Wednesday, February 16, 2005

It all makes sense now

An attorney has sued Wal-Mart, Gamestop, and two video game companies for more than $600 million, alleging that a teenager killed three people at a Fayette police station after playing too much Grand Theft Auto. The lawsuit alleges that the teen spent so much time playing video games that his ability to distinguish between fantasy and reality disappeared.

So that's why the World Cup is on my closet shelf.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, how many things are wrong with this?

This would be like the family of a murder victim suing the gun manufacturer for the death of their family member. But I liken this situation to the old expression that "Guns don't kill people, people do"; in this case, video games don't kill people...

The games weren't sold illegally, as this kid was 17 in 2003, which is old enough to purchase M-rated games.

So where were the parents when he was playing this game way too much? It doesn't take a Marlin Caddell to look in the parents' direction when it's time to find someone or something to blame. For all I know, this kid might have been a freshman in a dorm at this time, but I'd venture to say that the quality of parenting this boy received wasn't Grade A.

I hope this attorney doesn't pull out the ol' "hypodermic needle" theory of communications when he's in court. If he does, then he really needs some updated books in his library.

Finally, I'd like to know if Thompson will try to use up up down down left right left right B A start to get a continue when his ass is behind bars. I'm guessing that technique won't work.


J.B.G.

11:36 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

I could see a situation where a lawsuit against a gun manufacturer might be justified, but the chain of causation in this video game case seems awfully attenuated. This attorney has tried to sue the video game industry before, and that suit was tossed out of court. Barring some unforeseen revelation here, I think this one is destined for the same fate.

12:50 AM  

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