Mexico State Legislators Request Call of Juarez Ban

We had a sneaking suspicion that Call of Juarez: The Cartel, a game based on the modern-day gang violence plaguing Mexico, would run into...

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We had a sneaking suspicion that Call of Juarez: The Cartel, a game based on the modern-day gang violence plaguing Mexico, would run into controversy. It's starting even earlier than expected, though, as MSNBC reports that Mexican officials are asking federal authorities to ban the game.

State legislators in Chihuahua, where Ciudad Juarez is actually located, unanimously approved a request for the Mexican Interior Department to ban the game.

The violence in Juarez has escalated in recent years; roughly 6,000 people died in 2009 and 2010. "It is true there is a serious crime situation, which we are not trying to hide," said Chihuahua congressman Ricardo Boone Salmon. "But we also should not expose our children to this kind of scenarios so that they are going to grow up with this kind of image and lack of values."

State congress leader Enrique Serrano said the legislature is concerned for the children who actually live in Juarez, who are already surrounded by violence and are even taught "duck and cover" techniques in case gunfire breaks out. He fears that a game with violent local imagery could reinforce the real-life violence, making them "believe so much blood and death is normal."

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    February 22, 2011 10:03 AM

    You're in Juarez dude, so much "blood and death" IS normal. get a handle on your own government, criminals, and corrupt officials you jackass, don't worry about videogames.

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      February 22, 2011 2:22 PM

      you make it sound so easy to get a bunch of murderous, well funded thugs under control!

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      February 22, 2011 2:40 PM

      if its so easy buddy, tell us your master plan! C'mon, you're so genius, spill it!

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        February 22, 2011 2:42 PM

        Mass Genocide. It's worked before.

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        February 22, 2011 2:43 PM

        Legalize weed in the USA, obviously :D

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          February 22, 2011 3:12 PM

          Haha, but what about all the people who worked for the crug cartels that would end up unemployed? Whould it cause more or less violence? Currently I can't speculate either way, it really is a shitty situation there.

          The only hope would be to flip the balance from the cartels having more money and man power to the government.

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            February 22, 2011 3:14 PM

            Gotta wtach out for the crug cartels, lol. You can't handle their crugs!!!

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            February 22, 2011 3:38 PM

            I dunno, but an end to their shitty brick weed coming across the border would be a welcome change, especially if we could legalize our own quality stuff and bring the price down to like $10/g from the avg. $20/g so people didn't have to buy their crap.

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              February 22, 2011 4:27 PM

              Well, on the rare occasion I do participate in such activities, I usually end up finding some home grown here. not for any high and mighty ideals, but because its just better and I figure I might as well get the good shit if im gonna get it, lol.