What It's Like To Live Where Games Are Criminalised

Twenty-six-year-old gamer Guido Núñez-Mujica lives in Venezula, where the government has passed a new law that in effect criminalises video games.

"These games are a cherished part of my life," Núñez-Mujica writes over at website Boing Boing, "they helped to shape my young mind, they gave me challenges and vastly improved my English, opening the door to a whole new world of literature, music and people from all around the world. What I have achieved, all my research, how I have been able to travel even though I'm always broke, the hard work I've done to convince people to fund a start up for cheap biotech for developing countries and regular folks, none of that would have been possible hadn't I learned English through video games.

"Now, thanks to the tiny horizons of the cast of morons who govern me, thanks to the stupidity and ham-fisted authoritarianism of the local authorities, so beloved of so many liberals, my seven-year-old brother's chances to do the same could be greatly impacted."

The essay in full is yours to read in the link below and it touches on more than video games. It's brave stuff: "If I get fined for writing this (Article 13, promoting the use of violent videogames), so be it. If I go to jail because I carry rooms in my hard drive or in an R4 card for my brother, next time I return to the country, so be it. But I'd rather go to jail than betray the gamer culture, partially responsible for making me the person I am today." Read it.

Venezuela bans violent video games: a first-person guest essay [Boing Boing]


    D: that damn chavez.

    He'd rather go to jail then stop playing games?

    Sounds responsible to me.

    It's okay guys, it's only violent games, Tetris is still allowed...
    Awwh hell, no kidding, that sucks.

    i understand that they mean alot to him, i love gaming too, but in no way are they worth going to jail for.

      I think its more the principal of stand for the freedom to express yourself and enjoy harmless past times. than just really liking tetris...maybe...you think.

        Thank you Jason. It appears to be something the current generation of kids fail to grasp.

    Easier said then done I suppose.

    Considering the blatant pro-US, anti-socialist/anti-US puppet state propaganda found in most video games, and the history of the US in promoting violence and oppression in Latin America, dating back to the Monroe doctrine this is neither a surprising nor an outrageous move in Venezuela.

      This has nothing to do with history or society, its just a move made by a failing dictator to push public attention to something other than his failure to improve his country.

    Of course, in many countries, even if you go to Jail you can still play video games

    It's not about what the stance is, it's about what he's standing up for. Gamers rights to game.

    The current generation of kids, you arrogant twit, can fully understand the principle of standing up for what you believe in.

    Perhaps you've failed to realise that there are other ways to make a stand besides breaking the law or being so painfully direct about it.

    We're not talking about a Western country here. His going to jail isn't going to start a social revolution in a country where freedoms of media, expression and free thought are being restricted.

    It's an outrage to us. Going to jail in Venezuela won't be an outrage there, and he'll just end up contracting some disgustingly horrible disease in a putrid, damp, cockroach-infested hole for his troubles.

    Haven't we seen a ban on videogames before? Can't remember where, Egypt? And that lasted how long again?

    Blame Mercanaries 2. Still, it sounds like future Australia if Stephen Conroy has his way.

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