Call of Duty's most controversial moments
- Posted September 15th, 2013 at 08:28 EDT by Michael Harradence
Bay of Pigs – Call of Duty: Black Ops
Treyarch’s Cold War-era shooter kick started a whole new era for the military shooter franchise, and with it, fresh media attention thanks to the depiction of the Bay of Pigs invasion in the game’s first level. The climax of the opening level sees an attempt on the life of Cuban President, Fidel Castro. This unsurprisingly didn’t sit too well with the Cuban government, which took exception to the sequence in an official statement issued by the Cuban Media:
"What the United States couldn't accomplish in more than 50 years, they are now trying to do virtually," said an article posted on Cubadebate, a state-run news website. "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."
Castro, who in a July 1998 speech revealed he was the target of the most assassination attempts of any Politian in the world, was indeed targeted by the CIA, and has survived over 600 attempts on his life. Black Ops’ depiction of the events has SOG agent, Alex Mason, successfully killing Castro’s double, with the real Cuban president later kidnapping Mason and handing him over to General Nikita Dragonvich.
The next entry in the Call of Duty franchise is due out in November for current and next-generation consoles.
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