Virtual Assassination Attempt on Fidel Castro has Cuban Government Up in Arms

The Cuban government is harshly criticizing a new video game released this week in the U.S. Call of Duty: Black Ops was expected to be one of the highest selling video games of the year and sold $360 million in its first 24 hours on sale. Its release this week has been highly anticipated by gamers all across the country. But when the Cubans got wind that the game has a scenario in which players can assassinate Fidel Castro, the Associated Press reports that government officials immediately penned an angry statement condemning the video game.

"This new video game is doubly perverse," declared an article on the state-run Cubadebate website. "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."

The game, developed by California-based Activision Blizzard Inc., is a first-person shooter. The premise is that the player is a special Black operative, sent on secret missions during the Cold War era.

The scenario causing the controversy with Cuban officials is set in the 1960s during JFK's administration.  It allows the player to shoot their way through the streets of colonial Havana on a mission to assassinate the new revolutionary leader (Fidel Castro) who has taken power from the dictator Fulgencio Batista. The operative can not win, because the person you can actually kill in the game is a body double.

The trick ending is possibly a nod to the numerous attempts made by the CIA and the American government to assassinate the Cuban Leader. "What the United States couldn't accomplish in more than 50 years, they are now trying to do virtually," concluded the Cubadebate article.