I can’t believe this bit of craziness is actually news, but it is, so here goes. Activision has been sued by Manuel Noriega, former dictator of Panama. At issue is Activision’s portrayal of him in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The lawsuit was filed early this past week in the LA County Superior Court.
Noriega, who is now 80 years old, says that Activision presented him as “a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state,” according to the LA Times. He sees the purpose behind this as a cheap way to increase game sales, and so he wants damages and lost profits. Uh, okay.
He has a reputation to protect and feels that they have damaged it, because the former dictator’s likeness was used without his permission. And also because he is being portrayed as “the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes,”.
From 1983 to 1989 Noriega was a military dictator in Panama. He was also an informant for the CIA. Eventually it all ended with him serving jail time in several countries. Just be glad you are still alive dude. You have to wonder why he waited so long to complain about this. That game has been out forever. I guess retirement is boring.