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

Tuesday, 27 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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    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]

  • A limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 just sold for $128,000

    Sony has just auctioned one of its limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles for over $128,000. The model had the serial number 00001, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” said a rep for […]

  • Here’s Killer Instinct’s new Omen and Golem fighters in action

    Microsoft has revealed Killer Instinct Season 2′s fighter Omen in a new trailer. Stick around for the end of the video and you’ll also get a peek at another new fighter, Golem. Omen is a bonus character and as such isn’t available as part of the main season roster. He’s available for free to Ultra […]

  • Digital copies of Far Cry 4 are being deleted from Uplay

    Ubisoft appears to be deleting copies of Far Cry 4 bought through digital third-party retailers. According to the Ubisoft support forums, copies of the game acquired via G2Play and G2A are being removed from Uplay. Users had not been given any warning by publisher Ubisoft that the game will be removed, although it is now […]

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

    Borderlands 3 may not have been announced at PAX this weekend, but studio boss Randy Pitchford is currently recruiting for the next game in the series. We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: heyrandy@gearboxsoftware.com pic.twitter.com/ZG9dLytX1B — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 26, 2015 A recruitment push would suggest […]

  • Destiny: less grind, fairer economy in House of Wolves DLC

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it aims to lessen the grind in House of Wolves, and it won’t repeat mistakes it made with rewards in The Dark Below. Gear rewards will be fairer, according to lead designer Luke Smith in a Neogaf thread. For example, buying from a vendor should not invalidate gear rewarded for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Disaster

    Over two months since release and Xbox One’s big Christmas game is still a turkey, says Rich Stanton. “The game has now been available for two-and-a-half months, including the blockbuster Christmas season, and by any reasonable standard it doesn’t work.” Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched worldwide on November 11, 2014. Intended as something of […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection dated, first gameplay footage released

    Homeworld Remastered Collection has a release date, and as promised, the gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake has been released along with the news that Homeworld Shipbreaker development continues. The video was shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel earlier this morning at PAX South. Last year, Gearbox had said hoped to release the title […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry has landed on Kickstarter

    The Kickstarter for Clock Tower spiritual successor, Project Scissors, recently announced as Night Cry, has launched. A teaser directed by The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu was released for the game earlier this month, and the full short film can be viewed below. Shimizu is also creative director on the project and Silent Hill creative and environment […]

  • Toukiden Kiwami mission trailer released, pre-order bonuses detailed

    Pre-order bonuses for Toukiden Kiwami have been announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita. Here’s the pre-order bonus list for each participating retailer: North America GameStop – Armor inspired by new slayers Reki and Soma’s costumes and classic armor from Toukiden‘s six original NPC slayers. Amazon – 2 exclusive pieces of armor: a set of Tenko […]

  • More Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy 15 info doled out by Tabata

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD director Hajime Tabata took part in a Reddit AMA yesterday, and answered a variety of questions pertaining to the game and Final Fantasy 15. According to Tabata, the first playthrough of the game will last around 40 hours, but “the real fun” starts from the second playthrough which contains new events. […]

  • This video gives you an idea of what Borderlands Online is like

    A video for Borderlands Online, the China-exclusive title from 2K, Shanda Games and Gearbox, has been released. Posted on MMO Culture, the video was released to announce the “technical test” which started today. Borderlands Online is an instance-based online shooter, and will probably never reach western shores. Still, you can have a look anyway.

  • Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is the MMO’s first expansion

    The first expansion for Guild Wars 2, Heart of Thorns, was announced today during PAX South, and ArenNet has posted a few content details for it on the official webiste. Heart of Thorns contains a reimagined progression with the new Mastery system, which provides new training opportunities for characters beyond level 80. Players will be […]

  • Turn-based action platformer Ronin has been polished up, nets a publisher

    Tomasz Waclawek has polished up his freeware title Ronin and will be releasing it through publisher Devolver Digital later this year. The turn-based action platformer stars a vengeful ninja who is determined to kill important memebers of a powerful corporation. Weapons at your disposal include razor wire and a katana, or you avoid combat by […]

  • Footage of cancelled Justice League brawler surfaces

    Footage of the cancelled Double Helix-developed Justice League brawler has surfaced online. The game was supposed to be a tie-in title for the also cancelled Justice League film directed by George Miller, according to leaked images and information from 2012. Jon Gwyn, the game’s artist and now Rockstar San Diego staffer, said at the time […]

  • Free Icona Vulcano DLC for DriveClub releases next week

    Sony has posted a video of the Icona Vulcano, which will be released as DLC next week for DriveClub. The video was posted on Facebook and we’ve embedded the video below courtesy of GamesHQMeida. It was announced earlier this week the Icona Vulcano would be released on the PS Store as a free download.

  • The Bard’s Tale 4 announced by inXile Entertainment at PAX South

    The Bard’s Tale 4 was announced today by inXile Entertainment CEO Brian Fargo during a panel at PAX South. inXile hinted around back in December that a sequel was in the works. Granted, The Bard’s Tale wasn’t mentioned. Still, everyone figured this was the game when Wasteland 2 project lead Chris Keenan stated the team […]

  • Here’s another Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video

    Last week, YouTube user Master0fHyrule uploaded a Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video, and we’ve embedded it for you below. The video shows 4.5 minutes of footage which appears before hitting the start button and the first meeting between Link and the Skull Kid. Another comparison video was released by another user back in […]

  • The Game Awards 2015 already in the planning stages

    The Game Awards 2015 are already in the planning stages, according to Geoff Keighley. The inaugural show took place on December 6, 2014. Keighley announced the 2015 show during his Storytime with Geoff Keighley panel at PAX South this weekend and through Twitter. He said more details will be announced in the spring. You can […]

  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered listed for January release

    It looks like Quantic Dream’s Indigo Prophecy is returning in remastered form next week, if an Amazon listing is any indication. According to the listing posted on NeoGAF, the uncut version of the game contains Steam DRM and will release January 29 at 12pm PST/3pm EST for a Linux, Mac and PC download. Titled Fahrenheit: […]