Today I will be discussing the video game developer known as Infinity Ward and answering the question of the week: How are gaming and mobile technologies impacting society?
Infinity Ward has been around since 2002. They were acquired by Activision and are best known for their work on the Call of Duty series along with Treyarch. Each of these developers has made different forms of war-themed video games that prove to be revolutionary in their realistic technology and their clear usage of modern weaponry. In fact, the war-themed video game has become so revolutionary and so realistic that U.S. military uses it in training and recruiting. Infinity Ward has created Call of Duty, Call of Duty 2, and the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series. Call of Duty is known to be a popular military gaming series that is set in wars such as WWII and even WWIII. There have been some controversial missions and subject matter that leave critics wondering what society might take from games with such graphic violence. Violence in video games has been an issue in the media for as long as games such as Grand Theft Auto and Doom have been about. There have been studies on gamers to see the effects of violence, such as asking general questions like “How do you feel when you shoot an enemy soldier and kill them?” Even in the Media Now text it discusses how the media points fingers at games when there is a shooting even when there is no clear evidence. It does, however, discuss how teenagers, “obsessed with ‘Doom’, gunned down 12 of their classmates”. Therefore, this is why there is a huge debate on whether violence in video games has negative effects on society. All in all, Call of Duty is a very popular gaming series that can be misconstrued as a ’violent video game’.