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'Call of Duty' advert trivialises war, says ex-paratrooper

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's marketing campaign has been criticised by a former paratrooper.

DB Grady, a veteran of Afghanistan, said that a video ad for the game featuring Sam Worthington and Jonah Hill "trivialises and sanitises war to an extreme, setting a new low".

He wrote in The Atlantic: "The advertisement trivialises combat and sanitises war. If this were September 10, 2001, maybe it wouldn't be quite so bad.

"Those who are too young to remember Vietnam might indulge in combat fantasies of resting heart rates while rocket-propelled grenades whiz by, and of flinty glares while emptying a magazine into the enemy.

"But after ten years of constant war, of thousands of amputees and flag-draped coffins, of hundreds of grief-stricken communities, did nobody involved in this commercial raise a hand and say, 'You know, this is probably a little crass. Maybe we could just show footage from the game'?"

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was released for Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 in November last year. It was named as the fastest-selling piece of entertainment shortly after launch.

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