Let’s go over this again: Grand Theft Auto is NOT for kids

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I Sold Too Many Copies of GTA V To Parents Who Didn’t Give a Damn:

The article I linked to was written by a video game store employee and how he sold too many copies of Grand Theft Auto V to a bunch of clueless parents whose kids are too young for the game. If you’re unfamiliar with the GTA series in each incarnation of the game you play a criminal and you are required to do some pretty violent things in order for the game to progress. Here’s the thing, despite what some critics may try to tell you the GTA series was never intended for children.

This is a pet peeve of mine because I’ve been a gamer since the introduction of the Atari 2600. I had the first generation Sears model. So I’ve been gaming longer than some of these ‘parents’ have been alive. I know that all video games that are released to the public today, and for a decade and a half now, all have ratings on them just like movies.

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All of the Grand Theft Auto games are rated M for mature. That means that the game is not recommended for anyone under 17. While I don’t believe that video games cause violence per se if a kid was exposed to this game at too young an age it could have detrimental psychological effects on the child. For example, there was this kid I knew growing up who got into his dad’s porn stash. Back in those days, it was Playboy and Penthouse magazines, tame by today’s standards. However young children believe just about everything they see or hear. This kid ended up believing all the things he saw and read in these magazines as real, especially the ‘Dear Penthouse’ sections. When we were in middle school he told me how disappointed he was when we were selling magazines for school that we weren’t invited into this one house that had several attractive young women in it.

My point is that if a too young child is exposed to this game they may end up thinking that the ultraviolence in GTA is not only acceptable but encouraged in society and by the time he grows out of it, it may be too late.

More on Devin Moore’s appeal

MooreÂ?s appeal keys on racial makeup of jury:

Like I predicted, not that it was that hard of a prediction, Devin Moore’s attorneys are not only using the GTA defense but they’re also playing the race card.

Moore was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in the June 7, 2003, shootings of officers Arnold Strickland and James Crump and 9-11 dispatcher Leslie Â?Ace” Mealer at the Fayette Police Department.

Angela L. Setzer, his appellate lawyer from the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama, told Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals judges that Moore didnÂ?t get a fair trial because the judge had disallowed expert testimony and the prosecutor improperly removed black jurors. She also charges that Fayette County District Attorney Chris McCool inflamed the all-white jury by comparing the crime to FayetteÂ?s own Â?9-11″ terrorist attack.

Moore, 22, is black and his victims were white.

He had just turned 18 and was about to be fingerprinted for car-theft charges when he grabbed StricklandÂ?s .40-caliber automatic pistol and shot his three victims before escaping. Moore also tried to shoot out the glass on the police station door so he could re-enter to retrieve his brand-new, $85 K-Swiss sneakers.

Let me enlighten some people. This was never about race. This was about Devin Moore’s car stealing then subsequent murder of two cops and a dispatcher.

Would an all black jury bring those people back to life or go back in time and stop Moore from killing anybody? No. Then this appeal has no legs.

Moore is a cop killer and he deserves to die.

Link via GamePolitics.

GTA Killer appeals conviction

Appeals court to hear Moore case:

Devin Moore, aka the GTA Killer, is appealing his conviction in the murders of two Alabama police officers and a dispatcher. When he was arrested Moore said Â?Life is a video game. Everybody has to die sometime.”

Of course during his trial The One Who Shall Not Be Named got involved and claimed that Moore’s violence was caused by the infamous Grand Theft Auto video game. The Nameless One went as far as to file lawsuits against the game manufacturer and the game retailer.

The video game defense wasn’t even allowed into Moore’s trial. Moore was convicted and sentenced to death.

Now Moore and his attorneys are appealing his conviction using the video game argument again…

Moore, now 22, claimed the video game Â?Grand Theft Auto” and childhood abuse influenced his decision-making. His theory was rejected and the video game defense was disallowed during trial. He was convicted on Aug. 9, 2005, and later sentenced to death.

MooreÂ?s attorney, James Standridge, had said that his client suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Standridge argued that when Moore was in a Â?dissociative state” he automatically reverted to scripted behavior influenced by his repetitive video game exposure and childhood abuse.

If the video game defense wasn’t even allowed into the trial what makes them think it will work in the appeal. If this actually works then there is no justice anymore.

Link via Game Politics.

The king is dead, long live the king

Tenn. Killer Played GTA:

I knew this was going to happen. I think we all did. Our favorite Miami ambulance chaser Jack Thompson has reared his ugly asshatted head and has come out and said that he will “swear under oath” that Ken Bartley played GTA. Bartley is 15. It’s almost like shooting fish in a barrel to say the kid played GTA…

The revelation is considered significant by Thompson because initial accounts of the shooting show that the teen did not go to school with the intent to kill, and it appears that an event triggered the teenager into committing homicide, which was programmed into the brain via rehearsal in Grand Theft Auto. Here’s what the press release stated:

…as it appears, based upon initial accounts of the shooting, that the 15-year-old boy did not go to school with the intent to kill. As has happened in other instances, as in the triple homicide in Fayette, Alabama, by an 18-year-old obsessive player of the cop-killing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, a highly-charged emotional event can serve as a trigger for such a shooting. These killing games allow an individual, unwittingly, to rehearse for homicide. When pushed by fear, the game’s rehearsal function becomes the young brain’s “default setting.”

