Venezuelan violent game ban advances

Bill outlawing sale of objectionable games and toys gets first approval from National Assembly.

El presidente no le gustan videojuegos.

Following in the footsteps of China, Germany, Japan, Brazil, and Australia, Venezuela is considering a ban on games it deems excessively violent. This week in Caracas, lawmakers voted in favor of a bill banning the sale of violent games or toys, reports Reuters. The bill was drawn up by legislators who believe getting rid of violent games will help reduce crime in the robbery-plagued country.

On Wednesday, the National Assembly announced that the game-ban bill passed its first vote in the legislative body. It must pass a second vote and be signed into law by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez before it can take effect. However, no time frame has yet been determined for the second National Assembly vote.

This isn't the first time Venezuelan lawmakers have taken aim at games. In 2006, backers of Chavez decried Electronic Arts and Pandemic's Mercenaries 2, which was set in Venezuela and where players take on "a power-hungry tyrant" in control of the country. At the time, it was decried by one legislator as "a justification for imperial aggression."

Ironically, many lawmakers in that "imperial aggressor" have themselves been trying to restrict access to violent games. Recent years have seen failed attempts to ban their sale to minors in a number of US states, from left-leaning California to conservative Oklahoma.

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493 comments
moyako
moyako

Well, you're wrong, sithknight1. I'm AGAINST that law, but I can't be silent while you're lying... maybe by ignorance. First, that law (as stupid as it is), only bans "violent" games, not all of them (of course, the word "violent" can be interpreted in many ways, from a racing game with realistic crashes to games like Crysis). Second, about Radio Caracas, their authorization to use the radio electric space ENDED, and the State choose not to renew it (not the smartest thing to do, but it was legal). I'm from Venezuela, and I know about this first hand.

sithknight1
sithknight1

Like the forefathers intended. - PART 1 of 3 ------------------------------------------------------------ The worst part, and most of you may not know this, is that Venezuela is not banning violent or rated M games only. They're banning ALL VIDEOGAMES. The whole violence thing is just the segway they used to come up with the law. Once the took the law to the Venezuelan Congress where it was approved they made sure to draft it in such an ambiguous way, that at its present form it outlaws pretty much all videogames and makes criminals of those who trade or sell anything pertaining to this industry. They're even setting aside government funding to run mandatory campaigns on the media and in the schools where they demonize videogames. (All this while because of lack of funds Caracas' hospitals crumble) My friend Emgel Solid who is a member of this forum (You can see his post below) is attempting - along with a brave group of Venezuelan gamers - to convince those politicians who drafted the law to change the wording of the text to make it a regulatory system just like the one in the U.S. Unfortunately, none of those politicians are gamers. And when corrupt officials vote on an issue that does not affect them, is pretty easy to make all parties agree if the only affected ones are a group of outcast who nobody gives a rat's ass about. My solidarity goes to all my Venezuelan friends who live under the rule of a tyrant bent on taking Venezuela back to the middle ages.

sithknight1
sithknight1

Like the forefathers intended PART 2 of 3 ___________ Something like this would never happen in America. If you live in a country where a guy like Bill Maher can go on live TV every Friday night and call President Bush (back in the day) a retard and he doesn't lose his show his freedom of his life afterwards, you know you're in a place where your basic liberties are untouchable. Venezuelan TV network "Radio Caracas" didn't even go as far as Maher dares to go here in America against the president. They just 'dared" to show on TV stuff from the day to day basis Chavez didn't want Venezuelan's to see. Chavez shut the TV station down about 4 years ago. No questions asked. Next in line is Venezuelan TV network "Globovision", were they also "dare" to show the kind of stuff that Chavez isn't proud of. The Network's C.E.O private residence enclaved in an exclusive Caracas neighborhood, has already been raided by Venezuelan national guard more than once. And he just has to shut up and take it. Can you imagine what would have happened if back in the day George Bush would have ordered the Army to raid Bill Maher's California mansion for calling him a retard on TV? Even the right wingers would have gone. "Mmmmmmm........... I think you've gone too far". Or even better, can you imagine what would happen if Obama ordered the army to raid Rush Limbaugh's home? Glenn Beck's head would explode and Obama would be impeached in a nanosecond! But in Venezuela? It's all fair game baby!

