By Tom Rabagliati: A serving soldier has condemned the decision to release the latest Call of Duty computer game so near to Armistice Day.
Private Michael Littleton, 22, from Stone, has called game maker Activision’s timing over Modern Warfare 3 “unforgivable”.
Michael who has served in Afghanistan with The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (33rd/76th Foot) and will return for a second tour early next year.
He said: “You would think a company as big as Activision would choose a more appropriate time to release a war game – it’s unforgivable.”
It is not only the timing of the release that Michael believes is inappropriate – he has also criticised the content of such games.
“I think it’s atrocious the way war is being glorified through games,” he explained. “If you actually experienced what its like to be there, I don’t think you would want to play a game about it.
“If you acted like people do on a game in an actual firefight you wouldn’t last five minutes.
“The first thing they showed us at training was a video of two soldiers treating war like a game of Halo. They were larking around thinking nothing would happen and then ‘boom’, they’re dead.
“It worries me that people think they can join the army for a bit of fun, it’s dangerous and it’s very scary – games like Call of Duty just don’t show that.”
However, a spokesman for Activision played down claims the game should not have been released so close to Armistice Day.
“We release Call of Duty around this time every year,” he explained. “It’s not a new thing.
“The game is global. If we released it in America, but held on until past Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom, gamers across Britain would feel as though they are missing out.”
Experts have predicted that Modern Warfare 3 will become the best selling game of all time and hundreds queued outside computer game stores in Hanley at midnight to get their hands on one of the first copies released on November 8.