOY the 18 years we get to enjoy being a kid and living with our parents and learning life lessons and go out to the mall with their friends

          • Ggg

            Dissing the guy from india isnt going to make your point. I agree that kids spending time on getting better grades is famtastic. But the thing is, its not fun! The sole purpose of videogames is to have fun. Dissing america isnt helping prove your point however. Americans do study. Its not like we dont. But we play videogames because we do is because it is a source of relieving stress, and a great way of interacting with other people on line via Xbox Live or Playstion Network. Im standing on the point that videogames ARE NOT BAD FOR A CHILD. End of story

          • Nick

            we like having fun, but we want to wait until we get a little older to actually think about what we want to do when we grow up and how to do it, then we study hard until we achieve it. Are troops don’t grow up playin video games and saying wow i wanna shoot terroist when i grow up! We arent just advanced in millitary weaponry. you’d know that if you. compared our country to yours.
            and we use german weaponry and some american, and that wasn’t even knowlegde from video games…

      • Kotor2_fan

        You only live once. Might as well make it fun.

      • Peter S.

         book smart only gets you so far… True reading books is a good thing, should be a day to day event. A child/teenager/adult should at least spend a hour reading a book, but also a child/teenager/adult should also spend some time relaxing and enjoying his/her day. We all have our choices in finding what is entertaining and what is fun, how we all learn and how we all gain knowledge. But can a book teach you how to create games? how to model a gaming character? How to write a great script for the game? Not really, that is where experience in the outside world and gaming comes into hand. Without any gaming experience (playing), how do you expect a child to be creative and keep up with the world of the future? Technology wise. Now that we are using computers and gaming accessories for certain jobs like surgery, flying, etc. Can a book teach you the same skill as a gaming joystick can teach to fly a plane? to use tiny surgical or robotic tools to cut someone’s blood vein up and sew it back together? Control a bomb disposal robot to disarm a computer? To pilot a remote control submarine to explore lost treasures or save lives, real lives that are trapped in a submarine? Repair a hole of a ship that is slowly sinking? The answer to all those is no. Being book smart will not really get you a good job or help you later in life. Considering a lot of the jobs out there in the world requires such experienced that a book can not really teach you.

        Also, please remember, that Modern Warfare 2 is not a game played only by Americans, but also by those who are from Canada, Mexico, all of South America (mostly), the UK, France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, China, Hong Kong, India, Australia, and many other countries as well as the Middle East. Notice how I mention India, are you saying now, you do not like India as well? Do you dislike the other countries like China, Russia, UK, France, and Germany too? Why not just hate the world because they disagree with your believes? 

        By the way, I am a college student majoring in Game & Media Arts who works part time to pay for school. I get student loans to pay for school as well as grants and all the money that I make from my job. I like reading jobs, really relaxing but I also like playing games and once a while going out. Please remember this, Pritikdave, everyone has their own sort of fun, some people like hanging out with friends because it is comfortable for them, others like being alone. It is what being makes us human, also a lot of the history I learn come from both books and games and of coarse talking with real people and veterans. So it is not all about books or libraries because there are limitations to those as there are to games. The same thing applies to Mr. Alexandro. Please both of you, do not be so ignorant and get your facts straight.  Thank You,  

      • Deavon

        The “U.S.A” is a caring country and people from America raise donations for india and other countries that need help so have some respect for the men who die to protect your home

        • Ggg

          Amen. This is the best point in this forum so far. USA!

        • bintalshamsa

          What? That’s ridiculous. What Americans have died to protect India? You exemplify all of the stereotypes that people around the world have about people from the USA. You’re mouthing silly propaganda that has absolutely no relation to actual events. Just as people from America raise donations for India, people in India raise money for people in the United States. The idea that we’re just some benevolent force that goes around sacrificing our money and our lives for everyone is nothing more than naivete and wishful thinking.

      • Joshdangleberry

        First of all, video games is a way to have fun and relax. Now a days for a kid with a video game console it is part of his/her social life. If not controlled can be very bad but many people do play in reason. Just because you stereo type all Americans of being video games doesn’t mean you should hate America. Also, I know kids who have great grades and GPA and Play video games. You can’t possible thing america has become one of the world leaders just by playing video games.

    • hael

      That mentality of if you can’t beat em join em is the problem.  Parents seem to have problems setting boundaries for kids in favour of letting the friends set them.  Yes, it is hard to say No and yes your child will feel not so great about the fact that he can’t do something that his friends are doing.  But this is short term and what they are learning in the long term is not being a follower, that it’s important to stand up for what you believe in and down the road they will appreciate boundaries.  It’s sad to see that we don’t allow our kids to be kids longer.  It seems that we expose children younger and younger to things they don’t need to see. 

      • Mom2boyz2

        Thank you so much for saying that.  My son is eleven is tells me “everyone” has Black Ops, Mortal Combat and Call of Duty.  I think many parents (at least where I live) let their kids do and have whatever they want because it’s easier to do that then listen to them argue with you.  I wouldn’t take my son to an R rated movie so I definitely will not buy him an M rated game.  I personally think all the M rated games should be in the back of the stores, in a separate section for people 18 and over.  Again, thanks so much for your post.

    • hillrocks99

      Good decision. I wish my mom was this cool about it, my mom took ALL of my Rated M games away after all of the shootings and stuff, and its been 6 months now and she still hasnt given them back!

  • Frankmeriwether

    this isn’t true ive played that many times and it asks you if you want to play that level and you only shoot one or two and that can just be craling away it does not affect kids at all!I would know i am a kid!!

  • Frankmeriwether

    there not helpless they shoot at you i don’t like how adults treat kids like dogs it gets old!

