Opinion: Why I Felt Uncomfortable Playing The CoD WW2 Campaign

It’s very hard not to be engulfed back into the world of Call of Duty every year, especially as a lover of first person shooters. I was excited to go back to World War II and experience a new harrowing chapter set against the backdrop that we first stepped foot into when we played the first few games in the series almost 15 years ago now. However, that huge period of time away from the era has allotted me a more full knowledge of history, a chance to listen to stories about World War II from veterans still alive today as a documentarian, and even a chance to explore the history of my own grandfather, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

Now, that’s not to say these experiences have changed the way I’ve absorbed entertainment, especially about war. Many of the great games and films I’ve played and watched today are deeply rooted in war stories, historic and modern. Some of them are brutal and real in their portrayals (The Grey Zone, Saving Private Ryan) and some of them are outlandish and caricaturistic (Inglourious Basterds, Wolfenstein).  Yet, those stories have planted their stance on war in some way or another.

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