Mexican State Calls For A Ban On Call Of Juarez: The Cartel

Mexican State Calls For A Ban On Call Of Juarez: The Cartel

After officials in El Paso, Texas, made their discomfort over Call of Juarez: The Cartel last week, the Mexican state of Chihuahua is asking Federal authorities for an outright ban on the video game that hits too close to home.

The Mexican state of Chihuahua is home to the city of Ciudad Juarez, a city plagued by drug cartel influenced violence, where more than 3000 violent murders occurred over the past year, including beheadings and death-by-torture.

It’s also one of the settings for Ubisoft’s upcoming Call of Juarez: The Cartel, the third game in a trilogy of games that, until now, have been set in the past. The Cartel, however, is set in the modern day, taking players on a journey from the Los Angeles area to the conflicted city, guns blazing.

Authorities in the city of El Paso, Texas, which shares the border with Ciudad Juarez have already denounced the game. Now it’s time for Chihuahua’s state legislators to make their stand against a game depicting the sort of violence they see every day.

Ricardo Boone Salmon, a congressman for Chihuahua state, where Ciudad Juarez is located, said the state legislature unanimously approved a request this week asking the federal Interior Department to ban the game.

“It is true there is a serious crime situation, which we are not trying to hide,” Boone Salmon said. “But we also should not expose children to this kind of scenarios so that they are going to grow up with this kind of image and lack of values.”

The game is a work of fiction, but its close ties to real-world violence could have a profound effect on children for whom horrific violence is already commonplace, says state congress leader Enrique Serrano.

“Children wind up being easily involved in criminal acts over time, because among other things, during their childhood not enough care has been taken about what they see on television and playing video games,” Serrano said. “They believe so much blood and death is normal.”

The state’s officials are asking federal authorities to ban the game from being released in Mexico.

While I’m not a fan of games being banned, in this one instance I can completely understand why officials feel it’s a necessary measure.

Mexico state congress asks ban of video game [AP]


  • This is probably one of the first times that I would be tempted to side with those calling for a ban.
    I’m not to familiar with the Call of Juarez series, are they unable to utilise a fictional setting?

  • @Naytan, aren’t pretty much all dogs named after the region where they came from? There’s a place called “German” too!

    As per this article… I am continually amazed by the power people believe the media to have. I’m not sure the media does not have this power, but in comparing a videogame to the real violence and drug trade that happens outside the child’s window, I know which one I’d be more concerned about if I were an authority there.

  • “Chihuahua’s state legislators to make their stand” – But no one could seem them from behind the desk. (You see, a Chihuahua is also a small dog. So small, you couldn’t see it if it was behind a desk!)

  • I guess banning a meaningless videogame is easier than cleaning up the sh*thole that is Mexico, so maybe the authorities are hoping for an easy win.

    I reckon kids in Mexico, Ciudad Juarez in particular, would be seeing a hell of a lot more blood and violence on the TV news (if not in the streets) than they would in any number of videogames they might play.

  • Perhaps they should worry(on both the US and Mexican side) more about the rampant corruption which makes drug running so profitable.

    Maybe they should look at their societies which demand access to something they then prohibit(fair enough) to make a profit out of(WHOA! WTF).

    I think the problem may be the game talks about these issues(I would be interested in CoJ for the first time if this is the case).

    The drug war in Mexico is complicated, long winded, and being bashed from all sides. Its easy to stereotype it, and everyone seems to have an opinion but no one any real hard facts.

    I dont think art, or media should be censored over something like this, and not everything has to take place in some candy coated fairy land to make everyone feel good about it.

    Games, like art, are allowed to be confronting. Lets not start drawing lines in the ground as to what we feel is acceptable, its a stupid grey area that leads to(IN HISTORY!) libraries getting burnt to the ground and history lost.

  • good. when will game developers get it through their arrogant brains they still have a responsibility and do actually shape young minds.

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