  • Derpderpderp

    Old people shouldn’t judge games if they don’t play them. n___n

  • Ryan

    LOL. The game does not start out in a Russian Airport terminal. it is one of the missions in the begging of the game. You do not gain “points” from killing the people in the terminal, the mission can be completed without even firing your weapon once, and the mission can be skipped without affecting the story line or game play. If your gona get this game for your kid, make sure they can make there own justified decisions, and have a bit of maturity. these kinds of people only make the gaming community a better place. Dont let dumb people like the one who said you gain points for killing unarmed civilians cloud your vision. Ultimately the choice is your to let your kid have the game, but don’t not let him have it because one person says its to graphic for your child.

  • Lukerohweder

    some postive effects though in this situation is that he has more experience for a situation like war. The game is about war. So if he were to play it, he would have some experience about war. The game is very violent though and has alot of cussing in it.

  • Daniel_otero_pfaeffle

    Hi, I am a 12 year old boy who isn’t allowed to play M games. I am one of the best students in my school and I was very well raised. I play T games and I’m still a good boy. I’m only allowed to play video games on weekends. I want Modern Warfare because ALL of my friends have it. I have seen tha gameplay and it is not as bad as some movies I’ve seen. As a very young kid, I loved Star Wars which has violence. I am used to violence, but I don’t express it in any way,so why would I not be able to play M games? I am mature enough. My parents even think I am a very mature child as well. In my opinion, you could make friends in the online gaming experience. I’ve also heard in the SETTINGS menu, you can lower the intensity and blood and gore.I’m not sure if that is true. Well, that is an opinion of a 12 year old.

  • Annoyed Reader

    You obviously did not do any research on the game, why do I say this? You claim “The player earns points by shooting as many tourists as possible, including those who are injured and crawling away.” That’s absolutely not true, and you can skip that “mission” of the game at any time. Could you please refrain from making false accusations and do your research before you say anything?

  • Lottakids5

    I have read the doctors review and I have read some of the comments below. I agree with the doctor. My son was given an X-Box for Christmas. (I refused to buy one) I knew trouble was coming because the last time he used his Play Station he got so addicted that he fell behind in school, and was not doing his chores. Since He has been playing Call of Duty I have noticed a change in his behavior. He has become more violent and less caring. He is very insensitive twards his younger and older sisters and will sneek and wake up in the middle of the night to play all hours of the night. He recently told me that school is boring and he hates it although he is currently on the Honor Role. When I took the game away from him for not doing his chores he busted the door in his room, broke some dishes and destroyed some other minor stuff in the house and started slamming doors. Mostly all of what the doctor described. I am reading some of these responses and for them to overlook the very fact that the opening scene is inhumane shows the insensitivity of the people who play it. ( I know I’m gonna get it for that one) We all know know that any person who gets the game is going to see that part. Lets be real. It is what it is. Maybe if you are getting prepared for real combat and want to join the military and go to war, I feel it may be great to desenthisize your emotions for killing people. I just find it hard to find shooting people entertaining. I say get a WII or similar type game where you play non violent sports or dancing or similar non violent games to get a good fun work out of viedo games.

    • Mfgcasa

       I feel that you went to the wrong place to ask the question, you should
      try going to a MW2 form and asking there because the doctor here doesn’t
      know MW2, he may understand teencyology, but you can’t judge a book by
      its cover, ask the people who read it.  Also have you ever got him
      tested for dyspraxia, my brothers like that, destroying furniture and
      such and he’s dysprax.

      • Sevasector68

        Thats just bad parenting, its your own responsibility.
        and really if you can’t handle playing a videogame and your a mom, how ddid you make it in the real world

    • Tre

       If your letting him behave like then thats YOUR bad NOT the games.

  • Misanthropic Bitch

    The Call of Duty games are rated M and for good reason. I would say that you let teenagers play M games around the time that you start letting them watch R-rated movies.

    A lot of video games are violent and adult-oriented because they were made for gamers between the ages of 18 and 35. But far too many parents don’t seem to get that and think that video game means it’s A-OK for kids.

    Get with the program. The ratings aren’t there just to look pretty.

    • Kierankazer

      2/3 of all the people who play Call of Duty on XBOX are under 18. Maybe you would have realized that these games that these games aren’t exactly aimed at 35 year olds. Point made.

  • Nickahamby

    you dont get points for shooting the tourists!

  • Christen

    I have Modern Warfare 2 for my 360 and the mission you are referring to has graphic content warning that appears even before you start the mission stating that you will not be penalized for skipping the mission, and as far as a points system in the game I have never seen or heard anything about that, and I have had the game for about 5 months now. To correct you there is no points system in any Call Of Duty game, and you do not earn points for killing civilians ro anyone else at anytime in the game.

  • Tre

    Im tired of parents try to blame video games, music and other popular media. Maybe if you where a good parent you would’nt need to be so scared of what your child is being exposed to.

    • Mark

      And I’m tired of children dissing their parents for parenting.

  • Cgeddes3

    thats a bunch of crap, if you cant differentiate between fantasy and reality(which children are perfectly capable of doing) then you have some kind of mental issues you should have checked out. I played violent video games growing up and it most certainly did not turn me into a cruel apathetic emotionless robot. I hate it when people blame video games and other fun media for what is really just poor parenting.

  • Crue4life578

    Uhmmm… No. You don’t get points for killing civilians, the objective just says “follow Makarov.” So the terminal thing isn’t really that bad because you don’t have to kill anyone.

