Take-Two says blaming games for violence "sidesteps the real issues"

After Louisiana sheriff's department says Grand Theft Auto IV may have played role in recent shooting, publisher speaks out.

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Grand Theft Auto parent publisher Take-Two Interactive spoken out to defend games after a Louisiana sheriff's department said Grand Theft Auto may have played a role in a recent killing.

"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," Take-Two said in a statement to CNN.

The statement came in response to the ongoing investigation into the death of an 87-year-old Louisiana woman, who was shot and killed by an 8-year old, according to authorities.

The sheriff's department has not named a motive for the attack, but suggested that the boy's virtual actions inside Grand Theft Auto IV may have poured over in the real world.

"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 department said.

The boy will not face charges, because under Louisiana law, a child under 10 is exempt from criminal responsibility, according to CNN.

In January, president Barack Obama ordered more research to be done to investigate the relationship between video games and real-world violence.

Discussion

1117 comments
Scatterlogical
Scatterlogical

Guns are tools, designed solely for killing. People who wield guns are the conscious beings that make the decision to take a life. Why would you want to even own a gun if you have no intention of ever taking a life? I don't accept the American principle of the right to own guns - it's tantamount to the right to take life.

On the other hand, video games - as gamers we can all agree - are entertainment and art, art being known as that which imitates life. Violence came before guns, guns made violence worse, games (and other forms of entertainment) simply represent that.

ymarkman
ymarkman

Whatever people. Violence-mainly killing-has been happening since the dawn of time. Nothing has changed. Nothing if different. Maybe more killing, maybe less, but killing is killing. Guns, clubs, hammers, nails, video games, gasoline, toothpicks, tree branches, rocks... they are all things that are not alive nor do they kill. It is the human wielding them that kills, who has been killing other living things since the dawn of time. Get used to it already. A fu**ing bear kills a deer, nobody gives a bucket of warm sh**. An 8-year-old kills a granny, everybody freaks out. What's the difference? There is no difference. Killing is killing. We humans have just found over 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 ways and reasons to do so, whereas the bear kills to protect or nourish itself.

Anyhoo, who wants Krispy Kreme?  

deon99
deon99

why did anyone buy an 8 year old his own ps3?Let alone GTA IV?Even though i doubt this is what made him kill the 87 year old lady,the media is probably gonna run with this.

Sheltro
Sheltro

Man I'm sick and tired of hearing that they are blaming video games for violence. Video games don't kill people, GUNS do!!!!!

Vendetta162
Vendetta162

"'...and awards points to players for killing people...,' the department said."
I don't recall a point system in GTA IV where you were awarded points from killing [innocent] people (other than through the online play.)

Atombomb1981
Atombomb1981

Lack or Improper Education has nothing to do with violence! It's those damned violent video-games children are playing.Yeah, let's censor and/or ban them to protect our children. Also, no nudity please, we don't want another Hot Cofee scandal.

Impetus94
Impetus94

Video games cause violence? Really? Please, let me know what video game people have been playing for the past 5,000 years. Video games are marketed for the average 35 year old with a stable job, not kids.

coolkid93
coolkid93

"The boy will not face charges, because under Louisiana law, a child under 10 is exempt from criminal responsibility, according to CNN." Wait, what? If you are going to be buying those types of games for a child around that age, you should explain stuff to them (such as what's right, what's wrong, etc) and of course stating that they shouldn't do the things that they see in the game. And if they can't grasp it, don't buy it for them. 

In some situations, you can either blame the parent, child, or both. For this one... mmmm if the child knew better but did it anyways even after their parents explained to them about the difference between a video game and the real world, the child. If the parents didn't say anything and the child REALLY didn't know any better, parents.

I am sick and tired of these idiotic people blaming violence and crap on video games every time someone or a child (especially a child) does something. Man talk about excuses. "He killed someone. Ooh ooh lets make up an excuse to try to make people think he has a mental problem or something encouraged him to do what he did!"

idpokehim
idpokehim

What the hell is an 8yr old doing playing GTA at all? I was at a Gamestop the other day and witnessed a mother buy Deadpool for her son, who couldn't have been more than 12. The clerk even told her the game wasn't really suitable for kids and she didn't even care.

jameson425
jameson425

I blamed it on and Marilyn and heroin...

Cairanmac1
Cairanmac1

so its GTAs fault because and 8 year old played an 18? parental responsibility?

Hurvl
Hurvl

"a child under 10 is exempt from criminal responsibility" Yeah, the *child* isn't held responsible, but the adults in its vicinity aren't exempt from responsibility. I mean, how and why would an 8-year-old shoot someone? If he's mentally messed up, his parents should have looked after him better. If they let him play GTA IV, they should have told him the difference between the video game world and the real world. This just reeks of neglectful behaviour towards that boy.

WICGuardian
WICGuardian

Look America's starting another war it's video games fault!

netter99
netter99

I thought GTA was for people 18 and older. Hell nobody follows those rules but they still hold up in Court

netter99
netter99

This 8 year old is The Bad Seed!

bikskit
bikskit

Stopped reading at "Louisiana sheriff"

vivalatour
vivalatour

grandama duz nut hav much life ins. lets caw won of doze 800 layers numbers and get a lot of muney from dat  R* affer telling the AU-THOOOR-IIIIT-YS dat it wuz the game yepper it was dat dar dang game dat did it ... californee iz dah plac we outs to be ...

Dresden05
Dresden05

I was playing GTA4 just 64800 minutes ago so it may be the reason for any violent action I do 

Gaming made me do it !!!

