The next rendition of the popular "Call of Duty" gaming series -- Call of Duty: Black Ops II -- was released this week and found to feature a computer animated David Petraeus in a role that, in light of recent events, he'll probably never otherwise play.
The retired Army general, who stepped down as CIA director last week amid a scandal surrounding his extramarital affair, pops up in the highly anticipated Activision Blizzard Inc. first-person shooter game as the Secretary of Defense in the year 2025.
A look at the animated version of David Petraeus in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. (Image: YouTube screenshot)
Here's a photo of the real life Gen. David Petraeus if you'd like to gauge how the accuracy of his computer animated likeness. (Photo: CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/GettyImages)
The character with Petraeus' name and likeness was voiced by Jim Meskimen. The cameo role was first reported by the gaming site Kotaku.com.
See animated Petraeus in this clip from the game via IGNGameplay (Note: There is one errant curse word in this clip):
Kotaku explains the Petraeus is seen in the game on an aircraft carrier called the USS Barack Obama. Here's more from the gaming site on Petraeus' role:
Petraeus doesn't do much in the game, and there's no sign of Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom Petraeus had his affair. When we first see Petraeus, he's receiving a terrorist prisoner on board the Obama. Another mission in the game starts with Petraeus and the Clinton-esque President Bosworth on board a futuristic version of Marine One before it is shot down over L.A. The crash should kill everyone, but this is Call of Duty. The important people tend to survive. We don't see Petraeus again, but an audio message indicates that he survived."Call of Duty" games have often employed virtual renditions of political figures.
"Black Ops II" also features an encounter with Manuel Noriega, a female president resembling current Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, an aircraft carrier named the USS Barack Obama and an appearance by retired Lt. Col. Oliver North.
411 Mania, a pop culture site, predicts the game will gross more than the also highly anticipated release of Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II, which hits theaters Thursday. The first Black Ops game made more than $650 million within five days while Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part I earned $705 million in its entire run in theaters, according to 411 Mania.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
(H/T: Yahoo! Games)