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Manuel Noriega (Yes, That Noriega) Sues Activision Over Call of Duty

Is he mad they didn't make him more of a bad guy?

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Manuel Noriega is a real person and not just a character in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and the real Noriega isn’t happy about the digital Noriega in the game. He’s suing Activision over use of his likeness.

Quick history lesson: Noriega was a dictator in Panama until the US overthrew him in 1989. He then spent years in jail on drug charges, but has since returned to Panama.

In 2012’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II Noriega appears in the game. Here’s a scene where you find him in a hotel room, shoots some people, and rough him up a bit:

The game pulled in more than $1 Billion in sales, of which Noriega saw $0. It’s understandable why he’d want to cash in. Considering his status as a historical figure it’s not immediately clear whether he has a legitimate case or not.

(via The LA Times, image via Call of Duty: Black Ops II)

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