Police seize violent games in shooting investigation

Acting on advice of Jack Thompson, sheriff's deputies search home of suspected Louisiana killer and confiscate M-rated games.

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Last week, sheriff's deputies conducting an investigation into the murder of a 55-year-old Louisiana man seized a number of games rated M for Mature from the home of a 16-year-old suspect, according to a report in the Baton Rouge paper The Advocate. The action was taken at the suggestion of controversial Florida attorney Jack Thompson.

Thompson told The Advocate that he suggested the sheriffs look for violent games in the youth's house because he felt the killings mirrored a scenario from Grand Theft Auto. The original reports indicated that the victim was beaten to death and shot in the face by the 16-year-old and a 17-year-old accomplice.

"Nobody shoots anybody in the face unless you're a hit man or a video gamer," Thompson told the paper.

While the police did seize the games, it's unclear exactly what role they will play in the investigation. West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Captain Spence Dilworth told the paper, "I think it goes beyond video games, but who's to say?"

Discussion

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Gamester210
Gamester210

I hope mr thompson knows that he is defacing a large amount of the female community aswell. And we females are very good at spreading gossip. Soon enough every female will know that jack thompson is a complete idiot. So in conclusion he can totally forget any chance of getting laid every again. Not that he knows what getting laid means, infact hes probably never seen a woman before, what he has seen of them is ofcourse in GTA games that he confiscated so he can play them.

cheeseman777
cheeseman777

omg someone was shot in the face OF COURSE HE PLAYS VIDEOGAMES. i mean wtf people are shot in the face all the time asif playing video-games has anything to do woth it (although maybe he's a hitman...)

lan1234510
lan1234510

lemme get this straight, some crazy-ass retards take guns in arms, and try to reenact games... so, WE have to take the blame?! this is crap! I think that since Thompson stood up for the violence, there have been more crimes against it! wow, those ppl are retarded.

datniccah187
datniccah187

you dont like the games, don't play the games. Don't go ruing gaming for everyone just because of some losers. Like seriously get a life.

taino1128
taino1128

i think it is so stupid when people blame video games for their actions.

XJumboX
XJumboX

Thats another person imma add to my hit list............. Baton Rouge thats a easy name to remember ( + ) BAANG !!!!!!!!!!!!!! HA HA HA HA HA

XJumboX
XJumboX

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cocomacoco
cocomacoco

this Thompson guy should get a life, yeah this people might be copying video games, but that's because they are crazy enough to do it, video games will not affect normal and sane people.

verdugoRE4
verdugoRE4

Games don't make people kill people, stupid people kill people and then blames game for killing person for murder and makes hilariously stupid comment about death. Lets see you say that five times fast Thompson.

orange-thing
orange-thing

This guys a dumbass if you want to kill some one and you are a good shot you're probably gonna go for the face.

Dessan89
Dessan89

OMG! jack tompson is such a piece of $hi+ doesnt he realize that NOBODY agrees with him on this subject, except maybe his sister, with whom he probably sleeps with?????!!!!!!

BYS2
BYS2

oh man this is jokes..slow day at the office jack?

hart704
hart704

I have tons of M rated games. Come and arrest me too! Come on! I'm beggin' ya, Thompson! Make me famous!

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

i bet the kid prolly jumped on the guys head at some point too....that dammed mario is nothing more than an instuction guide on how to eliminate your enemys,

stillplaygbc
stillplaygbc

"Nobody shoots anybody in the face unless you're a hit man or a video gamer," Oh god that made me laugh. So now some little fat kid with a Wii will try and fly like in SMG over a cliff screaming "here we go" and the new phrase will be, "Nobody tries to fly unless you're a Psycho or a video gamer,"

brrrrrrr77
brrrrrrr77

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GeneralBean
GeneralBean

"[Jack] felt the killings mirrored a scenario from Grand Theft Auto" This implies that he has, in fact, played GTA himself-- otherwise how could he have witnessed any such scenario? Given that information, I think Jack Thompson should turn himself into the authorities before Rockstar's inexorable poison finds its way into his cerebellum and drives him on a killing spree.

