bill-swift - July 18, 2014
Manuel Noriega has sued Activision for its portrayal of him in their game Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Yes, THAT Manuel Noriega. The brutal murdering dictator who ruled Panama with an iron fist. The same Noriega that was deposed by the U.S. military in 1989 and has been imprisoned ever since. It seems that he thinks that the game shows him as "the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes". He thinks the game has tarnished his reputation. I think being a corrupt killer and kleptocrat tarnished his reputation. Activision doesn't seem to be taking the suit very seriously. After all, what judge is going to disagree with the way he was portrayed? Who cares what some old imprisoned dictator thinks?
I think Activision should use this as an inspiration for their next Call of Duty game. Despot Killer could be a shooter in which you have to take out a different Latin American despot. Castro, Noriega, Ortega, Pinochet, etc. could all be taken out with bazookas and machine guns. Think about it.