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Does the next 'Call of Duty' glorify real-world black operations?

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In a new editorial, molleindustria developer Paolo Pedercini looks at the way black operations are portrayed in the promotional material for the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Strike Force
Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Strike Force

The upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 takes place during a new Cold War in 2025, and tackles issues like cyberterrorism and unmanned drones — but along the way it might also end up glorifying a segment of the military that may not be worthy of it. In an editorial for Kotaku, molleindustria game developer Paolo Pedercini — known for controversial titles like Phone Story and Operation: Peodpriest — looks at the way the game and its promotional materials portray black operatives, particularly in a new mini-documentary from publisher Activision.

"Real-world black operations are often indistinguishable from terrorism."

"As it turns out, it's hard to sell a shooter about black operations without glorifying the real black operations," Pedercini writes. "The 'documentary' feels like a polished piece of propaganda that may have come straight out of the Department of Defense." His essay is an interesting look at a side of the series many of us don't often think about, so be sure to check out the whole thing at the source link below. And if you're interested in learning more about the game check out Polygon's extensive feature covering everything we know about Black Ops 2 so far.