Alliance for Global Justice Calls for Black Ops Boycott

November 16, 2010 -

In light of the Cuban government’s dissatisfaction with a mission in Call of Duty: Black Ops that has players attempting to assassinate Fidel Castro, the Washington D.C.-based Alliance for Global Justice (AFGJ) has called for a boycott of the game.

Noting that Wal-Mart, Best Buy and “dozens of other retailers in your community are today dealing this pornography to the children in your community,” AFGJ called Black Ops “part of the whole culture of US militarism with the entertainment industry’s role being to desensitize us to violence.”

AFGJ has a goal of achieving “social change and economic justice by helping to build a stronger more unified grassroots movement.” The organization recognizes that “the concentration of wealth and power is the root cause of oppression.”

The organization urges people to send a letter to local retailers, pass out a provided flier (PDF) in front of stores selling the game and approach the local city council in order to “declare the game a violation under local pornography laws.”

A portion of the AFGJ letter:

This video game violates community standards and could be considered a form of pornography to which local laws apply. I/we demand that you immediately cease selling this product. My future shopping decisions will be based on your response to this issue.


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Re: Alliance for Global Justice Calls for Black Ops Boycott

 Hey AFGJ...

GET OVER IT.

And go find real reasons for whining... Oh and where were you when they made a video about assassinating bush? Cheering maybe?

Re: Alliance for Global Justice Calls for Black Ops Boycott

Anyone notice the screenshot in their article is from Modern Warfare 2?

Poorly researched source or image material: the first sign of a campaign that will never win.

Second sign: bad grammar. "The game went on sale on Nov. 9 in 4,400 nationwide."
WTF does this mean I don't even...

Third: use of improper analogy. "If someone suggested such a scenario involving the President of the United States, that person would be arrested and prosecuted." While I am fuzzy on the details of a suggestion to actually kill the President, I don't think a sequence in a video game counts as a real-life "suggestion" to kill someone. Playing Call of Duty and trying to shoot a Cuban dictator =/= shooting a Cuban dictator, and even that =/= shooting the President of the USA.

Finally: not allowing your "followers" to comment on your articles. I checked around, and it doesn't look like comments are enabled for any of the whacked-out angsty writings stored on that website. Looks to me like this is some self-righteous college idiot who thinks everyone's listening and agreeing with them, not a legitimate organization with a shred of a legitimate concern.

Utter bull. Let's try to ignore such doomsayers in the future, mkay?

Re: Alliance for Global Justice Calls for Black Ops Boycott

Damn it, i dont even like war games, but i'm going to buy this game so i can contribute to shut up those morons.

Re: Alliance for Global Justice Calls for Black Ops Boycott

They just accused Wal-Mart and Best Buy of committing a crime (selling porn to kids). I really hope they get taken to court over that (Lord knows the two could afford to do so, especially Wal-Mart).

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Re: Alliance for Global Justice Calls for Black Ops Boycott

So they're all for banning some element of popular culture? Is it just me that thinks this is ironic coming from a group that sounds like it'd be right at home in a comic? Sounds to me that they really want to be a superhero league

 

One wonders if they wear their underpants on the outside on on their heads...

Re: Alliance for Global Justice Calls for Black Ops Boycott

Wow. If Black Ops is pornographic then I'm defeinitely buying it.

Females in various states of undress, wielding kick ass weapons and blood and 'splosions everywhere?! AWESOME! *drool*

Re: Alliance for Global Justice Calls for Black Ops Boycott

"I don't like this game, but there's no way I could get it banned just because of that (much as I'd love to).  What to do, what to do?  Oh, wait!  I know!   ZOMFG EVUL CUMPNEEZ IS SELING DIS GAIM TOO ARE KIDZ!  ARE KIDZ!!!  WONT SUMBUDY PLEEZ TINK UV DA CHILDERNZ?!?"

I wish these "moral" crusaders had at least a shred of intellectual honesty, or integrity.

Re: Alliance for Global Justice Calls for Black Ops Boycott

"This video game violates community standards and could be considered a form of pornography to which local laws apply"

 
Who cares if it "violates" community standards? Women showing their ankles used to violate community standards. 

Re: Alliance for Global Justice Calls for Black Ops Boycott

If you're just one guy living in your grandma's basement, how can you claim to be an "alliance" let alone "global"?

