Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is one of the most popular games on the market right now. But, with popularity comes controversies. We are talking about when a recent update for the game removed a skin for the game in the multiplayer version of the game.
This controversial skin belonged to Wayne “D-Day” Davis, available for play in both COD: Modern Warfare and Warzone. The name of the skin was “Border War” and it referenced to the policy of borders between US-Mexico. This has been removed since it sparked controversy. Hence, let us see what this is all about.
What did the skin look like?
If you were to don to the skin, the character of D-Day will appear as a border security guard. He will also appear with a cowboy hat which makes it clear that he is border personnel for the US-Mexico Border. Plus, the description of the skin is also questionable. It says, “Show them the errors of their ways and make them pay.”
We have to say this skin is somewhat ill-considered and its removal seems appropriate. This is because the current controversy behind the US-Mexico border makes this the right move to remove the skin from the game.
Recently, the developer, Infinity Ward got rid of the “okay” symbol from the game. Apparently, it was construed as a hate symbol among white nationalists. It seems that the skin incited the same kinds of feelings among the players of Warzone and Modern Warfare.
A Step in the right direction
The move taken by the developer is certainly laudable. It symbolises the fact that the gaming industry is continuing the battling racism and any toxicity from society. It does not support any inflammatory symbols of hate and bigotry.
The Border Skin can be construed as supportive of America’s police institutions. They have been under constant criticism following the killing of George Floyd by a police officer. Hence, any such symbol of support may be held as inflammatory to certain communities.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare- These actions may appear minor, but they symbolise a paradigm shift in the role of games in social discourse.