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Bono Caught Up In Video Game Controversy

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Several liberal groups are angry with U2 frontman Bono after an investment group led by the rock star took part in funding a video game company whose latest release poorly depicts life in Venezuela.

The game, Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, was made by Pandemic Studios, a company that Bono’s group fed more than $300 million in investments, according to the New York Post.

In the game, participants take part in invading a war-torn Venezuela. The player takes on the role of a mercenary sent to a “war-torn world” where a “power-hungry tyrant messes with Venezuela’s oil supply,” according to the game description from Pandemic.

Among the groups speaking out against Bono is the Venezuela Solidarity Network, which is made up of more than 50 U.S.-based organizations. They’ve asked Bono to halt production of the game, saying that it “is designed to demean the Venezuelan people, to undermine the democratically elected government of Venezuela.”

The group noted that the game might be used as a recruiting tool since it is aimed at teens a “20-something males, the same target market for military recruiting.” –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers