The Week In Review: Cuban Mission Crisis

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Nearly 50 years after the Bay of Pigs, Cuba's state-run press still seethes with indignation at any U.S. incursion, real or perceived. In a first, the Communist holdout is outraged at a video game.


That would be Call of Duty: Black Ops, which features Fidel Castro in a couple of ways without the island government's knowledge or approval. The game's barely a week old, so I won't drop spoilers, but as the setting and subject matter concerns the Cold War, you can guess the missions aren't to discuss the trade embargo or the World Baseball Classic.


Call of Duty is getting to be the Veteran's Day video game release (another juxtaposition that stirred some grumblings) but that doesn't mean we wanted for news elsewhere. Stephen Totilo talked to Nintendo of America's Reggie Fils-Aime about the Wii 2, K Monthly released with a new, magazine-length cover story to be featured in every issue, and we published four free game guides. Best to save your pennies as we wind up to the holiday shopping season, after all.

The week in Kotaku's original coverage:

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I haven't played Black Ops, don't really plan to. It's just not my cup of tea. Modern Warfare 2 will probably be the last COD game I play for awhile.

But every year I'm amazed at the following that Call of Duty gets. BO has sold more copies this week than many games sell over their entire lifespan. And the sure number who play the game online is astonishing.

So I guess my question for everyone is: Why do you play Call of Duty?

p.s I'm not trying to rag on COD or anything, I'm just curious.