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  • Aug 4-Thailand halts Grand Theft Auto sales after murder

    BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai video game distributor halted sales of "Grand Theft Auto" on Monday after a teenager confessed to robbing and murdering a taxi driver while trying to recreate a scene from the controversial game.


    "We are sending out requests today to outlets and shops to pull the games off their shelves and we will replace them with other games," Sakchai Chotikachinda, sales and marketing director of New Era Interactive Media, told Reuters.

    "We are also urging video game arcades to pull the games from service," Sakchai said. An 18-year-old high school student, now in custody pending further investigations and a trial, faces death by lethal injection if found guilty of robbing and killing a 54-year-old taxi driver with a knife at the weekend.

    Police said the youth, an obsessive player of "Grand Theft Auto," showed no sign of mental problems during questioning and had confessed to committing the crime because of the game.

    "He said he wanted to find out if it was as easy in real life to rob a taxi as it was in the game," chief police investigator Veeravit Pipattanasak told Reuters.

    The youth, described by his parents as polite and diligent, was arrested late on Saturday after he was found trying to steer a cab backwards out of a Bangkok street with the severely wounded driver in the back seat, newspapers reported.

    The suspect told police he did not mean to kill the driver, whom he had chosen as a possible victim because of his age, but that he stabbed him to death when he fought back, newspapers reported.

    "Grand Theft Auto," now available in its fourth edition, has been criticized for depicting violence including beatings, carjackings, drive-by shootings, drunk driving and prostitution.

    A senior official at Thailand's Culture Ministry said the murder was a wake-up call for authorities to tackle the issue of violent video games, and urged parents to pay closer attention to what their children played.

    "This time-bomb has already exploded and the situation could get worse," Ladda Thangsupachai, director of the ministry's Cultural Surveillance Centre, told Reuters. "Today it is a cab driver, but tomorrow it could be a video game shop owner."

    The ministry has been pushing for tougher regulation of video games such as Grand Theft Auto, including the imposition of a rating system on sales and restriction on hours that youngsters can play the games in public arcades.

    A multi-million dollar lawsuit was filed in the U.S. state of Alabama against the makers and marketers of Grand Theft Auto in 2005, claiming that months of playing the game led a teenager to kill two police officers and a 911 dispatcher.

    The blockbuster Grand Theft Auto games are published by Nasdaq-listed Take-Two Interactive Software (TTWO.O).


    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080804/...ndtheftauto_dc


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    Dumbass ruining it for everybody. Hate shit like this. Not just for the victim but this fool gives lobbyists the fuel to wage restrictions. Shitty all around.
    "Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before." - Poe

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    1 dumbass ruins it for everyone....


    rip
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    • #3
      R.I.P.to ma fallin solja

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      • #4
        i think people just say GTA influenced them so they'll get a lighter sentence
        Originally posted by FunkySuicideGirl
        Ima sucker when some suck my lip or bite in it
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        fuck off you gay piece of cunt
        Originally posted by Otto
        That shit is fuck,

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        • #5
          duh...that kid has major issues if he was really tryin recreate a scene from da game....u cant blame da game 4 1 sick fuck
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          • #6
            ^
            o werd the fucc up??

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            • #7
              Ban. No date ..
              Originally posted by midwestwitch
              If I were to find out it was you would be responsible for a teenage boy losing every ounce of a social life, cell phone, gaming consoles etc until he graduated high school and left for college.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by B-RAD' 05 View Post
                1 dumbass ruins it for everyone....
                rip
                word mayne

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                • #9
                  Damn these people obviously have problems if they are trying to do what people do in Video Games.......
                  Dumbass people

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                  • #10
                    god damn Thai's and shit.
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                    • #11
                      There must undoubtedly be a link between violent games and real-life violence and for anyone to deny it is foolish. The ability to do something after long and extensive playing of a simulated reality is recognized in the training of air pilots. Apprentice air pilots spend more training on games than in a real life planes. The US military releases army games as a recruitment tool. Games and television put you in,what can only be described as a hypnotic state.

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                      • #12
                        LOL @ this. First off pretty much all th ppl who were gonna buy it bought it already and th fact that it's banned is gonna make ppl want it more. Ppl will find a way to get it if they really want it.
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                        • #13
                          Perhaps everyone should be tested for their mental sanity before they are allowed to purchase video games now? Shit after playing Mario I went around Jumping on turtles and eating Mushrooms.

                          I guess video games need to be banned, at the same time we should ban aboout 90% of tv shows as they portray regular violence, hell lets ban the news as well. Wouldn't want kids becoming terrorists because they saw it on the news.

                          Fucking idiot deserves the death penalty because he's established so very clearly he's too stupid to carry on living.

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                          • #14
                            i think he just said that to try to pull an insanity defense

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                            • #15
                              i think he just said that to try to pull an insanity defense

                              Word But shit Dats Fucked up !!!!!!!!!!

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