With the release of any reality-based FPS, developers run the risk of upsetting someone, somehow. Be it angry mothers, politicians, or in the case Treyarch… an entire nation. On the eve of Call of Duty: Black Ops’ release, the Cuban government rose up against the virtual recreations depicted in the first level of the game.
[SPOILER] Within the first level of the game, American troops land on the shores of Cuba, reenacting the Bay of Pigs invasion of in 1961. This culminates in an assassination attempt on Fidel Castro – President of the country – which has rightly turned up an irate country.
According to the state-run news site, the Cubadebate: “This new video game is doubly perverse. On the one hand, it glorifies the illegal assassination attempts the United States government planned against the Cuban leader … and on the other, it stimulates sociopathic attitudes in North American children and adolescents.”
While the stimulation of “sociopathic tendencies” may or may not be in question, the Cuban government and nation do have validation in their argument. Reverse the roles; America would have the same, if not a larger reaction to someone trying to reinvent the assassination of one of our presidents.
And while other countries may have their time to shine and be the ‘bay guy’ in video games (i.e. Germany and the UK), both countries have taken their respected licks and in the end, come out looking fine (though in some perhaps with a little more zombie).
As of yet, neither Treyarch nor Activision have released a statement about the unexpected backlash, but are expected to by early next week. Given Castro’s track record of over 600 confirmed assassination attempts – some of which include: cold cream, exploding cigars, poisoned ballpoint pens – he may at least want some flowers.