The new video game Mercenaries 2: World in Flames advertises that players can wreak unbridled havoc in a “fully destructible Venezuela.” The plot line is a hypothetical one about a “tyrant” who seizes oil and then the government.
But what sounds like a playful — if unabashedly violent — romp could be an extremely damaging assault on the reputation of a country about which many young people have no other source of information. In the virtual world of Mercenaries, players open fire on shantytowns and assassinate leaders. Audiences may not realize — or not care to know — that Venezuela has been democratic for half a century, and is a stable trading partner of the U.S.
Will players be able to distinguish fiction from reality? Read about the ongoing controversy from BBC News here.