One of my favorite features from the original Call of Duty: Black Ops was the emblem editor and I'm happy it has returned in Black Ops 2. For those who don't know, an emblem is a picture the player creates that can be viewed by anyone and appears on the screen of the person killed during an online multiplayer match. Players get very creative with their emblems as evidenced by this emblem I saw last week:
If you ever wondered why ESRB doesn't rate online content, here is a prime example why.
As an adult I can purchase Call of Duty without my parents consent (thank god!). Perhaps more importantly I'm able to process and internalize what I'm seeing. The emblem's overt sexual nature isn't going to damage my delicate sensibilities. However, we all know it's not just adults playing this game. A whole army of underaged kids have added this game to their Christmas list, and in three weeks time will be seeing images like this and worse.
I want to be clear, the problem isn't with Activision or Black Ops 2. The game was made for AND is intended for adults. The problem lies with the parents who don't educate themselves about the games they purchase and who stop parenting once their kid starts the game. If you want the internet to raise your kid I guess that's your prerogative, just don't be surprised when little Ashley asks about blowjobs.
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