GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

This past week has not been a good one for Rockstar and their Grand Theft Auto franchise. Two separate law suites have been filed against the game's creators, one for copyright infringement and a far more serious one, of leading two teenagers to commit murder.

In the first case graffiti artist Christopher Ellis filed suit against Take Two Interactive and Rockstar for allegedly using without permission his artwork in the video game, Grand Theft Auto III.
In the suit, Ellis asserts that the two companies copied, used, and distributed his artwork, Daze in the videogame that is played on Playstation2 and other medians.
The suit says that Ellis has gained an international reputation for his work, which has been reproduced in books, magazines, and film.

The second law suit concerns the story of two stepbrothers, 16-year-old William and 14-year-old Joshua Buckner, who told police they were emulating Grand Theft Auto, on the night of June 25 when they took shotguns to Interstate 40, near their Newport, Tenn., home, and opened fire on vehicles.
The emulation resulted in the death of one motorist, Aaron Hamel and serious injury to another, while another person was also hurt.

In written statements, both teenagers, expressed remorse for their actions.

I will always hate myself for what I did. I am so sorry, wrote William Buckner.

I didn't want to hurt anyone, wrote Joshua Buckner. This will be with me the rest of my life.

The Hamel family filed suit Thursday against Take Two Interactive, the video game maker, said attorney Jack Thompson.
The industry needs to cough up money so victims and their families can be compensated for their pain, Thompson said. The shareholders need to know what their games are doing to kids and their families. They need to stop pushing adult rated products to kids. These products are deadly.

It's not the first time G.T.A. has been linked to teenage violence. A gang of teenagers in California, charged with plotting carjackings and murder, say their actions were inspired by playing Grand Theft Auto, morning, noon, and night.
In Oakland, Calif. a group of young people who called themselves the Nut Cases told police they played violent video games before going out and robbing and killing random victims on the street. They said their favorite was Grand Theft Auto. The five men and one woman are facing charges in dozens of robberies and five killings that took place in 2002 and early 2003.

It does seem strange however, that so much noise is made over the game in this U.S. while the game also enjoys great success in Europe, where no similar cases have been reported. It also seems that another, easier connection to make is that between the unsupervised ease with which U.S. teenagers seem to gain access to deadly weapons and the number of reported, video game related, violent events. It may even seem possible to consider that video games don't kill people, guns however, do.

Take-Two Interactive declined to comment about the incident.

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GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

Lets put this in context here, americans aka US support the lowest Average IQ In the western World. So its no wonder that so many stupid things happen over there, I mean, Look, They elected Bush, Thats Case Closed in itself. So, this crap about "The Game Forced entry into my ass and took control of my bodily functions" is typical of the amercan Psycke, "It wasnt me, it was him" trying to drag everybody into the shit for their own mistakes, this bears a striking resemblence to US Foreign Policy. Now the're getting their ass kicked in iraq, death count outnumbering that in the actual conflict, and now they want the UN to pick up the Tab. Their delinquent pscke encircles all that their current admin does. "Lets Blow up Some Iraqi's, we did leave some Iraqi's alive after the last Gulf war, didnt we Colin!?!" Oh and Mr USA, So You Only want to f**k, not be f**ked with, You know your country is the only one to ever use atomic weapons in anger, and in nam, which you , im sorry LOST, to an army one 8th your size. The amount of those DANGEROUS Vietnamese women and childeren you BURNT TO DEATH by napalm. And the civilians and the ifrastructure of Serbia which you destryed, just so you could build a base to spy on the EU. The United States was created by Death And Bloodshed, And by that it will Fall By The

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

only a few questions where did the kids get the shot guns, who got the game for them ? who let them play the game and who let them go out at night where did thay get the ammo ???? to me this is a case of where in big Sh** here and lets try and make some money off this :(as for the The Rest Of the Worldat 0:21 15/9/2003 its not about US Foreign Policy (But i do agree with you on that one ) Have fun and rember its only a game i am spending most of my time emulating Monoply and not doing that bad at it :)

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

what the f.u.c.k.. come talk about this game man... i fed up reading all this s.h.i.t, any new game?stop saying america stupid , canada stupid this country stupid.... that country stupid... all people in this world all the same... heuheuhue ok stop talking who is smart ass, by the way piss guys...i love PS2 somuch...

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

i am 15yr old and i have both gta3 and vice city but i dont walk down the main street hitting people pulling out shotties and shotten em at cars the kids carnt blame it on take 2 and rockstar because it says clearly 18+ because they were the 1's that did it not rockstar or take 2 so y r they getting law suits put against them the kids must have thought lifes a game and could do whatever they like cause thats what they do in gta vice city and it eventually all boils down to where did the 14 and 16 yr olds get the guns and ammo from and y did they do it and just because they say there sorry does that mean its gunna replace the lost life of tha dude in tha car they shot and just because that somthing that they did there could be a ban on tha game and the people that support it can all go to hell because i injoy the games and u guys could help prevent the next 1 from coming out

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

F**k this f**k that... come on dudes!!! You can do better.I can only say: don't just make love, get a belly and nine month later drop all the responsibility.Make love not war and then take a LOT of time to raise your kids. Teach them about freedom and peace and don't let them get access to weapons! and ammo...This way they can play titles like GTA and still don't walk down the freeway at night killing people.I agree - it's probably some guys trying to make money. When ther's something to change, then it is the lawyer situation and the gun law in the US. But that will need a change in office first... :(Just my five cents!

