Call of Duty dev says it went 'too far' with graphic violence

Treyarch, the studio behind Call of Duty: Black Ops, has managed to both pat itself on the back and apologize to sensitive gamers by saying that its technology is too good at depicting violence and may have needed to be toned down (or was toned down, it's unclear).

In an interview with Official PlayStation Magazine, Dominique Drozdz, the game's animation director, said, "There were situations going too far. It was a contextual kill where you were twisting the neck. It was too much. The throat cutting [is] nasty, but that was worse."

Above: If you're gonna play this game, will you be worried that the violence is TOO realistic?

"We've completely changed the way we do facial animation," said director Dave Anthony. As interesting as Black Ops' animations sound, this is, of course, just more buzz for the game (which comes out on November 9th for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360!!). I don't know about you, but if I were a die-hard Call of Duty fan, I'd see the animation director's comment as more of a "you gotta play this kick-ass game" kind of comment.

Exactly one week before the game's release, on November 2nd, the Supreme Court will begin hearing a case brought from California about the regulation of violent video games (get educated). And here we have a new game coming out that is being touted as too violent and realistic... might not be the best move for the time, but still, lol.

So now that violence in video games has reached the point of uber realism, game developers, isn't there something else you could be making more realistic? Some other sort of virtual stimulus? Get my drift? Ahem...

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  • Inthedistrict - November 1, 2010 4:31 p.m.

    I agree with Worleybird. There are plenty of B grade horror movies out there that have really horrendous depictions of rape, violence, you name it. Even last night in the background on TV, I happened to look up to see a body with no head being shown on the television show CSI on CBS. This is prime time television and they can show a decapitated body, which looks extremely realistic? However, a game, which theoretically, only a portion of the population should have access purchasing, is having trouble depicting the realities of war? To each there own I guess. But I really feel like people need to pick more important issues to deal with. I'm tired of seeing lawmakers intervene in the market place with their half assed attempts to inject their own versions of regulation because their constituents are incapable of taking responsibility. Has there been a parent in the past 10 years who has turned down a child's request to own a cell phone? How about owning a M rated game, or an R rated movie? I haven't seen one. I pay my taxes, graduated from college, and obey the law. Who gave you the right to regulate what I watch or play because you can't tell little Jimmy it's too violent for him to play? -End Rant
  • worleybird04 - October 27, 2010 2:09 a.m.

    I think everyone is a bunch of dumbass idiots for saying there taking a "GAME" to far screw that look at all the movies out of ppl raping ppl shooting ppl sliceing there heads off.. and your telling me there taking this to supreme court bullshit they should take everyone in hollywood then for all the movies they made of worse things that happend in a movie than a game. Movies have rating to keep kids from watching them thats why there is a BIG ASS M on all the call of duty games means "MATURE" assholes if parents allow there kids to play the game or even to buy it for them shame on them this is a bunch of bullshit. THats my thoughts I'm behind treyarch its about time someone stepped up and quit babysitting the little kids and made a game for older gamers!!!!
  • mastereper - October 26, 2010 1 a.m.

    How does one get sick or disgusted watching fake depictions of violence? If it makes you uncomfortable simply walk away, this is America you have the option. But to keep sales I say they make the blood and gore an option you can toggle. And another thing, how would anyone know if this is realistic or not? I take it everyone here is a virgin to murder.
  • TheWizard92 - October 25, 2010 8:37 p.m.

    I also agree with Frootata, by the way. If you buy the game for your kids then you have no right to complain about the video game.
  • TheWizard92 - October 25, 2010 8:35 p.m.

    I think that they just need to put an option like on Mortal Kombat where you can turn off the gore. Then you can save this trouble with the Supreme Court case and everyone will be happy because then they have no valid argument if you put the option on there. Anyone second my motion?
  • seanpolley - October 25, 2010 3:51 p.m.

    realistic violence in a game thats supposed to be realistic? NO WAY!!!!
  • CreedKotetsu - October 24, 2010 7:48 p.m.

    Its kind of funny how so many people think it makes them look tough when they say the violence doesn't bother them. As to the last line of the article. . No. For all that's good and holy, no. Games do not need sex to be mature.
  • XSgtShootemupX - October 24, 2010 4:50 p.m.

    Can't see the violence being AT all realistic in this. E.g. a frag grenade isn't very likely to make you lose a limb... it'd probably leave a gaping hole, alot of muscle tissues and some torn arteries on show, but it wouldn't blow it clean off.
  • SUCKxITxEZ - October 23, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    lol its strange that leading up to the release of mw2 all the talk about how no russian was too violant, i thought every one was just being bitches but then it came out and the level did disturb me.
  • BlindMarksman - October 23, 2010 2:21 a.m.

    Wow! People sure love violence around here...
  • 19Pakk99 - October 23, 2010 2:17 a.m.

    Personally, I couldn't care less about the graphic nature of CoD. But if you can't enjoy a video game without over-the-top, graphic violence, then you need help.
  • Inthedistrict - October 23, 2010 1:31 a.m.

    Wow. First off, I've seen some pretty violent movies out there that have ADULT RATINGS. Isn't that the point of the "M" on the back of the box? To censor children from "adult situations?" Ok, so you are an adult and you'd prefer to play less violent games? Don't purchase war games!! Unless, of course, you're under the impression that a 10 gauge shotgun delivers sunshine and farts. Get over it, it's almost insulting Treyarch.
  • Nitecuze - October 23, 2010 1:05 a.m.

    This game is made to be for a mature audience, so if I throw a grenade I want to see somebody's legs go flying off if they're close enough to it. We as a society are desensitized towards violence and gore, so why in the hell should a supposed "Mature" game have to tone down violence? Seems like they're catering to the young ones on this.
  • KevlarTurban - October 23, 2010 12:19 a.m.

    I will admit that a game has made me almost physically ill due to violence, but it wasn't really the sight of the violence that made my stomach turn. In the original Manhunt you could completely explode a guys head by hitting it with an aluminum baseball bat. The sound effects they used in that game were so fucking brutal, which was amplified by the fact that I was wearing headphones at the time, making it surround sound....
  • EnragedTortoise1 - October 22, 2010 11:39 p.m.

    if this means it's not rated M, then I care. Otherwise, whatever, man.
  • legory - October 22, 2010 11:10 p.m.

    I love that World at War had exploding limbs and the such. When MW2 Got rid of them cus of plain ol' IW I was sad. :(
  • crazytar - October 22, 2010 10:35 p.m.

    @batmanboy11 I found No Russian to be the funniest mission in a video game I've ever played, not because of the killing of virtual innocents but because of... actually I don't know why but the whole thing was extremely cartoony and tryed to be srs which I guess is what I found funny about it.
  • oryandymackie - October 22, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    Who cares? Violence is a given. I enjoy violence in my games.
  • SwampRock - October 22, 2010 10:21 p.m.

    no Russian actually kind of did disturb me, in a way no game has ever done before I actually felt bad for doing it for the first couple of minutes. After that I just had fun killing stragglers. And I highly doubt anything about this game will be too graphic.
  • slowdrum13 - October 22, 2010 10:13 p.m.

    ^ advertising

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