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British man finds ecstasy tablets in used GTA game

Thursday, 9 April 2009 08:56 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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A British man found some “ecstasy tablets” in one of the used GTA games he purchased at a GameStation in Gloucestershire.

“When I opened the box up, the cling film wrap fell out. I could not believe it. I have two children and my son plays Xbox all the time. He could easily have opened the box and found them,” Richard Thornhill told the Telegraph.

“I dread to think what the consequences would have been if he had. He is only 12. He could have died. It was a pre-used game, but that should not make a difference. My wife is beside herself over this because she keeps thinking about what could have happened and so do I.”

Richard never mentioned why his son would have been messing about with mature rated game in the first place.

Via GamePolitics.

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21 Comments

  1. Mad-elph

    Probably so he could get his fix

    #1 6 years ago
  2. DrDamn

    “I have two children and my son plays Xbox all the time. He could easily have hidden the tablets in the box” – fixed ;)

    #2 6 years ago
  3. jnms

    “Richard never mentioned why his son would have been messing about with mature rated game in the first place.”

    It’s illegal to sell these games to those under 18. It isn’t illegal for under 18′s to *play* the games.

    GTA isn’t too bad for a 12 year old to play – so long as that 12 year old has his head screwed on fairly well. On the other hand there are a whole bunch of brain-dead 18 year old kids that shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near GTA.

    The problem with this world is that people believe life is full of ‘one-size-fits-all’ rules. Life doesn’t work that way.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Mike

    Liar.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Eregol

    To jnms
    As has been highlighted several times:
    Parents are regularly ‘shocked’ to discover what their kids are looking at on the internet or playing on their games consoles.
    When you have parents like this guy, who as every other parent does, ignoring the age rating of a game he has bought it doesn’t matter if it’s not illegal for the kid to be playing the game he wouldn’t let the kid watch an 18 rated film surely?
    Granted this has nothing to do with the seriousness of the ecstacy in the packaging which should have been found (which is bizarre as these things are normally scrutinised when they’re brought in).

    #5 6 years ago
  6. scuz

    or why he “recalled” a mitsubishi symbol meant they were ecstasy

    #6 6 years ago
  7. sickpuppysoftware

    Pet rant – He either plays games or plays on his Xbox, he does not play Xbox.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. jnms

    @Eregol:

    I look at it like this. There are many types of parents, for simplicity we can put them into three categories:

    1) The ‘ignorant’ parent: Doesn’t pay attention to what their kid watches or plays. i.e. Ignoring all Responsibility / Or irresponsibly thinks ‘all games are for kids’.

    2) The ‘strict’ (or follow the rules to the letter) parent: Feels age restrictions are there for a reason. The personality of the child shouldn’t even be taken into consideration. i.e. The State Knows Best.

    3) The ‘aware’ (follows the spirit of the rule rather than the letter of the rule) parent: The parent knows their child’s personality and temperament very well. The parent makes a personal judgement call, based upon the rating and content of the game/movie and then decides whether or not they feel it is acceptable for their own child. i.e. Claiming Full Parental and Personal Responsibility.

    I know which type of parent I prefer to be…

    #8 6 years ago
  9. BillyBatts

    Lucky git. I only got a half g of base in mine.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Prof Power Glove

    Classic parenting.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Eregol

    @jnms

    I am about to become a parent myself, and would not put myself in either of the aware or strict camps you mention.

    I personally would make sure I am checking the content my child is viewing and making sure he isn’t viewing anything I deem as being inappropriate for the little mite. I’d never dream of allowing my child to play a game that contains violence, sex, swearing or frankly disturbing images, and I will be installing net nanny on my pc to make sure any websites (that I use for *ahem* personal reasons) are not viewed by the child.

    And to be honest. Why would he want to play GTA4 anyway? It’s, quite frankly, crap.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. deanimate

    He’s 12 and isn’t doing drugs yet?

    #12 6 years ago
  13. jnms

    @Eregol:

    There ya go then. I think you will make a great parent! (And congrats by the way).

    My little ‘un is a bit to small to be worrying about these sorts of things yet. But I will most likely end up falling into category 3.

    Kids shouldn’t have this stuff thrown in their faces, and should be protected from it. But at a certain point they will have a degree of curiosity about them. At that point it’s best to be involved with what they do (i.e. Work with them. Don’t simply ‘ban’ or alternatively ‘let them have their own way). Because at some point they will do these things with or without your knowledge. (Watching SAW at a friends for example. Or looking at a mates Playboy in the school toilets, and so on).