  • Joe

    Hi guys, I’m 14 and I’ve been playing the Call of Duty series since I was 11, and apart from said mission, which you can skip with no penalty, you are fighting for your country in the army, I fail to see how this promotes any violent activity.      There is little to no blood in most of the Call of Duty games. There is swearing in the storyline, but what can you expect; you’re a solider being shot at by ruthless terrorists. I enjoy the game and if anything it increases my social life more, as I can speak to my friends on the online modes. 
          You’ve got to be an idiot to not believe that all teenagers are stressed from time to time, and you cannot blame this purely on video games. 
          If you let your child break chairs, smash plates and break doors you need to take him/her to anger management classes and learn to control your child. I’ve never been violent and I never swear to my parents, although as a teenager I obviously do with my friends occasionally. 
          To round off my comment, aren’t girls sometimes violent and/or swear a lot too? I’ve been playing so-called “violent” games for many years and not once have I encountered a female gamer below the age of 18.
          Thanks for reading my opinion, a fellow, 14 year old, gamer. 
    :)

  • Jphanson15

    im 12 years old i have almost all the most violent games you are talking about i play all of the cods gta la noire red dead redemption and halo plus gears of war and mortal kombat. i frequently pull weeds at my neighbors have straight a’s in all of my classes, im in 7th grade language arts and this year and got the highest score possible on final exams. These games have no effect on me whatsoever. parents need to remember their kids are growing and are going to learn this anyways.

  • iTzKevinL

    Actually that game is fine. It really doesnt do anything that bad.

    By the way, get your facts straight. The airport level is in the middle of the game and it is OPTIONAL. There are open reminders that tell you that you have a skip option. Also, you dont have to shoot civilians and if you did you dont gain any points. Stop trying to dicourage Call of Duty

  • Mfpwow08

    I must say. You failed at explaining that terrorist level in the game. I get a rush out of the good story. Your undercover for the rangers and you have to go through the airport doing that. And you don’t get points for killing the tourists silly. You can sit there and follow the people who actually do kill them and then you exit the airport, go through the swat and the mission is over. I just love how idiots over 40 years old hate games so much. They think that the actions done in the game are fun. ITS NOT FUN TO KILL PEOPLE. Its fun to play through the game and the story. The multiplayer aspects are fun because you can compete. There’s competition between you and other people. It’s the same as a racing game. It’s fun because your competing and getting rewards for being good. Idiots who criticize the affect of games on kids are idiots. Only a small handful of kids who are probably troubled and are insanely obsessed with games like they cry if the die in the game. Just leave em alone because think about it. The kid would be happy with the game but he’ll be bored without it and sad that he can’t get it because his friends have it.

  • Guest

    I believe that kids should be allowed to play games like Call of Duty. Most kids are smart enough to relise that it is just a game and not real in any way. But you should keep an eye on him just in case. Also relise that there is lots of movies and kids tv shows that have violence in them that kids are allowed to watch. a middle ground is what I would suggest. Let him play the game but keep an eye on him and be sure to take him out camping or something so he can be reminded that the real world is a much nicer place then the media makes it look.

  • David

    First Of All Im 10. All My Friends Have these Games (M). Some Are 5 years Old That Can Play Them (M). And Im The Oldest But I Cant Play This Game.. Or Any Like It Which I’m Mad Because All My Friends Talk About it. And Im Like left out Every Second Of It. Im Greatly Mad. And Sad That i cant Play. All My Friends Say I Should Be Able To… And There Just 8-9. And There is One 5 Year Old. The Doctor Is Wrong I Watch Movies.. of Them And Reviews. Even Known It Has A Age Limit, Which I Put in 20 years Old. And I’m “A Student ” I Should Be Able To Play Games.. And Now I’m Saving For PS3 By My Self. For My Self. So My Data Isnt Gone By My Sister Or Bro Removing It. ( Owns Xbox,Xbox360,GameCube,And DS ) ( If PC counts ).. One Of The Reasons I Want A PS3 is Because They Have Some of The Best War/Action games. Its A Game. A Fun One Too. Doctor Your Wrong. I Read All These Comments. And Most of Them Are right. And I’m A Smart Enough Kid TO UNDERSTAND THAT ITS A GAME NOT REAL LIFE!. And It Doesnt Teach You anything Bad. And By reading Some Comments You Can Turn Off That Stuff If I wanted to. And Who Cares Of I Hear What People say? Thats Them Not Me I Might Hear It So what?!?!?!. Doesn’t Mean I Act Like it. Period…

    • Ash

      I would suggest you spend a little more time paying attention in school and less time worrying about video games.  Your writing skills and punctuation are very poor. Unfortunately, you have ruined your entire argument that you are a smart enough kid to understand anything beyond your grade level.

  • Taknowles

    I BEG TO DIFFER! The game does not open up with you shooting people! It is a mission. And before you play the mission, the game tells you that the scene is very graphic and you have an option not to play. And there is way more to the game then just going to an airport and shooting innocent people. The game
    shows you how special ops military life is. The game creators just added that mission in to scare people. Military people don’t do stuff like that at all. If your child is mature enough to handle Call of Duty without killing other people and keeping self-contained, you should let him play!

  • Matt

    you dont earn points for shooting helpless people!!! You have the right to skip this level if it disturbes you. also you dont have to shoot anybody during it. The checkopint doesnt say ” kill as many helpless people as possible! ” it says, ” follow makarov ” (the main antagonist). i think its fine. but in my opinion skip that mission.

  • Drew

    Hi, I’d like to just say as someone experienced in video games by playing and watching reactions to them that this “professional answer” to your question isn’t exactly true. Of course this game has such violent scenes but that doesn’t mean your child will instantly think it is a positive thing to be shooting innocent people now does it? Maturity is nof based on age but, yep you guessed it, maturity, as a measurement tool itself. If u feel your child is mature enough to realize that killing in the real world is wrong then this game would be fine. I know it’s very worrying as a parent thinking that your child might one day think that these actions are perfectly normal but I’ve only seen this behavior in the most idiotic of children and I highly doubt your child is. Now I’m not saying age isn’t a proper measurement in obvious terms, I would say if this child of yours is 13 or above and is mature enough to know right from wrong let him play the game. Studies have proven that video games, even violent ones, help to relieve stress and anger in a virtual world where nobody will be hurt rather than in the real world where consequences are also real. So please, before taking the advice of a doctor (who I’m sure knows somewhat about what he is saying but still) try considering what someone who has actually had experience playing and learning from young reactions to this game is saying. Thankyou.

