GREENSBORO, N.C-- The makers of a popular video game series are having to defend themselves after a graphic game image spread on social media.
Call of Duty:WWII came out on Nov. 3rd, but it's already causing controversy due to a its depiction of two men hanging by a noose on a tree.
Paula Westlake thinks games like Call of Duty have no place in children's lives.
"I’m a teacher of elementary school and to think that a 4th grader can be sitting there playing this game at home and then bringing this aggression to school. Is just it’s amazing to me," Westlake said.
Pat Williams, a father, agrees the game is too graphic for kids, but says it opens the door for parents to talk to their teenagers.
"What do you think when you see this? What kinds of feelings do you have when you see this. And from there have an adult conversations and steer them in the right directors, " Williams suggested.
His teenage daughter disagrees completely.
"I don’t think there is any place for that in our society right now. I mean we are trying to make everything work and have peace and that is just not acceptable," Mariah Williams, senior at Paige High School said.
It’s important to note the context surrounding this picture. The characters call the hanging a war crime. Call of Duty is known for trying to keep their games historically accurate. In this game it was no different.
A creative director with Sledgehammer Games said in a recent interview" Some very, very dark things happened during this conflict and it felt wrong fo us to ignore that... he fact that that stuff existed, it was real, and our characters deal with it"
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