In a statement sure to make Xbox fanboys climax, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has made claims that Sony’s PlayStation console is "poison" that leads children on a capitalistic path to condemnation. On "Alo Presidente," a weekly radio-TV show, the Venezuelan head of state appealed to local toy manufacturers to produce "educational" toys and dolls with indigenous peoples’ features, as opposed to the features of capitalistic counterparts â€œlike Barbie, that have nothing to do with our culture.â€
It seems El Presidente is not a fan of media and influences from outside of home, as he’s already previously criticised Nintendo, calling them out for promoting "selfishness, individualism and violence." Because being an individual is a terribly bad thing.
With regards to Sony’s PlayStation, Chavez explains how "those games they call ‘PlayStation’ are poison. Some games teach you to kill. They once put my face on a game, ‘you’ve got to find Chavez to kill him.’" Some right-wing Sony loyalist may actually do that now. I’d probably not be too big a fan of videogames if any were made where I was a target.
Games that feature bombs, or the bombing of cities are made so that the west can sell weapons, according to this deluded nut who actually runs a country. They "promote the need for cigarettes, drugs and alcohol so they can sell them. That’s capitalism, the road to hell," he added.
Putting state money where his mouth is, selling warlike games in Venezuela is an offense that can carry a 5 year imprisonment. I think it’s safe to say that Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2 wasn’t one of this holiday’s biggest selling game in Venezuela, then.
Thanks, Yahoo News
Last Updated: January 18, 2010