Mexico Isn’t Happy About This New Call of Juarez Game

It isn’t so often that we get really topical games; I think I own maybe one game, Far Cry 2, that could be considered topical. The Mexican government, though, really, really doesn’t like how topical another Ubisoft game, the upcoming Call of Juarez: The Cartel, is, as it’s about present-day Mexican drug cartels.

They dislike this idea so much, in fact, that the state legislature of Chihuahua, where the real Cuidad Juarez is located,  passed a measure asking that the federal government ban the game. I can certainly understand the line of thought, given how bad things are there (6,000 killed in the past two years alone), even if I don’t like it. And, certainly, that cartoonish image up there inspires very little confidence that the game might be respectful.

Here’s what the AP report had to say about the situation:

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.”

State congress leader Enrique Serrano said the main concern was the potential effect on children in Ciudad Juarez, some of whom have already been taught to “duck and cover” if firefights erupt outside their schools.

“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.”

It is without a doubt an uncomfortable situation, and there are no easy answers. I would assert, though, that the motivation behind a ban would probably be less about the welfare of the children than it would be about the fact that the game’s existence is a PR nightmare for Juarez.

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4 Comments on Mexico Isn’t Happy About This New Call of Juarez Game


On February 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm

do you not own Medal of Honor?

Phil Owen

On February 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I don’t, actually. I have played it, of course.

Good call.


On February 24, 2011 at 7:39 am