  • Brandon-Paul

    This is not accurate in anyway, first of all the game is not all based on the airport mission. That is ONE mission that you have the option to skip. The rest of the game is based on stoping the terrorists.

    Also that entire thing about children being less caring people is such a load, I’m 14 and I’m a really caring person, just cause I play violent video game doesn’t change who I am. Less caring is the opposite of what these games has done for me, it’s made me more sympathetic to anything involving war, vets, soldiers etc.

    You might want to chech up on stuff a bit more before you go off telling this parent not to let his child play a game. I really don’t see the difference from this and war, kids have been doing this for a very long time. The only difference is that it’s on a TV and not outside.

  • guest

    haters

    • Loganarkema

      This review only looks at one level of the game, one which you can skip. I am sure this doctor is educated but seriously, he probably has never played the game. I am a twelve year old trying to prove that M games are not devil spawn, as my parents so believe. Instead of finding something realistic I find a “professional” who docent even care to mention that most the game you are defending your country.

      • Poop

        I have to disagree with you. I recently turned 18 and started to buy M rated games. Of some that I have played, they included very sexual acts and intese gore. I don’t think a 12 year old should be seeing this yet. Do you watch porn? One of the games was basically porn, and that is definitely bad for a child.

        • Pal

          God of War. Great stuff

          • MW3 player

            hell yea

        • Noobtuber98

          modern warfare 2 doesn’t have mojar gore or any sexual acts, considering it’s a war game, and overall, it’s not that bad

          • Csunklerjr

            I agree that its no that bad im the best u can be on that game and my mom dont care

        • daniel Warner

          i am a 16 year old kid who wants call of duty not for the gory bloody experience that it offers (which you can turn off) but for the team-working and the strategic side that it offers. the only real defense that my parents can offer is the Columbine incident where 2 teenagers mass murdered in a school committing suicide afterwords. in depth research on the teens showed that they played games such as Doom. I strongly believe that playing the game is not bad, it only becomes bad when it gets to a point of non-stop playing, behavior and personality change, if you want to play the game i would suggest only play 2-3 hours a day and when you notice behavior and personality changes take a week long break or however long you feel you might need to get away from an addiction.

          • mw3

            hey i heard bout the two teenagers that did that its like the terminal level on mw2

      • mitchell burns

        “defending you country”? so your saying its good these games teach people to become soldiers when they grow up? i have nothing against m games but really? lets teach people to shoot foreigners for america!

        • Ggg

          In this level he is talkin about, the character is an american spec ops soldier who is undercover following a terrorist group. Even if the kid plays this level, he doesnt have to shoot the civilians, as i chose not to. You only have to shoot the Belgian military i think it is. The character does this to gain trust from te terrorist group to gain trust from them. The game isnt a bad influence at all. Im 16, gpa of 3.6, playing JV baseball. No social problems at all. This game is fine to play. But if you think a war game isnt what your son should be playing, thats your choice. Theres plenty of other games he can play

      • Fyhd

        Seriously, it isn’t the first level and the game warns you ahead of time, and then asks you if you want to skip it. There is no penalty for skipping. Later in the game it is made obvious that the terrorists are ‘bad’. Do research before you hate.

  • guest

    Wow is this some real liberal bs. I am 14 and I have probably killed more people in video games than Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-tung. I own MW2, Halo, and Medal of Honor, the top three games that you shouldn’t let your kids play apparently but who cares. I have fires the real weapons I know how to be responsible with a firearm. In fact my father trusts me more than any other adult with a gun. Why, because he knows that I will use the brain that god gave me, and think before I do somthing stupid. Its not like I will ever go on a massive killing spree. Every teenager wants these kinds of games because they’re fun to play and they relieve stress. After all nothing is better than coming home from school on a friday night and shooting Taliban from 1000 yards away. However, the one game I do not play is Grand Theft Auto where you kill cops. But as I said it all comes down to how much you can trust your son to make the right choices.

    • Jprkns53

      your answer certainly proves how well you are “using the brain that god gave you”.
      So many of the answers from these kids is basically proving that these games are a waste of life energy.

      • JoshDangleberry

        Its a type of relaxation. You would not understand because you have a big complex.

    • Gary

      So, why is it fun to kill people?

  • Spicyburrito_1

    wow, dont talk about something you know nothing about. at the very begining when you start the game it asks if you want to skip disturbing stuff. then at the beginning of the “no russian” level it asks you again if you want to skip it. Plus, you dont get points or anything from killing the people, you can let your team do it all untill the swat come later in the level. get your facts strait.

  • guest

    You should get him BF3

  • Qnegrych

    The player earns points by shooting as many tourists as possible, including those who are injured and crawling away.

    How about before bashing violent games you do some research?

    There’s a whole prompt allowing you to skip the mission, and if you do you do NOT miss out on anything important. Many players choose to not play the mission OR to not shoot anyone and are not penalized.

    CoD is getting crappy anyways so there’s no reason to get it.

  • A Young Gamer

    So many people miss the point of Modern Warfare. If you pay close attention to the story, you’ll find that it is a tragedy. I hope the author of the Article sees this

  • gocod

    i garentee 99.9 repeating% of people will not go out and shoot poeple beacause they see it in a game.
    also good things could come from a game like this.
    if i had never plaid cod i would have never had gotton int paintball or airsoft which is good for you socailly becuase your playing wiht your freinds and its good for your phisical health because you are runnign around.  also my freinds brother joined the navvy and was the best shot in his class because he played airsoft so much, which, by the way he did because he played call of dutty

  • Bennett_head

    Why is an internet doctor suddenly an expert in video games and parenting?
    NO research shows a substantiated CAUSAL relationship between playing violent games and actually committing crimes.
    US statistics show violent crime is at an all time low and yet game sales are at an all time high.
    If what this Dr. suggests was true then we would be having an epidemic of murders, carjacking and gun crimes, which obviously isn’t the case.
    You are the parent. The game is rated Mature. If your son can handle the mature content then go ahead and buy the game. If you are confident that he isn’t about to go out and shoot someone, then the game won’t change that.
    Isolating him from his friends and being taunted as school however…..

