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Popular Russian streamer quits Modern Warfare over ‘offensive’ campaign

Published: 26/Oct/2019 11:17 Updated: 26/Oct/2019 11:26

by Joe Craven


A Russian Twitch streamer quit Modern Warfare’s campaign while live, apparently citing ‘anti-Russian’ sentiment within the game’s main narrative. 

Modern Warfare released on October 25 with three main modes: Spec Ops, Multiplayer and Campaign. The campaign – CoD’s first since WWII – has generally garnered positive responses, being cited as one of the best in the series’ recent titles. 

However, there has been some controversy regarding the campaign’s storyline, some of which has been criticized as anti-Russian. To avoid controversy with regards to ongoing Middle Eastern conflicts, many of the game’s events take place in the fictional Urzikstan.

Infinity WardMW’s campaign sees the return of certain fan favorite characters, such as Captain Price.

Despite these attempts to avoid exacerbating real-life debates and conflicts, there are still numerous references throughout the game’s campaign to Russian terrorists and antagonists.

While live on the ‘WELOVEGAMES’ Twitch channel on October 25, these anti-Russian narratives seemingly became too much for one Russian streamer. 

The game takes players through a public square, in which a number of corpses are hung in an intense display of violence carried out by Russian soldiers. Upon seeing this, the streamer becomes frustrated and exits his game. 

He goes on to explain his decision, which has since been roughly translated by one Reddit user. According to the translation, the streamer describes it as “too much…. I don’t like politics in the game industry.” 

The translation concludes: “It’s just a game and all. Don’t talk about Russians then. Just call them “enemies”, terrorists and counter-terrorists. That’s it.”

It follows an announcement from publishers Activision that Sony Interactive Russia have refused to put Modern Warfare on the Russian PlayStation Store, seemingly because of its story details. 

There were mixed responses to the clip, with some arguing the streamer has overreacted to a fictional storyline, but others arguing it further perpetuates anti-Russian narratives in Western popular culture. 


It is not the first time a Modern Warfare game has amassed significant controversy, particularly in its portrayal of Russian terrorists.

Modern Warfare 2’s ‘No Russian’ campaign saw players massacre civilians in an airport, in a campaign scene that players could opt out of due to its incredible violence.

It was a moment that caused controversy back in 2009 and, as the debate continues around violence in video games, Modern Warfare will certainly be at the middle of the discussion. 

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Best Milano 821 loadout for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Published: 18/Nov/2020 5:58

by Brad Norton


If you’re always pushing the pace and playing aggressively in Call of Duty, SMGs should be your go-to in Black Ops Cold War and we’ve got an overview of the fastest Milano 821 loadout possible.

While Assault Rifles are there to help you in mid to long-range gunfights, SMGs are always about up-close engagements. You should be trying to blitz your way through the map and towards the next kill.

As a result, you’re going to want to fine-tune your weapon of choice to fit that playstyle. Rather than equipping attachments to improve your aim or your reveal distance, for example, speed should be the top priority.

Thankfully, the Milano 821 is an early unlock in the SMG category and it’s one of the fastest guns in the game. Here’s how you can get the most out of it.

Best Milano 821 loadout for Black Ops Cold War

Milano loadout Black Ops Cold War
Reach new speeds with this ridiculous Milano loadout.
  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: Infantry Compensator
  • Barrel: 10.6 Task Force
  • Body: SWAT 5mw Laser Sight
  • Underbarrel: SFOD Speedgrip
  • Magazine: Vandal Speed Loader
  • Handle: Speed Tape
  • Stock: Marathon Stock

We recommend picking the Infantry Compensator Muzzle over the Socom Eliminator. While the latter provides even more vertical recoil control, it comes at the expense of movement speed. Your goal is to be as quick as possible, so hindering speed is a big deal-breaker for this loadout.

The 10.6 Task Force Barrel might be the strongest attachment in Cold War. Not only does it boost your overall weapon damage, but also the range of the SMG along with its bullet velocity. There is no better way to bump the lethality of the gun but obviously, it comes with some steep tradeoffs.

You’re giving up on the notion of fine aim in favor of an outright beastly weapon. This thing will shred with the right Barrel, but it won’t be easy to control. So you’re going to want to play from a closer range and always be pushing the pace.

With the 5mw Laser Sight, there isn’t much of a need to actually aim down sights. Your recoil is going to be tough to handle to begin with, so firing from the hip will often be the easier choice.

Black Ops gameplay
You’ll be zooming through the map in no time with this setup.

No need to reduce flinch with this particular weapon since you’ll rarely be aiming down sights. Instead, opting for the simple Speed Tape Handle is the way to go. This will give a slight buff to your ADS speed without any downsides.

Make sure you’re running Gung-Ho in the third perk slot as well. This is a complete game-changer for SMG classes as you’ll always be on the move, running and gunning with every fight. This will help keep you ahead of the competition with seamless movement.

If you’re trying to mix things up and swap out from the fast-paced SMG action, be sure to check out our other weapon guides to set up the best classes in Cold War.