Jack Thompson has ascended to ranks of assclownery of the likes that have only previously been obtained by Michael Moore. And Mr. Thompson reaches it in the same way by being a morbid opportunist using as many tragedies as possible to further his viewpoint.

Back to the point at hand. I’m sure it was GTA that made Ken Bartley kill. I’m sure it had nothing to do with a substance abuse problem.

Congratulations Jack, you have usurped Michael Moore’s throne and are now King of All Assclowns. Hail to the king.

Devin Moore Sentenced to Death

Man Gets Death for Killing Three in Ala.:

Devin Moore, the 18-year-old who was convicted for killing two police officers and a dispatcher, was sentenced to death. If you remember Moore’s attorneys tried blaming his actions on Grand Theft Auto. But the defense attorneys are already looking to appeal on the grounds that the video game “evidence” was excluded and the fact that the jury was all white while Moore is black. 🙄 An all plaid jury would have convicted him. He killed three cops. He deserves to die.

Take that Jack Thompson.

Death Recommended for Devin Moore

Jury recommends death for Alabama man convicted in cop killings:

The death sentence has been recommended by an Alabama jury for Devin Moore, the so-called “GTA Killer” who killed two officers and a radio dispatcher at the Fayette police station in June 2003. For those of you who may not remember defense attorneys tried blaming Moore’s obsessive playing of the video game Grand Theft Auto on the killings. Luckily he was convicted of the killings. The final decision on sentencing is up to the judge and is scheduled for September 30th. Hopefully, Alabama will live up to its reputation and execute this piece of human filth. And what do you know, Alabama still has the electric chair.

Cop Killer Convicted

Video Game Player Guilty in Ala. Slaying:

I originally told you about this story back in February about Devin Moore. He’s the 18-year-old kid who shot and killed three police officers and when he was arrested he said: “Life is a video game; everybody has to die sometime.” Of course, the games in question were GTA games. Which in turn prompted a lawsuit against Rockstar Games by Moore’s family prompted by everyone’s favorite assclown Jack Thompson.

Anyway, Devin Moore was convicted of capital murder. That means he’s eligible for the death penalty. In Alabama, that’s a very likely possibility.

Tip to CB.

GTA: Grand Theft Assclown V

Anti-Game Lawyer Labels ESA President a “Thug”:

I should have known that after Hillary Clinton’s rant about GTA that it would only be a matter of time before everyone’s favorite ambulance chaser from Florida, Jack Thompson, would be shooting his mouth off. Pun intended. Now he’s written an open letter to anyone who will listen I guess. Here are some excerpts…

Thompson begins his letter by once again blaming the “violent video game industry” for the terrible Columbine tragedy.

Still? Way to open up strong Jack proving right off the bat just how much of an assclown you are.

…he then praises Clinton, saying, “Millions of American parents should be thankful to the Senator for striking back against what can be fairly called ‘Grand Theft Innocence’ at the expense of our children by only some within your industry.”

GTA is not intended for children. Never has been, never will be. Again if kids are playing this game it’s because their parents let them. What part of this equation doesn’t he get?

Thompson, who stresses his pride as a lifelong Republican, believes, “The Republican Party would do well to wake up and realize that Senator Clinton is about the work that needs to be done. Today is a mere extension of her years of commitment. This is not politics. This is leadership.”

He then states his distaste for our current Republican President, George W. Bush, who he says “has consistently turned away from parents who have asked him to speak out against the entertainment industry’s assault on our children.” But Thompson saves his true vitriol for Doug Lowenstein and the ESA.

The fact that Thompson considers himself a Republican sickens me. But good for President Bush for not giving in to the hysterics that people like Thompson and his ilk are fond of displaying.

And he says that video games are not protected by the first amendment…

Thompson also calls into question the ESA’s claim that video games are protected as free speech. “I have never, in my eighteen years of public interest law practice against the excesses of the entertainment industry, run into an individual more devoid of even an elementary understanding of the meaning and scope of the First Amendment. Even Howard Stern’s lawyers look like Alexander Hamilton compared to Lowenstein,” he says. “Doug Lowenstein embarrasses each and every one of you when he holds forth about what the ‘Founders’ intended when they drafted the Bill of Rights. For Doug, the Founders are GTA’s Tommy Vercetti and Carl Johnson. Doug never met a pixilated prostitute he didn’t like, and I’m sure James Madison would be impressed.”

How did this guy ever get a law license? Come on Jack be honest with the people. You don’t really care about “the children” do you? You’re probably more concerned about scoring a big payday against the entertainment industry and making a name for yourself. And if it’s at the sake of personal responsibility so be it.

Jack Thompson, it is you that is wrong with our country today. Not video games.

