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by Mike Masnick




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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    Martin Melendro, 26 Sep 2006 @ 5:11pm

    Who is the real guilty?

    Even if playing GTA makes someone violent (something which I really doubt, because I have played it for more than three years, and I haven't killed my parents), who is guilty of this murder? Certainly not the kid, an innocent soul. What about Rockstar Games? Not at all. GTA is certainley rated as M (mature), not as E (everyone) or +2, -10, or anything of the sort. Then, how is it possible that a kid was playing it?

    Maybe the fault is of the person who gave him the game, who gave him the money to buy it, who sold it to him, or just the person who permitted him to play it. And who should be in charge of watching what kids are playing in their Xbox or PS? Clearly it is not Rockstar Games' responsibility. The only possible answer is their parents. But probably this kid's father was too busy abusing from his child and hadn't time to watch what his son was actually doing, right in front of him (literally). He was a victim of himself. Kids need love (not pleasure or suffering) in order to love, and when they are exposed to hatred, they end giving it away.

    This is not an easy-solvable problem. Teaching to love, and basically to live, is almost an unachievable goal. Society has grown into sometihng completely horrible, and if we are able to get out of it, it will not be without wathcing suffering, just as we saw in this case.

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