Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A. If you instantly recognized that seemingly random collection of words as the cheat code for Contra, you are not alone. In fact, chances are, you were in line late Monday night at one of the many retailers participating in the midnight release of Modern Warfare 2, the long-awaited sequel to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

I was getting ready to sleep when my husband told me he was leaving to pick up a video game. "REALLY?" I have never heard of midnight releases for video games before, so I thought I would check it out. I was shocked. Every store we passed that sold video games had lines stretching from their doors and spilling into the parking lots.

I’m not much of a gamer myself. But one need only watch the opening credits to video games such as Modern Warfare 2 or Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, to truly appreciate the leaps and bounds the gaming industry has made since its humble 8-bit roots. And it is not just the technological boundaries these games are pushing. Modern Warfare 2 actually has an option to bypass certain missions that may be offensive to some players. I can’t imagine what would make these missions offensive to an already desensitized fan base of diehard adrenaline junkies.

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