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Texas: Call of Juarez: The Cartel glorifies mob violence

Feb 14 // Jim Sterling    @JimSterling

So far, we've seen nothing of Call of Juarez: The Cartel, save for some crap box art, but the Texas police (and the state's shitstirring journalists) aren't going to let a little something like that get in the way of manufactured videogame controversy. Yep, that's right -- a videogame cannot have "Cartel" in its name, because there are real cartels out there, guys!

"Unfortunately there are companies that are looking to capitalize on the violent situation in Mexico which has had a very negative impact on the country," said Police Chief Carlos Garcia. "There have been spillover cases in certain areas of our country with cases of kidnappings and murders. This is a serious topic and this is just another violent video game.

"It doesn’t matter if it deals with the cartel in Juarez, the Gulf Cartel or the Sinaloa Cartel. It is simply not something that is appropriate for our youth. This leaves lasting images and ideas in teenagers who get caught up in the game and may try to make it a reality and live the violent lifestyle they see in these games."

Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio seemed sad that things he doesn't like are protected by the American constitution, adding how "unfortunate" it is that Juarez falls under free speech, and adding that developing minds (who are of course the target audience for an M-rated game) will want to imitate game characters.

Texas sheriffs -- free speech upsets them, and they know everything about the impact of a videogame on a child's brain just by looking at the box art!


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