A Cuban government-run website has said that Call of Duty: Black Ops simulates ‘sociopathic attitudes’ in American youth in reaction to a part of the game that send gamers in pursuit of ‘Commandante en Jefe’ Fidel Castro.
“What the United States government did not achieve in more than 50 years, it now tries to do virtually,” the a story on the website said.
The game is set in the Cold War era and puts the player in the heart of black ops taking place in Vietnam and various Warsaw Pact countries behind the Iron Curtain. Gamers must also conduct fire fights in the streets of Havana and attempt to kill Castro.
Cuban-American ties have been frayed since the Cuban revolution in 1959 and a trade embargo exists between the countries, making it illegal for U.S. corporations to do business with Cuba.
The website claims that this glorifies US attempts to kill Castro in the past and “simulates sociopathic attitudes” in young American gamers.
Call of Duty: Black Ops, developed by games company Activision Blizzard, has had initial sales 5.6 million copies already and earned an estimated sell-through of $360m in North America and the UK within the first 24 hours of its release.