Cuba is upset over virtual soldiers in Black Ops trying to assassinate a young Fidel Castro, and the country’s state-run media believed this glorification of assassination and violence will turn US kids into sociopaths.
Furthermore, the media in the country took a stab at the CIA’s real-life efforts to do the deed, which it has apparently tried 638 different times and failed.
“What the United States couldn’t accomplish in more than 50 years, they are now trying to do virtually,” said an article posted on Cubadebate. “This new video game is doubly perverse. 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 paper goes on to site psychological studied showing games and other “violent” media affect children negatively, but Christopher J. Ferguson, a psychology professor at Texas A&M said studies such as this are not accurate.
“There is really a lot of, obviously, rhetoric and politics going on,” he told the Associated Press. “At this point, there is no evidence that video games, violent or otherwise, cause harm to minors.”
Ferguson goes on to say violence in youth is the lowest it’s been for 40 years, and this is with 95 percent of young males playing games at one point or another.
Call of Duty: Black Ops is out worldwide now.