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By Nopporn Wong-Anan Reuters - Monday, August 4 08:39 amBANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai teenager has confessed to robbing and murdering a taxi driver after trying to imitate scenes from the controversial "Grand Theft Auto" video game, police said on Monday. The 18-year-old high school student, now in custody pending further investigations and a trial, faces death by lethal injection if found guilty of robbing and killing a 54-year-old taxi driver with a knife at the weekend.

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Police said the youth, an obsessive player of the video game, showed no sign of mental problems during questioning and had confessed to committing the crime explicitly because of the game.

"He said he wanted to find out if it was as easy in real life to rob a taxi as it was in the game," chief investigator Veeravit Pipattanasak told Reuters.

The youth, described by his parents as polite and diligent, was arrested late on Saturday after he was found trying to steer a cab backwards out of a Bangkok street with the severely wounded driver in the back seat, newspapers reported.

The suspect told police he did not mean to kill the driver, whom he had chosen as a possible victim because of his age, but that he stabbed him to death when he fought back, newspapers reported.

"Grand Theft Auto", now available in its fourth edition, has been criticised for depicting violence including beatings, carjackings, drive-by shootings, drunk driving and prostitution.

A senior official at Thailand's Culture Ministry said the murder was a wake-up call for authorities to tackle the issue of violent video games, and urged parents to pay closer attention to what their children played.

"This time-bomb has already exploded and the situation could get worse," Ladda Thangsupachai, director of the ministry's Cultural Surveillance Centre, told Reuters. "Today it is a cab driver, but tomorrow it could be a video game shop owner."

The ministry has been pushing for tougher regulation of video games such as Grand Theft Auto, including the imposition of a rating system on sales and restriction on hours that youngsters can play the games in public arcades.

A multi-million dollar lawsuit was filed in Alabama against the makers and marketers of Grand Theft Auto in 2005, claiming that months of playing the game led a teenager to kill two police officers and a 911 dispatcher.

The blockbuster Grand Theft Auto games are published by Nasdaq-listed Take-Two Interactive Software.

(Reporting by Nopporn Wong-Anan; Editing by Ed Cropley)


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Severus Snape
Ah, another incident of a troubled teen that everyone describes as "normal, and I had no idea he was like this" going off and losing his mind. And of course, everyone says that it's the video games. The kid didn't help by stating he wanted to see if it was as easy as the game, but I'm sure he had some problems prior to this.

This is just like back in the 80s when WASP, Twisted Sister, Ozzy, and others, were being called out as providing "demonic music that influences and tells children to worship satan and commit heinous acts". And just like then, it's bullshit now.
DiO
This for the most part is fucking stupid.


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Police said the youth, an obsessive player of the video game, showed no sign of mental problems during questioning and had confessed to committing the crime explicitly because of the game.
Police? Not psychiatrists? (Not to mention Thai Police)

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The youth, described by his parents as polite and diligent



Every parent thinks his kid is a fucking angel

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A senior official at Thailand's Culture Ministry said the murder was a wake-up call for authorities to tackle the issue of violent video games, andurged parents to pay closer attention to what their children played.


Theres yer solution rite tharr. STFU niao!

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"This time-bomb has already exploded and the situation could get worse," Ladda Thangsupachai, director of the ministry's Cultural Surveillance Centre, told Reuters. "Today it is a cab driver, but tomorrow it could be a video game shop owner."


Yes becasue we all know how many video game shop owners are robbed in GTA.

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The ministry has been pushing for tougher regulation of video games such as Grand Theft Auto, including the imposition of a rating system on sales and restriction on hours that youngsters can play the games in public arcades.


There already is.

PabloHoneyOle
Double Post? http://www.gta4.tv/forums/index.php?showtopic=789219&hl=

I blame shooting pigeons in the park on GTA4 and the park rangers always let me off with an understanding chuckles. "Oh, you crazy kids and your desire for hidden packages!"
Mattay
Why the fuck do idiots like this Thai kid get games like this in the first place?

Because of cunts like him everybody thinks GTA IV is the worst thing ever. "oh noez! if my babi playz gta for hes gunna turn in 2 a serial k1ll3r!!! lets get a FUCKING COALITION TOGETHER AND BAN THE GAME!"

And I seriously don't think this kid could go 18 years without showing some sign of a mental handicap. I don't think anyone that was sane would kill someone because they saw Niko or CJ kill somebody in GTA. I know if my kid was psychologically unstable I wouldn't let him play GTA...for that sole reason.

