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Generally bad timing: Gen. Petraeus has cameo in new 'Call of Duty' game
The hardcore video gamers who lined up Monday night for the midnight release of "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" might not have all been the types who follow the news and current events too closely. A couple of them were, though, and those who managed to play deep into the game noticed a hilariously awkward and ill-timed cameo. One of the celebrities who shows up in the new sequel to the best-selling game of all time is freshly-resigned CIA Director, retired four-star general, and currently sex-scandal-screwed General David Petraeus.
You know, Gen. Petraeus getting a "Call of Duty" cameo at the height of his extramarital affair scandal gives the term "video game cheat" a whole new meaning.
Just four days after Gen. Petraeus resigned from the CIA over a sex scandal, Petraeus appears in "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" in a cameo role as himself. The scandal broke so near the game's release that game publisher Activision had already shipped copies. So much for the game's premise -- that in the year 2025, Gen. Petraeus has gotten a big promotion from CIA Director to Secretary of Defense.
Kotaku has compiled the clips of David Petraeus appearing in "Call of Duty: Black Ops II". Petraeus appears as Secretary of Defense in a future conflict where America is bedeviled by a terrorist supervillain named Raul Menendez. It should be noted that Petraeus did not do the voice himself -- the voice work was done by a paid impersonator.
I've watched that clip over and over looking for any funny sexual double-entendres that Petraeus' character might utter. I'm afraid there aren't any, really. But the character who's trying to be Louis Gossett, Jr. does say, "Get this c********* off my flight deck," so there's that.
Another celebrity military cameo featured in "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" is retired Marine Colonel Oliver North. That guy's never had a scandal or anything.
Game developer Treyarch put real-world personalities into the game, with Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia telling the Wall Street Journal, "It’s important for us to make a really awesome game that feels plausibly authentic."
"Plausibly authentic?" I do not find it plausibly authentic that in the year 2025, Secret Service agents will dress like Jesse "The Body" Ventura in "Predator."
"Call of Duty: Black Ops II" is expected to be the biggest-selling video game among several big 2012 holiday video game releases. "Call of Duty: Black Ops" sold nearly six million copies worldwide on its first day of release in November 2010, and went on to become the best-selling game of all time in the US. First day sales for "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" are not yet known because, you know, we're still in the middle of its first day on sale.