    • http://www.texontowel.com Wayne

      What WE DO HAVE AN EPIDEMIC OF MURDERS AND GUN CRIMES!  Just watch the news!

      • Mr

        You do know that’s all the news searches for and violent crime happens less than you think?

      • 86kylexj

        I agree.   It’s actually better to not watch the news except maybe once a week or otherwise you will most likely turn into a negative person and you wonder why there are a lot of uncaring people in the world.

        In the old days it was common for someone to help open the door to an older women or walk them if they looked like they needed help but now a days if you are that older women you will be brushed aside.

      • ufg

        You can’t have an ‘Epidemic’ of gun crimes. An epidemic is awidespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time

    • Asianmmy

      Had to just comment on your misunderstanding of what the previous article said. If you read it well, the doctor above says in paragraph 3 that the concern is not that her son’s behavior will become violent, it’s more how playing the game will affect him

      mentally and what he will learn from it. He doesn’t say anywhere what you were accusing him of saying. I don’t know the doctor or agree with him 100% but get your facts straight and know what you’re talking about!

  • Guest

    I’d say rent it first, play a few levels with him. There are about 25 cooperative levels that two people can play. At least what he is interested in. as one of the commentors said, at the beginning of the game there is a warning marker that there is a level that you may or may not want to skip for moral reasons; it says it again right before the level. There have been reports of acts of violence due to games in the 90s but the major ones reported have also been traced to drug addictions. He will probably be playing online for the most part now so, I would suggest trying that as well and turning off other players’ mics, which is an option in the game. In that mode it will only be soldier against soldier. Thanks for listening, I am a university student in california researching game design.

  • Guest

    This is such a TERRIBLE review. The writer has no clue about the game whatsoever. By the way, you don’t earn “points”. If your going to write something get your facts right,

    • Ericczernek

      If you play though arcade mode. Yes you do.

      • guest

        you dont shoot tourists though…

        • Another Guest

          yea you do. that scene in the airport you shoot innocent people. maybe you disabled it. you get the option to not do that scene in the beginning of the game.

  • m1c00l

    yep game advice should never come from some one who doesn’t understand them i’ve played the at level like once and you can skip it if you want and it actually has less bad content than the game before it

  • MYSELF

    That is NOT the opening scene of the game.

  • Greivous150

    It’s funny because you can skip the level and if you don’t you get no points anyway. -.-
    Old people don’t know about video games at all.

  • Thegoodtimes

    Haters gonna hate

  • Truth.

    Modern Warfare 2 does indeed open up in Russia with terrorists. But what he failed to include was that Modern Warfare, and the latest Call of Duty: Black Ops and Modern Warfare 3, all ask you BEFORE you start playing to turn of some suggested material. Yes you still will be shooting and killing people but this “doctor” shouldn’t be basing his whole clame about something that you can mearly exclude from the game.

  • Lucas Lieb95

     avid gamers- people who play video games for at least 15 hours a week 

    Hmmm…coincidence? 

  • RRQuinny

    He really doesn’t know what hes talking about thats not even how the game opens

  • Brandonbeck666

    this “doctor” obviously did absolutley NO research about this. the game dosent oopen with the terrorist misson. in fact you get a CHOICE whether or not you want to play and mission. this “doctor” doesnt know jack about video games. if playing violent video games made people violent, half of the teenagers in america would be in jail. half o fthe people in my grade have been playing call of duty since the 5th grade and they arent violent at all.

  • Ericczernek

    Listen. Young kids arent suppose to have violent video games. i started gaming when i got my first sega gensis. Because in no way were they more graphical and real compared to this day and age video game engines. It was all pixilated and had no actual reality. Now a days they try harder and harder to make things look more real. Wait till the kid is 17 to get him a violent video game. It pains me to say it but games in the present are just ultra violent compared to the past. I wouldent even let my son be subjected to these and i love video games like those.

  • Guest

    Modern Warfare 2 has two (three if you count Special Ops) gameplay styles: Campaign and Multi-Player.

    Most teens want CoD games because of the intense multiplayer experience, and that is what your son probably wants.

    As Dr. Rich (I think) said, the campaign’s got a level in which you play as an undercover terrorist. This mission is skippable and it won’t affect the storyline in any way.

    These kinds of games are GREAT for improving mental awareness. After a few months of playing CoD, your son will probably be aware of the most insignificant movements, which may someday save his or someone else’s life.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_64TXNT4TZOCKFVVCM4LCE5EAC4 Danyelle

    Part of the increase in aggressive behavior is linked to the amount of time children are allowed to play video games. In one study by Walsh (2000), a majority of teens admitted that their parents do not impose a time limit on the number of hours they are allowed to play video games. 
    I am a 22 year old female that has been playing video games since I was little. I have played everything from Atari to Xbox360 and Playstation 3. I am not a violent person and I have never been violent. I admit I have gotten into trouble in the past and was a troubled teen, but I was diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) and ODD (oppositional defiant disorder). My bad behavior as a teen was from genetic mental disorders I got from my father, not from the video games I play.

    Parents can control how much time their child can play these games for, and if they play them online the parents can monitor them for bad behavior and profane language. Its just a suggestion, but you could have your child play the game in the main family or living room and give them a set amount of time to play it each day. Reward them when they have good online conduct with other players when playing online multiplayer. Separating a child from their friends is a devastating thing to do. 

    Even now I still play video games, and you know where I am? I’m a full time college student and I will be graduating this spring with a certificate and an associates degree in applied science. As for my GPA, lets just say I’ll be graduating Cume lade. I’ll have the white honors cords. Its not the video games and its not always a disorder either. Sometimes children just need a little less time with the video games and a little more time with their parents.

