Cuba Condemns Black Ops, Joins Anti-Violent Game Brigade

November 11, 2010 -

A mission in the newly released Call of Duty: Black Ops that has players attempting to assassinate a young Fidel Castro has caused the Cuban government, or at least its mouthpiece, to denounce the game.

As recounted in an Associated Press story, the Cuban state-run news agency Cubadebate said about the mission (translated),” What the United States couldn't accomplish in more than 50 years, they are now trying to do virtually.”

But the news agency didn’t stop there, it went on to denounce violent games altogether. After calling Black Ops “doubly perverse,” the agency said that in addition to glorifying “illegal assassination attempts,” the game “stimulates sociopathic attitudes in North American children and adolescents.”

Cubadebate didn’t stop there however; it offered further opinions into the impact of violent games, which the agency billed as “entertainment for psychopaths,”stating:

The levels of violence that permeate these products have already produced the alarm in the United States. In 2006 one of the most aggressive games, the "GTA San Andreas" was denounced in the Alabama courts have led to a teenager murdered three men, two of them policemen.

Psychologists and psychiatrists say that while violence in a film the viewer is passive attitude in the game you can be invited to step into the boots of a murderer.


Just for fun, re-read the article and replace Cuba with California.


Comments

Re: Cuba Condemns Black Ops, Joins Anti-Violent Game Brigade

Hey Cuba...

 

GET OVER IT.

Re: Cuba Condemns Black Ops, Joins Anti-Violent Game Brigade

Castro, why so mad?  We all know how the Bay of Pigs invasion ended up.  You should feel flattered they are using that in their game.

Re: Cuba Condemns Black Ops, Joins Anti-Violent Game Brigade

Don't forget, this is the same country who are so in love with their leader that they formed a million man lynch mob to go after a political cartoonist because he called Castro a communist before it became public, forcing him into exile.

(In case you're wondering, It was Antonio Prohias of Spy vs. Spy fame. He endured a lot of hardships in his goal of bringing a lot of people laughs. May he rest in peace.)

Re: Cuba Condemns Black Ops, Joins Anti-Violent Game Brigade

If a government is edgy about a game inciting a revolution, then they're already sitting on a powder keg.

Re: Cuba Condemns Black Ops, Joins Anti-Violent Game Brigade

 I still say Castro has been dead for years (he was an old man for decades) and there is either a stand-in or they are taking the "Weekend at Bernie's" approach...which would be awesome.

Re: Cuba Condemns Black Ops, Joins Anti-Violent Game Brigade

They're upset because some of the game is situated in Cuba.  I haven't played it yet but I presume the Cubans are the bad guys.

Re: Cuba Condemns Black Ops, Joins Anti-Violent Game Brigade

That's okay, they probably haven't played it either.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Cuba Condemns Black Ops, Joins Anti-Violent Game Brigade

Heh, no probably not.  Cue the "expert" on TV who will comment on how horrible the game is without ever having played it...

Re: Cuba Condemns Black Ops, Joins Anti-Violent Game Brigade

You think Cuba is being silly now but let's see who's being silly when this game influences some kid to travel back in time, join special forces and assassinate Castro.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Cuba Condemns Black Ops, Joins Anti-Violent Game Brigade

Eh, can't blame them for being upset.  Just look at how ranty people got about that art instalation with a game about assasinating Bush... I imagine if it was a major studio doing it instead of a single unknown artist the country would go livid.

Re: Cuba Condemns Black Ops, Joins Anti-Violent Game Brigade

Bet they loved Guerilla War, though.

 
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