Call of Duty voice actors visiting troops

Activision donating copies of Black Ops II to military bases and hospitals; voices of Menendez, Woods, and Mason to meet with soldiers.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II has minted over $1 billion for Activision, and now the publisher is giving back to real-world troops. Forbes reports today that Activision will donate copies of Black Ops II to military bases and hospitals across the world. In addition, several of the game's leading voice actors will embark on a tour to visit soldiers and staff.

The effort is part of a USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour that will see Black Ops voice talent Kamar de los Reyes (Raul Menendez), James Burns (Sgt. Frank Woods), and Rich McDonald (Commander David Mason) play against troops at each tour stop beginning today and running through February 4.

"We play at war on the safety of our sound stages, with imaginary weapons and pretend enemies. These men and women face the real thing every day. We want to honor that fact and give the real heroes the attention they deserve," de los Reyes said. "I've always been humbled by the sacrifice our military and their families make every day to ensure our freedoms. I can't wait to look these men and women in the eye and express to them in person how much we appreciate their service. It's an honor that leaves me speechless."

Activision also runs the Call of Duty Endowment, a nonprofit company launched in October 2009 that helps soldiers transition to civilian careers following their military services. De los Reyes said he is happy that Activision is involved in this area, but noted there is much work to do.

"Not enough attention and support is given to our military when they transition into civilian life. It's an enormous problem, and moreover an embarrassment that we don't focus more on veteran affairs," de los Reyes said.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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erix43
erix43

"Who the F*ck are you?" Says every injured soldier ever. "Thanks for the game, my f@ggot son will love it." Says every bothered soldier ever. 

Derpalon
Derpalon

As much as this could be cynically written off as a PR stunt, I really can't complain. They're thanking the troops and handing out free games. PR stunt or not this isn't hurting anybody. Besides, more exposure to video games means less potential idiots using them as scapegoats for our problems. Remember, 89% of parents think video game violence is a problem.

CreMax90
CreMax90

If my friend is shot to the head and survives, the most reasonable thing to do is to donate my copy of Max Payne 3 to him so he can experience it over and over again. /sarcasm

SachBro
SachBro

I think first this team should visit the game developers of Crysis 3 so that they can finally learn to boost the Graphics of their ugly pre-historic game and bring-in some serious FPS action rather than the usual run-of-the-mill shit-fest they shove down our throats every fuck*ng year. 

gunslayer5
gunslayer5

What? So a soldier is injured and possibly suffers from trauma in the battlefield and Activision expects them to play what is effectively a warfare simulator.... I just can't.. 

NTM23
NTM23

I don't know why, maybe it should, but this doesn't seem as great as when someone like, say... Christian Bale visits people in hospitals, or takes a family to Disney Land.

gamespotboys
gamespotboys

Wow... truly, no good deed goes unpunished.

DeadlyPurpose18
DeadlyPurpose18

Hmmm, BO2 voice actors. Not exactly the same as the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders. Now they are good for a soldiers morale.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

Hmm...because the voice actors can understand what it's like to be on the front lines? They can compare war stories? I'm all for morale boosting, but surely Activision could get their PR whilst sending people the troops might actually want to meet?

LOLZuMadBro
LOLZuMadBro

Of course, despite making over $1 billion on the game they can't even get Sam Worthington to join the other voice actors  FAIL

catsimboy
catsimboy

I wonder if any of the troops are new recruits who joined because the Modern Warfare games made war look like fun? They might be harboring a little bit of resentment.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

I think if I was in a hospital from combat, the last thing I would want is a modern shooter game... I guess it's better than nothing, but not by much...

valium88
valium88

COD,

real soldiers play it too,

COD is so awesome,

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

-HaloHitman-
-HaloHitman-

I bet our troops are thrilled...yeah right.

mjf249
mjf249

Being a veteran and serving several tours in Afghanistan, some of you might be surprised but this would cheer up a lot of troops. It's an escape from reality for awhile. I don't see a problem or don't see it as a PR stunt by Activision.

You'd be surprised how little things can boost your morale.

supersonic125
supersonic125

A lot of gamers might hate activision , because of there practices, but this is not a PR stunt, they actually could care less, if a company wants to do something good for a change so be it.  

