The Sydney Morning Herald

PlayStation is ‘poison’ to children: Chavez
The Sydney Morning Herald

Sony’s PlayStation video game console is « poison » and leads children down the capitalist « road to hell, » Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said.

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.

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.