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Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is taking Activision to court over his depiction in Call of Duty. Black Ops II. Courthouse News Service reports that Noriega, who is currently serving a prison sentence in Panama, is suing Activision, the game's publisher, for "blatant misuse, unlawful exploitation and misappropriation for economic gain."

The Japanese language and Call of Duty have never gotten along. But, in the past, that's been simply due to translation mistakes. That might not be the case here. In the latest downloadable content for Black Ops II, the in-game Japanese is both strange and funny.

Even the massive money-making game publisher Activision lays off people from time to time, as the company confirmed today that they've cut about 30 jobs from their global work force. Kotaku first heard that the cuts were affecting Treyarch, the studio behind Call of Duty. Black Ops II, but a spokesperson for Activision said that a good number of the cuts were from outside of Treyarch, from the parts of the company involved with licensed games.

The conventional wisdom has always been Japan loves role-playing games and dislikes first-person shooters. First-person shooters, pundits said, were popular only with Western gamers. The pundits and conventional wisdom, it seems, are wrong.

This could only come from the great laboratory of death known as free-for-all in a multiplayer shooter. Given enough matches, enough combatants and enough button-spamming, you'll inevitably discover that a bouncing betty to the face is a one-hit kill Call of Duty. Black Ops II -- without detonating.

Call of Duty games have a distinctive aural imprint. The whizzing bullets, grunting allies, ringing impacts and of course, the screams of the many men you kill. But what if the game were stripped down to only that last -- what if the only things you heard in Call of Duty. Black Ops II were the combatants' voices?

Today, Sony held the "World Game Project" in Akihabara, in which the electronics giant showed off 20 PS3 and PS Vita games. These titles were developed outside Japan, and the point of this hands-on event was to give Japanese gamers a chance to check out titles they might not otherwise and maybe remind them that some big Japanese franchises are now being farmed out to Western devs.

For Call of Duty fans, developer Treyarch just delivered an early Christmas present when they released Black Ops II. As the ninth game in the Call of Duty franchise and the sequel to the 2010 game Black Ops, we are hoping to see something meaningfully new from Black Ops II. We say this because last year's release (Modern Warfare 3) was somewhat lackluster on the PC, and also because the competing franchise Medal of Honor. Warfighter has received mixed, if not poor reviews overall.