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GTA publisher Take-Two responds to further claims of game-related violence after shooting

Tuesday, 27th August 2013 08:56 GMT By Dave Cook

Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two has issued a statement following fresh claims surrounding the link between games and violent acts. It comes as the shooting of an 87-year-old Louisiana at the hands of an eight-year-old was pinned on GTA 4.

The statement was issued to CNN after the finger was pointed at GTA 4 and reads, “Ascribing a connection to entertainment–a theory that has been disproven repeatedly by multiple independent studies–both minimizes this moment and sidesteps the real issues at hand.”

It followed a statement from the local sheriff department that said of the shooting, “Although a motive for the shooting is unknown at this time, investigators have learned that the juvenile suspect was playing a video game on the Play Station III–Grand Theft Auto IV–a realistic game that has been associated with encouraging violence and awards points to players for killing people, just minutes before the homicide occurred.”

The child is exempt from charges under Louisiana law, which states no one under the age of ten can be charged with criminal responsibility.

We’ll have more as it happens.

Via Gamespot.

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18 Comments

  1. Christopher Jack

    The real question is how the hell does an 8 year old get his hands on a loaded gun??? The kid shouldn’t have been playing GTA either but frankly I’ve been playing games like that since before his age but I’ve always been appalled to real world violence. I mean what do you really get by throwing your fist at a man for having a different opinion?

    #1 1 year ago
  2. alterecho

    There are kids who get ideas from content displayed in games, since they lack reasoning and don’t understand the rule that, what happens in games, stays in games. That is why the games are classified according to age and younger kids shouldn’t be allowed to play mature games.

    In this case, there are two questions that need answering
    1.why was the kid playing a mature game
    2.why was the kid able to get hands on a gun.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. orakaa

    Guns should not be accessible to children. But neither should a GTA game be. You can’t reasonably think that playing such a game at this age isn’t without consequences. This is why there’s a friggin’ age rating on the game box.

    So yes, the parents should be responsible, but so is the industry, and that includes retailers. I see children under ten going to GAME or other retailer stores and buying Call of Duty, GTA or other violent games and I’ve NEVER seen any employee stop them or telling them that they are too young to do so. This is a problem. Same as for the violence that is present on TV.
    I’ve stopped watching TV since I have a daughter and only pick/select what I watch through Netflix but when my daughter goes to a friend’s place, she can still see content that isn’t monitored by me.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. KineticCalvaria

    Why do they always say ‘awards points to players for killing people’, I don’t seem to recall getting scored for kills in GTA4. But then again, the difference is that I’ve actually played the game.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Camfak

    Why wouldn’t they let children buy their games? They want to make money.

    There is no real age limit, only a recommended one.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. ududy

    Boys love to play with guns, that won’t change, but they certainly shouldn’t be able to put their hands on a real gun unless carefully watched in a firing range environment.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. lookingglass

    Kid was just saving the old person from Obamacare.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Lengendaryboss

    Whats that saying? Games don’t kill people, people kill people.

    Like echoed why the hell was their gun so findable for the child to use. Like @1 said plenty of people play games at ages they are not supposed to (myself included) and should be able to make the distinction between whats applicable in real life and in virtual game life.

    Games are played by millions and they turn out fine, it doesn’t become an excuse for what actually happened.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Beta

    How the hell did the child get his hands on a gun?…

    That is the real issue here not some BS scapegoat about GTA. It’s pathetic. Games do not cause violence in rational sane people.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. ballz

    americans rofl

    #10 1 year ago
  11. viralshag

    After reading some of the articles and statements regarding this, I’m astounded at how America just bury their heads into the sand regarding the real issues about gun violence and mental health.

    Why the story is even linked to violent games over why he could get hold of a loaded gun, is simply beyond me. Good job America, keep side stepping the real issue!

    #11 1 year ago
  12. 2021vince

    man im so tired of hearing this bullshit argument its not the games fault the parents let him play the game which means they should have taught him about the difference in the game and real life the parents had the gun in a place the kid could get to it (which i think kid+find gun=bad shit if my math is correct) so i think its the bad parental guidance they neglected their childs safty all the way thru stop blaming any and everything and own up to ur fuck ups people

    #12 1 year ago
  13. FuntimeBen

    How long as GTA IV been out and NOW they are blaming it for gun violence?! It is the guns, not the game that is the problem. Proof is – look at any other country in the world which has access to GTA IV – anybody kill anyone after playing this game? Nope.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. TMRNetShark

    Guys, this is Louisiana. The gun was completely innocent… the video game taught the kid how to hold, chamber a round (properly), turn off the safety, aim, and then shoot his grandma-ma.

    Simple enough case, right?

    #14 1 year ago
  15. DSB

    @14 Well I’m glad we got that out of the way. Now let’s go shoot sump’in!

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Jesus Christ

    See, this franchise needs to die! This isn’t even the first time it has caused something this terrible.

    Obviously, Take-Two won’t stopping making this shit – and keep killing people. But we can make them stop — by boycotting GTA V!

    We are gamers – we must be united! That’s the only we we can crush this evil company and their excuse for a franchise.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. NightCrawler1970

    The law of US nation wide is….

    It’s NOT ALLOWED to have a LOADED GUN in and around the house/car/truck/boats PERIOD!!!

    correct way: make sure there is no bullet in the chamber, and the clip out and in the gun-purse

    Apparently the parent purchased the game for the 8 year old they probably RETARDED/MORONIC enough what ” M ” rated video game is, if thats the case than change the ” M ” into ” 18+ “..

    Granny have a loaded gun in the house and didn’t know the US fire-arm laws.. for her it’s easy specially when granny have dementia, ” oh, at least the gun is loaded in case of emergency” just pull the trigger..

    Kids love to snoop around in closets and boxes and found a loaded gun, kids don’t know better and point the gun at granny, and pull the trigger..

    The parent of that kid gonna blame the game, and totally forgot that THEY(INCLUDED GRANNY) are the MAIN PROBLEM…

    Again, people kill people, not video game kill people…

    #17 1 year ago
  18. RevNorth

    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MurderSimulators

    #18 1 year ago

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