Boing Boing - Venezuela bans violent video games- a first-person guest essay.
The law is just the latest nail in the coffin of Venezuelans' right of dissent and broader civil liberties. A pitiful attempt to blame video games and toys for the widespread lethal violence in our country, instead of a defective judicial structure, systemic corruption and governmental (purposeful?) ineptitude to deal with the problem.
I am 26 years old. Ever since I can remember Venezuela has been a very dangerous place. Every year the body count seemed to climb higher than the previous year. Being on the streets after dark, especially in the big cities, became a little bit more dangerous with each passing year, no matter who was in power or how high prices for our oil rose.
IncGamers - Cop Out.
In these halcyon days of the sprawling open-world crime game, when we’re encouraged to beat, steal, and slaughter our way to gaming advancement, it’s easy to forget about the other side of the coin. See, in games like Grand Theft Auto, we spend all our time creating mayhem when, not so long ago, the emphasis was much different. There was a time before GTA when, imagine the horror, we were encouraged to be good. There was a time when, instead of knocking the shit out of passers by, our job was to uphold the law. We were the cops. We were the filth. We were the pigs. And I liked it.