Now there’s strange headline for you. Venezuela… land of tropical beauty, drug lords, corrupt governements, rebellions, murder, more guns than Mexico City and one of the more violent places to try and take a liesurely stroll down the street on any given day. And how did this paradise become such a haven for crime and death? The answer is obvious: Video Games.
Yes, the long-running president of Venezuela – Hugo Chavez – is pushing through legislation to fully ban violent video games in his beloved country. This makes sense of course. I mean it has to be the fault of violent video games that put poor Venezuela into it’s current situation. Just because drug cartels have been murdering each other and civilians since long before Pong was created is no reason to look at this rationally.
In addition, this new legislation would ban toy weapons. Which is a smart economic move when you think about it. I mean, why let your people buy cheap toy guns from China when you are building the largest machine gun factory* in all of South America in your country? Keep that money in country and sell those kids real weapons instead. Besides, that will keep them safer on their way home from school than that old toy would have anyway. ( * This is an older link but this still seems to be on-going. I just can’t find any articles online.)
In related news, the Vatican is also calling for an end to all violent video games. According to the Pope, the Crusades were not the result of theocratic greed and corruption but by early video games. It seems that demos of Grand Theft Carriage caused quite a stir with peasants and drove the knights to slaughter. A lesser known but more revolting game called Messenger featured a messenger who had one too many bad days at the Messenger Office and started shooting all his co-workers with a cleverly hidden crossbow. It is said that this game was an allegory to the Muslims and how mean they were for not giving back land to the church that was never the church’s in the first place. The rest, as they say, is history.
Telepathic requests for comment to the Pope were not returned by the time I posted this entry.