Mexican Congressman Wants Call of Juarez: The Cartel Banned

February 21, 2011 -

According to several published reports this morning a legislator in the Mexican state of Chihuahua is trying to ban the sale of Call of Juarez: The Cartel. Ricardo Boone Salmon, a congressional representative for Chihuahua State, is urging the Secretariat of Governance and the Secretariat of Economy to block the sale of Ubisoft's upcoming action game.

So what is causing this Congressman to go on public campaign against this game? Basically, he wants to keep it out of the hands of Mexico’s children. Also to many on both sides of the Mexican-U.S. border, The game's setting and plot are too much like what is really going on in towns around Mexico. Ubisoft's description of the Techland-developed sequel explains what the game is all about:

"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."

This description, along with whatever has screenshots and movies have been released for the game (and the media talking about it at length) have just rubbed people the wrong way: "It is true there is a serious crime situation, which we are not trying to hide," Ricardo Boone Salmon told the AP. "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."

We will follow this story as it develops.

Source: Game Informer


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Re: Mexican Congressman Wants Call of Juarez: The Cartel ...

Wasn't Call of Juarez a western shooter to begin with? Seems like every franchise wants dibs on the "Gritty Modern Shooters" genre.

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Re: Mexican Congressman Wants Call of Juarez: The Cartel ...

I´m very sad now that the "think of the children, ban those evil games" fever has strike down my country.

I´m kind of sure that no one really cares about (you can see children as young than 9 years old playing Grand Theft Auto 4 on shopping malls and no one gives a rat ass), but I´m afraid that this won´t be the last time I´ll see this.

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Re: Mexican Congressman Wants Call of Juarez: The Cartel ...

They aren't going to actually ban it. Just talking about banning it and making empty motions is sufficient pandering to voters.

Re: Mexican Congressman Wants Call of Juarez: The Cartel ...

Lack of values? This coming from the MEXICAN GOVERMENT!? Bull...shit.

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Re: Mexican Congressman Wants Call of Juarez: The Cartel ...

Ah, the old "videogames are ONLY played by children" fallacy.  It's so predictible.  It's as stupid as saying "The automobile industry must stop marketing cars to 5-year-olds."

If only this energy could be directed at actually stopping the cartel problems in Mexico...

 

Re: Mexican Congressman Wants Call of Juarez: The Cartel ...

"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."

So don't buy them the game.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Mexican Congressman Wants Call of Juarez: The Cartel ...

Silly Andrew, you should know by now that parents are too weak to make their own decisions on how to raise their children, and that they need the government to tell them what's right and wrong.

"Power means nothing without honor and pride."

Re: Mexican Congressman Wants Call of Juarez: The Cartel ...

Let's ban the media from reporting on the troubles while we're at it, we don't want the kids seeing the nasty images on TV do we?

 
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