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Manuel Noriega Sues Activision Over “Call Of Duty”


Manuel Noriega, the ex-dictator of Panama, is suing video game giant Activision over Call of Duty: Black Ops II. In the game he is portrayed as a murderer, kidnapper, and all around evil thug. In a statement he claims that Activision made him look like “the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes”. He says that Activision’s representation of him has hurt his image and tarnished his reputation. Mind you, he’s serving a life sentence in a Panamanian jail for kidnapping, murder, and being an all around evil thug. He was deposed in 1989 in a military offensive launched by the United States. He served some time in an American jail for crimes he specifically committed against Americans before being transferred to Panama. Noriega is one of the most notorious dictators in Latin American history.

But a video game pisses him off. It’s questionable whether or not a video game should portray real life baddies like Noriega. It might seem like it cheapens the experience of his victims to make him a villain in a video game. Still, the Nazis have been a staple of games like Call of Duty for years. I think someone should make a game called Latin American Despots in which you play a CIA agent that has to kill dictators. You could do Noriega, Castro, Ortega, Pinochet, Peron, etc. I’d play that game.

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