Legal Issues

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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    Clo4leaf, 26 Sep 2006 @ 5:18pm

    My thoughts don't count

    While I have not played GTA or every other game out there, I have and do play some other games. I was born to play video games. I have been playing games since I was probably 3 years old and I have never murdered anyone nor have I ever been arrested on any charge. I do love the violence in video games whether its Mortal Kombat or Rainbow Six or hell even the most violent game of all day that was posted in an article which is Pac-Man. If parents would instill values into children and quit being lazy and let them get into whatever trouble there would be alot less violence in the world and it would not be because of video games.

    Here is my question of the hundreds or thousands of people on death row for murdering someone of one way or another, how many of these people were playing a video game in the last 24 hours before they killed someone? I imagine the answer is very very low, possibly in single digits. Alot of people on death row have been on there for several decades or close to it. So does the problem lay with parents or do we just get a lawyer for a class action lawsuit and sue the makers of PONG.

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