Thai Distributor Halts GTA IV Sales After Murder

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News Posted: Tue, Aug 5 2008 9:57 AM
If this was in the U.S., you can bet Jack Thompson would be all over it.  Since it's Thailand, not exactly a media-friendly country, we may never hear about it again, except perhaps in shareholder reports.

Police claim that the youth showed no sign of mental instability while he was being questioned. He told police that he hadn't intended to kill the 54 year old driver. "He said he wanted to find out if it was as easy in real life to rob a taxi as it was in the game," said the police chief.

A government official with Thailand's Cultural Surveillance Center told Reuters: "This time-bomb has already exploded and the situation could get worse... Today it is a cab driver, but tomorrow it could be a video game shop owner."

If an 18-year-old --that's an adult, not a child -- can't understand that robbing a taxi driver isn't the best idea, it's not because a particular video game has warped his mind.

Depending on which report you read, the teen was either 18 or 19, and his name either Polwat Chinno --- or Chino. Additionally, further reports indicate he didn't even own the game, though he did play it at a game center.  And besides wanting to find out if robbing a taxi was "easy," he apparently wanted the cash to fund more gameplay at the center.

While only one distributor has halted sales, New Era Interactive Media, it's apparently the biggest distributor in Thailand.  Readers, what do you think about this?  Overreaction?


 
 
 
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rapid1 replied on Tue, Aug 5 2008 12:12 PM
Hmmm if your mind can not take into effect your are running in a simulated world and that that simulation does not apply to the real world I would question your actual mental state and ask if you were of said mental state why this would apply directly to a video game and not to every form of media where the same could be accomplished which would include music movies books etc etc how could you blame a video game solely for the users lack in mental capability????????
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nECrO1967 replied on Tue, Aug 5 2008 12:17 PM
I'm going to agree with rapid here and add that yet again no one points the finger where it needs to be pointed most, at the parents.

And btw, Jack Thompson is on his way to being disbarred. Good riddance.

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I don't understand why games are beat on by the media and govenment so much. In movies you see killing and sex all the time. Remember the hot coffee mod. You had to hack the game to get it and it was a huge deal. Its not just kids playing games anymore. Its adults. And as a adult I want my adult games. I'm total behind stores not selling M rated games to minors but to ban them completely is retarded.

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nECrO1967 replied on Wed, Aug 6 2008 11:32 PM

bob_on_the_cob:

I don't understand why games are beat on by the media and govenment so much. In movies you see killing and sex all the time. Remember the hot coffee mod. You had to hack the game to get it and it was a huge deal. Its not just kids playing games anymore. Its adults. And as a adult I want my adult games. I'm total behind stores not selling M rated games to minors but to ban them completely is retarded.

 

Becauae parents don't want the troublesome and difficult task of raising their kids. And politicians need soapboxes to stump for votes so they can sell their influence and power. In short. it is politically correct to bash video games in the same fashion that it is PC to oppose legalizing marijuana, despite the powerful arguments in favor of it. Think about it. If Senator Joe I. Cheatum (R) from Backwoods, NJ were to defend a game maker. his political career would be short indeed.

 

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Very good point. Guess thats why I'm not a politician.
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