Posted on October 8, 2012 AT 02:43pm
Activision and Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is no stranger to controversy, and even if the game is a few years old, it seems to keep on chugging away with offending people. First it was the highly-controversial mission entitled “No Russian” which saw an American agent, deep undercover with a terrorist cell, going on a rampage through an airport mowing down civilians with a machine gun. Now, two years later, an image inside of the Favela map has been discovered and is offending a whole new group of people.
The map in Modern Warfare 2, features a picture frame hanging above a toilet with an Islamic inscription on it. This same frame texture is used in Modern Warfare 3. This is apparently highly offensive to Muslims, whose religion and culture does have quite a few areas where it is vastly different from most Western cultures. A fan released a YouTube video on October 2nd illustrating the problem and demanded an apology, and it looks like the demand has paid off.
According to a statement issued by Activision through gaming blog Kotaku, they are indeed sorry for the misunderstanding and have made the map unavailable for the time being while they work in removing the offensive imagery and patching the games.
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