Call of Duty
Originally released in 2003
Developed by Infinity Ward
Published by Activision
First Person or Third Person shooter game.
The game simulates infantry and combined arms
Started as a PC game, but now plays on consoles and
Has grown into a FRANCHISE with several spin off
100 million sales – to end of 2011
40 million active players
10 million players use the online service CoD
Call of Duty Endowment – a charity which
promised to donate $1 million to the welfare
of US military veterans.
Mainly figurines and
Is the game too realistic?
Some people think that Call of Duty and other similar
“shoot-em-ups” provide players with too much
practice with fire-arms and too much knowledge of
modern warfare techniques.
There have been stories in the media of the US Army
actively recruiting CoD players because they are easier
and quicker to train in combat techniques.
The US Army denies this.
The Media Debate in this area is:
Do violent games make players violent in
Does being exposed to on-screen violence
desensitise players to the realities of real-
Where is the evidence?
There are many examples of mass-murders
(unfortunately, many in the USA) being committed by
This tends to result in knee-jerk reactions from
psychologists and sociologists – and right-wind
politicians - who wish to ban games which appear to
There are similar arguments surrounding Grand
Make up your own mind…
You need to form your own opinions about this.
It may seem like a silly argument and you make thin
that you know the answer.
How might you feel if it was your own son and
daughter playing these games?
In ten (or less) years time some of you may well have
your own children.
Will your opinion remain the same then?