Take-Two Responds To Another Implied GTA-Inspired Crime
By now, one would assume that Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two Interactive is used to replying to such incidents.
The company opted to come forward after a Louisiana sheriff's department mentioned that GTAIV may have played a role in the shooting death of an 87-year-old woman. As reported by CNN, the woman was shot and killed by an 8-year-old boy, and authorities have suggested that the boy's interaction with GTAIV may have been an influence. Here's Take-Two's response to the situation:
"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."
Well, duh. But that doesn't make for a good headline, now does it? And of course, nobody bothered to ask the other question, which may be relevant: What exactly was an 8-year-old doing with GTAIV in the first place? Gee, last I checked, the video game industry took strides to protect that child by placing a certain rating on the box. That rating, which is "M" for "Mature," means the game probably isn't suitable for anyone under the age of 17.
The kid's 8 and he was playing GTAIV, the one that comes with this big ol' rating and warning label? Yep, our bad. Not the parent or guardian. No, of course not. ...man, are we stupid.
8/26/2013 11:43:10 AM Ben Dutka