On this lazy Sunday, we here at PP&B would like to examine the prickly issue of censorship ... in video games.
Now, safe to say that laws in Mexico aren't the same as in America. Over here, you'd have parental groups forming groups such as the PMRC and calling for boycotts. They'd all fail, of course, and only make Dee Snyder richer but such is life.
Apparently, things are a little different south of the border. Juarez is a notorious haven for the drug trade, and lawmakers are unsurprisingly appalled at a game that capitalizes on the deaths of thousands that stem from the violence.
Needless to say, a ban won't do any good whatsoever. Even if it's illegal to purchase in the country, what restricts people from buying it online through amazon? Or on ebay? Or through someone they meet on some random message board?
Or, really, what stops someone in Mexico from getting a pirated version online at no cost to them at all?
The lawmakers' concerns are valid, but they're attacking the wrong problem. If people in Mexico want the game bad enough, they'll get it.
And so, probably, will kids this side of the Rio Grande, too.