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Old 02-16-2005, 05:06 PM   #1
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Lawsuit: 'Grand Theft Auto' Led Teen to Kill
Wednesday, February 16, 2005

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. A lawsuit claims the video game "Grand Theft Auto (search)" led a teenager to shoot two police officers and a dispatcher to death in 2003, mirroring violent acts depicted in the popular game.

The suit announced Tuesday seeks damages from the game's manufacturers and two stores that allegedly sold it to Devin Thompson (search), now 18.

An attorney for relatives of two of the victims said Thompson, who is charged with murder, had played the video game repeatedly.

Thompson is accused of killing the three men in June 2003 after being brought to the Fayette police station on suspicion of driving a stolen car. Thompson allegedly grabbed one of the officer's guns, shot him and the other two, then fled in a patrol car.

The suit alleges Thompson purchased "Grand Theft Auto III" at the Gamestop (search) 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.

"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.


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.

Messages left for officials of three of the companies were not immediately returned. There was no answer at the listing for Gamestop in Grapevine, Texas.

At a December hearing, authorities said Devin Thompson, when he was apprehended, told officers, "Life is a video game. You've got to die sometim
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**** that, police officers were killed by a demented kid, not a game.
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looking for money and an excuse for the murders
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lookin for money and something else to blame.

I don't know what this happening in Alabama has to do with it.
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hmm, maybe the game should feature killing lawyers instead, kill two birds with one stone as it were.

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Alabama is the US's scape goat, or monkey it something like that.
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I swear...guns don't kill ppl, and games don't kill ppl. Messed up minds kill ppl.
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Old 02-16-2005, 10:48 PM   #8
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idioth, if i were a judge id laugh in thier face and tell them they are in the wrong courtroom go away. Stupid Tuscaloosa people, youd never hear that crap happening in Auburn!!!
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^lol, I dunno. Everywhere is like that, not just Alabama...

And guns don't kill people, unless you beat somebody with them. Bullets do.
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^lol, I dunno. Everywhere is like that, not just Alabama...

And guns don't kill people, unless you beat somebody with them. Bullets do.
Hahaha, they should change the saying...
"Guns don't kill people, little pieces of lead do" lol
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people nowadays are so stupid, i hope that lawsuit gets thrown out. dont sue the game makers, sue the parents. after all, it says people knew he played GTA countless hours a day, where was the intervention? my freind has all 3 games and says "i play it to beat the game" then thats cool but if he said "i play the game cause killing people and cops and stealing cars is fun" id prolly sock him in the head and kick his ps2 to bits.
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"i play the game cause killing people and cops and stealing cars is fun"
That's why I play...
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yeah why else do you play?

I can kinda see where these people are coming from, but to be honest, this kid was mentally instable, regardless of wether a video game helped him come to the conclusion that he wanted to "lash out against society" in the way that he did had nothing to do with the video game really, it was gonna happen in some form or another regardless.

that game has increased my desire to steal a police car though

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