Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

August 30, 2008 -

Reuters speculates that tomorrow's release of Mercenaries 2: World in Flames will renew past controversies surrounding the game's setting in Venezuela. From Reuters:

A video game depicting mercenaries storming Venezuela, which has been criticized in the oil-rich South American country as a blueprint for an invasion, will be released by a U.S. company this weekend.

 

The release is likely to anger allies of President Hugo Chavez, a Washington foe, who has in the past threatened to cut off oil exports to the United States.

However, as GamePolitics has previously reported, developer Pandemic made changes to the long overdue Mercs 2 in an apparent effort to appease Venezuelan concerns. EA spokesman Jeff Brown downplayed the political impact of the game:

All the controversy around this is kind of comical. At the end of the day you have to remind yourself it's a damned video game.

In 2007, an international group of religious leaders petitioned Bono, a Pandemic investor, to make the game less menacing to Venezuelans.

An EA press release for Mercs 2 touts the game's "massive, fully destructible Venezuela."


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Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

Thanks good job;

Btw, I think Atari and Midway will drop out too, but mostly travesti because  these guys have done nothing travesti or little and need to start saving costs. and dizi izle

YES.

Now I don't have to get off my ass for the important shit anymore!

Whats next, ordering pizza from Xbox live?

Wait... I think that sounds like a good idea.

But I think voting should MAKE you get off your ass, and see outside or a second while you go vote. I mean, your picking the president of the United States of America for God's Sake... least you can do is drive down there and punch out a card.

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

I'm all for freedom of ttnet vitamin speech and allowing rent a car game makers to put whatever they want in games, but there's one thing about this app that has me scratching my head.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but from araç kiralama the previous article araba kiralama on this I gathered that players can use Google maps in-game to find the other (real-life?) dealers in their area.  If this is the case, has travesti anyone considered what's stopping someone from using this app to actually move drugs between hands for reals?

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

Oh right, you bastards got it yesterday. We have to wait until September 5th.

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Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

I'm sorry, but EVERYTHING makes Hugo Chavez paranoid, not just a game set in Venezuela.

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

I believe that the most horrible thing this game will do is teach americans where venezuala is(africa right), that there is a country with that name(I thought it was a US city) and maybe even how to spell venuzualla.

Which ofcoure are major steps to a real invasion, if all those movies of desert storm hadn't been released Bush might have never known which country his dad fought...

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

Africa?!

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Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

Sarcasm, gotta love it

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Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

Didn't I tell you lot that Huey would most likely ban it?South Korea banned the original,so why wouldn't he ban it?

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

Or ban video games period like his boyfriend Castro

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I don't think most people will care that it takes place in Venezuala. I as a gamer have as little trouble blowing my up own country (in a game) as I do blowing up any other country/mystical place/other dimension/alien world/time era etc. (in a game), for the simple fact that blowing things up is fun and that you're not really destroying anything real.

Oh well what will Venezuala do anyway other than ban the game in their country?

Anyone else reminded of the resistance church of england controversy? I can't decide who has more of a just complaint.

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Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

 Oh no, Hugo Chavez may get upset....wait is there a time where he isn't angry at the U.S.?

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

I think that, when talking about America, he spouts a lot more war and oil rhetoric than Bush. Also, he has a big mouth...literally and figuratively.

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

Yes, this game makes a perfect "blueprint" for the invasion of a South American country. Just run around in the jungle, shooting things no food, no cover, and next to no back-up, and you'll be fine. Even if you get shot, all you have to do is run around for ten seconds or so while the wound heals itself (Just like in real life!). Once this game is released, I don't know what's going to happen to South America. The entire continent is going to be overrun with an army of invulnerable, cash-happy soldiers, each one of them using "unbeatable" techniques that were perfected in this highly detailed, extremely realistic, GPS accurate, "game".

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

Like Chavez needs a reason to be upset with the ebil United States.  I rank this right up there with the whole GRAW issue where Mexico was upset at how it was portrayed in the game.

Me, I just wanna play the game to have fun. And to blow up stuff with a tank that's being carried by a helicopter.

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

I bet most gamers won't ever notice that they are in Venezuelan, or if so, they won't realize that it's a real country.

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

Now that's a way more depressing thought than Chavez having a sore bottom.

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

More they won't care. I don't care about the setting of the game aside for story elements. Beyond that, just make a GOOD game.

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

Venez'meh'la

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I can't wait for this game tomorrow. :D

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

I like to think that, at the end of the day, what Venezuela has to stay is still insignificant.

