The Grand Theft Auto series pisses people off, you say? Well, imagine that. The latest in the line of the mortally offended is the head of a Malaysian consumer rights organization, who has called for a ban of GTA and otherly similarly violent games. This movement comes shortly after the murder of a Bangkok cabbie, which was swiftly linked to the fact that the nineteen year old who committed the crime was a GTA player.
Mohamed Idris, president of the Consumers Association of Penang, shared commentary in the Star Online:
I don't overreact to seeing games blamed, partially because I am used to it and partially because I can understand the desire to stop violence. However, focusing the hatred on games alone hardly seems fair -- when have kids not imitated what they saw on television, in films or in games? You can't wipe every provocative source of entertainment available off the face of the planet, as much as some people would like to.
Gamer pride aside, do you feel there's any reason for a move like this?
[Via Gamepolitics -- Thanks, Joe]
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