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Petraeus’ career surging in a make-believe world

SAN FRANCISCO - The sex scandal that forced the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus has not stopped him from achieving greatness in the make-believe world of action video games.

An animated version of the fallen U.S. spymaster has a part in what is expected to be the top-selling video game of the year - freshly launched military espionage action title “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.”

Petraeus is promoted to U.S. Secretary of Defense in the game, set in a fictional near-future, serving under a woman president who resembles Hillary Clinton.

The game, including the role of Petraeus, was created well before the sex scandal erupted last week around the former four-star U.S. general who headed forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The real-world Petraeus resigned last week when it became clear that his affair with married 40-year-old military reservist Paula Broadwell, a military academic who wrote a fawning biography of the general, would become public.

“Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” - the sequel to an earlier cold war episode in the record-selling franchise - whisks players to a fictional 2025 in which a Nicaraguan militant is plotting to undermine U.S. security.

Players following the game’s main story line will come upon Petraeus taking custody of a terrorist prisoner on a virtual aircraft carrier called the USS Barack Obama, according to video game news Web site

“Petraeus doesn’t do much in the game, and there’s no sign of Paula Broadwell,” Kotaku said.

An actor provided the voice for the in-game Petraeus.


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