Vietnam vet derides Black Ops release as “very tacky”

Thursday, 11th November 2010 08:23 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Vietnam veteran and Winnipeg resident Ron Parkes has hit out at the release of Black Ops on Remembrance Day.

“I think it is very tacky to include the distribution of a graphic war-based game like this during a week that we are supposed to be honouring those who have fallen to the conflicts this game depicts,” Parkes told the Winnipeg Free Press, via Kotaku.

“Remembrance Day is not a consumer advocate’s day and this company is clearly using the date as a marketing strategy.”

Parkes spent three months in Vietnam in 1965; it was no picnic, he added.

“War is always a miserable experience and the movies or video games depicting these wars never really do catch how bad it really is,” Parkes said.

“War is a whole different scenario then regular life. You live and breath it everyday you are there, and sometimes those memories, good and bad, still catch up to you.”

Black Ops released earlier this week to large interest, with over 1 million logging into Xbox Live to play the game in the first 24 hours of release.



  1. endgame

    “Remembrance Day is not a consumer advocate’s day and this company is clearly using the date as a marketing strategy.” really? was anyone expecting anything better from acti/treyarch?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. jevonski

    what is remembrance day? I’ve never heard of it.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Blerk


    #3 4 years ago
  4. MegaGeek1

    You cant argue with the guy. He’s a veteran and he has a point.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. DSB

    Regardless of where you put it, if you want to beat Black Friday, without wearing out your PR, you’re going to come within weeks of Armistice Day. It’s not as if it’s even close to being used in the advertising.

    And the fact that he derides the game as being simply a wargame pretty much implies that in his opinion, people who buy or play wargames in November don’t respect the conflicts or the people in them. I respect anyone for going to Vietnam, but disregarding his service, that’s really just an old man talking shit.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. stretch215

    “with over one million logging in to play in the first 24 hours” shit, make that over 3 million on live. Plus, cod always releases the 2nd Tuesday of November. This guy is making a mountain out of a mole hill, seriously, he’s just (successfully) trying to get some press. Like anybody forgot war is horrible.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. IL DUCE

    what everyone here and the vet are forgetting is that call of duty releases its games that week every single year since like call of duty 4 and possibly even before that, so just now someone is commenting on it being tacky? that’s just stupidity at it’s finest, they literally have probably released every call of duty during the week of veteran’s day so it’s old news, and is pointless to care about, it’s a freakin game it never claimed it was a realistic depiction of vietnam which is only half of the game if even that…

    #7 4 years ago

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