For any Call of Duty fans out there, developer Treyarch is back with the next installment in its “Black Ops” series and this one has the left absolutely fuming due to its positive portrayal of none other than President Ronald Reagan and the anti-communist sentiment laced throughout the game.
The new game Black Ops Cold War takes place during Reagan’s presidency during the height of the cold war with communist Russia. The initial trailer features KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov speaking about the communist’s plan to bring down America from within. If you pay attention, you may recognize some of the moves being used by the left today.
The trailer urges you to “know your history or be doomed to repeat it” as it flashes images from the cold war across the screen.
“The danger is real,” says Bezmenov at the end.
Culture writer Ian Miles Chong had the following observations regarding the way most of the videogame press is reacting:
While many gamers do not align themselves to politics one way or another, titles like Call of Duty do represent a bastion of conservative influence in the space. They also represent a threat to the growing sphere of left-wing influence that has swept through the gaming industry with the rise of woke games journalism, whose sole contributions to the industry appear to be complaints about how “problematic” everything is.
Nothing is safe, and there’s nowhere to escape to—not even video games.
Simply put, most gamers just want to play video games and be left alone. If religion was once the opiate of the masses, then entertainment—gaming being one of the most ubiquitous forms of it—has to be its newest incarnation since the decline of Christianity in the West. Tampering with the formula is the best way to awaken those otherwise asleep to the reality of politics in 2020. That’s why controversies like “GamerGate” are events I’d consider a red pill for the politically unaware. It’s best to let sleeping dogs lie, but social justice agitators just can’t help themselves.
Sure, Call of Duty subtly primes its audience by uplifting the words and ideas of Yuri Bezmenov’s quotes in the game’s trailer. The designers risk enticing gamers to look up who he is, and why the words he says resonate as they do. After all, the specter of communism has never been more profound in 2020 when far-left agitators from Antifa are now dominating the news cycle amid the most contentious presidential election to date.
But even if the trailer isn’t enough to radicalize gamers, the controversy around the trailer is sure to do the job.
No institution is safe from social justice indoctrination and calls for America to embrace leftism have never been louder than they are now. It’s cool, even profitable to be woke, and games journalism has answered the call enthusiastically. And, the more adamantly they condemn and criminalize gamers for their media consumption choices, the more agitated these players become—ever more aware of, and enraged by, the War on Western Civilization that these journalists play footsoldier to.
Activision’s decision to feature Bezmenov so prominently in its biggest game of the year will resonate with anyone who isn’t already paying attention to the news cycle. No amount of semantic manipulation will work on anyone aware of the machinations of leftist culture warriors. After all, the media can only describe a riot as a “fiery, but mostly peaceful protest” enough times before viewers recognize what’s going on.
But it’s games media’s response to Bezmenov’s inclusion in Call of Duty that serves as the red pill, not the vignette itself. For those who are just interested in Call of Duty to play a video game, seeing so much political outrage levied against the hobby, in typical wokian fashion, is irritating. There’s nothing more dangerous than a man denied his peace of mind.
In the age where rioting has become the new normal and supporters of President Trump are hunted down and executed, Bezmenov’s words are more important now than ever before. Even if the creators of Call of Duty never intended to disseminate such profound political commentary, gamers would be wise to pay attention.
Each of these liberal videogame journalists are merely angry that the anti-conservative, pro-leftist treatment that is usually served up in mainstream mediums isn’t happening in this game. If the game’s story manages to humanize, or even highlight the benefits of right-leaning thinking and principles, they fear it could create something that the hard-left fears more than anything else… …free thought.
The left isn’t a big fan of that.