Hit video game "Call of Duty" has caused many boys to halt their lives
My fellow girls, have you noticed something peculiar? Many of our high school men seem distant; perhaps they don’t answer calls or texts or any other means of communication. Would you like to know why?
"It releases stress," sophomore Vybhav Kandadai said. "Like in Grand Theft Auto, [another video game], I just loved shooting people down and killing innocent people but I would never do that in real life. [In fact,] it stops bad stuff from happening in real life because we can let it out through the game."
Kandadai presented a logical approach to a controversial topic. One of the scenes in "Call of Duty" has created a negative stir. In the level, you play a terrorist who follows a Russian named Makarov, shooting all the civilians in line at an airport in about 50 seconds. Along with realistic gun shots and helpless cries for life, the scene’s heinous blood splatter can easily be called disgusting.
Jesse Stern, a writer for "Call of Duty", told John Gaudiosi of GamePro, "We’ve been catching a lot of criticism for that and a lot of praise as well. People have really strong reactions to the airport scene and it’s been fascinating because we all wanted to make it something that would be upsetting, disturbing, but also something people relate to. There’s something instantly identifiable about it when it happens, when you’re in that situation and the level begins.
"There is this sense of accomplishment [that] vents anger," Esparza’s brother, sophomore Peter Esparza said. Peter has played for about five hours every day since the release.
"[The game]is more fun, realistic, and has better graphics and the greatest game play," Kandadai said. "And the campaign is epic."
"It is sexy. It does everything right. No other game does it like ["COD"] does," Rao said, "It makes [the movie] ‘Transformers’ look bad."