It's called responsibility!
Pieface
QUOTE(Mattay @ Aug 4 2008, 07:24 PM) [snapback]1457632[/snapback]
Why the fuck do idiots like this Thai kid get games like this in the first place?

Because of cunts like him everybody thinks GTA IV is the worst thing ever. "oh noez! if my babi playz gta for hes gunna turn in 2 a serial k1ll3r!!! lets get a FUCKING COALITION TOGETHER AND BAN THE GAME!"


Pssh I turned into a Serial Killer 5 years ago thanks too GTA and now you can too with out 6 month, YES SIXTH MONTH Money Back Garrantee, we will teach you how to kill people easily, steal Taxis and drive them while keeping the Driver in a Bag and More!

P.S We are not responisble for any Jail Time and your money back garantee will be void


But yeah, its just a way to try and get out of doing Jail Time.
GLC
QUOTE(Pieface @ Aug 4 2008, 11:59 PM) [snapback]1457711[/snapback]
Pssh I turned into a Serial Killer 5 years ago thanks too GTA and now you can too with out 6 month, YES SIXTH MONTH Money Back Garrantee, we will teach you how to kill people easily, steal Taxis and drive them while keeping the Driver in a Bag and More!

i want in!
Skinny 
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Police said the youth, an obsessive player of the video game, showed no sign of mental problems during questioning and had confessed to committing the crime explicitly because of the game.

So, he had no mates and just sat and played video games all day? I can't see any reason other than video games that would have caused him to lose his mind. rolleyes.gif
Ophis-
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"This time-bomb has already exploded and the situation could get worse," Ladda Thangsupachai, director of the ministry's Cultural Surveillance Centre, told Reuters. "Today it is a cab driver, but tomorrow it could be a video game shop owner."


Yes becasue we all know how many video game shop owners are robbed in GTA.



TBH, i think Taxi drivers should go on strike or demand an apology for this sentence, what proof do they have to make an outragous comment suggesting that Video shop owners are more important then Taxi Drivers.

And hang on a moment, doesn't this article suggest he has never had the game and killed FOR it?

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He wanted money to play the game. His parents, who work as civil servants, did not have enough money to give him.


How on earth is it the games fault for that? If this kid was psycho enough to do this in the first place, it was bound to happen sooner or later.
Skinny 
QUOTE(Liquidice @ Aug 5 2008, 07:55 PM) [snapback]1457772[/snapback]
And hang on a moment, doesn't this article suggest he has never had the game and killed FOR it?

Yeah, it's no diffrent to not being able to afford anything, or having a chick not like you, then going on a killing spree.

We must now ban everything poor people can't afford, and build a massive wall down the middle of each country. Men on one side, women on the other. We will all die shortly after, but it is a necessity to stop crazy people killing a small percent of the population.
GLC
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QUOTE(Liquidice @ Aug 5 2008, 07:55 PM) [snapback]1457772[/snapback]
And hang on a moment, doesn't this article suggest he has never had the game and killed FOR it?

Yeah, it's no diffrent to not being able to afford anything, or having a chick not like you, then going on a killing spree.

We must now ban everything poor people can't afford, and build a massive wall down the middle of each country. Men on one side, women on the other. We will all die shortly after, but it is a necessity to stop crazy people killing a small percent of the population.

i'm in.help me build the walls? ohmy.gif
shootthebandit
looks like R* has a possible character for chinatown wars. they've never had a thai before LOL

its always the same, people try to blame anyone but the person who commited the crime.

they said this guy had no sign of mental problems, does a person without mental problems say?:
"i was wondering if it was as easy as it was in the game".

fucking retard, of course its not as easy as it is in the game, what a fucking dumb question.






SlickCriminal92
well thank god jack thompson's nose isn't all up in R*'s ass, at least not yet.

i smell another lawsuit in the coming. millions of dollars lost because of some stupid kid, amazing isn't it?
Hardcore Ottoman
JT got owned recently didn't he?
Skinny 
QUOTE(StREET StRuCK @ Aug 6 2008, 06:25 AM) [snapback]1457878[/snapback]
well thank god jack thompson's nose isn't all up in R*'s ass, at least not yet.

i smell another lawsuit in the coming. millions of dollars lost because of some stupid kid, amazing isn't it?

Yeah, and I can't even see why. He didn't have the bloody game.
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