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Call of Duty: Black Ops II: David Petraeus featured as Sec. of State
Robot overlords, zombie hordes, China at war with the U.S. … and Gen. David Petraeus as Secretary of State?
A week ago, Petraeus wouldn't have belonged in a list of the unlikely fantasy elements in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The latest installment in Activision's juggernaut game franchise jumps into the not-so-distant future, and envisions the retired four-star general as Secretary of State in the administration of a 2025 Hillary Clintonesque president.
The much-anticipated first-person-shooter game was released Tuesday, and it took sleep-deprived gamers less than three hours to reach a point in the game where the protagonist meets a future Petraeus aboard an aircraft carrier dubbed the USS Barack Obama.
Gaming site Kotaku posted a clip of the game's Digital Petraeus at 3:01 a.m. The 3D-modeled Petraeus doesn't look a day older than his real-life counterpart, and perhaps he ages well in an alternate universe where no one got wind of his marital indiscretions.
Removing Petraeus from the game wasn't an option for the developers -- news of the former CIA head's affair broke just a few days before the game's release date. Petraeus, a West Point grad, isn't a major character in the game anyway, and his few lines are spoken by a voice actor.
Still, as Kotaku's Stephen Totilo writes: "All of this adds up to an incredibly awkward coincidence and a bit of unintentional comedy for the otherwise ultra-serious Tom Clancy-style military fantasy that is Black Ops II."
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