Gran Turismo On UK Paper's "Killer" List
Well, no game is safe now. We understand the uproar over games like Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt, but Gran Turismo? ...seriously?
UK newspaper The Times has officially added the popular racing franchise to its very short list of "killer games." The list is exactly what it sounds like, as these titles are (apparently) supposed to elicit murderous intentions in those who play the game. But how did GT get on this mostly ridiculous list? Well, two young racers let their reckless driving get out of hand, and ended up killing a 79-year-old woman in a fatal car crash. Both boys were cleared of "causing death by dangerous driving," and were only forced to pay a couple relatively small fines (£1,000 and £750), along with points deducted from their licenses.
As it turns out, one of the guys had been playing a Gran Turismo game on an in-car LCD monitor (while parked, of course) just before the crash. Therefore, the court decided to believe it was the game's fault for causing the young man to embark on a dangerous racing spree. The Times snapped up the story and immediately placed the game on this "killer list."
Now, we think the punishment should've been stiffer, but are we really calling a racing game a potential "killer?" What's next? A farming simulation is going to come out one day, and some nutjob is going to get heat stroke while trying to emulate the proper crop-gathering technique. Guess that's another "killer," too.
2/16/2007 Ben Dutka