sithknight1
sithknight1

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green_dominator
green_dominator

Things like this makes you think doesn't it?? It does me, Why would another country ban an American game?? It has nothing to do with violence, the content in Mercenaries is no worse than what you see on the news. The reason any country would ban the game is they have stuff to hide, some of the themes explored in the game ask questions that they would rather not answer or just stay hidden... I could be wrong even so Mercenaries 2 sucks anyways.....

Emgel_Solid
Emgel_Solid

in the name of the gamers in my country Venezuela i want to thank for all the support of this comunity about that tread against us and i want to say.. WE DONT GONA GIVE UP!!

Chainer323
Chainer323

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umserbesch321
umserbesch321

OH BOY-another backdoor attempt by chavez to ire america and its economic capitalist ethos.Im a big f.p.s. gamer for years and the most passive person ull ever meet,its nature not nurture thats responsible for a ny one prediliction to violence.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

if you ban games movies tv and music and any other forms of entertainment have to go to. i did a final report on whether video games make people violent and they dont it is specialized instances that are just the same as any other cross section of society. theres been more violence and crime due to sports and sporting events then there has from video games so if you banning them why not throw in the world cup it makes just as much sense by your logic.. idiots

gp3tron
gp3tron

A Decision made by an Ignorant Goverment, with nothing but pure ignorants and A$$ kissers

juancorazon
juancorazon

Videogames are not Toys, and it should never be prohibition we should have the right to choose what we want to play.

Sorciere_basic
Sorciere_basic

Another form of censorship and oppression for the enemies of Chavez (his own people)

The_Owner
The_Owner

Have any of these idiots bothered to check the statistics, on crime, violence, etc. before video games were around? I bet it's not that different. What percentage of Venezuela's population is even buying video games in the first place?

gamer1396
gamer1396

I think people blame video games for everything bad a person does. It's like if a kid is a bully, it's obviously a video game fault. It is probley the little F ers parrents, know what I mean? I'm not saying video games have no part in it, i'm just saying its not there fault completly.

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

I think if people don't have an outlet like violence in video games for example, their rage will come out in other manners, like more crime for example in the world.

grunt_destroyer
grunt_destroyer

Why don't they realize that putting effort towards improving their countries economy, minimizing poverty and improving education is the only real fix to high crime rates.... but nooooo they have to travel the beaten road and blame video games.... *sigh*

Stevofxx
Stevofxx

Their a bunch of idiots. Stoping violent video games with do nothing to stop crime.

HumanoMexicano
HumanoMexicano

Funny thing is most of those countries were either Nazi's or Tyrants...also their death/rape/violent percentages are up the ass. Xcept for Japan they learned their lesson a few years ago with teh bomb. :D

The-King-of-FPS
The-King-of-FPS

I wonder if this dictator played the entire campaign of Mercenaries 2.

DaGamer444
DaGamer444

One of the worst dictators in the world right now won't let people play violent games while people are rioting outside your doorstep.......

Tee-3
Tee-3

My gosh! One Mercenaries game and Venezuala declares a virtual war on violent video games! Poor, poor Venezuelan gamers :P No really, i feel sorry for you guys :( @jose4teen so true, so true! @Indiscrimi Also so true!

Gadeos
Gadeos

Hugo Chavez sucks!!!! apesta!!!!! Venezuela would be thousands of times better without him

Indiscrimi
Indiscrimi

As far as I'm concerned, the more people are sitting at home and having fun, the less likely they'll go out and commit a crime. And if they need money badly enough to rob someone, they aren't playing videogames anyway.

jose4teen
jose4teen

well, the only people who are going to suffer are the venezuelan gamers. people who never play video games always blame the Vid. games for evrything.

Muztank
Muztank

Well, this is pretty sad.. I'm from vzla, and Im living this crap.. The law it is just release, if they don't let me get into US servers for play CS, I'm gonna be very mad.. :@

HK-73
HK-73

"Al presidente no le gustan los videojuegos". It´s the correct gramatical structure... the spanish is such a beautiful language people!!

