Call of Juarez: The Cartel is causing a lot of controversy for a game that we know little about. Yesterday, the legislature of the Mexican state of Chihuahua, where the real life city of Juarez is located, unanimously approved a request asking the Mexican federal Interior Department to ban the game in the country.
State congress leader Enrique Serrano said the kids are the main concern. "Children wind up being easily involved in criminal acts over time, because among other things, during their childhood not enough care has been taken about what they see on television and playing video games," Serrano said. "They believe so much blood and death is normal."
Ricardo Boone Salmon, a congressman for Chihuahua state, where Ciudad Juarez is located, said the state legislature unanimously approved a request this week asking the federal Interior Department to ban the game.
"It is true there is a serious crime situation, which we are not trying to hide," Ricardo Boone Salmon told the Associated Press. "But we also should not expose children to this kind of scenarios so that they are going to grow up with this kind of image and lack of values."
A call has been placed to Ubisoft, and when (if) we hear back, we'll let you know how they responded.
Here's the official description of the game, from Ubisoft.
"You'll embark on a bloody road trip from Los Angeles to Juarez, Mexico immersing yourself in a gritty plot with interesting characters and a wide variety of game play options. Take justice into your own hands in this modern Western shooter."
I'm not in favor of banning games, as a rule, but in this case, I can see where the complaintants are coming from. While it's hard to rally against a game we know so little about, it seems to me that the situation in Juarez is so heinous, and so terrible, that I am, for the first time ever, thinking of the children.
Over 6,000 people were murdered in Juarez over the last year. The kids are drilled in duck and cover techniques in school should they hear gunfire. it's just a terrible, terrible situation, and maybe, seeing a fictional representation of their violence-soaked city will make their life a little worse. I don't know, and I get that this is an imaginary problem that only takes place in people's TVs, but, on the offhand chance that this game will make kids life a little worse by portraying the city of Juarez and the current situation there, I think they shouldn't play it.
Source: Associated Press