I admit, I know nothing about these games (other than memes) as I'm more into shooters like DOOM, but I've always wondered about the impact of post-9/11/2001 events on the storylines these games focus on, how they sell and are received/reviewed/etc. I see that the first game to not take place in WWII (the appropriately titled "Modern Warfare") was released in 2007, well into the "War on Terror" and the huge increase of American patriotism. If 9/11 didn't occur, thus (maybe) negating the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as not seeing such a dramatic increase in military and government support from the public, what would these games be like? Would the stories remain largely the same, with the series being less popular due to less interest in the military? Would the series continue to cover historical wars, instead of branching off into original storylines? Etc.