Julian Cordona and Alejandro Martinez-Cabrera
February 19,2011

A video shoot-up that turns Mexican cartel violence in one of the world’s most violent cities into a role-playing game is upsetting residents on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border ahead of its release.

Players of French video game developer Ubisoft’s “Call of Juarez: The Cartel” are invited on the company’s website to “take the law into (their) own hands” on a “bloody road trip from Los Angeles to Juarez,” the city south of El Paso, Texas, where more than 3,000 people were murdered last year.

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Further details were not available. But previewed graphics of the game, due for summer release, show gunmen dressed in Stetsons and flak vests roaming grim city streets toting weapons including shot guns and a Kalashnikov.

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