StockpileThomas
StockpileThomas

Forget GTA, why the fuck does an 8 yr old have access to a gun?

The weird thing is the gaming industry will get more blame than gun laws, what the fuck sort of crazy world do we live in? In the US you treat guns like mobile phones, everyone has to have one, why? To protect yourself from other people with guns, you have one vicious dumbass loop going on there. It's not rocket science, but somehow a whole country of people can't quite grasp the simple logic behind this, fuck me!

Other countries have GTA, but for some reason they have much less 8 yr olds shooting their grannies and kids shooting up schools, i wonder why? What's the missing element here?

Rampagerabbit
Rampagerabbit

Why do they blame it on the games and not what was in the home at the time of the killing? The boy plays GTA IV which is 18+ game, so the parents shouldn't had let him play this to begin with, or they should have supervised him during the time on the PS3. If so they could have avoided that the kid left the PS3 went to pickup the gun and shoot the 87th old women.

Now it seems like the parents was not present, and just left the kid playing a 18+ game with a loaded gun in the house which the 8th old boy knew exactly where was. Why was the gun not unloaded, and why did the kid have so easy access to the gun? Why are the police not investigating this is stead of blaming the game for the boys action regardless if he had just played the game before hand?!

lacee148
lacee148

One question... why the hell anyone let a 8 year old boy play GTA, Call of duty or God of war? Is everyone confused about the term "video GAME"?? No one let they're child watch Saw 1,2,3... or Evil dead. Then why the hell blame video games??


kozakon
kozakon

if they are actually planing to go with "it's the games fault", than these parents are not just irresponsible their stupid. And i believe that what they did is also known as reckless endangerment which means they cloud be put on trail and maybe even jailed.

jasonak
jasonak

Imagine two different scenarios:  1) An 8-year-old child has access to a PS3 with violent video games but no loaded firearm; and 2) An 8-year-old has access to a loaded firearm but no PS3.  Which scenario would have been more likely to end in this poor woman's death?

GollumDoesDrugs
GollumDoesDrugs

I think violent video games do not encourage violent actions. Violent video games are the results of a violent society, not the other way around. Mankind has been killing one another since the dawn of time.. Although violent video games do not create psychos it could make them more creative

Divedude
Divedude

Lets blame the gun, lets blame games, lets blame anyone but the person who does these things.  The game made me do it,  my ass.  The person would have pulled the trigger no matter a game or buddy or who ever was there influence. 

residentgunnerx
residentgunnerx

the parents are retarted...omg  GTA VI is rated 18+ and where did they left a loaded  gun?on a plate in the kitchen...?this is just unbielivable...:x

Cashmoney007
Cashmoney007

People that actually blame video games for shooting and other things are the same morons that need to make excuses to hide the real problems.  Certain politicians will just eat this stuff up because it is easier for them to find any other excuse out there.  This country has pretty much become the USA of Victims.  A lot of people would rather not take responsibility for their own actions.  

corteztheg
corteztheg

so many things points to bad parenting

1. who leaves an 8 years old to be babysitted by an 80 year old

2. who buys an M rated game for their kids

3. who leaves a loaded gun unlocked and not hidden away for their kids to find

TheGunney
TheGunney

@Sheltro People kill people!!!  Guns are inanimate objects just like video games so get off that band wagon come back to reality we have cookies.

valknight
valknight

@StockpileThomas The problem with gun laws is that the people who really really want access to guns don't usually get them legally..

Holy-Rapture
Holy-Rapture

@lacee148 Ive watched and played all those and worse as a kid haha, but im not violent in any way

Bahamut50
Bahamut50

@lacee148 Yeah, if they let kids watch those things, i'm pretty sure we'd have much worse on our hands.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@kozakon I don't want to sound arrogant, but this case is so frickin' obvious I'm getting really pissed off about some reporter, sheriff and/or other person even considering bringing up video games.

8-year-old with M-rated game = bad, but 8-year-old with a loaded gun in his hands and no goddamn sense to leave it alone = much worse. What's funny is that both of those things can be blamed on the parents, but noooooo, let's the blame the game itself.

Broodwin
Broodwin

Bang on the money with that statement.

vivalatour
vivalatour

Just look where they're from , STUPID IS WHAT STUPID DOES ! CASE CLOSED !

StockpileThomas
StockpileThomas

@valknight @StockpileThomas You gotta start somewhere, we banned firearms in the UK and that made illegal firearms easier to control, but doing that in the US now would probably cause an uproar and Obama would have to buy himself a bulletproof all-in-one and you have the problem of the size of the place, nutters that would rather die that let go of their gun, the NSA being so influential and many of them gov officials (firearms make them money on the sly, prob illegal ones too), only way is for the people to make a stand, but sadly a great deal of them moronically support guns for some reason. Yeah you're fucked, gonna have accept all the horrific murder that comes with them sadly.

lacee148
lacee148

@Holy-Rapture @lacee148 me too... I was playing Manhunt when I was like 13... hehe. BUT I will not let my (unborn) child to do the same. He or she will have a plenty of time to enjoy these kind of games in his/her 16-17.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Holy-Rapture @lacee148 You're not fucked up in the head? What's your excuse, because you know, with all them violent media, you really *should* be messed up by now. What's wrong with you!!!!???

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

@spawnholio

LOL!!....Apparently not everybody is familiar with the Roman Numerals of the world, hahaha!

TheGunney
TheGunney

@StockpileThomas @valknight Yeah and what happened after you banned guns oh yeah that's right violent crime went up  including people getting beat to death in thier own homes and when someone tries to defend themselfs the get charged for assault so now criminals have more rights the you the law abiding citizen.