  • Josh_hubbs

    This is a very bad review. You obviously have never played the game or even started the game because that level isnt even the first level in call of duty modern warfare 2, and in the game menu before you start the campaign (which is the actual storyline of the game) had to put that for good ole doc who wrote this and probably doesnt even know what it was, anyway…..when you start it asks you if you want inappropriate or gory material to be sensored and if you say no it asks you again. Video games are not steriods and do not make people want to grab guns and beat up there girlfriends parents ect. if they did we would be a brused population. Video games are what YOU make of them if the media influenced your life soo much to where you want to go out and dress like tron guy or go watch pandas and try to get them to sneeze because you saw it on youtube then you were probably unstable in the first place. Sorry Doc Rich…too bad im not taking premed at my college I would just quit and become and internet doctor.

  • Dalesgingerich

    This review is horrible I’m only 15 and I’ve played every single major shooter game out there and many other violent games like diablo 2 I played diablo 2 when I was six and I didn’t think any differently I don’t think the world is a mean et place the world sucks pigeons with it. Not all video games are educational it doesn’t matter even if you think they are there not. The doctor clearly doesn’t understand that everything is all really personal opinion. You can say a game like gta promotes violence it really doesn’t it even says to never do anything and besides MW2 isn’t that bad you don’t get points for shooting the civs and even if you do if the mom has a problem with that and can’t understand that its just a game like her son does she can just have the game not play that level it is an option you know. If a. 15 year old gets it then why can’t a doctor she just needs to make sure her son understands its a game or have him buy it if he wants it aol bad it really isn’t the end of the world.

  • Dahlheimerandy

    Um, I am a teen who has Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 and I would like to correct the statement made about the Airport terminal level. 1.) You are given the coice to skip that level. 2.) You don’t get points for killing cilvilians.

  • http://www.texontowel.com Wayne

    I command this doctor for being the truth whether people like it or not.  Violence breeds violence whether you get it from real life or a video game.  And it doesn’t matter if you actually commit a crime or not – violence is there, in your screen, and you are reacting to it in a most unnatural way.  Keep up the good advice, doctor!

  • Agasignoi

    I hate these reviews…its not like all kids are crazy.

  • HAHAHaters

    This is horrible….1st off it doesnt start with the shooting in the airport its the 2nd or 3rd mission…2nd u can adjust the settings so your child never has to play those levels….just make your child understand its just a game and you can get in alot of trouble for weapons and alos limit his time playing o he doesnt get WAY to into it. Thats all…this dr is a fake.

  • mitchell burns

    lesson 1: don’t take advice from “doctors” or “phycologists” on the internet
    lesson 2: see what the ESRB details are for the game on the official website

  • NavySEALedwards

    this is very biased review and i have yet to see anybody physically or mentally changed from playing these types of games. and for the person who asked the question= maybe you should stop babying him, he is a teenager. 

  • guest

    You don’t earn points or bonuses for killing anyone in the game, let alone the helpless people in the “No Russian” level (the one where you can kill innocent people).  The game gives you the option to skip that mission as it is disturbing to the weak minded, the immature. 

  • guest68

    This article is rediculous. These games do not affect the child in a negative sense unless the parent allows it. Furthermore if your going too give a reply about somthing in this topic make sure you read more about it or stop lying. The game does NOT open with that. That IS a scene in the game however, at the beggining before you even begin the game it asks if you want to view the graphic content. And if your kid is a teenager he has to move to the real world at some poin t anyways and video games are the least of your worries. And you do NOT earn points for killing each citizen.

  • J-dog21

    This is horrible information. Research the game before you start criticizing it. Besides, if you choose to reduce graphic content, you don’t even play that level. Plus, most people want MW2 for the multiplayer, not the campaign.

  • Popcardel

    It also depends on the child. My 12 year old son plays Halo  reach and I allow him to play that. He brings me a F grounded no behavior issues what so ever. I Trust in my child and he can be trusted.

  • Zulem2

    Your response is inadequate, in some aspects. You need to get your information right before rabling on about child care. First, I am a gamer while I agree that young video gamers should be watched closely I disagree about the story line. your ignorence annoys me. The terrorist level can be skipped MAJOR flaw on your part. Plus…. Your saving the world. Now yes the storyline is played, but you forget about the multiplayer online experience which teaches team work. Im 16 years old, and I been playing video games that were rated m since I was 10, and you don’t see me killing anyone now don’t you? The coulibine incident that happened more than a decade ago was purely because they were mistreated all the time, and just snapped.

  • Guest

    im 9 and ive been playing cod gears etc and hes making cod sound left GTA (witch i dont play)

  • Halo4fan

    i would recremend those games to 11-18 year olds. i am 13 and i havent been affected. but when i was 8 i was.

  • Daredevil6787

    why do people think that rated m games change behavior they dont i got left 4 dead 2 and mortal kombat 9 and im 12 nothing bad happens i havent changed my behavior or bad grades

  • VonD

    having played violent video games myself since I was maybe 4 or 5 I can very strongly say that violent video games do not make the player more violent. I believe that the parent should talk to the child to make sure they realize that the game does not have a direct relationship to the modern day world. This is what my parents did for me, and I have a clear understanding of the worlds within video games and the world I live in. The parent needs to make it clear, and the earlier the better. However, a lot of teenagers already know that what they play is a game and very little intervention is needed. give us a little credit, we are not all complete idiots with a perverted version of the world based off of the  video games we play.

    • 86kylexj

      The article did not say everybody was a complete idiot.  Just the majority are which means you will likely find a lot of negative people.

      Now I know why the world is so negative compared to the 80s where people were more friendly to each other and helped each other more often such as opening the door for the older women for the sakes of being nice. 

