Uh oh! Someone alert the Internet police! It looks like Infantry Ward pulled a Michael Bay and reused footage from Modern Warfare 2’s ending. And by looks like, I mean blatantly did so. Just look at the below video comparison created by Youtuber “satantribal.”
Honestly, recycling footage isn’t anything new. Textures are reused in video games all the time. It not only saves time, but most of the time it goes unnoticed, especially if both games are running on the same engine. This type of tomfoolery isn’t exclusive to video games either. Most notably, it occurred in Michael Bay’s cult classic Transformers 3.
Think your childhood is safe from deception? Boy, are you in for some disappointment! Not only did classic Disney cartoons reuse footage religiously, but Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny aren’t real! Also, your mother wasn’t “wrestling ” with uncle Timothy and his assortment of rubber “pickles.” I’ll leave that one up to your imagination.
In the grand scale of things, “copying and pasting” doesn’t really matter. Until it’s pointed out to you by others, your pitchfork was sheathed back in 2009 with the Left 4 Dead 2 boycott. As Games Radar’s David Houghton puts it, “reusing old building blocks does not matter as much as what you make out of them.” This is what those calling foul need to take into consideration. If you dig deep enough (or just look on the surface), you’ll notice that several video game franchises have committed the “crime” of reusing content. But hey, I guess it’s alright to get our panties in a bunch because this is Activision and Call of Duty we are talking about. In the world of video games there are no double standards.