Cuba Condemns Call of Duty: Black Ops Video Game

A stand selling copies of "Call of Duty: Black Ops."
A stand selling copies of "Call of Duty: Black Ops."
A stand selling copies of "Call of Duty: Black Ops."

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Top StoryCuba condemned the release of a new video game that allows gamers to play as a United States special forces agent attempting to kill a young Fidel Castro.

The game, Call of Duty: Black Ops, was labelled by Cuban state-media as an attempt to legitimize murder and assassination for the sake of entertainment. It also said the game would turn American children into sociopaths.

“What the United States government did not achieve in more than 50 years, it now tries to do virtually,” said a story on Cuba’s government-run CubaDebate Web site.

Call of Duty: Black Ops allows gamers to go back in time, taking on the role of  a U.S. special operative as he saves the U.S. from a communist plot and travels between Cold War hotspots such as Cuba, Vietnam and Russia.

The first mission of the game is based before the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and has the game’s character attempting to assassinate Fidel Castro. In reality, there were numerous U.S. attempts on the former Cuban leader’s life during the Cold War, most made by Cuban exiles.

The game is expected to be one of game manufacturer Activision’s biggest sellers this year, with IT marketing firm IDC forecasting that 11.7 million copies will be shifted in the United States by the end of the year alone.

Just Published at the Latin America News Dispatch

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