      There are still people that do that but are becoming less and less.

  • kyle

    try buying him halo its similiar but instead of shooting human beings you shoot aliens so i dont think it would teach him anything violent towards other people.

  • Guest

    I agree that this review is terrible.  First of all the game doesn’t open with this mission, 2nd you don’t earn points for being as brutal as possible (as this review makes it sound), 3rd the game warns you about this mission and gives you an option to skip it, and 4th…. It’s rated M for mature (17 and up)  I remember the old days when parents actually payed attention to this stuff and followed it.  It’s a good thing if you don’t want your son to have such things at least until he is of age.  You wouldn’t let some 10 year old kid drive a car or have a drink of beer, would you?

  • Mdumler86

    This guy is a total tool. If this kid found out that you writing this absolute nonsense, is the reason why he cannot play the game, he would hate you. You sir are ignorant. She most definitely should get him the game. Would she prefer he gets bored due to a lack of having the epic Call Of Duty – Modern Warfare, then go out and do some drugs. Then she will a drug addict loser son. This will be because he was sheltered and his parents were far too strict. It’s not just the game. Limiting your son like this will make him rebel and become a failure. Sheltered kids with strict and unreasonable parents, end up far more messed up, then any kid that was allowed to play a harmless video game. Sir you should know that all gamers despise people like you. Not because, you want to take our games away, but because you want to take them away while you are completely ignorant. Get your son the game. It’s 2012 he will find a way to get it one way or another. Do you want him to miss out on the game that had the biggest entertainment launch in history? I know he would hate to miss out. If he waits until he’s older then it won’t be popular by then. Nobody will be playing and that ship will have sailed for him. There are games that are much much worse out there. Just let it go.

  • Grimmjow1993

    Bull**** as a teenager myself I can honestly say I have had times were I wanted to hurt someone who was annoying me at school but because I had violent video games at home and I had that release I would just hold it in till after school and take my anger out on the charecters in the violent video games trust me it can help and as long as your son realizes the difference from virtual game and real life everything should be a ok

  • Stevensclay16

    What is this guy talking about? If you go through that level and not feel terrible for taking part, you should be sent to an insane asylum for the better of the people around you. I can not believe anyone freely murders those innocent people in fun. If that would be your son, I implore you to get the kid psychiatric attention, and be aware of the 18+ AGE LIMIT on MF2. And to those of you whom claim they are only simulated, its the concept I find despicable. I see the merit in warning this father, but the game repeatedly (almost annoyingly) suggests you shouldn’t play the level if you find it deplorable. It does so MANY MANY TIMES, and even tells you that not one point will be abducted ad it does not effect your campaign play, if you ever could get points for this level. So sure, go ahead and murder Russian soldiers like theyre animals, but please abstain from killing innocent people, thats wrong… For me, the level presented the exact opposite of evoking a murderous rampage amongst my peers. Instead of slaughtering masses of russian soldiers, I was instead tasked with killing innocent humans, something war games never take into account, the inhumanity of it all instead of the romanticized dangers and honor… and yes, in Call of Duty, the immense count of explosions. Some were crawling, hugging their children. I never took one shot at them and instead abstained as I hope everyone did, and felt terrible I couldn’t kill the antagonists. I am not a blood-raged killer now, but instead, I actually value life as substantially more after being subjected to these terrorist acts simulated in this game. It helped me define the thin red line of right and wrong. I may be looking too much into this, and yes, maybe your pre-teen kid wont understand the moral dilemma he faces.

  • Roy Stack

    My 12 year old son has it and I would say that your son should buy it when you first play there is a option to turn off the blood (for black ops) and if you are online you can mute people if they are using foul language

  • Atcosby

    Ur actually wrong about the game. The game is not about shooting helpless citizens as u so described it. I take it that u have never even seen the game before. Its about the U.S military fighting terriost groups… The game is a rush and yes it does involve shooting ppl. IF the teen already has the right mindset then sure let him play. Im 23 yrs
    old and love the game and do I feel like grabbing my personal Ak and shooting ppl after I play the game?? No… Its a good adrenaline rush that apparently the doc would never be able to handle since he cheer leaded his teen yrs lol. Get ur facts right before talking about a game that u have no knowledge about

  • Jakew133

    Its the teens choice to choose whether he wants to play the game for fun or to use the game for violence

  • ???

    This Doctor is a moron. Violent games do not change your thinking at all. In fact, there is worse stuff on TV/Internet. If you don’t want to let a teen play a shooting game, might as well not let them watch tv and browse the web.

  • Tjlemon2003

    hes so wrong

  • Tre

    Those studies probably don’t take into consideration that people who find games gunning others down are probably more ‘violent’ people to begin with. Ergo, studies are correct, but the ’cause’, if it can so be claimed, is irrelevant.

    People who view shooting as fun are going to buy Call of Duty. People who buy Call of Duty are going to be more violent than people who buy Pacman.

    Not to say that enjoying shooting is bad, either. I love laser tag. I love paint balling. I some-what like Call of Duty.

    I guarantee I’m the least violent person you will ever know.

  • 86kylexj

    You should get Need For Speed or Midnight Club Street Racing since neither of them promotes murdering nor cop killing yet there is plenty of adrenalin rushes in each of the series and you can drive fancy cars you would not likely afford in real life.

    The older Need For Speed games for the Pee C some of them allow one play to be the cop and the other to be the racer and you as the cop can lay down spike strips/call for a helicopter or call for backup but most of them don’t work under Windows Vista X64 and higher which is a shame.   :(

    I bet eventually they are going to make it to where you feel the virtual pain in Grand Theft Auto from the bullets and maybe then people will wake up and realize the negative side of violent video games?

    It’s sad where society is encouraging you to throw away your morality but it’s part of the New World Order so they will be brainwashed to vote for the new government in the name of safety over freedom.