Trindris
Trindris

Funny that this ban wasn't thought of until the country felt directly targeted. Also, great idea to blame something besides a corrupt government to ease the minds of the people, Hitler would be proud.

mr0806
mr0806

Don't worry she likes green apples its gonna happen!!!! lol

juancorazon
juancorazon

Just to let you know, the same govenrment that is prohibiting video games in VZLA, screams on national television: "Go to Hell you F****ing Yankees!!! " speaking of violence.....

penpusher
penpusher

yet another member of the disturbing trend of "blame video games for our societies problems" rather than actually sorting out the real problems like lack of police forces, social break down, lack of jobs, lack in certain sections of eduction and other such issues ,,,no lets just blame video games ,,, lordsake such problems were around way way back before video games hit the scene

Briantb_2008
Briantb_2008

a power-hungry tyrant in control of the country, this the only part I care about. Hugo Chavez is a tad power hungrey as well as crazy @waldkreger u'r wrong for the last year mexico been at war with the cartels to stop them from breaking the law the violence has gotten worse. They even redid there entire legal system to help with the punishment of crimals its worst now then it was 2 tears ago when they did very little about the cartles

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

The only thing that cuts down on crime is HARSH punishment for criminals and more people carrying weapons, that's all. Not ratings, not bans, not gun control. Plain and simple.

nuyorican84
nuyorican84

Let's see now: St. Hugo wants to ban video games for being "too violent", while at the same time he openly supports & warmly embraces a violent anti-Semite and holocaust denier like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Hey, can't argue with that logic!! What a despotic a-wipe Chavez is.

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

Huggy Bear Chavez does not like competition from games in propagating violence and human rights violations in his country.

talshiarr
talshiarr

Tropico 3 definitely needs this clown as one of the choices for Presidente. His bonuses should be "Paranoia: There's one behind every bush, President" and "Detachment from Reality: +10% approval rating no matter how nonsensical or oppressive the next edict is."

unleasher123
unleasher123

Good JOB Hugo! Thanks to you illogically banning games (that you probably never even played), crime rates in Venezuela will fall down by 0%! Way to go Hugo! I already can feel the difference!

unleasher123
unleasher123

The President of Venezuela's brain might have been brainwashed by illogical hopeless happy hip hippies, so dont blame him...

bigdawg8670
bigdawg8670

i saw if you pass a stupid law yo u should kicked in the balls or punched in the tit (if your a chick)

cefaz
cefaz

Dictators are the ones who should be banned...

JOEPEACH
JOEPEACH

If the folks over there think its going to reduce crime, They are smoking their socks. This is a common problem in developing countries with poverty and crime is inevitable. I am a South African and we have the worst crime rate in the world and it has nothing to do with video games. Its about people growing up without the luxuries and opportunities that others have and inevitably turn to a life of crime. Video games are nothing more than a political tool for politicians to use to gain conservative support which equals votes. I always thought the liberal Democracy in my country was immune from this but I have noticed in the last year that some of our cabinet members are jumping on to the bandwagon. SA rocks !

PS3M
PS3M

blaming violent games for bad behaviour in minors is an excuse for bad parenting. the gaming companies are just another enterprise making money. lack of good parenting and supervision is what is causing them to behave badly. games are being used as scapegoats.

TeePoz0r
TeePoz0r

@ zombygunslinger Caracas is not the highest at crime rate, it's Juarez , Mexico, then New Orleans and Caracas are equally in the 2nd place, followed by Tijuana. Still banning videogames is just stupid..

khai411
khai411

Why experience violence in games when the gov can deal it to you IRL?

OF-5
OF-5

@ liam82517 Actually that is incorrect statistically money is the number 1 cause of war, religion is number 2.

brado147
brado147

Hugo Chavez has killed thousands of ppl indirectly. He is a f*ing hypocrite to ban these type of games. It just makes no sense, THEY ARE GAMES for god's sake!