Video game trailer puts traditional PNG warriors in the limelight

Call of Duty: Ghosts
PNG WARRIORS: Screenshots of the warriors in the teaser trailer of Call of Duty: Ghosts. Images captured from

We rarely find pictures or stories about Papua New Guinean warrior culture in the entertainment industry. When we do, we find that it is often distorted to entertain and amuse. However, a video released by a major video game company puts our warrior culture under a new light.

The teaser trailer for the new game in the Call of Duty series, Ghosts, features two of our most famous warrior cultures; the Huli Wigman and the Asaro Mudman.

Although not much is being written about it, these two are pitted against a montage of warrior cultures including the much revered Spartans, Samurai, Ninja and Viking warriors.

The trailer has attracted mixed reactions from Papua New Guineans on social site Facebook.

Andrew Molen, administrator of Facebook group PNG Warrior, said it was “great to see our traditional Warriors featured in one of the world’s well known video games” and Brendon Obara of Sharp Talk thought it was “cool”. However, others were not so hyped about it.

Olpen Kujap stated that “it his is true, the producers have to be sued for using the features that belongs to the concerned people!” Others also shared the same sentiments questioning if the producers had sought consent from the people who owned these cultural trademarks.

The settings for the video game are not known. However, states that the first mission is rumoured to start in Croatia with the basic gaming style of escape the enemy. However, it will be harder to differentiate friend from foe due to the nature of being a “ghost.”

The video game is developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision is set to be release in November this year in Xbox, PlayStation, Wii and PC platforms.

The video game trailer, posted on video sharing site Youtube, has had over 3 million views and counting.

The fact that these warriors are featured in one of the world’s most famous video games creates an exciting new opportunity for the tourism industry to market our country to the world. The slotting of our warriors with world famous warrior cultures puts us on the limelight.

Author: Bernard Nolan Sinai

I’m a writer, publisher, IT personnel and martial artist.

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