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.

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.

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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!!!!!

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.

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!