Op Ed

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.

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Nov 7, 2009, 11:37
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Jimmy Carter sez: "It's fair!".

Idiot.
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Nov 6, 2009, 20:16
Kxmode
 
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paints a vastly different picture of life in Venezuela than the one Chavez puts forth

As echoed here in these United States.
"Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times." - Those Who Remain by G. Michael Hopf
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Nov 6, 2009, 13:32
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My inlaws are from Venezuela, and boy is that place dangerous. As to the causes, videogames are a drop in the bucket compared with rampant crime, poverty, drugs and cheap distilled liquor.

Plus, nobody buys games from regular retailers over there. They either torrent them, or buy them from street vendors who sell cracked copies on cheap DVDs. The vendors will sell anything that makes a profit.

Tldr: this is just cheap rhetoric and a lot of hot air.

This comment was edited on Nov 6, 2009, 13:34.
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Nov 6, 2009, 12:26
Prez
 
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Not to put too fine a point on it, but if you live in Venezuela, you have bigger problems than whether you can play Manhunt 2.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
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Nov 6, 2009, 11:20
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I love the excerpt Blue, thanks.

The more a government despises the truth, the more they are the cause of the problems they espouse to solve.
Perpetual debt is slavery.
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Nov 6, 2009, 10:35
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The essay on Boing Boing paints a vastly different picture of life in Venezuela than the one Chavez puts forth. I hope Guido does not get jailed for writing such a critical piece.
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