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Venezuelan Chief : Playstation is Poison!

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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 “like Barbie, that have nothing to do with our culture.”

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


  1. LazySAGamer

    January 18, 2010 at 15:26

    I remember a colleague in London 9 years ago who was utterly convinced Chavez was a hero.

    The man’s a loon and I smile a little more every time he acts like a fool in public.


  2. easy

    January 18, 2010 at 15:33

    leaving imperialistic & capitalistic ideology aside, he might actually have a point.
    the new battle front for advertisers is interactive media, and games fit the bill perfectly. mw2 sold over 16 million copies, thats 16 million people to show your awesome wares to.

    i can hear the slight groan of disapproval coming marx and lenin.


    • Bonk

      January 18, 2010 at 15:52

      i can hear the slight groan of disapproval coming marx and lenin.

      I dont quite understand your reasoning in this sentence


      • easy

        January 18, 2010 at 17:05

        slight typo, i forgot to put in ‘coming from

        karl marx and vladimir lenin are considered the fathers of modern communism. hence the disapproval…


        • Bonk

          January 19, 2010 at 09:37

          It all depends on the defenition of communism. For me Capatalism and Communism are not that different from each other. In a capatalist society instead of having a central elite controlling everything you have a business elite control production and most of the profits of that production


          • easy

            January 19, 2010 at 10:07

            are you serious? there fundamental differences between the two ideologies. look at n. korea to find out what communism is all about.
            communism is great in theory, but does not work in practice, while capitalism works great in practice but absolutely sucks in theory. there’s the difference.

            btw, china is a latent capitalist state waiting for the right time to come out of the closet.

  3. Fred

    January 18, 2010 at 15:56

    Glad not to live where this guy rules.. but yes , Barbie must go , she is soooo perfect.


  4. Darkling

    January 18, 2010 at 16:26

    Barbie IS a whore.


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