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Cuba is not too happy with Call of Duty: Black Ops. Does controversy matter to you?

November 10, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops on Paul Gale Network

Over at CubaDebate.cu, you definitely get the feeling that Cuba isn’t too thrilled with certain events in Activision’s latest blockbuster, Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Here is a piece of what the site had to say, “What the United States couldn’t accomplish in more than 50 years, they are now trying to do virtually. “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.”

I can see the points of the staff at CubaDebate, but this isn’t the only time that controversial issues have come up in video games…as a matter of fact, the recent Medal of Honor dealt with its share of criticism as well. So then, do controversial subjects matter to you in games? Are they something that influence you positively or negatively towards the real life material in which they’re based upon…or do you just enjoy the game for what it is?

Striking images, strong words, and powerful actions will always be a part of any medium…with video games being no different, so I just hope that the player him or herself has the intelligence to handle such material and leave it at that. What do you think?

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Nick C November 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Sigh. Cuba’s debating on a video game when they’re such a poor country who has tons of other problems to worry about. Sheesh

Mark November 10, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Give a care. Castro sucks, so does Cuba.

Kamanashi November 10, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Controversial subjects don’t really matter to me. But I thonk more than likely the ones acting offended to these games are normally looking for attention.

none of your business November 10, 2010 at 9:27 pm

its a fucking videogame get over it just a videogame point blank who cares if its fidel castro in the game aint like he gonna last a lifetime people do get old and die its not like hes a good person in real life all the pain people suffers in cuba cause hes a dick and dont let people have their freedom unless he says so too bad the us didnt really take him out cuba would be better off than it is now…

Aaron November 10, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Medal of Honor just wanted to call the Taliban the Taliban.. The 1st level of Black Ops has you putting a bullet in Fidel Castro’s head.. They’re not really the same thing.

John November 10, 2010 at 10:56 pm

First of all, saying it “glorifies” the assassination attempts is a stretch. However, I find that the game’s view of such events in no way gives a negative view of Cuba. If anything, it made me think of Castro as even more of a badass for evading so many assassination attempts by the US.

Dirk November 11, 2010 at 4:01 am

Whether a game, movie, or book has or is controversial you can exercise your right as a free thinking human being and NOT buy it. As for the Taliban nonsense in Medal of Honor I think EA planned it. Got a lot of free advertizing out of 1 little mistake and it took all of 5 seconds to fix it.

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