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August 26th, 2013
09:39 PM ET

Police: Boy played video games before killing Grandmother

An 8-year-old boy in Louisiana shot and killed his 90-year-old grandmother after he finished playing the video game Grand Theft Auto IV.

Police have not revealed motive, but they suggested the video game may have played a role because it's "a realistic game that has been associated with encouraging violence and awards points to player for killing people."

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  1. john conquest

    yeah, i don't see a coloration between the violence in videogames to real world violence. Also you clearly have never heard of the ESRB

    August 27, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  2. Zach

    Why not blame the parents for leaving a loaded gun laying around and letting their child play a game intended for adults.

    August 27, 2013 at 9:57 am | Reply
  3. Paul Gonzalez

    This reveals the profound ignorance of the MSM re: videogames.

    GTA does NOT reward the player points for killing.

    Here's proof that there is no evidence connecting violent media with real world violence.

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=video-game-studies

    SCOTUS concurs.

    Read Brown v. EMA. Important 2011 decision.

    FBI crime stats have shown a 30 year drop in violent crime. Simultaneously, the video game industry has grown by leaps and bounds. GTA is a multibillion dollar franchise.

    Harvard, Texas A&M, FBI, Secret Service, Surgeon General have all disproven links between fictional/real world violence.

    People who believe there is a cause are just moral panic sellers and are ignorant of the facts.

    August 26, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Reply

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