Midnight GTAIV sales see stabbing, mugging

Police say one man apparently waiting in line attacked a passerby, while a teenager elsewhere was beaten up for his copy of the game.

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Midnight launches aren't always the gaming industry's proudest moments. The PlayStation 3 release in particular was riddled with launch-related crimes, including a mugging, a store robbery, a launch line hold-up, and a shooting.

Grand Theft Auto IV went on sale in stores around the world at 12:01 a.m. this morning, and already reports of criminal midnight launch madness are starting to filter in. BBC News is reporting on a pair of incidents, with news of a stabbing outside a Gamestation in Croydon and a mugging by another game store in Lancashire.

According to the news service, a 23-year-old man was attacked by a knife-wielding assailant as he passed a line outside the Gamestation. The victim was treated for several stab wounds and has since been released. The attacker, who police said appeared to be waiting in the line of about 50 to 100 people, was not apprehended.

In the mugging, an 18-year-old was robbed of his copy of the game and beaten as he walked home from the store with a friend. The victim was taken to the hospital with a broken jaw and a broken nose.

Police are asking for witnesses in both cases to step forward.

Discussion

1132 comments
Tangax337
Tangax337

I bet 80% of the attacks were black males, no white person queing to get a game at 12 to get it sooner due to geek excitement is going to go round stabbing people, clearly this is one of the few games blacks enjoy because this is most their game in real life, and look how much crime is involved at the 12 releases

m30w_cP
m30w_cP

geesh man thats messed up

JetBradley
JetBradley

Someone neglected to mention that the same hoodlums who play GTA games also play the Halo games. They most likely also play NFL and NBA video games too. The NBA's player and fan type both fall into the hoodlum category. Hell the NFL is full of hoodlums too.

ps3thabest
ps3thabest

wonder why the whole line didnt jump the crooks shows how scary people are wait til mid night attack a little kid and there prolly 35 or 40 years old they should get security with sniper rifles over a mile away sniping crooks

King_Jeremy_77
King_Jeremy_77

That's messed up. All of this over a video game.

Shadow Weapon
Shadow Weapon

Oh wow! Thats life though. Many people don't know this, but in the hood, or people with hood like minds steal nice things from people. I remember hearing this story of these 2 kids (13 and 14yrs old) purchased 2 xbox 360 from gamestop and as soon as they left the store, they got robbed. Its not uncommon guys. Anytime you got something nice and some thug notices this, they will rob you!

CalibusTheCrab
CalibusTheCrab

Geez, I dont remember resorting to stabbing a bypasser because the shop sold out the game.....

xtreme_chief
xtreme_chief

You don't stab someone over a video game. Even if its GTA4. Cheap bastards.

tensespartan
tensespartan

for a video game these waste cases should get a life a job

mcuth
mcuth

Anyone else think that the game is a bit overrated? Maybe the reviews got my hopes too high, but so far it's not delivering the thrills that were promised.

DaSlyOne
DaSlyOne

Um, who didn't see this coming? It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that the "cockroaches" of society thrive in the dark. Personally, I wouldn't go to a midnight launch unless I was packing some heat. Since I can't do that, I'll just read about all those that rolled the dice and lost.

FatesMessenger
FatesMessenger

Gamespot probably has an artical on it because it's relevant to GTA4 and games in general, cause you know, this is a site for games and all. I could be wrong though, the idea that gamespot might talk about video games is a pretty whacky concept, don't you agree prime?

HYPERROY
HYPERROY

man this just 4 vieo game people need a life!!

optimusprime18
optimusprime18

Gamespot.com you are making Jack Thompson proud.

optimusprime18
optimusprime18

is this gamespot.com or FOX News? stop reporting this junk. by the way, during the same day how many people in the world were mugged for their cars? or robbed for their wallets? or had their houses broken into? this is headline grabbing sensationalist BS of the video game website variety.

lilhg
lilhg

lolz damn its just a game

JetBradley
JetBradley

Bottom line, GTA and Rap noise pollution have something in common. They both attract a low-life element. Parents are hugely to blame, when they were younger they couldn't keep it in their pants and a child was the result. The parent's then shirked parenting responsibility and as a result the child grew up to be a low-life hoodlum stabbing and attacking people over a stupid video game. Footnote to the cops reading this, when stores have midnight sales you may want to post a few officers around.

EdwardoMario16
EdwardoMario16

All of this over a VIDEO GAME that really isn't all that. Ridiculous. It's perhaps worth the money, but it's not worth the violence. Get a life you idiots and wait your turn. It's a freaking game.

blueraydude1
blueraydude1

well this kinda sucks that people are getting attacked and stuff dident this happen when the iphone came out and yes grand theft auto is the biggest launch in the world so far bigger than the ps3 bigger than the iphone and harry potter.

ResidentEman
ResidentEman

Yeah, this is ridiculous. I don't think this game promotes violence, but those people are screwed up.

killercuts3
killercuts3

Monkish, and girls are just 8008s and ass.

Gamerzone23
Gamerzone23

Oh, gezz. That is awful. That is why if I were out in the line I would have called a Taxi.

MonkishGamer
MonkishGamer

Once again, I personally just don't like the game, it's not my kind of game, I'd rather play Ratchet and Clank or Zelda any day. I think it's ridiculous some person sunk that low for a VIDEO GAME it's pixels and sound people. Anyway, it's sad and horrible that this happened. MonkishGamer out.

