Another story of someone getting worked up over a computer game

March 28 2007

So, it seems that people are taking computer games a bit to seriously these days. We had the story about Mercenaries 2 and Venezuela last week, and now we have this

The government of Mexican state Chihuahua will be seizing all available copies of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (GRAW2) from distributors within the state, El Diario reports. Developed by Ubisoft Paris and Red Storm Studios, the game was released on Xbox 360 earlier this month, with PlayStation 3, PSP, and PC versions following later in the year.

Chihuahua governor Jose Reyes Baeza Terraces, who issued the order for seizure, explained the game's setting defames the country of Mexico. According to a press release provided by publisher Ubisoft, GRAW2 depicts a "full-scale civil war" between "Mexican loyalists and insurgent rebel forces." This poses an "imminent threat to the United States," requiring the U.S. government to deploy the Ghosts, a military team "equipped with the most cutting-edge weaponry and technology."

Grajeda Dominguez, director of Chihuahua's state government, would not detail when or where the seizures would occur, but did indicate that an investigation is currently underway to find those distributing the game.

News of Chihuahua's action follows protests made earlier this month by Hector Murguia Lardizabal, the mayor of Juarez, Mexico. Lardizabal claims the inaccurate in-game representation of his city presents Juarez in a negative manner, also increasing tension between the U.S. and Mexico and insulting the intellect of the city's residents in the process.

Now, I know that some people will get worked up on my attitude here, but its a GAME. It is entertainment. It is just like a movie or a book. Are those being seized in Mexico as well? Oh, and before more "the United States government is behind this" talk ... look who made this. Ubisoft Paris and Red Storm Studios ... an European Publish and Studio. Sigh.

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