GTA: Grand Tw*t Auto

Clinton wants inquiry into Grand Theft sex:

When you see the words Clinton and sex in the same headline it’s hard not to assume it’s Bill. But alas it is Hillary who has her jock in a wad over the “Hot Coffee” mod of the PC version of GTA: San Andreas. Basically what the mod does is that it lets the main character participate in a graphic depiction of simulated sex acts.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling on federal regulators to investigate the latest version of Grand Theft Auto, a popular video game series that allows players to go on simulated crime sprees.
In a letter she is sending Thursday to the Federal Trade Commission, the New York Democrat expresses concern over reports that anyone who uses a free code downloaded over the Internet can unlock sexually graphic images hidden inside the game, called “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.”

Clinton asked the commission to determine “the source of this content,” especially since the game can fall into the hands of young people. The game industry’s self-policing unit, the Entertainment Software Rating Board, is investigating whether the maker of the game violated the industry rule requiring “full disclosure of pertinent content.”

Clinton also asked the commission to look into whether the industry erred in giving the game a rating of M, or mature, for players 17 years and older. National electronics store chains sell M-rated games but tend to avoid adult-only titles.

She asked the commission to determine whether retailers were adequately enforcing the ratings. Citing statistics released by the National Institute on Media and the Family, she said that 50 percent of boys between 7 and 14 were able to buy M-rated video games.

“Parents who rely on the ratings to make decisions to shield their children from influences that they believe could be harmful should be informed right away if the system is broken,” she said.

As usual, she’s just another clueless legislator who knows nothing about video games. Here’s the thing. One, as far as I know, it’s only the PC version of the game. Secondly according to this article

Hackers created the ‘Hot Coffee’ modification by disassembling and then combining, recompiling and altering the game’s source code,” the statement explains.

And lastly, at least one of the characters is fully clothed.

Yet she wants to throw federal tax dollars at an investigation into a hack that the creators of the game are not responsible for.

And again this is coming from a member of the party that supposedly is all about free expression. Remember kids; the Democrats want to take away your video games.

GTA: Grand Theft Assclown IV

Lawsuit: ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Led Teen to Kill:

This one actually was in the news last week but I forgot about until today. More on that later. Anyway, our favorite ambulance chaser, not John Edwards, is at it again. “Attorney” Jack Thompson is once again blaming the woes of society on one particular series of video games. He’s filed a lawsuit in Alabama against the game’s manufacturers and two stores that allegedly sold the games to an underage person. The person in question is Devin Moore who shot two police officers and a dispatcher to death after being brought to the Fayette police station on suspicion of driving a stolen car. Of course, the video game series in question is the Grand Theft Auto series…

The suit alleges Moore purchased “Grand Theft Auto III” at the Gamestop in Jasper and “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” at the Jasper Wal-Mart when he was under 17. The games, which depict police killings and other acts of violence, are rated M, meaning they are appropriate for those 17 or older.

Named in the suit are Wal-Mart Stores (search) and Gamestop along with Take-Two Interactive Software, the manufacturer of the games, and Sony Computer Entertainment, the maker of the PlayStation 2.

Why did Thompson file the suit this time?

At a December hearing, authorities said Devin Moore, when he was apprehended, told officers,”Life is a video game. You’ve got to die sometime.”

And check out Thompson’s great reasoning for filing the suit…

“What has happened in Alabama is that four companies participated in the training of Devin … to kill three men,” attorney Jack Thompson told The Tuscaloosa News, which reported the suit’s filing.

Granted that Wal-Mart and Gamestop should not have been selling these games to an underaged kid but why were the parents allowing it into the house? My main point is though is that everyone is responsible for their own actions. This assclown Jack Thompson wants you to think that you’re not responsible for anything. These kids that kill who have happened to have played a violent video game are screwed up in the head in the first place. My guess is Jack Thompson is looking for an angle since he missed out on the McDonald’s hot coffee settlement. Either that or he’s just jealous he can’t beat any of the games. Seriously, what is this guy’s problem with video games?

What made me think of this again was this interview Jack Thompson did with CBSNews.com. I almost posted this under the Tin Foil Hat category because of some of the things he says.

He calls Entertainment Software Association President Doug Lowenstein, the Joseph Goebbels of the video game industry. He infers that the increase in school violence is caused by video games. Claims he predicted Columbine 8 days before it happened. I’ll start you off with a quote from Mr. Thompson from the interview…

The heads of six major health care organizations testified before Congress that there are “hundreds” of studies that prove the link. All the video game industry has are studies paid for by them, which are geared to find the opposite result. Lawyers call such experts “whores.”

Pot, I have the kettle holding for you on line 2.

Read the interview to see what kind of nutjob this shyster really is. If it was up to him we’d blame everything from the war in Iraq to Paris Hilton’s Sidekick being hacked on Grand Theft Auto. This guy really needs to get a life.

UPDATE: The guys from Penny Arcade have their own take on sue happy attorneys.

Here’s another take on it from joystiq.com.