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Russian Federation Boots Out Modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2 has been banned by Russia, recalling all the copies of the best selling game because it misrepresents the country as "aggressors".

Both the Russian government and gamers from that country were miffed by one part of the game, developed by Infinity Ward which shows a massacre of civilians at an airport in Russia in which an undercover CIA agent becomes involved.

Gaming website Hellforge wrote (opens in new tab) that "Russian gaming website GotPS3 voiced their anger over the game’s storyline, which they criticized as catering to a primarily American audience with total disregard towards other cultures, especially the Russians, whom the game depicts as terrorists."

The game's developers are already planning for special console versions of the game that removes that level altogether. The PC one has already been patched with the incriminated bit being eliminated.

MW2 has already been hailed as one of the most successful games in the history of entertainment. It has already brought in more than $310 million for its publisher, Activision, in the first 24 hours into going on sale with overall sales over the weekend reaching more than 1.8 million units.

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MW2 has attracted its fair share of controversy which is not surprising given the amount of violence that it contains and the themes that it brings in the plot. Some say that this was merely a marketing trick to stir controversy and boosts exposure.

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