Vietnam veteran and East Kildonan, Winnipeg resident Ron Parkes is angry, and Activision is to blame. The Vietnam veteran accuses the company of purposefully releasing Call of Duty: Black Ops to coincide with Remembrance Day.
Just another reason why Medal of Honor is the better game.
meh.. BF for the win,,
I honestly thought that was an old guy cosplaying as Bill from L4D
This guy is an ass. They have said its meant to honor the vets. during this time period, the same exact thing as medal of honor. Nothing can truly depict war unless you experience it first hand. Maybe if this guy knew what the game was about and that its not a direct remake of the vietnam war he would not be so hard on it. There are many times while playing this game when I have thought to myself, "huh, this is very similar to something i learned about in school, and how the battlefield was depicted." I just wish this vet wasnt so pissy and would accept the fact and realize that many things about it are historically correct and incorrect, but all in all its still a game and in no way is meant to disgrace our vets.
BO doesn't honor vets at all. The story isn't even based off a true story(True time in history though). At least MoH's story is based off of operation Anaconda and shows how the soldiers risked their lives to help one another. Plus BO puts needless action into the game to make it appeal to people.
Actually im quite sure they are donating a million dollars worth of revenue to veterans, so that in a way honors them.
What a rude way to talk about a war veteran. And don't try to counter by saying you are a vet, because no military man would ever say something so insulting. The veteran argues: "I think it is very tacky to include the distribution of a graphic war-based game like this during a week that we are supposed to be honouring those who have fallen to the conflicts this game depicts". I bought Black Ops literally last night, and I can somewhat agree with him. In the hands of an adolescent mind, CoD essentially glamorizes a conception of war into 'fun'. I just hope everyone playing knows it is just a video game and they should not act out with something like that. But the main thing is he doesn't know that CoD has released around this time for a few years now. So its release date timing is nothing really new. Plus, its not like people say "Oh its veterans day, we should celebrate by playing call of duty" (hopefully).
What was your opinion on the Medal of Honor fiasco mister?
It was hardly a fiasco. I myself am half middle eastern and i could care less if they have taliban in the game. All in all what im trying to say is that this game twists history but still depicts the game in a realistic way like the conditions they were faced with and many things that were apart of the lives of people fighting in vietnam.
Alright controversy not fiasco, but actually you've already proven what I was looking for, thank you.
Were you part of any war at all? WWI? WWII? Vietnam War? I thought so. . how come you know that this is a "direct remake" when you never actually fought in the vietnam war? "nothing can truly depict war unless you experience it first hand" people like you disgust me.
I said this is not a direct remake. maybe you should look it over again bud. and no i have never fought in a war, but its pretty much common sense to say that no one besides people who have been in a war know whats its like. And this is what i said in the comment, "Maybe if this guy knew what the game was about and that its not a direct remake of the vietnam war." So im guessing you believe you know exactly what war is like then huh? because what i said there, "nothing can truly depict war unless you experience it first hand," is actually a very true statement, so nothing i said should disgust you.
Honor them by essentially creating a game devoted to Michael Bay films? "Lets have a NPC jump onto a boat while the player looks behind him to see an entire city firebombed to hell...IN SLOW MOTION! Don't forget to play a metal track in the background either."
Gaming is a business and Fall is the biggest time for big releases. If April was the biggest release time, then they would release games then. With christmas around the corner, you release your titles. People just need something to bitch about all the time.
Eh hes a old man still living back in the day lets move along people he will pass out soon. Lol calm down did not mean it.
this guy fought in a war that didn't have drones and other high-tech assistance. The average lifespan of a grunt dropped into a hotzone in the jungle was just over 15 seconds. They were put into situations that would make anyone on N4G lose their mind. They served without question and came home to a public that spitted on them. You make me embarrassed to be from the same country.
I totally agree. First Blood had it right.
Glad to see that people have respect for veterans. LOL The dude does need to chill though.
Would you people read the article?? He didn't at all seem mad, he just questioned why it was released near Veteran's Day. You guys get pissy at somebody who you think is pissy when he isn't even pissy? It's starting to make me really pissy. Heheheh... pissy. pissy pissy pissy. Woah. Am I high or something?
He doesn't look happy in the picture does he. In either case, I can understand why he would question its release. On the other hand, he should relax, sit back, drink his favorite beverage, and maybe (just possibly) experience gaming for the first time in his life by playing a few rounds of CoD.
I can't blame the guy. Games are still looked upon as, well, games; childish toys rather than serious experiences. Games need a re-branding, I vote for "Dynamic Narratives". http://www.escapistmagazine...
I totally respect him for his brave and honorable service but I am still probably going to buy black ops. :( Just not today.
Did it also upset him when they announced to help vets with $1 million dollars. I am a veteran and I am not offended, in fact I have been playing black ops all day and loving every minute!
well, it is the FALL season, which is when a lot of the bigger releases of the year come out. did Activision plan the date to correspond with Remembrance Day? probably. but so what. i personally think Medal Of Honor is a superior game; atleast, as far as single player goes. Call Of Duty does have the better multiplayer, though.
Hell maeby i have no right to say this as my own country is the one who have not participated in war for the longest time(or maeby its the swiss, i think its a close call) but i think war is stupid. People nowdays seem to think its all glory, honor and pride but in reality all it causes is misery and pain. Its impossible to win a war, everybody looses. But im not a naive person, i perfetly well understand why they happen and why they sometimes are eaven necesary i.e ww2. So i can understand why this person is upset, but we have to let things go. Shure letting it go will increase the probability of the same thing happening again, but that is part of the human nature, were bound to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. I mean who here havent had their parent tell them not to drink too much booze, just to do exactly that? We humans arent capable of truly understand something untill we experience it for ourselvs. Shure this can be taken as a argument as to why games should be more realistic, to show people the tru horrors of war and to scare them so they will grow to hate it. But people who buy cod dont want to experience that, they just want to have fun with their friends. If people want to have a more realistic view of what war is all about they should just watch apocalypse now or grave of the firefilies or somthing. What i wanted to say was cod is made to be fun, not realistic, so just leave it at that. And before someone bring up children, its the parents responsibility to teach thir kids how to interprent the world, not the video game industrys.
Yes many parents are the fault of activision´s sucess after CoD4
For many things like envolving a Fidel Castro assassination and some other things that grab peoples attention on the news and then a mere million from a billion dollar company for publicity its just insulting the inteligence of the veterans and the people related to those who died in the cold war from something out a videogame that only envolves around killing and making things go boom making the veterans look like fools. Next time activision dont try to gain respect and make this hypocrisy that you can a donation , you're just making it worse at least in my eyes (shame that many ppl that buy CoD are blind).
*No one died in the cold war hence, why it was called the cold war.
right... i guess the whole vietnam thing was just a misfire then.
Good point, bass; the US and the USSR did not directly confront each other, but what they did do for land was to influence a land politically, dividing them, and then fund the side that would support the corresponding propaganda. Nam, Corea (PC spelling), and various conflicts around the world.
Thats such a dumb comment. Many people died during the cold war.
MW2 was released just a day earlier last year, and I don't remember anyone getting upset about that. Oh well. Haters gonna hate.
"Hynes said he understands why some veterans may be upset by the game’s release date. However, he doesn’t expect that to have an impact on sales of the game." Well that's ok then, wouldn't want to upset sales!
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