The Video Game That Wants to Invade Mexico

A video game built around an investigation into a series of brazen attacks by a Mexican drug cartel, which culminates in an attack on U.S. soil, may sound like a timely take on the escalating violence in United States' border towns.

But developer Techland continues to deny any connection between reality and their recently released Call of Juarez: The Cartel. Speaking with Kotaku in March, the Polish developers said they were creating a fictional action movie game, not trying to remake real life.


I'm still working my way through this tremendously bad first-person shooter. I haven't yet seen what the developers have done with Juarez or if they did indeed somehow avoid including U.S. sister-city El Paso, Texas. But here's the plot-setting cut-scene that kicks off the game and its rolling gun fights.

You decide whether this is pure fiction or ripped from the headlines.

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I like how everyone's impression of Mexico is that it's a desolate wasteland. Of course you can find seedy places in Mexico. Go to the backwoods of Alabama and you can find some pretty seedy shit here in the US.

Of all of the people here who went to Mexico, did none of you take the time to visit it's crown jewel, La Ciudad de México? The place rivals Paris. Just look at some of the photographs on its Wikipedia page, it's an amazing place.