The (Grand Theft Auto) Devil Made Me Do It.

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News Posted: Tue, Aug 12 2008 3:13 PM

"The devil made me do it" used to be the ready-made excuse you could trot out when you got caught being naughty. Society's views on personal responsibility have changed quite a bit since the devil was listed on everybody's rap sheet as an accomplice. The modern version is playing "Grand Theft Auto made me do it."

Last month, the trio – all aged between 15 and 16, and as such may not be named – allegedly firebombed three cars in North Fulton County, Georgia with homemade petrol bombs. Each weapon was made from a bottle filled with a lighter fluid, with a rag stuffed into the spout as a fuse.

According to a report by local news service WSBTV, the trio were arrested by local police. When they were question, it's claimed, the kids said they’d learned "how to do it" from GTA.

The gang was subsequently charged with a total of 57 felonies, including arson and criminal damages.


GTA is not exactly wholesome entertainment, but the game's enthusiasts will be quick to point out that the game shouldn't be banned simply because a few people act out things that are best left to the fantasy world where they came from. But the shifting nature of personal responsibility has been accompanied by another change --  that you must be protected from things before they happen, not that criminals need to be held accountable for their actions after the fact. So the kids that firebombed their neighbors on a lark instinctively know to deflect a little blame from themselves by saying the GTA devil made them do it. The real problem might be that someone is prepared to listen to them. In 1950, "I snapped, and killed them," was a confession. In 2008, it's a defense strategy. Perhaps if you want to play the big kid games, you should be prepared for the big kid prison when you act it out.



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warlord replied on Tue, Aug 12 2008 6:26 PM

This stuff has got to stop. Seriously it used to be the devil then it was rock music now video games. Why can't people just say the truth I work up this morning feeling like a total nutter.So i ran out and acted like a complete idiot because i wasn't spanked enough as a child. Sorry world. lol

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mazuki replied on Tue, Aug 12 2008 7:42 PM
the other more ridiculous part is that they say they LEARNED how to do it from GTA

GTA doesn't have "molotov cocktail school" they don't teach you how to make it, they don't teach you how to not throw like a wuss, these kids knew how to throw, their dad or mom or someone taught them in the real world

they learned how to make a molotov like everyone did.....the internet, they actually used it because their superiors didn't ask what they were doing.
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warlord replied on Tue, Aug 12 2008 8:40 PM

I just want to see 1 time where someone said "yeah i played that game but i did what i did because i was angry". However blaming others is more popular  Sad

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How many people kill in the name of god. I don't see bibles being banned. Not that I think they should. I'm totally behind laws that stops the sell of M rated games to minors(though I think that's the parents job) but I'm a adult and I enjoy the GTA games. That doesn't mean I'm going to go get a hooker then kill her to get my money back.
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vicaphit replied on Wed, Aug 13 2008 5:17 PM
This better not prevent or delay the PC release (If it comes at all)
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ice91785 replied on Thu, Aug 14 2008 11:12 AM

Modern society is just plain immature -- nobody knows how to take responsibility for ANYTHING. I mean honestly...you blew up a bunch of cars! Do you honestly think that blaming a video game for teaching you how to do it is going to lesson to conciquences (sp) ? NO!!!! So why not just fess up to it....

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