Hugo Chavez Says Playstation Is “Poison”

Hugo ChavezAnd who would argue with him? As reported by Yahoo News/AFP:

CARACAS (AFP) – Sony’s PlayStation video game console is “poison” and leads children down the capitalist “road to hell,” Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said.

Chavez, in his weekly radio-TV show “Alo Presidente,” called on Venezuelan 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.”

In expanding on his dislike of western toys and games — he already slammed Nintendo for promoting “selfishness, individualism and violence,” Chavez Sunday took on the world’s top selling game console, Sony’s PlayStation.

“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.

Venezuela, Chavez said, should be making “educational games,” and suggested designing “little indigenous dolls” to sell in place of dolls “like Barbie, that have nothing to do with our culture.”…


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13 Comments on "Hugo Chavez Says Playstation Is “Poison”"

  1. It's interesting that one of the first things you learn in any Philosophy 101 or Logic course is that just because you dislike someone or think they're insane doesn't mean they can't be right.

  2. connielabla | Jan 19, 2010 at 4:04 pm |

    He's right. My nephew ate one and died. XBox is much better, and better for you!

  3. Anarchon414 | Jan 19, 2010 at 4:08 pm |

    “Chavez Sunday took on the world’s top selling game console, Sony’s PlayStation.”

    Nope, the top selling console is actually the Wii, by far.

    • I am sure they mean total units of all versions of Playstation sold… and this response is also for the post up top, when Chavez says PS I'm sure he basically means all of them, not just the first one… although chances are, they don't have ps3 or maybe even ps2 in Venezuela. PS1 and N64 might actually be what he's talking about. I've heard that the Sega Master System was a very popular system in Brazil through the nineties, because they can't exactly afford newer machines so they just kept making new SMS games, even up to like 2002 I think.

  4. tonyviner | Jan 19, 2010 at 6:52 pm |

    I am pretty sure the Wii is the best selling console in the world at the moment. The Playstation has not been relevant since 2002 at the earliest, and while the Playstation 2 was a juggernaut in terms of sales, it has seen its numbers continue to slide over the past few years due to the relatively newer Playstation 3. I can't help but feel like I am somehow missing the point here.

    I love video games, but at the same time I cannot argue with the man. Video games, much like TV and pornography, can be extremely detrimental to one's health and general understanding of the world if one is not properly taught how to consume them. It goes without saying that the majority of the people that enjoy such products have no idea that something very bad may be happening to them on the inside because, at least in the case of video games and TV, they are raised by these things.

    I was not necessarily raised by the television, but I did watch more than my fair share and play a lot more video game than I might have needed to, and I can definitely see where these things played an important role in how I became the person I am today. At some point, though, I learned to take a step back and look at the bigger picture, I had to teach myself to look at the world from a different perspective other than the one being force fed to me. I have a lot of friends that will just sit there kids in front of a set and put on Dora, or whatever it may be at the moment, and just use that as a way to forget about there children for while, or just to entertain the children rather than read to them or explain to them life's little mysteries, much less teach them to be objective and go out and figure stuff out on their own, that is way more fulfilling than having some silly cartoon or video game tell you about life's experiences.

    I can't bash too heavily on these things because I do like to watch TV and play video games, but I know when to turn them off, and I think that is the problem today, no one knows when to turn these things off, unless they feel like they have to in order to go to work, just so they can fiend for a return to their glory boxes. It falls on the shoulders of the parents as much as it does on the shoulders of society at large. The tricky thing to me would be trying to determine where something like this becomes censorship. As far as I am concerned, people should have the right to do ANYTHING they want, as long as no other person is harmed in the process. People were taught to like these things and they can be taught to not like them as well, although that will not happen.

    Anyway, anyone else psyched for Metroid: Other M?

  5. i could almost be a Chavez fan,
    but as far as I am concerned Individualism is the only truly valuable thing.

    • is individualism truly more important than people working together for the common good? How? You can have both, it's not one-or-the-other. The U.S. economy is based on people viciously fighting each other for money, and the end result is that some people become so rich that it forces huge numbers of others to be poor, and we're supposed to say it's a good thing. it's not, there is a difference between being an individual with your own ideas, and wanting to manipulate the system to suck the money out and expect everybody to love it. U.S. capitalism is extreme, it's rock-the-boat. I would rather we try for smooth sailing, and it doesn't have to be communism, except in the words of those who are afraid they won't be extravagantly rich anymore.

      • i don't see any other way working, every system above hunter gatherer tribals have a few rich people lording it over many poor people weather it's a king or a priest, a party big wig or a CEO i don't see a level playing field ever happening.

      • Word Eater | Jan 21, 2010 at 12:35 pm |

        People are selfish.

        As long as any system relies on human beings to make decisions affecting other human beings, there will be haves and have-nots.

  6. I play Fifa 10. If someone dies in Fifa 10…. I'd just cut the game off. It would be the saddest day in gaming history.

  7. “Fifa 11 Feature Real Life In Game Riots! Run to the bus in Fear As an Angry Mob Chases you through 300 different Levels!”

  8. “Fifa 11 Feature Real Life In Game Riots! Run to the bus in Fear As an Angry Mob Chases you through 300 different Levels!”

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