They can spend all day shooting and killing representations of people but remember kids don’t mention weed it’s far more antisocial than mass killing….
Gamers are catching bans for simply talking about weed, whether in-game or on social media.
Last month, Emanuel Maiberg at VICE wrote about how the first-person shooter game Call of Duty will censor or even ban players for typing the word “weed” — regardless of context — in the game’s chat system. Yet the game also sells a “weed gun” item covered in pot leaves as part of its $10 “Blunt Force” pack, and whipping it out to light up some noobs won’t catch anyone a ban.
“It is the height of hypocrisy then that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will actively try and get me to spend real money on a weed color scheme for my gun, but attempt to silence me if I profess my love for smoking weed in the game,” Maiberg wrote.
The in-game description for the “Blunt Force” pack reads: “Weed out your opponents….” But chatting about “weed” or including “weed” in a player handle will trigger the game’s censors, as it classifies “weed” as profanity.
To add insult to injury, Activision, the company that produces the Call of Duty games, even once partnered with the maestro of marijuana himself, Snoop Dogg. In 2014, Activision hired Snoop Dogg to provide voice acting for Call of Duty: Ghosts and included him in promotional videos, too.