Remember that a few weeks ago, I wrote a post about Chavez decision to ban TV Show “Family Guy”. Well, President Chavez is at it again, now he wants to ban any violent video game in Venezuela. No, you are not dreaming, this is a real law that will take effect soon. So, say goodbye to the video arcade, they will be a thing of the past. But, maybe you are thinking, there is the console games anyway. Think again, the law prohibit the sales of any type of violent games in Venezuela. It is a bit confusing, so I’ll try to tell you how it works, I had a hard time understanding it myself but I will do my best to explain it.
So, first the reasons the goverment is using to justify the law:
The law is an attempt to tackle the epidemic levels of violence that plague this South American country. Homicides have reached record levels in recent years. Caracas — with 2,710 murders, or 130 per 100,000 citizens in 2007 — has one of the highest homicide rates in the world.[Taken from minnpost.com]
Please tell me that this does not sound silly, to blame the crime epidemic of Venezuela on a video games is a cheap shoot. Chavez’s Administration must be desperate to use such a childish excuse. I am not an expert but many studies had done on the subject and none has prove that role playing leads to violent behavior. On the other hand, lack of essential necessities and poverty has been link to behavioral change. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that if you have no job and no food, you will do whatever to provide for your family. Please do not take me wrong, I am not justifying anyone’s behavior but rather expressing my disgust to a law that does not benefit anyone.
Venezuelan lawmakers were aggrieved by a 2006 video game developed by Los Angeles-based game developer Pandemic Studios. “Mercenaries 2: World in Flames” featured a plot in which “a power hungry tyrant uses Venezuela’s oil supply to overthrow the government and turns the country into a war-zone.” Venezuelan authorities said the game was a barbed reference to the controversial Chavez and that it was a coded plot to stir up support for an invasion of Venezuela. [Taken from minnpost.com]
I feel that the truth behind all this, is another propaganda strategy of Chavez. We know that he wants to control everything Venezuelans do, hear, and touch. It is clear that he wants to extend his control now to young adults and children by selecting which activities they can participate.
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- News Clip: minnpost.com