It seems that Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez does not like video games. And this week, it seems that PlayStation video games in particular are the focus of his ire.
Previously, the president, who hosts his own weekly radio-TV show “Alo Presidente,” slammed Nintendo for promoting “selfishness, individualism and violence.” He has also been infamously known for referring to former U.S. president George W. Bush as “the devil.”
This time, however, he put the call out to local toy manufacturers to “make ‘educational’ toys and dolls with indigenous peoples’ features to replace capitalistic counterparts like the Barbie doll that ‘have nothing to do with our culture,'” according to AFP.
“Those games they call ‘PlayStation’ are poison,” he exclaimed on Sunday’s show. “Some games teach you to kill. They once put my face on a game, ‘you’ve got to find Chavez to kill him.'”
Frankly, I don’t know which games he means. Nor does PC World. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
He would go on to say that any games in which you can “bomb cities or just throw bombs” are sold by capitalist countries in order to sow violence, thus allowing them to “later sell weapons.”
They “promote the need for cigarettes, drugs and alcohol so they can sell them,” he added. “That’s capitalism, the road to hell.”
Last year, the country passed a law that would outlaw the sale of “bellicose” games and video games, with up to five years of imprisonment being the punishment for violation.
With what he’s had to say about PlayStation and Nintendo, I’d love to see what this guy thinks of Microsoft.