Call of Duty: Black Ops to Feature Optional Graphic Content

November 3, 2010, By Christian Davis

This is possibly going to be a controversial trend that all future Call of Duty games may have. Call of Duty: Black Ops will too give the player the option to show some questionable content.

This option was first noticed in Infinity Ward’s very popular, Modern Warfare 2(it was in World at War as well). Before you start the game, you’re prompted on whether or not you want to see the notorious “No Russian” mission. A mission which has you playing an undercover agent who goes through an airport  and gun down civilians in order to fit in with the people you’re spying on. Alternatively, if you selected that you didn’t want to see graphic content, that mission will never show up.

Having the option is great, but when will it inevitably go too far? Does having this option let developers cross certain lines in gaming? Most developers have common sense and know when things get too far, but lets say we have another Manhunt game come out? The game that basically needed you to sneak around and brutally kill other’s in your way through suffocation, bludgeoning them in the head with bats, or sticking crowbars in their eyes.

Having the option to tone down the violence could give developers a little more leeway on what they could put in their games. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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