IW: MW2 airport scene leak was taken “out of context”

Thursday, 12th November 2009 11:09 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Infinity Ward has warned against judging Modern Warfare 2 on web videos of the game’s now-infamous airport scene, saying leaked movies before release aren’t representative of the full shebang.

“What was leaked was out of context, and I encourage people to play the game for themselves and see what they think,” said Chance Glasco, the game’s lead animator, speaking to EGTV at the London launch on Monday.

Other’s noted that while the scene is bound to be contentious, the game’s rated appropriately.

“About the Airport situation with terrorists… you can understand [the controversy],” said Craig Fairbrass, Ghost’s VO actor in the game.

“At the end of the day it is a game for adults, not for children. As long as you’re responsible and you do the right thing…”

Watch the full thing through there.



  1. supererogatory

    Dear Infinity Ward,

    It’s completely fair to judge your insultingly stupid game from some terrible leaked sequence.


    #1 5 years ago


    In the correct context, the scene is nowhere near as offensive as it might initially appear.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. contender

    The unrelenting slaughter of hundreds of innocent people; Instead of firing on the people I instead shot at the terrorists only to be called a “traitor” and have to start the mission over again?
    If the disclaimer says you are able to skip this mission includes the fact that you will not be missing out on story complication or achievements then why – why – is this mission even in this game? Could Infinity Ward not come up with a better way of portraying these guys as evil then to have you participate in their horrific crimes?

    Its got nothing to do with playing as an adult, or war. Whats next playinbg as a nazi taking part in war crimes?

    #3 5 years ago
  4. NoxNoctisUmbra


    No more COD MW3! Someone (the Govt) will be pissed…

    Good fucking job IW!

    #4 5 years ago

    All these people moaning about the mission, having refused to skip it after numerous opportunities, make me laugh.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Harry

    Yes IW taken in the right context the scene is merely badly written rubbish, as opposed to offensive crap, as it appeared in the leak.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. contender

    It’s the ‘don’t push the big red button’ ploy isn’t it? There’s no way in hell anyone is NOT going to skip it, which is why IW think they have got off the hook.
    I think there is perfectly valid argument why gamers don’t like being ‘forced’ to go down a path and glorifying a bloodbath. If all games where just about this kind of hype, no wonder the industry gets a bad rep.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. OlderGamer

    I context of a story line or not, I feel it was a bad idea. The story line could have been slightly altered. The bad guys could have been painted evil in a cut scene or some other means where their hienous acts were alluded too w/o the direct involvment of the players interactions. But this type of scene most likly doesn’t bother the games demographic one bit and acts as free publicity for IW. Well played. I don’t have to like it, but well played.

    #8 5 years ago

    At the end of the day, the only way that you can play the scene is if you specifically request to play it.

    Practically everyone is going to know about the scene and exactly what’s in it before they even buy (bought) the game anyway, what with it being on just about every gaming news and even some non-gaming news sites on the web.

    Considering this, anyone who plays it, knowing what to expect, and then gets offended, only has themselves to blame.

    If the game told you not to hit yourself in the head with a brick, are you going to do it just to see what it’s like??

    I played the scene again for the second time this morning, and in the context of the entire game it’s not even the ‘worst’ part by any means.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Hero of Canton

    The very fact you can skip it proves how utterly pointless the whole thing is. It’s there for shock value and nothing more.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. OlderGamer

    @Hero it has also given them a bit of publicity too. Not that I think the game needed that but maybe it helped create a bit of a buzz.

    Other then sheer distaste, my consern is that as games push the boundries further and further. Lawmakers may well step in. Many will feel that some of the big name games, like GTA and now CoD give said lawmakers a mandate. It would be far better if the gameing industry could police itself. Sadly we may come to a day where it can not. I hate to see a day where xbox/ps games are sold in adult shops right next to porn. Just seems a bit extreme and completly avoidable to me.

    #11 5 years ago

    One interesting point of note is that the airport scene doesn’t appear to have gathered anywhere near the amount of controversy that the likes of Bully, Mass Effect and Manhunt 2 did.

    If those games didn’t lead to a change of governmant policy across the world, then I don’t see why this one should.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Gheritt White

    The funny thing is, even when you put the airport scene *into* context it’s still utterly ghastly.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. NiceFellow

    Putting in a ‘skip this’ is a spineless cop out if you ask me. Either have faith in what you have, controversial or not, or don’t. Trying to palm of responsibility like that is very weak IMHO.

    Can you imagine sitting to watch a film like The Hurt Locker and getting a button on your seat to skip bits that might upset you? Sorry, the very persence of the skip shows a lack of faith.

    BTW, playing it the level is in fact flat and dull as it launches with no context itself and feels rather ridiculous. Also, given it is linear and cannot be broken, you cannot chose other outcomes nor escape your fate, it really is redundant.

    So far I’m finding the SP actually fairly ridiculous if fun to play in terms of the usual efficient scripting of events, combat scenarios, etc. But after CoD4 this feels rushed and over the top as a SP campaign – not that anyone will care the way it’s raking in the dough. I’m just disappointed the title feels more like the videogame equivalent of Transformers 2 than Black Hawk Down or the like.

    #14 5 years ago

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