I am glad I own a Wii because those folks who own a PlayStation are poisoning their children. So says Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. On his weekly radio address the dictator told his people that he wanted Venezuelan companies to concentrate on educational products. He also blasted Barbie Dolls as being capitalistic products that have nothing to do with their culture.
In a recent article it also stated that:
“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.'”
The firebrand leftist president said any game that “bomb cities or just throw bombs,” are sold by capitalist countries to sow violence so they can “later sell weapons.”
They “promote the need for cigarettes, drugs and alcohol so they can sell them. That’s capitalism, the road to hell,” he added.
But this is where it gets good:
Venezuelan lawmakers in October passed a law outlawing the sale of “bellicose” games and videogames that can be punished with up to five years imprisonment.
Five Years? That is unbelievable. But what do you think? Does Chavez have a point? Are video games corrupting our youth?