Black Ops 2 DLC Lets You Be a Zombie; Trailer’s Kinda Sexist

The next DLC pack to hit Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is on its way, and it’s called “Revolution.” I guess that’s because of Cordis Die, the game’s Occupy-like populist movement of uppity poor people. Time for you to put those folks down, soldier.

Anyway, that’s neither here nor there. Much more relevant is what’s coming in the DLC pack: four new multiplayer maps, for a start, plus a new gun. More notably awesome, though, is the ability to play as a zombie, which is a first for Treyarch’s Call of Duty titles. That’s probably worth the price of admission on its own, really.

Below you’ll find Activision’s trailer for the new DLC, which stars the brilliant Peter Stormare (Minority Report, Fargo) as “The Replacement,” a guy you can hire to be a stand-in for your obligations while you’re off playing Black Ops 2. It’s a funny enough trailer — Stormare is, after all, awesome — but it’s a bummer that Activision opted for a sexist view of the whole thing by sending Stormare to various “boring woman-involving activities,” like the birth of your child, a blind date, or flirting at the office.

I’d have loved to see Stormare on a blind date with a dude who expected someone named Tiffany who’s too busy kicking asses in Black Ops to go out with him. It’s not that hard, Activision. It also would have been pretty funny.

Revolution hits Xbox 360 on Jan. 29, with PC and Playstation 3 presumably to follow about a month later.

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13 Comments on Black Ops 2 DLC Lets You Be a Zombie; Trailer’s Kinda Sexist

Aedelric

On January 22, 2013 at 11:32 pm

I agree, it is sexist. It displays stereotyped situations and roles of men. The trailer shows the superior attitude in woman who take responsibility in their social roles rather than the casual disregard of men.

Get real Phil, neither gender is shown in a good light here,but even then the trailer is not exactly sexist, it is more in poor taste than anything. The trailer rather demeans/insults the Black Op’s player base, but lets face it, none of them would notice anyway. All they would see is `Fargo guy & AC/DC, yay cool´

Never played the game myself, the trailer has not convinced me to try, I guess marketing failed this time around.

Phil Hornshaw

On January 22, 2013 at 11:48 pm

@Aedelric

It’s a comedy trailer, sure, but it still implies that men play Call of Duty and women don’t, which you can confirm is a problematic attitude by talking to any female gamer.

Anathemize

On January 23, 2013 at 4:18 am

Uh…what? How is this sexist? Sure they could do one with a “replacement” female doing boring things with men.

I am so confused how this is sexist. O no someone made a funny video showing a male doing things that he normally would never miss to play a new DLC. That is what makes it funny.

They could make one about a woman having to watch a football game, or making love with her husband just as easily. I am glad you made this article so i could see this video but the article is ridiculous.

If you want a sexist commercial watch that DR. Pepper commercial. “Not For Women”

Luke Warm

On January 23, 2013 at 5:27 am

GameFront – inferring sexism in places there isn’t any since the dawn of the internet.

Rho

On January 23, 2013 at 5:48 am

@Phil Hornshaw

And if it showed women playing CoD instead of men, would that imply that men don’t play CoD? And if it showed both of them playing CoD, would that imply that everyone is playing CoD?

Sometimes (I’d say – most of the times) things are just what they are with no intention to imply anything or upset anyone.

Corvail

On January 23, 2013 at 5:53 am

I think people are missing the point that he stated he was a replacer, that means he would sub for the ladies as well…….lmao

Kontarek

On January 23, 2013 at 6:49 am

Remember kids: if something doesn’t offend you, there’s no way it can offend anyone else.

Phil Hornshaw

On January 23, 2013 at 8:22 am

I feel like you guys are willfully avoiding seeing what’s there. The very idea of the trailer is that you can hire a replacement guy to stand in with people while you play video games. Most of the meaningful interactions with other people in the trailer are with women. Therefore:
1. Men play Call of Duty because it “kicks ass.”
2. Men would rather play Call of Duty than be with women, which is a long-running stereotype.
3. Women are too busy talking about inane things during blind dates and whatnot to be interesting.
4. Women don’t need replacements so they can play video games because women don’t play video games.

What’s confusing about this? This is a trailer written about dudes, bro, and packed full of stereotypes. I’m not saying let’s burn down Activision HQ, but I am calling it like I see it. And among you guys, I really don’t understand this continual need to complain any time we call this stuff out.

And what bugs me about this is that Activision could have made the trailer more inclusive AND it would have been funnier, because the very idea of hiring Peter Stormare to replace a woman in her life is funnier than having him replace your stereotypical dude bro, which is who Activision obviously assumes you are in marketing this game to you.

Phil Owen

On January 23, 2013 at 8:32 am

Roll Tide

Kontarek

On January 23, 2013 at 10:06 am

I always love seeing the whole “it doesn’t offend me so there’s no way it should be offending anyone else” attitude in action.

I mean c’mon, he said it was KINDA sexist. It’s not a huge deal or anything, but can you argue that it’s not sexist at all?

And it’s not as if simply pointing out sexism ever did anyone any harm.

Kyle

On January 23, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I agree with you 100%, this is sexist and overtly so. But, wake up. Do you really think Activision of all people would sit there and say “we need to break down sexist stereotypes for our next CoD commercial.” Come on, we are talking about dirt age old advertising tactics that companies because the general populous is dumb and it works on them. I doubt Activision gives a crap about women or men unless they are buying their products. And mostly men and teenage boys play this game.

Phil Hornshaw

On January 23, 2013 at 11:04 pm

@Kyle

Fair point, but the last commercial I saw — the one about everyone being a soldier, which included a mix of celebrities and actors blowing each other up — included women as players. It’s not like it’s a crazy idea.

Phil Hornshaw

On January 24, 2013 at 9:06 am

@Corvail

Actually, that was kind of my point — the trailer makes it seem like the Replacer is for helping guys get out of their obligations to women, but it could have been a lot funnier if the Replacer was obviously replacing women. It’s a huge missed opportunity on top of the other issue.