Thursday, February 17, 2005

Video Games Train Killer

From FoxNews

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A lawsuit claims the video game "Grand Theft Auto" led a teenager to shoot two police officers and a dispatcher to death in 2003, mirroring violent acts depicted in the popular game.

The suit announced Tuesday seeks damages from the game's manufacturers and two stores that allegedly sold it to Devin Thompson (search), now 18.

An attorney for relatives of two of the victims said Thompson, who is charged with murder, had played the video game repeatedly.

Thompson is accused of killing the three men in June 2003 after being brought to the Fayette police station on suspicion of driving a stolen car. Thompson allegedly grabbed one of the officer's guns, shot him and the other two, then fled in a patrol car.

The suit alleges Thompson purchased "Grand Theft Auto III" at the Gamestop (search) in Jasper and "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City" at the Jasper Wal-Mart when he was under 17. The games, which depict police killings and other acts of violence, are rated M, meaning they are appropriate for those 17 or older.

"What has happened in Alabama is that four companies participated in the training of Devin ... to kill three men," attorney Jack Thompson told The Tuscaloosa News, which reported the suit's filing.

Named in the suit are Wal-Mart Stores (search) and Gamestop along with Take-Two Interactive Software, the manufacturer of the games, and Sony Computer Entertainment, the maker of the PlayStation 2.

Messages left for officials of three of the companies were not immediately returned. There was no answer at the listing for Gamestop in Grapevine, Texas.

At a December hearing, authorities said Devin Thompson, when he was apprehended, told officers, "Life is a video game. You've got to die sometime.

Please. Is anyone buying this?

I have been playing the most sick and twisted games since I was a wee lad and I've never felt the need to kill a cop. People who murder are sick in the head and it is not triggered by a video game. If he didn't have a PS2, he'd blame it on television or the movies or violent books. He's a sick little freak with a sick freak lawyer. Luckily, no judge or jury in the world is going to buy it. I hope that kid has a fun time in prison.

This points to a larger problem with society: people do not want to take responsibility for themselves. Whether it's welfare, Jesse Jackson, or violent video games, people have stopped having the personal honor to be responsible for themselves. Lost your job? It's not because you are an incompetent dunderhead, it's because your boss is a misogynst! Do you hit your kids? It's because your daddy never came to your little league games, not because you are an abusive monster! Don't feel guilty! Don't trouble yourself with personal betterment. Just be the same worthless human you always were but blame white people, Christians, the Bush Family, the Ozone Layer, and Marylin Manson for your troubles!

Makes me sick.

Right now what we need badly is a "loser pays" legal system. That kid and his family and his scummy lawyer should have to foot the bill when they lose. It's time to end the Lawsuit Lottery and start punishing friviolous lawsuits. You realize what this means for you out there... You have to vote responsibly. You have to take the initiative and get out there and make sure people who will stand up for common sense are elected so that they can appoint judges and pass laws that will end the madness. It is your responsibility to do the right thing at the ballot box.

P.S. My fellow Californians, this means you have to stop electing Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein!!!


Blogger -Heart- said...

Is the parents that should be blamed for not putting attention on what his child is doing, and stop trying to find scapegoats.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Phil Aldridge said...

That's right on the money, -heart-.

Part of me thinks the kid bears full responsibility, but his parents share the load too.

God only knows what they were doing instead of parenting, but they obviously dropped the ball.

11:51 PM  
Blogger YK said...

I've been playing violent video games all my life and I do joke about blasting the heads off my pals with a rocket launcher, but that's about it. People with a straight head can tell the diffence between entertainment and reality. I don't know who's to blame for the killings but i know we're not solving any problem by blamestorming. The least parents and lawmakers can do are wake up to the facts and do their reality check and stop feeding the scumbag lawyers!

12:21 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Great blog! When I heard about the game lawsuit, I thought, "Not again!" People have tried this before. I feel for the grieving family, but the blame doesn't belong on the game maker. Besides, you can play a cop or a fireman in GTA.

12:22 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Have you seen this? These folks are the cause of most of California's problems.

12:23 AM  
Anonymous Kay said...

Yes, I too believe the kid should bear all the brunt of his crime. His parents will then be sued in civil court, so they will gets theirs also. I am a mother and would never blame the stores or the manufacturers for my childrens' crimes.
No more than i would blame Marlboro cigarettes for lung cancer or Heiniken Beer for cirrhosis of the liver.

10:55 AM  

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