Lawsuit Claims Kid Never Would Have Killed Abusive Father Without Playing GTA

from the that-might-take-some-proof dept

rijit writes in to tell us about the latest lawsuit filed by anti-video game lawyer Jack Thompson. This one is similar to other lawsuits, suing the various companies involved in the game, blaming them for a murder, just because a kid who killed his family happened to play Grand Theft Auto. The lawsuit actually claims that this kid never would have shot his father, step mother and step sister if not for the game: "But for Posey's use of these products ... he would not have killed." It would seem like that's a pretty difficult point to prove, especially given that the boy's lawyers claim that his father abused him for years. What this all about, however, is again taking responsibility off of the actual killer. It is obviously disturbing that he went out and shot three family members, and it is worth exploring the reasons why. However, to place the blame entirely on a video game is letting the kid escape responsibility for his actions and would be a horribly perverse response to horrible situation.

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    Lay Person, 26 Sep 2006 @ 2:13pm

    I play games

    I play games...

    I like it. I especially like FPS (First Person Shooter) games. These games offer the player a vantage point where the character is looking at all objects through the crosshairs of some sort of weapon anything from fists, knives, handguns, shotguns, machine guns, all the way to crazy phazer/laser shit.

    Anyway, I don't think I take as much in of the game as the game takes out of me. After I play a few levels I feel a bit more relaxed than when I sat down to start. It offers some sort of relief. What it is, I'm not exactly sure. I believe it is a violent outlet. I can get violent if provoked but 99% of the time I'm pretty easygoing and I've never done time. Most of the time I feel it's a healthy release of violence in virtual world.

    I get my share of kill and guess what? No one really dies. Yeah, the characters in the game aren't real, the blood is fake...even the weapons are all fake! I strongly believe that something must be wrong with these people to begin with if they are as impressionable as defendants claim. These people have far more problems on their plates than some virtual fun in a video game.

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