Thailand pulls GTA after real life murderMikey 5 comments
You might have heard the story yesterday about the , in which his excuse was that because he couldn't afford to buy the Grand Theft Auto video game, he did the next best thing - acted out a scene in real life.
Sad and sickening I know, but Thailand game distributors have now just over-reacted by pulling the game from store shelves.
The director of Thailand's Cultural Surveillance Centre says:
"This time-bomb has already exploded and the situation could get worse. Today it is a cab driver, but tomorrow it could be a video game shop owner."
Talk about unnecessary scare tactics. This sort of thing is like catnip to the likes of Jack Thompson, although it still looks like he wont be practising law for much longer.
This can also be interpreted as an admission of guilt - to a certain extent. I wonder what RockStars' take on all this is. In the past they have fought the notion that their games could be blamed for real life murder.
But a confession like that from a teenage boy doesn't necessarily mean anything, as the 'video games made me do it' defence is a well known defence that murderer/gamers have used in the past but without anything to make the real connection.
I think pulling the game is just an over reaction, as there is nothing to stop anyone from buying it online anyway. So essentially all they are doing is taking away just one way the game can be obtained. If this becomes common practice, buying games online will also become common practice, which it is already for a lot of people.