Black Ops causes controversy over the virtual assassination of Fidel Castro
By: Ashley Couillard
The awaited video game of the year, Call of Duty: Black Ops, has stumbled into the scene of controversy with a virtual assassination attempt against former Cuban president, Fidel Castro.
Cuban officals are upset over the new video game because of its violent acts towards Castro. Castro, who is 84 years old, had been Cuba’s president for the past 50 years, but has had to resign due to recent health problems.
The game is set during the Cold War and the players must go through Russia, Vietnam, and Cuba in order to find Castro and kill him. This angered Cubans because of their history with the Americans. Americans have allegedly attempted to assassinate Castro 600 times since the revolution where Cuba turned communist.
“This new video game is doubly perverse,” officials from cubadebate.cu said to the Guardian UK. “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.”
Even though this game is a hit seller, Cubans feel that it is disrespectful to their country and their ex-leader. They also feel like this video game will turn American kids into sociopaths.
This is not the first time the franchise has been subject to controversy. In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, there was a level where you were in a Russian airport, playing as an undercover Russian terrorist. You were then able to murder harmless civilians for a solid five minutes.
“I don’t believe this is a fair judgment of a video game. Video games are meant to be for entertainment and since Castro is no longer the president, I’m sure it isn’t that bad,” third semester Cin/Vid/Com student Dimitri Vadrahani said.