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TD raises concerns over Call of Duty's record sales

Mary Mitchell O’Connor fears video game violence is making society become “densensitised to acts of violence”.

A screen grab from 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare', which has grossed over $1bn in sales in just 16 days.
A screen grab from 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare', which has grossed over $1bn in sales in just 16 days.
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A FINE GAEL TD has raised concerns that the record sales of a violent video game is causing society to become desensitised to violence.

Mary Mitchell O’Connor was reacting to news that the latest instalment in the Call of Duty video game series, Modern Warfare 3, has set a new record as the fastest-selling entertainment launch of all time.

The first person shooter game has grossing $1 billion (€767m) in sales in just 16 days – putting it ahead of the Harry Potter films or Avatar in terms of its financial pulling power.

“In a week that saw needless bloodshed, both at home and abroad, the high sales figures of this violent video game are very concerning,” Mitchell O’Connor said. ”I really fear we are entering an age where such violence will be commonplace.

“Life is precious and such games present people as obstacles, and violent acts as having no consequence,” she added.

The Dún Laoghaire TD, a former teacher, called for reinforced rules on the sale of violent video games and encouraged parents to consider buying books for their children instead of video games.

Modern Warfare 3′s record sales saw the game reach the $1 billion mark a day quicker than James Cameron’s Avatar, the highest-grossing film of all-time, which reached the milestone after 17 days in the cinemas.

PC Magazine reports that the game’s precedessor, Black Ops, grossed the same amount of sales in two months. Modern Warfare 3′s first-day sales also set a new record for its developer, Activision, with the sale of 6.5 million units raising $400m.

A former Progressive Democrat councillor, Mitchell O’Connor was elected to the Dáil for the first time in February – in an election campaign where her party offered a video game encouraging users to hurl projectiles at figures from other political parties including Brian Cowen, Brian Cowen, Gerry Adams and Joan Burton.

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