Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is finally here. Part of the military FPS that people especially enjoy is the campaign and its story. The Black Ops brand always has a special taste. It’s less serious and narratively open-minded than the stories torn from the headlines of other historical and contemporary Call of Duty games.
In Black Ops Cold War, the game’s story plays with history and covers real-life historical events, but with conspiracy theories and negative manipulations.
With that in mind, we contacted former Australian Security Intelligence Organization operative David Callan (who later became a comedian, but we’ll talk more about that later). He talked about his experience as a counterintelligence officer. Karan worked at ASIO in the 80’s and 90’s, a stormy time for international politics and covert operations. Karan shared stories and insights from his time in service, and also discussed what he thought the Black Ops Cold War, set in the early 1980s, was correct about the portrayal of that era.
“Black Ops Cold War is capturing the gravity of the elite operator, the pointed end of the intelligence spear,” Karan said. “They don’t tolerate fools. They [are] Don’t be afraid to go to the extreme, even during training. And they never stop. Pure mission focus. Black Ops Cold War absolutely nails it. “
Karan recently appeared in a Call of Duty ANZ video explaining to Australian pro athlete Nick Kyrgios and MMA champion Alex Volkanovski the best way to control their opponents during a Black Ops Cold War match. I will. You can check the video above.
Regarding his own experience as a spy and deceiver, Karan said the film didn’t understand it correctly. Intelligence agents like him don’t wear flashy suits or watches and don’t drive sports cars. The overall idea is to blend in.
“Don’t be fooled by the metaphor that spies are attractive,” Karan said. “Your average intelligence agent is normal. They have to do that! You don’t want to threaten potential sources. You reassure them and they whip their relationships. I want to make you feel like you have. People bigger than life don’t blend in. They stand out, and that can be a real problem. “
The most desirable and important skills to become an effective intelligence agent are related to mental acuity and ability to lie, deceive and manipulate. And Karan said to your family to go home.
“On the outside, they’re really normal, but they’re very clever and focused,” Karan said. “If you have that moral ambiguity and spiritual agility, you may be the one ASIO is interested in. Don’t expect martini, black ties, and the thrill of the edge of the seat. No, you The average spy looks like an accountant. He’s lying like a grandpa and a politician. “
Be sure to read to hear everything Karan had to say about the time Karan spent at ASIO and what he learned from his covert operations. He also shares how he got his nickname “Frosty” and why he went on to pursue a new career in comedy.
“My training and experience is invaluable as a comedian, as comedians rely on observation and analysis like information gathering,” says Karan. “Getting seemingly irrelevant information to create a consistent image of your target is a trade with the average spy stock. The same is true for comedians. You’re just making jokes, not intelligence reports. . “
The full interview is below.
GameSpot: One of the most interesting parts of Black Ops Cold War is telling us about plots and stories about history and play, denial manipulation and secret missions. You were an ASIO intelligence officer in the 80’s and 90’s, a period of political and international turmoil. What did you learn about the actual activities of intelligence and espionage?
David Callan: I have been working as an intelligence agent at ASIO for over 20 years. In the area of counterintelligence, there was more surveillance and intelligence gathering than the Cold War suggested, but given Australia’s geographic location, we were more of an end point than a hub like Berlin or Beirut. All of the iconic cities of the Cold War were either the capitals of major countries (Washington, Moscow, London) or the cities where trade, culture and ideology met (Berlin, Istanbul, Hong Kong). There was more action in those places as they rubbed against each other.
Australia was seen by some foreign powers, including some allies, as a kind of soft intelligence target. However, Australian intelligence, which appears small and isolated, remains incredibly effective in countering multiple attempts by hostile forces to violate national security. I am.
At Black Ops Cold War, you can see the history we know, but with Black Ops lenses there is enough truth to make players think that these things really happened. included. Game developers can use many creative licenses to try this out. What do you think about it based on what you know about playing games and spying in real life?
