Thursday, November 5, 2009

Leaked Modern Warfare 2 Footage... WTF?

There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth in the PC community over impending release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Mostly regarding the decision of Infinity Ward to break from tradition and not include Dedicated Servers as an option for Muti-Player matches.

Dedicated Servers have a long history of being part of PC gaming. From the early days of Quake PC players have used Dedicated gaming servers for Multi-Player FPS. Essentially Infinity Ward decided that they'd rather use a matching system, like used in consoles, on the PC version of the game. Player matching has it's pluses and minuses, but overall from the PC gamer perspective it's a bad deal. First off the game is served on a player PC. The matching system chooses the player with the best Ping and hosts the game on their machine. We all know that ping can fluctuate, greatly on home broadband connections. It's not unforeseeable that game performance would inconsistent, with lagging and drops being fairly common. The other question this brings up for me is LAN Parties. With this new system you can no longer setup a server and play the game over a local network, you'll always have to have an Internet Connection.

All that aside, today a video was leaked from the single player game that to me raises some questions. This video has what seems to be an under-cover special operations solder in with a Russian Terrorist Group. They have infiltrated the Moscow Airport. The only objective of this level seems to be to kill as many civilians as possible to "Maintain Your Cover." Now obviously this is a ridiculous concept. An undercover agent would never be involved in mass murder. He'd get pulled out and the cell arrested before anything like this ever went down. But... this seems to be a little too real. The Civilians are screaming and running and hiding like you'd expect and have seen in real life terrorist incidents.

Some will say that this happens all the time, we've all played GTA, and committed Video game mass murder. I say that this is different. GTA is a cartoon, a movie. It doesn't even pretend to be real. Your victims in GTA are dummies they always run away the same way, say the same things; there is nothing realistic about them. They don't hide, they don't clutch their children praying to God that they live through the next 5 minutes. That's what I see in this clip. I think it's the mass murder version of falling into the uncanny valley. When Video Game violence become so real that it become revolting and creepy as opposed to "fun." Check out the video for yourself. Maybe I'm just being a wimp.