Castro and the Video Game

Via the BBC:   Cuba says Castro video game tries to legitimise murder

State-run media said the game, Call of Duty: Black Ops, attempted to legitimise murder and assassination in the name of entertainment.

The Cubadebate website said it would also turn American children into sociopaths.

It is expected to be one of the biggest selling video games of the year.

One the hand, I suspect that if a major video game was being released in another country* wherein Obama (or any American president) was the target of assassination, there would be a hue and cry in the US.  Whether it would raise to the level of a complaint by the government is another issue, of course.

Second, it is amusing (to me, at least) that the state-run Cuban media is making claims that a lot of US-based activists have made in the US and is, in fact, the basis (after a fashion) of a SCOTUS case at the moment (see SCOTUSblog: Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association).

*Of course, that country would not be Cuba, given the profound lack there of, well, technology.

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