Lawsuit filed against Take Two
Recent events in Tennessee have prompted litigation against Grand Theft Auto publisher Take Two Interactive. According to police, two teens, ages 16 and 13, fired on motorists earlier this summer, fatally wounding many and killing one. The teens state they were emulating events they witnessed in the hit game Grand Theft Auto 3, which opened the door for a lawsuit against the game publisher. Plaintiff for the attorney Jack Thompson said, "The industry needs to cough up money so victims and their families can be compensated for their pain... The shareholders need to know what their games are doing to kids and their families. They need to stop pushing adult-rated products to kids. These products are deadly."
In response to the lawsuit, the Entertainment Software Association stated, "Parents are present at--and involved in--the purchase or rental of games 83 percent of the time, according to a September 2000 Federal Trade Commission report." The statement failed to take into account that the game in question is rated "M" for Mature, not intended for purchase or play by persons under the age of 17.
For more coverage on the incidents involved in this lawsuit, check out our previous news coverage here.
9/8/2003 Ryan Hartmann