New Video Game Trailer Preaches Conservative Values
By Cooper Dowd, Staff Writer
A video game teaser trailer rarely makes headlines. However, the most recent trailer for the upcoming video game in the famous Call of Duty Franchise, Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, attracted the attention of audiences outside the Call of Duty fan base and video gaming sphere for its conservative message.
The franchise boasts one of the largest communities in video gaming. It comes out with a new game each year, swapping between three leading developers Treyarch, Sledgehammer, and InfinityWard.
Although video games are not often looked to for political commentary, Treyarch’s newest teaser trailer garnered attention from the conservative audience. The 2-minute video on YouTube features pieces of a real interview from 1984 with former soviet journalist and KGB Defector Yuri Bezmenov. Treyarch titled the teaser “Know Your History,” warning of the dangers of repeating history at the end of the trailer.
Bezmenov, born in 1939 and raised in Soviet Russia, is famous for defecting and escaping the KGB to come to America at the height of the Cold War. The trailer highlights parts of an interview where Bezmenov describes the KGB’s plan of ideological subversion in the United States:
Understand what’s going on around you. You are in a state of war and you have precious little time to save yourself. It’s a slow process which we call active measures. The first stage being demoralization. It takes from 15 to 20 years to demoralize the nation. The next stage is destabilization. What matters is essentials, economy, foreign relations and defense systems. The next stage is crisis, with a violent change of power structure and economic period of normalization. This is what will happen in the United States if you allow all these schmucks to put a big brother government in Washington, D.C. They will promise lots of things, never mind whether the promises are fulfilled or not. The time bomb is ticking, but every second the disaster is coming closer and closer, the danger is real.
The full interview from 1984 is posted on YouTube.
Bezmenov elaborated on this idea of changing the way Americans see themselves and their society in many books, lectures, and television interviews.
“This is psychological warfare,” Bezmenov said. “… Ideological subversion means changing the perception of reality of every American to such an extent that despite the abundance of information no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interest of defending themselves, their families, their community, and their country …
“The highest art of warfare is not to fight at all. It is inefficient and idiotic—but to subvert anything of value of your enemy after such time that the perception of reality of your enemy is so screwed up that he does not perceive you as an enemy and your civilization, your system, your values are looked to as an alternative—not desirable, but at least visible.”
Although this conversation happened nearly 40 years ago, Bezmonev’s warning to Americans seems timely and eerily relevant amid current culture wars within the U.S.
Movieguide® previously reported on Ben Shapiro’s new book, How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps, which tackles similar ideas presented and commented on in Treyarch’s teaser trailer.
Shapiro’s newest book claims that an increasing number of Americans seek to tear down the unifying pillars of American philosophy, culture and history.
The 36-year-old American conservative political commentator, media host, author, and attorney is the co-founder and editor emeritus of The Daily Wire, a leading right-of-center newsgroup.
Shapiro brings his razor-sharp wit and blunt attitude to his new book.
In How to Destroy American in Three Easy Steps, Shapiro notes that despite public outcry for equality, those same people are actually undermining the very things they love about America by tearing apart our country’s historical and philosophical basis.
Shapiro elaborated on his book in an interview with Fox News Radio.
“So, the basic thesis of the book is that if you want to have anything remotely approaching a functional nation, you have to have three factors in common, three factors that your citizens share,” Shapiro told Fox News Radio’s Guy Benson.
While the message of this new video game trailer is a bright spot in the noisy political climate, Movieguide® strongly advises extreme caution for violent video games and believes in media discernment as parents work to protect their children.
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