Also, fuck Hugo Chavez.

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

Amen

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

I suggest you go watch "The War on Democracy" by John Pilger. You Americans hate Chavez, but do any of you know why? It's not your fault, it's the CIA's and your media; but he has done nothing wrong except not kiss the ass of the Pentagon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P22Qk15T_18&feature=related

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

"And you are the kind of ignorant idiot that sits in your air conditioned room in front of your brand new computer writing bullshit while the people in countries like Venezuela and Cuba suffer hunger, scarcity and repression. You haven't experienced it so I suggest you kindly shut the f**k up!"

-An angry cuban

Didn't you know Chavez made friend with the President of Iran

dude,

 

I don't know if you know this.  Did you know Chavez is friend to Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?  Do you know who Ahamadinejad is?  Chavez is nothing but a racist to the US.  I'm going to put my bet that Chavez support Al-Queda and other terrorist attacking the USA.  Are you also aware that Ahmadinejad said that he wants to "wipe Israel off the map" by using nuclear weapon.  He even called the Halocaust a myth.  bud, if you support Chavez, then you are supporting Ahmadinejad and his plan to wipe out Israel.  If you are supporting the destroying of Israel, then you are just evil as the nazis did to the millions of Jews during the Halocaust.

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I don't care about either sides of the debate, but a few things in your comment makes me giggle.

 

"Dude," ... way to get them to take you seriously!

"Racist to the US" American is not a race.

"Halocaust" .... Godwin's law AND a hilarious video-game related typo!

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

Haggard, I suggest you pull your head out of your ass and learn to spot facists when you see them.

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

Coming from a Conservative..

Sorry mate, but i'm going with Haggard on this (suprise, suprise..). Still, where he expects to get on a predominantly American blog is beyond me.

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Except nationalize everything.

So? I live in Ireland. Its richer in per capita than the US and has nationalised Energy industry through the ESB. Infact our major telco, Eircom, is a former state owned privatised asset that the population want to buy back. Nationalising industry isn't a crime and in some cases its good for the country. I will happly agree it can work, in our mobile phone industry for example, but its not a be all and end all. Look at broadband in the Sweden for example.

And publicly state that he's going to circumvent public opinion to press his goals.

That sounds vaguely familiar. I wonder why?

And basically attempt to convince everybody that he's completely unstable.

I can certainly agree with that but calling him a fascist is just a very long stretch. Go look up Kirchner (Former  Argentinian President) or his wife (current Presdient) and you'll find that they have very similar polices. Same goes for Lula da Silva (Brazil), Vázquez (Uruguay) and Morales (Bolivia). He is certainly a blow hard and enjoys the lime light by antagonising the US but framing him is a the next Hitler or Stalin is very lazy. Debate the points Haggard raises is a good start.

And before anyone jumps all over me, I'm not defending Chavez for a second. He is clearly well able to do that himself. I'm merely pointing out the need to clearly define leaders into the "Good" and "Bad" bracket is just getting very tiresome.

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

The U.S. GDP and population are far, far, far, greater than Ireland. Per capita is a weak measure of a nation's wealth. I didn't call him a fascist. He's an open socialist/communist. He's a dick too.

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

Typo: Mobile phone industry is market driven and not nationalised in Ireland. That's what I meant to imply.

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

Except nationalize everything. And publicly state that he's going to circumvent public opinion to press his goals. And basically attempt to convince everybody that he's completely unstable.

Grow up and leave, conspiracy theorist.

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

I'm not a conspiracy theorist and Chavez is not a fascist. Sure he's done some bad things, but honestly, you call it a 'theory' that the CIA intervened in dozens of countries in South America?

The documentary I mentioned isn't Loose Change, it's not saying that Bush's private army want to take over the world with a moon laser. It is an absolute FACT that the US replaces governments around the world in order to further economic and political interests. Chavez is not evil, he merely doesn't fit into your government's agenda, and thus you've been blinded to see it their way.

The idea that it is I who believe lies is so unknowingly hypocritical on your part.

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People like you make my stomach twist

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

Chavez is a facist sonofabitch who is doing his best to nationalize all his country's resources so that he will be the only one to profit from the work of the people he rules over. 

Re: Will Mercs 2 Release Rekindle Venezuelan Outrage?

So because my goernment has  "intervened" it makes Chavez a good guy? As far as I'm concerned they can both kiss my ***.

As for Venezuela getting mad? Let them be pissed. It's a freaking game, get over it. I swear people need to knock of this PC crap and grow a freaking backbone.

 
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