Chavez: PlayStation is Poison

January 18, 2010 -

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez recently took to his weekly radio show to lambast videogames.

Chavez called Sony’s PlayStation console “poison” adding that, “Some games teach you to kill.” Continuing his rant, Chavez said that games which feature players bombing cities or throwing bombs were being sold by capitalist countries in order to spark violence so that such countries could later sell more weapons.

Western countries also promote drugs, alcohol and cigarettes according to El Presidente, further leading people down the “road to hell,” or capitalism.

Chavez suggested that Venezuelan should be churning out educational games.

In October, Venezuela’s parliament gave the go-ahead to a ban on videogames that grants the country’s consumer protection society full power in determining what titles would be outlawed in the South American country.

Thanks Santiago!

Updated: Edited the third paragraph for accuracy. Chavez, it appears, was referring to capitalistic society when referring to the promotion of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes, not games. Thanks Soldat_Louis.


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Re: Chavez: PlayStation is Poison

If every game is offensive and dont depict the right stuff then why gamers from the same country creating the same kind of stuff. Totally out of focus story.
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Re: Chavez: PlayStation is Poison

i tought that chavez is socialist. Apparently he is stalinist.

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Psssh. Socialist? With a 34% top income tax? In the Netherlands, the top income tax is 52% - and that's after lowering it from 60% in 2001, and from 72% to 60% in 1990. He's more of an idiot and a greedy pig than a socialist.

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Chavez is one of those leaders who likes to blame the U.S. or anything involving the west or capitalism. I do believe I have forgotten to put him on my list of pet peeves.

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Funny how he condems drug use when he himself funds FARC sometimes.

Re: Chavez: PlayStation is Poison

I didn't know too much about hugo chavez so I just read about him on wikipedia and ughh I don't think he's in any position to call anyone or anything "poison"

 

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Better get those games away from the people. Why every single nation that keeps video games out of the hands of their populace is a paradise afterall.

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Re: Chavez: PlayStation is Poison

You know what teaches to kill meglomaniac warlords and powerhungry rulers

 

 

Never underestimate the power of idiots in large amounts.

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Re: Chavez: PlayStation is Poison

I propose a popularity test for Venezuela.

Venezuelans have a choice of:

A. Free dinner with Hugo Chavez at a fine Venezuelan restaraunt.

or

B. A free PS3.

 

That should clear this up fast.

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You know what if he, or anyone else, can show me someone who learned to use a gun effectively just from videogames then I'll give them a medal.

Re: Chavez: PlayStation is Poison

...wait....who took over his county illegally and living the capitalists dream only minus the working part?


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Meh, it's all the same with this breed of socialist. Michael Moore is a multi-millionaire and so is the President and countless others of the same ilk who actually earned (and some who didn't) their success...and yet they seek to deprive everyone else of that opportunity and reward. No different from moral-elite Conservatives who get caught in sexual affairs/perversions. 

After all the shady and outright bad things Chavez has done, he is an icon for many left-wing Americans.  Does anyone even care about social and economic freedom anymore? 

Re: Chavez: PlayStation is Poison

George W. Bush.

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Re: Chavez: PlayStation is Poison

Bush left office...along with the rest of the GOP.  Exactly how is he still running the show when party control of the White House and Congress went firmly to the Democrats?  It's hardly a George W. type agenda the government is pursuing these days...or is this another one of those "Bush planned 9/11" style fantasies?

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meh goverment is a beast of tis own I would not be surpised if they ignored a few thigns so they could look good to the people and go to war to keep districting them....


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That would be ture....IF.....he never left office...or had his hands frimly up Bamas rear like Putin pawns russia....


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Re: Chavez: PlayStation is Poison

It's endlessly tiring to see people blame problems which are not new on things which are new. If there was violence before games, games cannot be the primary cause of violence.

I imagine much the same can be said of capitalism, though the basic premise of capitalism (focus on individual acquisition of material goods for individual gain) predates money, so... potentially not.

Re: Chavez: PlayStation is Poison

I'm guessing Tropico would be their game of the country or be outright banned and burned to the ground there.

Re: Chavez: PlayStation is Poison

Didn't he banned videogames from his country?

http://www.magicinkgaming.com/

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yeah... it says that in this very article.

Re: Chavez: PlayStation is Poison

It seems there is a small mistake. According to the press release I've read (and translated for ECA forums), Chavez didn't say games promote drugs, alcohol and cigarettes, but capitalism promotes drugs, alcohol and cigarettes as well as video games.

Well, it's still bullshit, anyway.

Re: Chavez: PlayStation is Poison

A small mistake or GamePolitics spinning a story? Who knows?

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No, it's actually a misreading of the English press release.

Quote :

"The firebrand leftist president said any game that "bomb cities or just throw bombs," are sold by capitalist countries to sow violence so they can "later sell weapons."

They "promote the need for cigarettes, drugs and alcohol so they can sell them. That's capitalism, the road to hell," he added".

The mistake is to believe that "they" refers to video games, whereas it actually refers to capitalist countries.

Re: Chavez: PlayStation is Poison

Another day, another idiotic and provocative statement from our favorite banana republic dicator.  Nothing to see here.  Move on.

Re: Chavez: PlayStation is Poison

A dictator who says a surveillance aircraft many miles off the coast "invading" is saying we shouldn't play videogames?

 

*Plays videogames*

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& what countries like Venezuela & other countries practice capitalism? The accuser accusing the accused. For real.

 

 

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Re: Chavez: PlayStation is Poison

Um, if those games were so dangerous, then why woudkl capitalsit countries allow said gamerso tbe said i ntheir own countries?

Re: Chavez: PlayStation is Poison

Because Chavez is fucking crazy.


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