|Call of Duty: Singapore is a really dumb idea. I look forward to Call of Duty: Kirby's Apartment.|
So it was of some surprise to me that the latest installment of the Call of Duty franchise--concerning a terrorist attack--was set it Singapore 2065. Even more puzzling, they've used live blogging to promote the game, leading some impressionable netizens to believe the "attack" was real:
A "terror attack" has taken place in Singapore - all part of a controversial web campaign to launch the newest title from the popular Call of Duty video game franchise. Set in Singapore during the year 2065, Call of Duty: Black Ops III begins with a mission where players must investigate the "mysterious disappearance" of a CIA station.Local media (read: government-friendly) are, unsurprisingly, blasting the PR stunt. See the Straits Times and Today Online. My complaint is not that the tweets were in bad taste. Rather, the scenario is rather implausible.
Ahead of its worldwide release on 6 November, US-based games maker Activision launched a series of tweets, setting up the opening scene for a fictional attack in Singapore. While the tweets aimed to tease fans and also introduced new characters to the game, many social media users were unimpressed at the way things were playing out on Twitter, saying the scenario was in bad taste.
What's next, Call of Duty: Zurich?