Ciudad Juarez Got 99 Problems & A Video Game is One (PHOTOS)

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The city of Juarez has its share of problems and now it can add a new videogame to the list.  

‘Call of Juarez: The Cartel’ is slated for publication across several platforms this summer. The Ubisoft shoot em up takes place in the border town of Juarez and state legislators there want the Mexican government to ban the game because of its potential influence on children who already experience mind numbing violence in the form of drug killings and the murder of women. About 6,000 people died in drug-related violence in Ciudad Juarez in 2009 and 2010, making the city, located across from El Paso, Texas, one of the deadliest in the world. More than 100 women were abused and murdered before their bodies were dumped in Ciudad Juarez’s desert between 1993 and 2003.

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According to a description of the game, found on Ubisoft’s website: ‘This first-person shooter brings the lawlessness of the Old West into present day. You’ll embark on a bloody road trip from Los Angeles to Juarez, Mexico immersing yourself in a gritty plot with interesting characters and a wide variety of game play options. Take justice into your own hands in this modern Western shooter.’

State congress leader Enrique Serrano said the main concern was the potential effect on children in Ciudad Juarez, some of whom have already been taught to ‘duck and cover’ if firefights erupt outside their schools.

‘Children wind up being easily involved in criminal acts over time, because among other things, during their childhood not enough care has been taken about what they see on television and playing video games,’ Serrano said. ‘They believe so much blood and death is normal.’



‘Call Of Juarez: The Cartel’ XBOX 360 cover.


Screenshot, ‘Call Of Juarez: The Cartel’ XBOX 360 cover.


Electronic Gaming Monthly’s ‘Call Of Juarez: The Cartel’ cover.


Screenshot, ‘Call Of Juarez: The Cartel.’


Ciudad Juarez.


A policeman runs from a car bombing in Ciudad Juarez.


Mexican soldiers in Ciudad Juarez.


Ciudad Juarez is considered Ground Zero in the Mexican drug wars.


The Uffington White Horse in Ciudad Juarez is a replica of the original found in the UK. Thought to be over 3

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