    Besides. In the end we can talk about violent games and movies. But personally I feel the whole culture of Glitzy Magazines, TV Adverts, Soap Operas, Big Brother, etc. – which – as far as young kids can tell – are all depicted as ‘real life’, are far more damaging than GTA IV will ever be.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Eregol

    @jnms

    Thanks man.

    Can undertsand what you’re saying about the glitzy magazines. While not promoting violence it does make youngsters obsess about celebrity culture and bodies.

    Watching shows like Channel 4′s Sex Show (god awful, blame the gf!) and listening to the comments from the kids on their makes you realise how messed up these kids’ perception of reality actually is. But that’s a debate for another time and place.

    To be honest, with regards to violence in games, GTA4 is more likely to cause someone to go on a killing rampage because of it’s mind numbing tedium and overly demanding ‘friends’ than because of it’s glorification of violence.

    This situation with the drugs reeks of the guy having to find an excuse for having the stash and saying he found it in the game case.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. jnms

    @Eregol

    Hard to know what to do for the best when it comes to TV and Kids. I sometimes think of just getting a bunch of cartoons from the 80′s and sticking with them. :D

    Well, regarding the drugs – it will be interesting to see if anything more comes of this. Who gets in trouble for it, the shop? And how do they prove the drugs were in the case before they brought it as second-hand?

    And if the drugs were indeed the fathers – then what a dumb place to hide them! :D

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Michael O'Connor

    “When I opened the box up, the cling film wrap fell out. I could not believe it. I have two children and my son plays Xbox all the time. He could easily have opened the box and found them,”

    Translation: “When I opened the box up, my cling film wrap of ecstasy fell out. probably in front of my wife. I could not believe I was dumb enough to leave it there. I have two children, and I needed to come up with some excuse quick smart so I wouldn’t get busted!”

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Splitfoot

    Telegraph article says he has a 16 year old daughter too, i wonder if she could have tried to hide her stash there?
    I really don’t understand how the store wouldn’t spot them. The Gamestation by keeps booklet/disc seperate to the box so there is no way they would remain there unless put there at the till.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. mightyhokie

    “GTA isn’t too bad for a 12 year old to play – so long as that 12 year old has his head screwed on fairly well.”

    Oh, I don’t think I could agree with that statement. I LOVED GTA4, but the mature themes were waaaaaaay above a 12 year olds understanding. It is very very dirty and I think that no matter how tightly a 12 yo’s head was screwed on, they wouldn’t get it, would be confused by it, and just not something i would let my 12 yo play.

    It was brilliant, but def for adults. I personally wouldn’t let anyone under 16 play it…and I’d need to be there to answer questions like ‘what does she (in one of the radio ads) mean by women getting wet when men force them to have sex’. Yeah, it is def adult.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Eregol

    @jnms
    I’ve just put up my entire Transformers generation 1 collection on Ebay. So, no 80s cartoons for my kids. Though if I can get hold of M.A.S.K I should be alright, the public service announcments made sure I never put a fork in a toaster.

    Maybe the father’s drugs weren’t in the game hidden? Maybe the Mrs found them and he said they fell out the game maybe? I very much doubt that a lump containing them would have been missed by eagle eyed devoted shop staff………

    #19 6 years ago
  20. lovemoose

    I’m really fucked off. My GTA special edition in a safety deposit box didn’t include any drugs. It did have fifty grand in used fivers and shooter with the serial filed off though, so musn’t grumble.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. jnms

    @mightyhokie: You have a point. yet there are a lot of 12 year olds that will already know what all that means. They pick much of that up in the playground. Even if they come from a ‘prim-and-proper’ home. And at least GTA puts such things into their “correct” perspective – showing society’s hang-ups and habits for just how ridiculous they are…as opposed to say a magazine that tries to promote and sell the same lifestyle.

    Obviously I am not saying that all 12 year old’s should play GTA IV. But I also believe that I don’t have the moral or ethical authority to say that no 12 year old in the world should be playing it. I don’t feel I have the right to take away another parent’s choice and responsibility.

    After all parenting is about personal choice and responsibility. It’s just unfortunate that many parents shirk their responsibilities by either just ignoring them, or laying down a blanket ban.

    @Eregol: Just can’t beat those 80′s cartoons in my opinion Transformers was great. My kid absolutely loves “The Smurfs” at the moment :D

    #21 6 years ago

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    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]