The Call of Duty franchise is certainly no stranger to controversy, especially after the response to the “No Russian” mission featured in last year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
. This time, however, it’s Cuba which is at the forefront of the discussion as to the content of Treyarch's most recent Call of Duty title.
Cubadebate, a Cuban state-run news site, ran an article today voicing Cuba’s displeasure with a mission included early on in Call of Duty: Black Ops
during which the player is tasked with assassinating Fidel Castro. The site uses the opportunity to get a shot in at the CIA stating, “What the United States couldn't accomplish in more than 50 years, they are now trying to do virtually."
The Cubadebate article continues:
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.
In an attempt to further deride the game (and perhaps video games in general), Cubadebate also went on to state that psychological studies have shown violent video games encourage anti-social behavior due to active participation in the violence, as opposed to movies wherein the violence is watched passively. Christopher J. Ferguson, a psychology professor at Texas A&M International University who studies video-game violence, debunked such claims, stating “At this point, there is no evidence that video games, violent or otherwise, cause harm to minors." He also noted that youth violence in the United States is at its lowest level in 40 years.
So what do you think of the offending scene? Is this an over-reaction or a legitimate response?