Treyarch: If you don’t like it don’t play it
Every game is more likely to have the “opportunity to offend somebody” but people aren’t being forced to play said Treyarch community manager Josh Olin.
Treyarch were asked if Black Ops, Cold War setting cause any offence, Olin said: “There’s always an opportunity to offend somebody – there’s always somebody who is offended by our games, whether it’s making a game where you kill imperial Japanese soldiers or you’re making a game where Russian soldiers are dying. Any era has this potential to offend somebody.
“But we don’t look at it like that. We look at it as we’re making a game. We’re making an entertainment product that is supposed to be fun, it’s supposed to be entertaining for players. And if you don’t like it then don’t play it.”
He continued: “Treyarch’s always believed in freedom of speech and expression – we don’t want to feel like we’re being censored out of that stuff. It’s unfortunate if it does offend people but it’s never our intention.”
Josh Olin also defended accusations that Call of Duty trivialises wars, stating that many soldiers are regularly playing titles in the franchise.
“People say, you know, ‘Does it trivialise war? Is it an offence to enlisted soldiers?’ We get letters all the time from soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan who are playing Modern Warfare and World at War as often as they can in their barracks,” he explained. “It’s a real stress relief to them and they really enjoy it.”