EdLazow
EdLazow

This is messed up. The people who did these crimes are pathetic losers. It's also really sad considering the fact that half the people in these lines could of just picked it up from other stores in the morning. I got mine from Walmart, which didn't have the "opening at midnight" deal, and there was tons of copies there. I'm not saying it's dumb or bad to wait in line, but it just sucks that these low life @$$holes have to ruin it for the rest of us.

Akatsuki398
Akatsuki398

Not only is Grand Theft Auto IV the most fastest selling game of all time,but the series is one of the most contreversial games.

Phaje
Phaje

Doesn't Britain have a problem with stabbings? Still, that's pretty eff'd up.

Richmaester6907
Richmaester6907

1 word to describe the people who couldnt buy the game that did 2 of those attacks SADACTS!

FatesMessenger
FatesMessenger

Maybe they're right though, maybe we do need to ban violent video games because they make people murder other people and incite violence. What the hell lets go wild, lets outlaw religion, thousands upon thousands of people are murdered in the name of god and religion so we should ban religion too. Also hot dog, we should ban those too, along with bacon because it's not nice to pigs. We also need to ban the use of cotton swabs because some kid who lives on the moon rammed one too far into his ear and is suing the leader of the bee hive cult because the door knob gave too much head to the ceiling fan. That last one might sound absurd but when you stop and look at the direction society is headed it doesn't seem all that crazy.

zeecorner
zeecorner

haha those dudes got jacked up

nrCooldude
nrCooldude

damn it! this is just bad publicity for games. now idiots like jack thompson are gonna take advantage of this and degrade the gaming industry. here's a message for you muggers - if you want the game for free, just download it. dont cause a ruckus for the whole industry

slyfox124
slyfox124

I have a feeling that Cola was joking. So, jsurfer, you have really made yourself look stupid.

SephirothSyZtem
SephirothSyZtem

its not the game that makes people do this, its the want for the game. The stabbing case though...That guy was just messed up. Why the hell would you stab a passerby? was he robbed?

okassar
okassar

LMAO,I'm not surprised.It's so funny that the game deemed most "bad" and is said to have caused murders(which i doubt though) gets people hurt on launch.I bet the guy that stabbed people did that just to be a funny in an evil way and make it seem like a coincidence.I really doubt there was a good reason behind stabbing random people.The kid who was beat up,ya,THAT was for the game,and i find it hilarious lol,u gotta know self defense.jk,but that is ironic,stabbing and shooting over GTAIV.

jsurfer200
jsurfer200

CokaColaKid, you rock! That truly is the problem in America. This game just proves it.

shalashaska994
shalashaska994

It's funny waht people will do just to play some video game...

E3BigC
E3BigC

Stuff like this happens on Black Friday all the time and it is usually for things that aren't video games. It's a testament to the stupidity of some people, not the effect these things have on us.

Nawras
Nawras

At least in the context of the game such crimes make sense. How's that for ill-mannered dark humor? I think high-profile games should hit the shelves "by surprise". You walk in the store and go like, OMG is this GTA IV?!?!

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

People stoop to pretty low levels just to play crap like this... Sad. Just pitiful.

FatesMessenger
FatesMessenger

This can pretty much be summed up by saying video games are an easy target to use to shift blame from the neglect of parents and to blame the acts of stupid people on, has been for years. I don't recall who it was at rockstar who said it but they were quoted saying "If grand theft auto was a movie or TV series, we wouldn't be having this conversation." Hammer. meet head of nail.

Chernnunos
Chernnunos

For the most part, its democratic candidates like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (and a small handful of liberal republicans) who want the gaming industry more regulated...and yet, I bet alot of you guys angry about the censorship issue will vote for them like blind sheep.

Shub-Niggurath
Shub-Niggurath

I think these acts of violence are not really related to GTA. We already know the stabbing wasn't. I think the violent in society gravitate to things like GTA and other portions of the entertainment industry they can use as an excuse. This way they can play the "I was a sweet, innocent person and then this [insert name of band, video game, movie, tv show etc.] warped my fragile little mind." It just gives them an excuse to do what they're doing already and then the narrow minded numbskulls in our society point the finger at video games and music and movies and totally forget that someone did something wrong just. Face it, idiots are going to use any kind of controversy to bolster their own self-righteous BS.

FatesMessenger
FatesMessenger

Why should government tell game developers what they can and can't put in a video game? Video games are a form of entertainment, the government doesn't regulate what can be put in movies, or whats on TV. And do not mention censorship in movies and TV as a rebuttle, censorship of entertainment media and banning entertainment media are two different things, of which some people in the government want to do the latter.

coochie_kuta
coochie_kuta

i think its sad folks are willing to sit outside stores at odd hours for these things and (case in point) dangerous. btw, the content of the game has nothing to do with these incidents for those of you suggesting that. its plain ridiculous. moms have fought each other over elmo dolls in the past, does that suggest elmo promotes violence? obviously not.

simardbrad
simardbrad

I don't think the actual game causes people to be more violent... because I know it doesn't affect me whatsoever. If it does effect people they should not be allowed to buy these games then. Don't you notice this bs about video games making people violent is only in the states?

Vuud
Vuud

Are we done scaring old people yet?