Video Games Spark Controversy In The Borderland

POSTED: Friday, February 11, 2011 - 7:37pm

UPDATED: Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 10:30pm

Video game makers are releasing two videos that deal with the violence in Juarez.  Although it may just be entertainment, the videos are tapping into real emotions.

"This video kind of upsets me as an El Pasoan because it is so close to home that it's kind of making fun of it," said Sergio Magallenas. "One of the main reasons I wouldn't buy the video games is because I have been affected by the violence in Juarez."

Magellenas is one of  many El Pasoans who's family has been robbed, kidnapped and even killed as a result of escalating crime in Juarez.

Not surprisingly the videos have become a touchy subject in this area and are generating lots of publicity months before their release. “Call of Juarez: The Cartel” is being developed by Ubisoft for game consoles, and “Smuggle Truck Operation Immigration,” is an i-Phone app. Both are due out this summer.

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