Mexican politicians call for Call of Juarez ban

Crime-riddled Chihuahua State worried about effect on children

Politicians in the real-life town of Ciudad Juarez are petitioning for Ubisoft's upcoming shooter Call of Juarez: The Cartel to be blocked from sale in Mexico.

Chihuahua state politicians "unanimously" voted to request that the federal Interior Department ban the modern-day shooter, according to congressman Ricardo Boone Salmon.

Salmon told the AP that "It is true there is a serious crime situation, which we are not trying to hide. 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."

Ciudad Juarez has seen 6000 deaths from drug-related violence over the last two years – a factor which also led to a number of senior Texas police recently expressing concern about the game's use of the setting.

State congress leader Entrique Serrano was concerned that the game might provide a negative inspiration to local youth. "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. They believe so much blood and death is normal."

The first two Call of Juarez games were set in the 19th century, but developer Techland has relocated the third game to present-day Mexican ganglands.

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Ken Addeh7 years ago
I Must say, The Mexican Politicians should spend less time worrying about what children may see in a game, and more time worrying about what kind of surrounding's those kids grow up in.

I do believe that adult rated games should not be sold to minors/or for minors to play them, However! If the children are already easily swayed to be involved in criminal acts, would it not be a stronger and more productive means to actively find out how to break they cycle of:
- Kid grows up in bad surroundings -> kid gets involved in crime -> kid grows to an adult involved in crime -> Adult dies in crime and becomes a statistic.
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Germán Vázquez Executive Producer, Neggi Studio7 years ago
@Ken, while I agree with you I must point out that those activities you mention: To try to break the cycle of crime and bad surroundings take a lot of time to deliver results, sometimes years. So I also understand the concern of the authorities seeing the game as not helping whatever efforts they are doing to prevent crime.
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Edward Fairclough Freelance games journalist 7 years ago
If there really has been 6000 drug related deaths in the last 2 years then a video-game which uses their town as it's setting should be the least of their worries. Sort out your own damn problems before you jump onto the 'let's blame video-games for everything' bandwagon!
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Private Industry 7 years ago
As said that`s not their biggest problem and so far from the frequency of news regarding crimes in Mexico whatever they try to do does not seem to really work. What games the people play is by far less dangerous compared to with what people they run around.

The game isn`t even released yet and there is no indication on how the game will be. Yes it`s set in Mexico, yes it will not be colourful, filled with rainbows and unicorns, and it does involve the crime scene. But are you a bad guy or a good guy, how are the crimes portrait in the game as something really bad or is downplayed? There is an old saying "Don`t judge the book by it`s cover", just because it`s set there doesn`t mean anything it`s all just guessing on how the game might be.

Anyway we can agree it`s probably not going to be a game that little kids should play, make a law that kids are not allowed to buy games that are not suited for them don`t just ban stuff. And if some kid really wants to get it there is still online shops and piracy as it is a given at least after release it will be up on torrent sites for PC and 360. So it`s not like it will be impossible for them to get just because it`s banned in the country.

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gi biz ;, 7 years ago
Although I usually agree that games can't be blamed for real life crimes, I find it unethical to make a game about a sensitive matter, as I already pointed out once. But then it really depends on what perspective of the subject the game offers.
Anyways, I hope not to offend anyone if I do some copy & paste of an article of the US army about the recent war, forwarded by a co-worker and that I find particularly pertinent:

"Statistically a green unit in WW2 would have 2% doing this [shoot to kill], while more will shoot towards the enemy, some will mimic firing, others will pass ammo etc. Todays training methods have conditioned leaders and men to such a high degree that statistically they now estimate that 95% are shooting to kill (...) but with many soldiers falling apart after their tours.

So much so that the Pentagon initiated a review in Iraq in 2003 to find out why so many Iraqi/Terrorist casualties in the war were killed and so few were wounded. IIRC they found that the new soldiers in the US military are from a culture of video games and first person shooters such that they instinctively go for the kill shot, including a much higher proportion of head shots. With much of the shooting in 2003 happening at less than a few hundred yards. And lots of the new scopes mounted on the new M4 allowing for greater accuracy. (...)

So newer generation grown up with video games allowing them to get used to the idea of aiming to kill, head shots, etc. But before the video game era, that would have been less likely."

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Craig Page El Presidente, Awesome Enterprises6 years ago
I don't know about this game, but I think we can all agree that the original Call of Juarez should be banned worldwide for it's horrible voice acting. I regret buying that game even more so than my Guitar Hero: Aerosmith purchase.
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