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War captures the texture of the times. It looks magnificent and truly reflects the tight austerity surrounding the times. On the other hand, gunplay was much less, especially for people like ASIO officers. That kind of mission was the job of what was essentially a special forces-intelligence-trained soldiers were deployed only in the most extreme situations.
“No one wants to sit at a desk and play a game while looking at phone interception records.”-Former ASIO spy David Callan
But this is Call of Duty! No one wants to sit at a desk and play a game while looking at records of phone interceptions. It’s the true job of intelligence agents, but power projection and glory are the realms of a few elites.
Spies are often thought of as fictional agents that only exist in movies, but they were real and you were one of them. What did you learn from the service about how spies invade people’s daily lives?
Don’t be fooled by the metaphor that spies are attractive. Your average intelligence agent is normal. They have to! You don’t want to threaten potential sources. You want to reassure them, even make them feel they have a whip hand in the relationship. People who are larger than the real thing will not blend in. They stand out and it can be a real problem. Intelligence agents are normal in appearance and attitude, but intellectually sharp like a razor. To lie, deceive, manipulate, and return to your family requires a very special personality …
Yes, spies have a family. Credit card invoices, mortgages and other everyday concerns of the average citizen are all there. On the outside, they are really normal, but very clever and focused. If you have that moral ambiguity and spiritual agility, you may be someone ASIO is interested in, just don’t expect martini, black ties, and the thrill of the edge of your seat Please. No, your average spy looks like an accountant, drives like a grandpa, and lies like a politician.
There is also the idea that spies drive sports cars in flashy suits and watches, but do you think that’s not the case? What other myths can you dispel about spies?
You are banging about the car. If you’re chased by a man driving an Aston Martin or better, a Lotus Esprit turbo that turns into a submarine, you’ll tend to notice them. Spies drive ordinary cars and drive below the speed limit. Mobile surveillance did not have fast tracking, as the best way to shake the tail is to slow it down.Sounds counterintuitive, but slowing down under Speed limit, the car following you must slow or overtake you. Orderly patient driving is the key to countering vehicle surveillance.
“Your average spy looks like an accountant, drives like a grandpa, and lies like a politician.” –David Callan, a former ASIO spy
How did you find a modern expression of the game’s espionage activity and broader espionage culture, especially at Black Ops Cold War?
In essence, Black Ops Cold War captures the gravity of the elite operator, the pointed edge of the Intelligence Spear. They do not tolerate fools.they [are] Don’t be afraid to go to the extreme, even during training. And they never stop. Pure mission focus. Black Ops Cold War absolutely nails it.
What’s behind your nickname, Frosty?
According to ASIO House Security Rules, we did not intend to use each other’s names whenever there were visitors in the building. I was instructed to use the house security pass number. Well, who wants to do it? !! That’s why we soon started creating nicknames for each other. There were Slugger, Dazzlin’, Cammo, HATS … HATS was a great nickname. This was an acronym for “Hundreds and Thousands Sandwiches”. That’s because HATS claimed to serve him with tea every year on his birthday morning. Oh yeah, we might have protected the country from espionage, sabotage and terrorism, but we still had time to eat a little cake on your birthday.
My nickname was Frosty because I was so cool … literally not figurative. When I first started the organization, I wanted to get in shape and save money, so I decided to ride my bike every day to work. Bad, bad idea.
The winter in Canberra was cruel, and after arriving blue one morning and shivering from the cold, someone in the office shouted, “Someone looks a little frozen!” boom! Obtained a Prestige nickname.
After leaving ASIO, you’ve been crazy about comedy. Can you tell us what changed that direction and how you applied spy skills to the comedy scene?
My training and experience is invaluable as a comedian, as comedians rely on observation and analysis like information gathering. Getting seemingly irrelevant information to create a consistent image of your target is a trade with the average spy stock. The same is true for comedians, who are just making jokes, not intelligence reports.
ASIO was a great training as an actor. Seriously, when you think acting is just a talent and lying, what’s a better place to learn how to do it than a building full of spies?