Re: Alliance for Global Justice Calls for Black Ops Boycott

Looking at their contact page, there are at least 5 members, which would make them an alliance only in the broadest sense, I don't know how 'global' they are. But I agree, the name seems pretty much delusional.

As I said before, dimwit anti-video game types may well take their word just because of the name, thinking that AFGJ is comparable to major NGOs like The Red Cross.

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"Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and dozens of other retailers in your community are today dealing this pornography to the children in your community."

Uh, correct me if I'm wrong, but don't large retailers prevent the sale of M-rated games to anyone under the age of 17?

I hope the public can see how ridiculous this diatribe is, but sadly there are a lot of people out there who use these non-arguments as their line of offence against any media they don't like. Having an organisation called the 'Alliance for Global Justice' back their claims would be seen as empowerment in their eyes.

Oh, and by the way, "Comments are closed"-? Yes, the best way to represent justice is to only show one side of the argument.

Re: Alliance for Global Justice Calls for Black Ops Boycott

If a game is to simulate the assassination of Castro, wouldn't that imply the assassination is successful?

Re: Alliance for Global Justice Calls for Black Ops Boycott

You would figure that would imply that. However I must be mistaken...my history books state that Castro survived several failed attempts on his life....

Then again the person who wrote the 'boycott article' requires an attention span greater than 0.1 seconds, and a brain larger than a peanut. Methinks their cause is indeed lost.

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Re: Alliance for Global Justice Calls for Black Ops Boycott

 First, how does banning any sort of media contribute to "justice"?

Second, why should anyone care about what a far-left group like this has to say about games?  Their idea of "justice" isn't far removed from the types of instituted justice found in prison camps or totalitarian societies.

 

Just another kook organization, nothing to see here.

Re: Alliance for Global Justice Calls for Black Ops Boycott

Because concentration of power is only a problem if 'other' people have it?

I guess these people have never seen the massive injustice you get in decentralized power structures.  I wonder if they have bothered to spend time in areas that still have tribal justic like Afghanistan...

Re: Alliance for Global Justice Calls for Black Ops Boycott

At the end of the article, you can read: "Comments are closed".

Wow, butthurt much?

This video game violates community standards and could be considered a form of pornography to which local laws apply. I/we demand that you immediately cease selling this product. My future shopping decisions will be based on your response to this issue.

This is probably the most pathetic paragraph I´ve read this month. Now I want to buy Black Ops for myself.

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Re: Alliance for Global Justice Calls for Black Ops Boycott

Been playing it.  It's good and (shaking head) certainly not porn.  This would all be laughable if there weren't so many poorly informed people who took this kind of thing seriously.

Re: Alliance for Global Justice Calls for Black Ops Boycott

In short: Good luck trying to get this declared as pornography. Your battle will be long, strenuous, and without success. I hope you concentrate on actual issues that affect people in the world.

Long Answer: Exactly how is this pornography? Do they know the actual definition of the word?

Pornography: obscene writings, drawings, photographs, or the like, esp. those having little or no artistic merit.

From what I understand, Black Ops is a story for ADULTS that circles through varies secret ops throughout the Cold War. The CIA DID try to kill Fidel Castro. SEVERAL TIMES. That is history, just like conflicts Vietnam, Cambodia, etc etc. Twas a dark time, with lots of conflict. As I recall the game itself is rated "M" for MATURE. For ADULTS. Not children. I would dare say that using the real life events of the past 60 years to tell a story of conflict is artistic merit.

-sarcasim mode active- Oh yes. Gaming industry is in a global conspiracy to desensitise us to violence. Soon we will be rampaging in the streets, and causing mass riots and unrest. Soon the globe will bow down to EA and Activision. Oh hail the big game companies -sarcasim mode off-

I am surprised at Cuba though. I figured they would have a laugh at this, as it protrays a fail attempt on Castro. They could spin this to showcase how the CIA and various other groups have continually tried and failed to touch the Cuban leader. Oh well... a lost opportunity!

--------- James Fletcher, member of ECA Canada

Re: Alliance for Global Justice Calls for Black Ops Boycott

Well...Cuba is known for being a smidge touchy...that's why you don't hear much about that famous Castro sense of humor.

Re: Alliance for Global Justice Calls for Black Ops Boycott

*facepalm*  Here comes the old video games = porn argument again.  Sigh.  Who are these people again?

Re: Alliance for Global Justice Calls for Black Ops Boycott

These people are proof that liberals hate video games for the exact same reason conservatives do.

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