"Kill Castro" Mission Leads to Black Ops Boycott Call

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"Kill Castro" Mission Leads to Black Ops Boycott Call

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The Alliance for Global Justice is calling on citizens to "demand" the removal of Call of Duty: Black Ops from store shelves, warning that dozens of retailers are "dealing this pornography to the children in your community" at this very moment.

The Cuban government made some noise last week about Call of Duty: Black Ops, specifically a mission in which the player must battle through the streets of Havana in an attempt to assassinate a young Fidel Castro shortly after his overthrow of the Batista regime in 1959. That, somehow, got the attention of the Alliance for Global Justice, which made it the focal point of its call to have the game pulled from store shelves.

The AFGJ describes Black Ops as a "hyper-realistic violent Cold War role-playing game in which the player joins the Bay of Pigs invasion and then carves bloody mayhem through Cuba with the mission to assassinate a young Fidel Castro." It points out that G4TV.com called the Cuban criticism "understandable," as well as the column in the Atlantic which criticized an ad for the game as being "closer to selling real death than any videogame possibly could." It also notes that the game has already been censored in both Germany and Japan.

"Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and dozens of other retailers in your community are today dealing this pornography to the children in your community," the AFGJ ominously warns. "It is part of the whole culture of U.S. militarism with the entertainment industry's role being to desensitize us to violence. Our children are the most vulnerable."

The group wants people to demand the removal of the game from store shelves and offers some helpful advice on how to go about making it happen. A pre-made letter is provided that can be mailed to local stores warning them that the game "could be considered a form of pornography to which local laws apply," as is a flyer in PDF format that's meant to be printed and handed out in front of stores that sell the game. Face-to-face meetings with store managers are encouraged, while city councils can be asked to declare the game a violation of local pornography laws.

It's actually a fairly conventional grassroots threat for the most part, although invoking the specter of obscenity laws is an interesting approach. It's not all that terribly new, however; the idea of regulating videogame sales by declaring them obscene can be traced back several years to none other than disbarred-for-life ex-attorney Jack Thompson, who attempted to skirt the First Amendment by having games classified as pornography, an effort which ultimately met with failure.

Black Ops is rated M, which means it's not meant for children and according to the FTC isn't being sold to them in meaningful numbers anyway. Nonetheless, the AFGJ, which like most such groups claims that it does not "advocate censorship of speech," wants it gone. "Take action now to derail the industry projection that Call to Duty: Black Ops will be the biggest video game seller of the holiday season," the site urges readers. "Tell the retailers in your community that the game is a violation of your community's values and you demand that they take it off their shelves."

via: GamePolitics

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Was anyone really surprised by this? Call of Duty is begging for controversy. But this is just kind of strange... they're simply lying about this. Are people even allowed to lie like that? "Dealing pornography?"

*sigh*

The world makes me sad at times.

It's not even fucking Castro. Its a decoy. -.-

OT: So what. Its a fucking video game. Get over it.

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Onyx Oblivion:
What would happen if the public discovered some of the shit that goes down in Shin Megami Tensei?

O_o

And for the last time, it's not meant for children. DO YOUR FUCKING JOB AS A PARENT!

I second that motion...

On the ocean...

Do the Ocean Motion...

What would happen if the public discovered some of the shit that goes down in Shin Megami Tensei?

O_o

CoD:BO is a RPG now, it seems. When do you "level up" in Black Ops, exactly?

And for the last time, it's not meant for children.

DO YOUR FUCKING JOB AS A PARENT!

*facepalm*

Why can all other forms of media do pretty much what they want and something as insignificant as this causes an outcry just because it's a game?

Why does this sound familiar? Good luck guys, since it's clearly worked so many times before!

Hide yo' wife
Hide yo' kids
They be trollin' everyone out there

It sold 5.6 million in less than a day. This campaign to stop is will fail based on that fact alone.

Holy fuckin' shit! People who know nothing about a medium are blaming it for the corruption of their children!?

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OH FOR FUCKS SAKE!!! do they EVER PLAY OR STUDY THE GAMES?! this makes me lose fat in the maturing of gaming
PS: so its okay to make a movie about a guy tath tortures people and a film about a guy that shoots Hitler,s head to a bloody pulp, but a game that allows you to kill Fidel Castro is a no-no way to keep consistent soccer moms of America

grrr im am fed up with this, look at the box...18 AGE LIMIT!!! FOR ADULTS WHO CAN DO WHAT THEY WANT NOT KIDS. most kids probably dont even know who fidel castro is!

Onyx Oblivion:
What would happen if the public discovered some of the shit that goes down in Shin Megami Tensei?

O_o

CoD:BO is a RPG now, it seems. When do you "level up" in Black Ops, exactly?

And for the last time, it's not meant for children.

DO YOUR FUCKING JOB AS A PARENT!

Did you edit your post three times, changing the statement within the space of 2-3 minutes? xD

I'd love to see a game get made where you get to kill American Presidents...

