(Image source: Activision Blizzard / Kotaku)

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN
ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN


The new game “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” was released Tuesday, and video game site Kotaku found the game has a character ripped straight from the headlines.

“Make no mistake, Secretary Petraeus. Your armed forces are ready.”
“The last order to Defcon 3 was given by Secretary Rumsfeld almost 25 years ago.”


Yep, that’s David Petraeus, who just four days before the game’s launch resigned as head of the CIA over an affair. The gaming site notes:

“All of this adds up to an incredibly awkward coincidence and a bit of unintentional comedy for the otherwise ultra-serious Tom Clancy-style military fantasy...”

In the game, Petraeus is Secretary of Defense in the year 2025. He didn’t voice his own character and reportedly had no involvement with the game’s production. But the media couldn’t let a situation like this pass by without comment.

“Are you serious? Oh my gosh.”
“What are the odds?”
“Is he reading emails in the video game?”
“Maybe.”
(Video via WZZM)

Petraeus himself was reportedly not paid for the game and his character was voiced by an actor. CNET has Activision Blizzard’s statement explaining — it’s all fiction.

“It is clear to game players that his character and others that are based on real-life figures are fantasy. Including Gen. Petraeus and other real-life figures was strictly a creative decision made many months ago when the storyline was drafted.”

A writer for the Atlantic says the gaming company probably thought Petraeus’s likeness was a safe bet for a respected character, saying:

“Who, until last week, seemed more reliably future-proof than the former general? Who in the military had been the subject of more respect...”

But with the unfolding scandal, that respected career has been reduced to this: video-game jokes by Vanity Fair.

“Enter cheat code ‘MISD1RECTION’ to purchase Holly Petraeus that bejeweled holiday brooch from Macy’s that she’s been eyeing. The one shaped like a Christmas wreath.”

David Petraeus Has Cameo in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

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Nov 13, 2012

David Petraeus Has Cameo in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

 

(Image source: Activision Blizzard / Kotaku)

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN
ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN


The new game “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” was released Tuesday, and video game site Kotaku found the game has a character ripped straight from the headlines.

“Make no mistake, Secretary Petraeus. Your armed forces are ready.”
“The last order to Defcon 3 was given by Secretary Rumsfeld almost 25 years ago.”


Yep, that’s David Petraeus, who just four days before the game’s launch resigned as head of the CIA over an affair. The gaming site notes:

“All of this adds up to an incredibly awkward coincidence and a bit of unintentional comedy for the otherwise ultra-serious Tom Clancy-style military fantasy...”

In the game, Petraeus is Secretary of Defense in the year 2025. He didn’t voice his own character and reportedly had no involvement with the game’s production. But the media couldn’t let a situation like this pass by without comment.

“Are you serious? Oh my gosh.”
“What are the odds?”
“Is he reading emails in the video game?”
“Maybe.”
(Video via WZZM)

Petraeus himself was reportedly not paid for the game and his character was voiced by an actor. CNET has Activision Blizzard’s statement explaining — it’s all fiction.

“It is clear to game players that his character and others that are based on real-life figures are fantasy. Including Gen. Petraeus and other real-life figures was strictly a creative decision made many months ago when the storyline was drafted.”

A writer for the Atlantic says the gaming company probably thought Petraeus’s likeness was a safe bet for a respected character, saying:

“Who, until last week, seemed more reliably future-proof than the former general? Who in the military had been the subject of more respect...”

But with the unfolding scandal, that respected career has been reduced to this: video-game jokes by Vanity Fair.

“Enter cheat code ‘MISD1RECTION’ to purchase Holly Petraeus that bejeweled holiday brooch from Macy’s that she’s been eyeing. The one shaped like a Christmas wreath.”

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