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Bolivian government fumes over Ghost Recon Wildlands

Bolivian government fumes over Ghost Recon Wildlands

Ubisoft's Ghost Recon Wildlands sits at the heart of a political complaint from the government of Bolivia over the game's depiction of its country as an anarchic, war-torn drug kingdom.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, the latest open-world multiplayer third-person shoot-'em-up from Ubisoft, has found itself at the centre of a political controversy following a complaint from the Bolivian government regarding the country's portrayal in the game.

Traditionally, games have shied away from using real-world scenarios as their basis - sometimes out of fear of trademark or copyright infringement, as with branded cars and weapons, and other times simply to head off complaints, as with the Grand Theft Auto series which has - GTA London aside - used fictionalised versions of real-world locations, like San Andreas and Liberty City. Games based on Tom Clancy franchises, by contrast, typically strive for accuracy, entering into licensing agreements with rightsholders to use genuine brands and weapons within the game. This also extends to locations used within selected games, and it's this that has the Bolivian government up in arms.

In Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, the players finds themselves in a Bolivia which has fallen to the narcotics cartels. The solution, in true gaming fashion, is extreme violence, but the Bolivian government isn't pleased about its nation being used as the backdrop. Newswire service Reuters has reported on a formal complaint from the Bolivian government to the French embassy regarding the game's portrayal of Bolivia as war-torn and at the mercy of drug cartels, the latter doubtless based on the statistic that Bolivia is the third biggest producer of coca leaves, from which cocaine is produced, in the world.

Speaking to the service, an Ubisoft spokesperson played up that the game is set in a fictionalised version of Bolivia - much like previous Tom Clancy games have depicted other violent acts of terrorism and warfare in the US and abroad - and that the nation was chosen as the base for 'its magnificent landscapes and rich cultures'.

The Bolivian government has requested intervention from the French government, but warned that it reserves the right to take legal action against Ubisoft if negotiations do not go its way.

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Anfield 3rd March 2017, 12:32 Quote
What the devs should reply with:

"Thank you for the free promotion"
Wakka 3rd March 2017, 12:50 Quote
Surely an easy fix - a quick splash screen on start up with the usual "All events and persons presented are purely fictional and any similarity is coincidental blahblah".
jb0 4th March 2017, 03:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Wakka
Surely an easy fix - a quick splash screen on start up with the usual "All events and persons presented are purely fictional and any similarity is coincidental blahblah".

Better idea:
"All events and persons presented are purely fictional and any similarity is purely coincidental. But the places are real. Suck it, Bolivia."
23RO_UK 4th March 2017, 04:08 Quote
I do believe it may have hit a little to close to home, Trump is p*ssing off the Mexicans, UbiSoft p*ssing off the Bolivians - any takers to p*ss off the Colombians???
Vault-Tec 4th March 2017, 11:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by 23RO_UK
I do believe it may have hit a little to close to home, Trump is p*ssing off the Mexicans, UbiSoft p*ssing off the Bolivians - any takers to p*ss off the Colombians???

Go right ahead. I've seen what they do to their goalies when they make mistakes :D
23RO_UK 4th March 2017, 13:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Vault-Tec
Go right ahead. I've seen what they do to their goalies when they make mistakes :D

:) :) :)
Cheapskate 5th March 2017, 18:55 Quote
They should sue, just so we can figure out if Ubisoft has enough pull to bankrupt a South American country.
RedFlames 5th March 2017, 19:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by 23RO_UK
I do believe it may have hit a little to close to home, Trump is p*ssing off the Mexicans, UbiSoft p*ssing off the Bolivians - any takers to p*ss off the Colombians???

You forgot Noriega suing ActiBlizzard because that year's CoD portrayed him as a murdering nutjob.

Also china complaining about [or just banning] virtually any game or film portraying China as anything other than a socialist utopia.
Nexxo 5th March 2017, 19:52 Quote
Can't Ubisoft just invent some obscure South American dictatorship? US TV series do it all the time.
Anfield 5th March 2017, 20:07 Quote
Let us give some credit to humans and assume most will be able to recognize that the content in a game is fictional rather than reality.
Nexxo 5th March 2017, 20:09 Quote
fix-the-spade 6th March 2017, 00:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by RedFlames

You forgot Noriega suing ActiBlizzard because that year's CoD portrayed him as a murdering nutjob.

That was an utterly hilarious case to follow.

Manuel Noriega - They made me look like a murdering psychopath.
Judge Fahey- You are a murdering psychopath, case dismissed.
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