60 years ago it was Rock 'n Roll made me do it!
30 years ago it was the weed made me do it!
20 years ago it was TV and the movies made me do it!
Today it's GTA made me do it!
With news stories such as the gardener that blames GTA for plants being destroyed in his garden (yeah must have missed that training mission), A "youth" (I use that term lightly) who wanted to see if it was easy to steal a cab in real life (he must have never stayed still long enough for the cabbies in the game to fight back because they do!) and thus killed the cab driver, and the kids that claimed GTA taught them to make molotov cocktails to torch cars (again a level I must have missed); it's no WONDER the game has become a scapegoat.
What really is disturbing to me though is that the media is ALLOWING these people to deflect the blame of their actions to this game. There is NO level in GTA that teaches you how to make molotov cocktails. Heck you can hardly aim those things in the game! You don't rip up plants in GTA, heck trees destroy your car if you hit them. AND CABBIES FIGHT BACK IN GTA4! Instead of standing up and saying no, no game MADE you do this, You knew right from wrong, and you chose to do this action. No one 'MADE' you. There was no person standing next to you with a gun to your head or knife to your throat saying do this or you die. We're saying oh, it's okay. You don't have to be responsible, we understand that there were outside influences that must have overridden your concious and general intelligence to make you behave like a mindless zombie! Have we as a society really coddled out children to the point where they know as long as they can blame something or someone else they wont be held responsible for their actions? It's manipulation pure and simple.
Saying that a game made you do something is complete rubbish. I'm ashamed to say I live in a society where we wont hold people responsible for their actions. Accepting an excuse of any sort for these actions is detrimental to our society AND to this generation. People need to be held responsible for their actions and not be allowed to skitter free because they have some convient excuse. And if our society is REALLY this manipulable........ My dog is dieing because GTA made him have cancer and I need 8 million dollars.
And some people just need a reality check. Video games do not equal maliciousness. Srsly, pulling up plants because of GTA? Apparently SOMEONE didn't get the memo that you PLANT grass and not smoke it........