December 4, 2021

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone’s new 16-bit death effect sparks realism debate

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone are gritty, realistic shooters, right? Well, the game’s latest cosmetic DLC is about as far away from that as you could get.

This week, a new 16-bit-themed DLC pack was released for Infinity Ward’s first-person shooter. It adds new weapon skins such as the Commodore assault rifle and the Genesis submachine gun (I see what they did there), as well as a new 16-bit death effect. And it’s this death effect that’s refuelled a debate that’s been bubbling for a while now about Modern Warfare and Warzone’s tone.

This death effect sees enemies killed with one of the weapon skins included in the DLC pack explode in a shower of 16-bit pixels. It’s like something out of Tron or Scott Pilgrim. There’s even an accompanying “deres” audio effect. Here’s how it looks:

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