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Modern Warfare 2 Launches With Star Studded Party At Leicester Square

The launch of the video game Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 had all the hallmarks of a major movie release with a celebrity studded party at Leicester Square which was hosted by Vernon Kay.

A striking part of the launch which resembled a West End premiere was the use of a camouflage coloured carpet in contrast to the typical red which is normally seen at movie releases.

The new video game title from the Call Of Duty series has already managed to garner a frenzied attention amongst its fans and some London retailers even opened up their shops at midnight so that gaming enthusiasts can purchase the title.

Modern Warfare 2, which boasts of stunning graphics and an absorbing game-play, is expected to achieve record sales with many trade analysts predicting a sales figure of around 3 million copies in the very first week of its release in UK.

However along with popularity the video game has also managed to draw criticisms from various quarters who have opposed the highly violent content present in the game.

Keith Vaz, a prominent Labour MP, who also heads the Home Affairs Select Committee has even called the video game to be banned since the game contained what he termed as "scenes of brutality.”

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.