Call of Duty: Black Ops “Operation 40”

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What will you do? Stupid question, of course. I ran into this very interesting article on “gaming” and Call of Duty: Black Ops and specifically “Operation 40.”

In the first mission of Call of Duty: Black Ops you’re apart of Operation 40, tasked with the objective of assassinating Fidel Castro during the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. Near the end of the mission you have the opportunity to shoot Castro who has taken a hostage. Immediately thereafter you find that this same hostage sympathizes for Castro and attempts to kill you once Castro is ‘killed’.

This is only a snippet of the game however amongst young Floridians, especially those from Miami, this snippet made a significant impact. For a long time the name Castro has been synonymous with South Florida and although there may be those that support him, there are definitely those that do not. This being the case it wouldn’t have been strange to hear disdain for Castro being included in the game but the strange thing was the reaction of those who had the opportunity to shoot and kill him virtually.

The generations whose parents were directly affected by Castro have gotten older and the majority play games. So when the chance to assassinate Castro arose, it appears some young people made the effort to hand over the controller to their parents. These are the parents who have been victimized by Castro’s leadership, these are the parents who purport to have been prisoners of war under Castro, these are parents who had the chance to come to the United States leaving other family members behind unwillingly.

Will the chance to kill the likeness of a real individual who has been unliked in the mainstream populace ever garner real closure for those who’ve been affected? For those parents who got to pull that virtual trigger, it made all the difference…..Link to Article

To me, virtually or not, it always makes a difference.

Here’s the scene:

I’m glad the video game maker considered Fidel Castro as being a “Bad Guy.” They should have a newer version out already adding both Bin Laden, in which this operation is similar to and of course Raul Castro. I wonder how Raul’s extermination scenario would end?