GeneralBean
GeneralBean

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GeneralBean
GeneralBean

"I think it goes beyond video games, but who's to say?" I get the feeling this translates as "I think Jack is full of it, but don't listen to me, I'm just a cop who spends his life tracking REAL criminals." Not like the police would know anything about criminal psychology, right?

GeneralBean
GeneralBean

"Nobody shoots anybody in the face unless you're a hit man or a video gamer" For one, isn't equating a contract killer to a person who enjoys video games just a teensy bit... Ridiculous? That's like saying "No one plots murders except psychopaths and mystery novelists" Note he doesn't even specify "violent video games": Evidently Mariokart is making killers of us all. Second point: Shooting someone in the face in a video game is rather rare, as it is somewhat difficult. This exact behavior, however, has been modeled in mob movies for nearly a hundred years, thus producing the term "mob execution-style".

bwing55543
bwing55543

How typical. I just know the two kids will say it was the fault of games they played so they can shirk the responsibility.

gameerkid
gameerkid

i wish that no game was rated "M" or "AO"!

Da_Bacon_master
Da_Bacon_master

Ive played Hitman Manhunt GTA and all other Games that are "Bad" but have i killed anyone No why? Coz games dont make me kill people i know why the cops sooking about this becuse in most games the COPS ALLWAYS DIE THATS GOTTA B DA RESON lol

66550
66550

"Nobody shoots anybody in the face unless you're a hit man or a video gamer" I've been playing games since I was 7, and I don't know about you, but I haven't shot anyone in the face.

kridic
kridic

Video Games dont kill people or promote violence to reality its just that stupid people do all of that so dont blame the game. Video games are not the result of a stupid person the result of a stupid person is that person himself. If they have a problem with violent video games dont blame the game or the kid blame the dumb ass parents.

SSJ3Kirby500
SSJ3Kirby500

"Nobody shoots anybody in the face unless you're a hitman or a video gamer" - This quote is even funnier if you read it at 2:30 in the morning. btw, methinks hitmen know better and less messy ways to kill people than shootin' em in the face, y'know?

vegedus
vegedus

This looked like something from GTA because he was "beaten to death and shot in the face"? Somehow, I believe killers are creative enough to think of ways to kill people without games. Oh, and has it ever occured to those idiots that violent people are playing violent games, because they are violent and are not violent because they are playing the games. If I were a homicidial psycho, sure, I would be playing GTA because it's a bit less dangerous than killing real people. But that doesn't mean anyone owning a GTA game is a homicidial psycho, does it? Jack should really go back to high school and learn some math and the art of which conclusions you can make out of which facts.

bringon22
bringon22

i dont kno how many video gamers there are out there, but all of us honestly need to go and kill this guy, and all the other damn politicans

Shadow_of_Zar
Shadow_of_Zar

i say we all get together, and file a mass action court lawsuit, for discrimination, sterotyping and deflamation of character ~Zar

rolltide2363
rolltide2363

This is what America has become, a lets blame everyone and everything else society except for the degenerates who commit these acts. People like Thompson are nothing but a burden on America, always looking for an opportunity to push their own agenda. Try placing the blame where it belongs, on the actual people who do these sort of things.

thumbnails
thumbnails

Did they also find Marilyn Manson cds? Honestly you can't blame poor parenting and a bad occurance on video games... or any type of mass media for that matter! The fact of the matter is the kid was sixteen and yes it's horrible but just like collumbine you can't blame the games if you don't know the kids story.

zackstra
zackstra

this is so stupid. I truly believe this guy is like Al Gore looking to put his name out there I am Super Serial.

Snuffy_Mccrack
Snuffy_Mccrack

Yes, Thompson MUST be right! Because, as we all know the WAS no crime before GTA. Darn you RockStar! You ruined the perfect society! Seriously though, GTA didn't ruin anything. I bet if they went back the history of shootings. There we people who shot others in the face for no **** reason. No Video Game reference what-so-ever, because *gasp* video games didn't exist back then.

LexLas
LexLas

This is pure coincidence. We can continue to go far beyond and find many relative facts about life in videogames because most are based on real life happenings. This is one of the reasons we play videogames because we can do things that we can't really do in real life, like racing a fast mustang through the city ???

