Juarez, Mexico Officials Appalled By Violent Video Game
Matt | On 21, Feb 2011
A U.S. gaming company has pissed off officials in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. They are calling for a federal ban (in Mexico) of a new XBOX 360 video game called “Call of Juarez: The Cartel.”
Juarez is a city in northern Chihuahua directly across the U.S. border from El Paso, Texas. The city has been rocked by violence from drug cartels for years. It is one of the most deadly places in the world with over 6,000 deaths between 2009 and 2010, according to Yahoo!
The video game is made by San Francisco manufacturer Ubisoft Entertainment SA. It features shootouts and other violent acts between cartels in the city of Juarez. Officials in the area are upset because they don’t want children thinking that life is supposed to be like that … even though that’s the reality in Juarez.
It’s good to see officials taking a stand for Mexican children and addressing concerns of violence in video games. But, what these same leaders need to do is really stand up against the real cartels there. I’m sure many of them are afraid to do that because of death threats.
Attacking the video game manufacturer is only treating the symptom, but not nearly addressing the problem. It’s their lack of solutions for Mexico’s rampant drug issue that has contributed to spikes in drug-related violence throughout their country.