The heavy-handed president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, recently spoke out against video games on his radio talk show. He apparently believes that games are poison and that they will lead people down the “road to hell”. His opinion seems very solidified in his mind if you ask me. Here is a quote from the man himself:
“Those games they call ‘PlayStation’ are poison. Some games teach you to kill. They once put my face on a game, ‘you’ve got to find Chavez to kill him.”
Now I’m not saying anything about his politics, I honestly wouldn’t know much about them. But I can safely say that this sounds much like a man who holds himself in a lofty position in his mind, and needs to relax. Games use people that will be recognized to create some sort of a connection, and that is why people like him show up as the targets in some indie/flash games. He needs to calm down and accept that the normal video gamer (except for a few very rare exceptions) does not actually hate the caricature they are fighting on-screen.
As the original article over at 1up.com reminded me, this is not the first time he has been at the center of video game controversy. Back when Mercenaries 2 came out he had a lot of supporters angry at the developers because they believed the game would be raising public support for a real invasion of Venezuela. Sorry Hugo, but your taking the games too literally in my opinion. Cheer up buddy.