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November 11, 2010, 03:54:51 pm

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Black Ops launch during Remembrance "very tacky" says veteran

Vietnam veteran Ron Parkes is not happy with Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops releasing during a week "supposed to be honouring" fallen soldiers.

Remembrance Day is not "a consumer advocate's day" and Activision "clearly" is using it as a "marketing strategy." Parkes toured 3 months in Vietnam.

"I think it is very tacky to include the distribution of a graphic war-based game like this during a week that we are supposed to be honouring those who have fallen to the conflicts this game depicts," said the US war veteran, Ron Parkes.

"Remembrance Day is not a consumer advocate's day and this company is clearly using the date as a marketing strategy." Call of Duty: Black Ops releases a year and a day after Modern Warfare 2 did. In 1965 Parkes spent 3 months in Vietnam.

"War is always a miserable experience and the movies or video games depicting these wars never really do catch how bad it really is," Parkes said.

"War is a whole different scenario then regular life. You live and breathe it every day you are there, and sometimes those memories, good and bad, still catch up to you."

Activision at no point has invoked the Remembrance or Veteran's Day in the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops. That the game has moments taking place during the Vietnam war is likely what has Ron Parkes understandably upset with it.

Should such releases steer clear of Veteran's Day as a sign of respect? Call of Duty: Black Ops released on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC this week, November 9th.