Christmas for the Bad Guys Call of Duty 4’s Stake in Villainizing Chernobyl

This project describes how Activision’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered displays the Chernobyl meltdown through fictional villainy. By using screenshots and dialogues from the video game, MWR creates an alternative story that exists post-Chernobyl, one that doesn’t honor the lives lost in Pripyat. Additionally, the virtual setting houses tropes that depict Russian culture as ‘evil’.

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Gabby Cepeda ‘22 is a prospective Sociology & Anthropology major and Educational Studies minor.

RUSS043 Chernobyl: Nuclear Naratives and the Environment, Swarthmore College, Spring 2020