Wreexx
Wreexx

Activision...It's a fucking game. Chill the fuck out.

lilromeo0606
lilromeo0606

I'm a dude, who's playing a dude,disguised as another dude.

UncleTrick
UncleTrick

Nothing but a PR stunt disguised as caring about the troops. Sickening.

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

Reminds me of the scene in the Captain America movie where he does his act for the troops.

hardeman
hardeman

yeah because this what our heroes want, the voice actors of a mediocre polished turd, once again activision fails

CTBradums
CTBradums

I wonder if these guys are being paid to go do this PR work with the troops, and if so (which I would guess they are, but I could be wrong), how much.

Personally, I wouldn't care about voice actors visiting to play a game that dramatizes what they do. I respect voice actors and their field, but I highly doubt this is something the troops are really that psyched about.

Jawehawk-DK
Jawehawk-DK

The troops deserve a hell of a lot better than this crap. Disgracefull this is.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

I came to post my own "what...really?' comment, but the comments here are great already.

sunyatanada76
sunyatanada76

Soldiers playing soldiers killing soldiers.       Interesting

hector530
hector530

i came here for the comments

mkdoomfan2
mkdoomfan2

Well the thought counts you a-holes!

finchused
finchused

"Not had enough WAR?! Play some CoD! Oh and here are these guys that voice some of the dudes..." I'm sure this is just exhilarating for everyone involved.

xolivierx
xolivierx

so the voices of COD are visiting soldiers....who cares about their voices? IT's an ONLINE SHOOTER! It's as thrilling as receiving an autograph from the cameraman of Jeopardy.

nini200
nini200

I just need to know something, isn't one of the actors for this game, the same actor for Ieyasu Tokugawa on Sengoku Basara because I swear every time he speaks, all I can think of is TADAKATSU!!!

CUDGEdave
CUDGEdave

Those poor troops..haven't they been through enough....

erix43
erix43

@CreMax90 

Glad you added, "sarcasm" at the end for the fans of COD that can't read into it. 

fazio93
fazio93

@SachBro treyarch and IW have stated multiple times they will never change CoD in any way that makes it run less than 60FPS, because that's what makes CoD the game it is. if you're going blame anything, blame consoles (as stupid as that argument is) because at least it's rational.

at the end of the day, i'd rather play the same 60FPS cod on a console than a 30FPS cod that looks slightly better, just like crysis and battlefield.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@SachBro They can't shove it down your throat unless you allow them to do so, by buying the game. Anyway, this years CoD seems a bit better than previous ones and I'm sure there are military personnel who like CoD, but I wouldn't consider this something to be happy about, although I generally feel that wars are a waste of resources, time and people.

jorge69696
jorge69696

@mjf249 " don't see it as a PR stunt by Activision" Are you kidding me? How old are you? 18? Of course it is a PR stunt. No shit you are in the military.

Emfanever
Emfanever

@CUDGEdave 

Poor troops. Who told them to invade foreign countries anyway?

SachBro
SachBro

@fazio93 @SachBro First of all, your argument is not stupid, I agree that Consoles are to be blamed here a little coz graphics were indeed toned down to suit them. However if you think that the graphics in Crysis or Battlefield are slightly better than that of COD, you really need to visit an optician. I'm telling you dude, it's day and light. Did you check out the new Crysis 3 gameplay video? Did you check out the frog in its trailer? Please do.

fazio93
fazio93

@SachBro @fazio93 that's my point, those games look better, but they play like garbage on consoles because consoles can't handle them. when i play any game other than CoD on a console it feels like i'm walking and moving in 4 feet of snow because it is slow sluggish and the frame rate is so much lower. that's what CoD developers are avoiding

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Emfanever Not all people who are mentally retarded are the same or suffers from the same disabilities, so I guess some recruits with a certain mental retardation could pass. Though I generally think that following an order, whatever it might be, without question, without ability to refuse/discuss it is mentally retarded. I know there isn't always time/opportunity to discuss things, but that's why wars suck and should be avoided.