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Infinity Ward Pulls Controversial "Grenade Spam" Clip

by Dan Ryckert on Nov 01, 2009 at 02:02 PM

While many of you may be actively avoiding details regarding that other Modern Warfare 2 controversy, the hubbub surrounding Infinity Ward's "Grenade Spam" clip certainly won't spoil any plot points. Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels stars in the clip, in which he complains about the frequency of random grenade kills. Not long after it was posted, comments appeared on numerous websites accusing the video of being insensitive due to a questionable acronym at its conclusion. Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling responded to the criticism with the following posts to his Twitter account:

"I think it was more of a social commentary joke of that stereotype than it was a fist-bump of acceptance to it."

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I think the core gag is great, the end is a bit too far from the intent of the joke & can appreciate the concerns. Pulled."

It is a bit odd that the respected developer would include such a derogatory term at the conclusion of the otherwise inoffensive clip. What do you think? Does Infinity Ward need to apologize for the now-pulled video, or are the political correctness police overreacting to a poor attempt at humor?

To see what some members of the GI Staff have to say, check out new blog posts from Meagan, Tim, and Phil.