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PlayStation is 'poison' to children, says Chavez


Left wing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said that PlayStation is "poison" and leads children down the capitalist "road to hell".

Chavez, speaking in his weekly radio-TV show "Alo Presidente," called on Venezuelan companies to make "educational" toys and dolls with indigenous features to replace capitalistic products like Barbie that "have nothing to do with our culture."

He's already battered Nintendo for promoting "selfishness, individualism and violence," and now turned sights on 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.'"

He added that any games 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 said.

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Patrick Garratt is a games media legend - and not just by reputation. He was named as such in the UK's 'Games Media Awards', the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. After garnering experience on countless gaming magazines, he joined Eurogamer and later split from that brand to create VG247, putting the site on the map with fast, 24-hour a day coverage, and assembling the site's earliest editorial teams. He retired from VG247, and the games industry, in 2017.