Another year, another Call of Duty controversy. This time, though, no Russian β only Cuban.
“What the United States couldn’t accomplish in more than 50 years, they are now trying to do virtually,” said an article posted on state-run website Cubadebate (via The Associated Press).
The article refers to a mission in Call of Duty: Black Ops that sees players skulking through Havana circa 1961 in an attempt to put an abrupt end to the then-brand new Castro regime. Obviously, you don’t succeed, but that hasn’t stopped Cuba from taking aim and launching a verbal volley at the mission.
“This new video game is doubly perverse,” the article said. “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.”
It then went on to cite studies correlating violent videogames and violent tendencies, claiming that taking an active role in the proceedings gets people’s blood boiling a lot faster than kicking back and, say, watching a movie.
If it’s any consolation, though, Call of Duty’s apparently suiting up to hit the space marine scene, meaning that Castro’s probably out of the question for future installments. Well, unless it’s, like, a giant space robot version of Castro or something. Actually, on second thought, we really, really hope that’s exactly what it is.