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Mercenaries controversy comical, says EA

Venezuela complains about this week's release

Forget Manhunt 2. The bad vibes are focused on Mercs 2. Oil-rich South American country Venezuela has said that Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is nothing more than a blueprint for an invasion.

Mercenaries has been here before. So has EA. According to Reuters this week's release of Mercenaries 2 "is likely to anger allies of President Hugo Chavez, a Washington foe, who has in the past threatened to cut off oil exports to the United States."

When the game was unveiled in 2006 Chavez's coalition called it an example of a U.S. government-inspired propaganda campaign that could help lay the psychological groundwork for an actual invasion.

We seem to remember a similar incident occurred with Mexico and Ubisoft's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter.

You can understand it when these countries are ALWAYS portrayed as the bad guys in videogames. But you have to remember that they're just that - games. Not history lessons or documentaries kids.

EA laughs it off. "All the controversy around this is kind of comical," said EA's Jeff Brown said. "At the end of the day you have to remind yourself it's a damned video game."

All the controversy in the world isn't going to help those very average scores we're beginning to see. Or is it?