  • 86kylexj

    Hydro Thunder and it’s sequel H20 are both very fun boat racers that provide that adrenalin rush trying to get those boost icons and getting ahead of the boaters.

    I love how when you hover over the bonus tracks in the track-selection screen the announcer says “Your Crazy!” since they are very hard with so many drops and tight turns. 

    There are no other video games like those two out there.

  • donnie wilson

    it ask’s you if you want to do the terroist mission and most kids just want to play online with other peolpe and its just shootig from their

  • Abmtwolf

    Ironically I just did a search for behavioral issues in teens playing this game. My 16 yr old son has had a serious blowout every few weeks and each time he has been playing this game. I don’t know this boy at times. After being told he hated me and called me a bitch, I took his Xbox and plan to sell it. I’ve had enough. For anyone considering this game. DON’T BUY IT. AND DON’T allow live play.

  • Dhbfuhdsb

    Doesn’t it start off on the mountains and then climbing it?

  • Crackerdawg1

    plus that is not its start and you can choose to skip that mission

  • Pr3dProductionsHD

    Call of Duty is known for causing rage quits and anger management issues. Almost every single friend I’ve seen develops anger issues when they start playing a COD game. Literally all the time when I used to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, I would hear other players scream in their mics with rage whenever they got killed. I noticed I would get angry very easily ever since I started playing COD. So after a while I refrained from playing COD games and my anger management issues vanished. I would recommend a game called “Battlefield 3″. It’s much more fun and doesn’t cause it’s players to rage. =)

  • Marleyb

    No I play modernwarfair 3 you don’t get points for killing people it is a fun game to play with all you friends and you dont have to you can look for glitches as well I am 11 years old I am great the game I am 19. Prosteage it is just a shooting game every one needs to calm dome about it ok you will never stop us playing it we will find a way to even if you do and Xbox don’t care or infinaty ward because you pay them ther are about 5 million kids play modernwarfair and gta and other violent games THEY ARE FUN.

  • Declan.

    I play call of duty almost every day. I am a normal person, doing well at school. I have NEVER had any urge to kill… people. Sure it makes you mad when 8 year old children randomly shoot you and scream at you through there microphones. Call of duty does not affect your social life. In my opinion its all a load of bullshit. Infact i think its makes you more aware of how bad it is in real life. The game is not even violent. You shoot bullets, people drop. Pfft.

  • Pastor

    My 17yr. old son cry when I take his Call of Duty for punishment! This can’t be good

  • JASopinion

    This article is a few years old now but I feel i need to say a few things.

    First off I am an avid gamer and have grown up in the current generation of video games. I do not support the COD franchise for creative reasons, but the comment this article starts with is incorrect and invalid. This article should be aimed at the simple fact that this game is rated M for mature (ages 17+). The rating is there for a reason and the sales associates tell the majority of parents buying these kind of games that they contain violence and gore. Based on the COD franchises sales figures verses the majority of players being under the recommended age proves that parents do not listen and disregard this warning. There is a common misconception that video games are for children, but this is not the case at all. hence the ESRB/PEGI rating systems. One important note to “professional” responce is that in the airport terminal mission of COD Modern Warfare 2, you DO NOT earn points for shooting civilians. In fact you could pass the mission without shooting any civilians at all.The game even warns the “Mature” player before the mission that it will feature disturbing images and events before offering the “Mature” player the option to skip the mission. I would suggest to DR.Rich that he, as a professional, not make false claims or false facts to support his opinions on video games. If I was the head of Infinity Ward, I would take this doctors comments as a threat to not just the COD franchise, but the game industry in general. Video Games, like any creative media, is an art form that is capable of creating new world better than any book or movie can because of player interaction.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheeze.master Cheeze Master

    No no no you have got this all wrong
    Tell the parent to give it to her son and let her talk about what is right in life and what is wrong! He should know the difference it games than in real life!

  • GKGamingMC

    it does not open with the russian scene thats like the third mmission PLUS YOU CAN SKIP IT!

  • http://www.TheOddHerobrine.yolasite.com/ TheOddHerobrine

    Ill kindly state one thing,
    A: Video games do not make you a lawyer
    B: Video games do not make you a president
    C: Video games do not make you a pilot
    D: Video games do not make you a famous historical figure
    E: Video games do not make you a judge
    F: Video games do not make you a professional at anything
    (Acceptation: Maybe a professional at the game)
    So i conclude
    G: VIDEO GAMES DO NOT MAKE YOU ANY OF THE FOLLOWING
    >Terrorist
    >Criminal
    >Psychs Killer
    >Assassin
    >And anything else that could possibly result in organized crime for money.
    (Includes Mercenary Work)

    Who in the right mind would assume this?
    Anyone who was born before the creation of First Person shooters, aka, most people over the age of 18

  • Sarah Marrlett

    I believe that ANY teen should not play violent games that are rated M or A. I’m a teen, too, so I feel that I should input my argument. CoD is generic and mass market. Whenever I heard the boys in my middle school talk about that game, I simply loathed them talking about how many kills they got. It was immoral, not to say I was butt hurt or anything. When I would talk about Sonic, they would laugh in my face, and say that those games were for kids, which I refuted with, “We are kids until we turn 18,” and left. FPS games are ruining our generation’s taste in games.

  • Anonymous

    My 13 year old son was in a fight to but the person that hit him broke my sons arm so then.
    we took him to the hospital.But the person who his my son got suspended.

  • Correcting Know-it-all

    Regarding your response to the first paragraph, the game opens with you playing as an army ranger, private first class joseph allen, going on a counter terrorist mission. After said mission, you are selected to go on a covert operation run by the CIA, to gain the trust of terrorist leader Vladimir Makarov, and then assassinate him. You get no reward for shooting civilians, and do not have to fire your weapon against them whatsoever. Your ignorance to said video game is unacceptable to be writing an opinionated article about it.

  • Jlopro69

    that has to do with the topic dumbarse