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North Korea attacks the US (via Call of Duty MW3), and other digital plots

As Forbes reports today, North Korea has released a video in which a sleeping North Korean dreams of a missile attack upon the United States—with the video of the latter actually a cinematic lifted from the video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. You’ll find the video below—the video game component starts around 2:12.

According to AFP, the caption at this point declares that “Somewhere in the United States, black clouds of smoke are billowing. It seems that the nest of wickedness is ablaze.”

The video also features a North Korean space shuttle, and (perhaps most bizarrely) an instrumental version of that intimidating martial music, “We Are the World.”

Meanwhile, in Pakistan, Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Medal of Honor: Warfighter have been banned by the All Pakistan CD, DVD, Audio Cassette Traders and Manufacturers Association. According to a report by FOX News last month, the APCDACTM informed store owners that:

The Association has always boycotted these types of films and games. These (games) have been developed against the country’s national unity and sanctity. The games (Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Call of Duty: Black Ops II) have been developed against Pakistan, and the association has completely banned their sale. Shopkeepers are warned and will be responsible for the consequences if found purchasing or selling these games.

One Pakistani official interviewed for the report stated that ““These games are an effort to malign the minds of youth against Pakistan.”

al-Jazeera English also reports on the story below.

One response to “North Korea attacks the US (via Call of Duty MW3), and other digital plots

  1. Zachary Grant 06/02/2013 at 5:44 pm

    This North Korean Video is bizarre, but no more bizarre than the video release late in December. The music group Moranbong Band helped celebrate a NK satellite launch with a performance. Here’s a link to the video that was released:

    Notice the video playing in the background. Not the same as this video, but definitely the same theme. Very, very bizarre.

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