Then we'd REALLY see if people thought it was 'just a game'

Goddamn pathetic.

People that is. >_>

Lol, sounds like they MADD.

Why do they care? It's not like it's simulating the actual assassination of Castro!?! He's still alive!!!

Onyx Oblivion:
What would happen if the public discovered some of the shit that goes down in Shin Megami Tensei?

O_o

And CoD:BO is a "role playing game" now. When do you "level up" in Black Ops, exactly?

And for the last time, it's not meant for children. DO YOUR FUCKING JOB AS A PARENT!

Yeah... it isn't as though this game had been marketed to kids to begin with... idiots...
But "role-playing" doesn't just apply to leveling-up.
For Call of Duty to suddenly be a role-playing game, they would at least have to present the player with an actual choice every now and then.
Which COD never does.

And seriously calling a game "porn"... for fuck's sake...

A) Who the fuck are these morons?
B)


That spoiler's there for a reason.

henritje:
OH FOR FUCKS SAKE!!! do they EVER PLAY OR STUDY THE GAMES?! this makes me lose fat in the maturing of gaming

No, they don't.

*reads*

*sighs*

*walks off*

HOW THE HELL DOES THIS COUNT AS PORNOGRAPHY?!?!?!
Porn is sex, not gory gameplay.

Now don't get me wrong, if I had a kid, I wouldn't want him playing this game until he was at least 16 but still, you're really going to stand there with a straight face and call this game PORNOGRAPHY?!?!?! Are you people high?

Does anyone leading this charge know that Castro survives and the protagonist actually ends up pretty messed up for his efforts in attacking Cuba?

Take action now or it'll - oops to late already most popular thing ever.

People have some odd notions about things but there will always be a group who expresses there odd and tangential views of things. Just grin and bear it, the first amendment protects both parties.

Why does it seem that more and more cases of these have appeared since the Supreme Court hearing of Schwarzenegger V. EMA? We had few cases of this before, but now they seem to be appearing around once a week.

QQ I FIND IT OFFENSIVE, THEREFORE IT MUST BE BANNED FOR THE GOOD OF EVERYONE ELSE.
I DON'T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT ANYONE ELSES OPINIONS, OR THE FACT IT'S DESIGNED AS ENTERTAINMENT VALUE AND I HAVE TO PROTECT PEOPLE WHO CAN'T DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN REAL LIFE AND MAKE BELIEVE SCENARIOS, THE SMART MUST SUFFER BECAUSE OF THE STUPID.
ME ME ME ME AND ONLY ME MAY DECIDE HOW SHIT GOES DOWN.

This is you, everyone who has found videogames offensive, now go back your films and books and praise them for being something videogames will never be because you won't let them.

PS: The caps were necessary, sorry.

This just in!

The Alliance for Global Justice is full of retarded people.

Back to you Tom.

TBF, and playing Devil's Advocate here, this game is gun-porn. What better money shot than pulling off something the Army couldn't do in 60(?) years.

So yeah, understandable; certainly, disrespectful; very.

But then...it's been done before.

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I'm boycotting Cheerios. Since it starts with a C, and so does Castro.

Makes just as much sense to me.

Alliance for Global Justice sounds like the name for a cheesy superhero group.

OT: Bleh, this old dribble again. A group of people who have never played games in their life are blaming them for causing non-existant effects on children, despite the fact the game is rated 18, meaning children can only really get the game through their parents.

KaosuHamoni:

Did you edit your post three times, changing the statement within the space of 2-3 minutes? xD

Yes.

TheDoctor455:

But "role-playing" doesn't just apply to leveling-up.
For Call of Duty to suddenly be a role-playing game, they would at least have to present the player with an actual choice every now and then.
Which COD never does.

To you maybe, but to me RPGs are more statistic centric as a genre, with leveling and the like.

Fumbleumble:
I'd love to see a game get made where you get to kill American Presidents...

Then we'd REALLY see if people thought it was 'just a game'

Well you do get to kill the Vice-President in one of the previous Hit-man games, none of which ever got any controversy, in Fallout 3 you can 'blow up' a President and in Fallout 1 you can kill the president...

And how in the name of sanity do games class as pornography.. when I buy pornography I expect some manner of nudity in some fashion (hypothetical statement) and are they going to try and get rid off only a game they know of or are they, god forbid, going to be level and ban all games in which you kill people..

This happens to be at least 90% of all games.. hmmm....

Do these people even have children and know what happens when you take away games... 'viva la revolution'

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OT: Again people who have no idea how to use the ESRB ratings systems are scapegoating for their own problems.

You have got to be FUCKING kidding me

I think these people need to look up the definition of "pornography."

Also, it's Castro. It's not like he's a saint or anything. Also, he wasn't actually assassinated, so it's not THAT big of a deal. Controversial? Yes, it is, maybe it's borderline tasteless, but it's not like it's JFK.

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