Vietnam war veteran Ron Parkes has a problem with Activision's timing on the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops. Parkes believes the game's release was purposefully set to coincide with Remembrance Day, a yearly worldwide holiday that recognizes the wartime sacrifices made by members of armed forces.
Parkes says it would better if the game was released a good while before or after November 11, the day Remembrance Day is usually observed:
"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. Remembrance Day is not a consumer advocate's day and this company is clearly using the date as a marketing strategy. They could release it two weeks before or two weeks after and I wouldn’t have a problem with it. But packaging it in with Remembrance Day shows a lack of respect."
Activision has never really shown they've used the day to market Black Ops. If anything, they're being quite humorous with promoting the game.
The Vietnam vet also added that media will never recreate wartime experiences:
"War is always a miserable experience and the movies or video games depicting these wars never really do catch how bad it really is. War is a whole different scenario then regular life. You live and breath it everyday you are there, and sometimes those memories, good and bad, still catch up to you."