Spartan_7008
Spartan_7008

That really was just sad... A boy had killed another man, that man's life is over and the boy's life is most likely over to. The fact that Jack Thompson would take an event like that and link it to his own propaganda is just... I'm not sure what the word is to express the way I feel about that. Does Jack really believe what he is doing is right?

Spartan_7008
Spartan_7008

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twilightsoulkey
twilightsoulkey

This is ridiculous. Yes violent video games can cause violent behavior, but only to those who are stupid enough to act on those impulses. I'm 15, i play GTA, YES I AM BELOW 17 YEARS OLD. But so what? I play the game because of the freedom and storyline, something i can't do in any other game. There are certain butt-wads that don't understand when to draw the line between reality and video games. You shouldn't shoot someone in the face because a video game does. You shouldn't be playing games like that if you're so mentally sick that you feel the need to shoot someone in the game. For God's sake it's a GAME!!!! For crying out loud. People don't listen when their teachers tell them to do their homework, but they listen to a non-existant character that loves to shoot people in the fictional world of Vice City? If there was a way to keep retards from playing the GTA series, go for it, but for now they just have a stupid age-limitation that really only ENCOURAGES people under 18, to go buy the game or what-not. I visit my bro-in-law's house to play it all the time, in 2 years, i'm buying the game =/ Listen to the logic: Instead of blaming the killer, ya'll sue Rockstar games for GTA. W-T-F Yes..blame the game...that did absolutely NOTHING, instead of blaming the retard that shot a guy in the face. Violent video games can cause violent behavior, we know that, but only to people who don't have the brains to draw the line between fiction, and reality

R3V3RS3D
R3V3RS3D

I just want to call this guy an idiot again. So ... Jack Thompson, you're an idiot and an insult to humanity. Please do the world a favor and jump off a building so we don't have to be embarrased anymore. P.S. it made me feel better to read about him on Wikipedia.org. Check out his quotation page - it's ridiculously hilarious.

solidsnakeo
solidsnakeo

Nobody shoots anybody in the face unless you're a hit man or a video gamer," Thompson told the paper. i want to shoot you in the face thompson and ive never even played san andreas wow

ff7cloudking
ff7cloudking

...also The guy got shot in the face. People don't shoot people in the face BECAUSE of video games. They shoot them in the face if they're murdering the person and they feel like shooting them in the face. Thompson sucks

ff7cloudking
ff7cloudking

......f'n jackass. I hope tompson goes to hell. I really wish swearing was allowed on GS. If so........how I feel could REALLY be reviled.

Spartan_FX
Spartan_FX

Rofl whats next, blame space invaders for car road rages with lazer guns? This guy is a total #### why?, the goverment in the UK nearly banned Video Games, If you reading this Tripson get a f##king life you know video games are not the cause of deaths, there has been deaths way before grand theft auto went 3D, so what do you say to that???, looks like you got Pwndizzled, id laugh when you kid kills someone and you say it wasnt because of a violent video game XD what a joke, your just a total n#bjockey, now go and play some spongebob as thats rated E for Everyone, as M games might make you kill people and take over the world. GET A LIFE F##CKER

PyscoJuggalo
PyscoJuggalo

""Nobody shoots anybody in the face unless you're a hit man or a video gamer," Thompson told the paper. " What is he a criminologist as well? What does he base his conclusions on, where is his evidence? In other words, he is full of crap and a lair.

mnienkerk
mnienkerk

I wonder how many murderers have bibles in thier houses?

Hameyadea
Hameyadea

it is rockstar's fault..... that in GTA:SA have many bugs but "Nobody shoots anybody in the face unless you're a hit man or a video gamer" Jacky-boy how about: gangs, cults, psychos, murders, mass murders, mail workers, supermarket workers, Dick Chaney... should i continue?

Hameyadea
Hameyadea

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jasponge
jasponge

Oh, SURE. Because it's all Rockstar's fault, eh? I don't think so! So what if the kid had M-rated games? Come on, really! We all have them.