“No Russian” is a controversial level in the 2009 video game Call of Duty

“No Russian” is a controversial level in the 2009 video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. In the level, the player controls Joseph Allen, an undercover CIA agent who participates in a mass shooting at a Moscow airport to gain the trust of a Russian terrorist group. The leader of the terrorists, Vladimir Makarov, tells his co-conspirators, “Remember, no Russian”, implying that speaking Russian would reveal their ethnic origins and affiliation to the Russian ultranationalists. At the end of the level, the group’s leader kills Allen and reveals that he intended for Russian officials to find Allen’s body and believe that the attack was instigated by the United States. The player is not required to kill any civilians and can skip the level altogether without any penalties.
Game designer Mohammad Alavi was heavily involved in the level’s development. Alavi wanted the level to explain why Russia would invade the United States, and create an emotional connection between the player and Makarov. Much of the level’s development was spent designing the massacre portion, which Alavi did not want to feel too contrived or traumatic. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s developer Infinity Ward and publisher Activision were both supportive of the level’s inclusion, though several game testers expressed disapproval and one refused to play the level at all.
Prior to the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, gameplay footage from “No Russian” was leaked on the Internet. This early footage divided opinions among video game journalists, although most decided to wait until they could play the level to judge its quality. After the game’s release, “No Russian” sparked significant controversy for letting players partake in a terrorist attack. Journalists described the level’s plot as illogical and derided the ability to skip the level. Due to the level’s graphic content, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was subject to censorship in international versions of the game. “No Russian” was removed entirely from Russian versions. Journalists have since discussed the importance of “No Russian” to the video game industry.

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