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

Some people are just weak. I don't understand why we should punish the GTA creators and the players for this. I'm a French fan of this game. But I never felt like killing someone nor stealing a car after playing.My last words would be for the R* team : guys you did great work on the last chapter "vice city". I hope the next one will be as cool.SincerelyAlex

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

All i have to say, is when did individual people stop taking responcibility for thier actions, it's just so easy to say the video game made me do it, ir the devil made me do it. I'll tell you, this age of lawrers makes me sick. Hopefully some day society will realise they need a common sense law, so all these stupid ass people won't get any money for being complete and utter morons!

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

You know, I hope the parents of those a*shole kids read this. You should be aware of the games that your kids are purchasing, and if you are the lamebrains that bought the game for your kids, then you should be evaluated if you want to sue GTA. There are disclaimers all over that game, signaling you, as the 'responsible' parents to take an active role in your kids lives; become aware of the stuff they are into. Another thing, if your kids actually bought the game themselves, and you really want to sue someone, then maybe you should look into the store that sold the game to them, for selling such a 'violent' game to minors. But if your kids found the game online and found a crack for it (to play the game for free, and without buying it), then GTA should be suing you, for infringement of their rights and copyright protection.I know dozens upon dozens of people that play GTA (male and female) and none of them are so stupid to try anything from that game. They know the difference between right and wrong; reality and fantasy. And why/how do they know that difference you ask? Because they had parents that cared for them, who were by their sides to teach them the difference between right and wrong.GTA creators, if you read this, you should counter-sue the parents for negligence. If you ask me, this whole lawsuit seems 'fake', like they were planning it...

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

some people are so ignorant. i can go on and on about guns and control and what not but what it boils to is this:PARENTS NEED TO BE INVOLVED WITH THEIR CHILDREN! THE BIGGETS PROBLEM WITH AMERICAN SOCIETY TODAY IS THE LACK OF DISCIPLINE IN THE HOME, AND NOT ASKING YOUR KIDS "WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, HOW"

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

"You are forgetting kids can download this game off from P2P program. Parents don't know what the kids are doing downloading online as long it isn't porn. You must be a retard if you blaming these problem on parents."You gotta be kidding? If a parent raises a child that turns a gun on moving vehicles, IT IS THEIR UTTER FAILING. They are to blame for raising a child with not realising the consequences of their actions and if a parent doesn't raise a child that doesn't know the difference between fiction and reality then they are unfit to be parents.

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

The only way America went stupid was helping all you mother f**kers in your stupid countries. If it wasnt for us youd all f**king rot. And you know thats true.. and Revenger, dude f**k serbia, and its "You reap what you sow" dumb shit.

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

oh and to The Rest of The World, are you really that stupid. I swear to god if i was president i would cut trade to all you sorry mother f**kers and let you rot till you start begging. War is apart of life deal with it you dumb shit. And you think were dumb for electing a RETARD for a president, yeah i agree but i didnt vote so i dont feel bad at all. And if we were so f**king dumb and have low IQ's why are we so much advanced than you.You can take your Ala and God and Jesus and Abraham, cause they dont have shit to do with anything. If they were looking out for us theyd be sorry they even created us! HA! To them we are GTA and Simcity all mixed into one, so like they give a shit!To all you sorry mother f**kers that are unappreciative of America just remember you reap what you so!

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

Some of the comments here are quite suprising."americans aka US support the lowest Average IQ In the western World"--yeah..we are dumb, thats why our universities are the most sought after in the world. Not to mention the most advanced nation in the history of the world."Now the're getting their ass kicked in iraq"--this tells me that you are ignorant of the kill ratio in iraq, or the fact that the country was taken in record time. And dont confuse deaths with combat deaths. 200,000 people in 1 place for any length of time and people will die of natural causes, which acount for around half of the deaths in iraq."You know your country is the only one to ever use atomic weapons in anger, and in nam, which you , im sorry LOST, to an army one 8th your size. The amount of those DANGEROUS Vietnamese women and childeren you BURNT TO DEATH by napalm. And the civilians and the ifrastructure of Serbia which you destryed, just so you could build a base to spy on the EU"--yes we did use 2 atomic weapons in ww2, a war that europe started and begged us to come to their aid in. Yes, Nam was lost politically, what can u expect with pacifist liberals joinin the hippies and protesting everyday, but your ignorance shows through again, u obviously dont know the kill ratios here either or the size of the armies involved, do some research before spouting off and u will see who won every significant engagement. As for serbia, you do know who asked the U.S. to come clean up that mess, dont u? Had to call up dumb america halfway around the world to take care of your own backyard?Is this the kind of things you learn in those commie socialist schools over there? Quite sad if u ask me.Oh well, sry for the rant, just frustrates me that i can see the U.S. having to bail europe out of another world war soon....but will we this time...who knows.Here is a good quote for some of u"dont bite that hand that feeds you"

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

ALL AMERICAN THINK OF IS SEX, DRUGS & MONEY. ALL PEOPLE CARE IN AMERICA IS HOW TO GET LAID. THAT IS YOUR CULTURAL PROBLEM. YOU HAVE THE HIGHEST DIVORCE RATE IN THE WORLD. KIDS ARE FOLLOWING YOUR FOOTSTEPS. LOUSY AMERICAN WITH LOW SENSE OF MORAL VALUE. WHO DO YOU THINK SHOULD BE BLAMED FOR ALL THIS ACTION? ITS THE AMERICAN MEDIA & THEIR PARENTING. ALL THEY CARE IS FOR THEMSELVES & DON'T CARE FOR THE KIDS.

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

GET RID OF VIDEOGAMES, RAP MUSIC, PORN, & ALL OTHER ITEMS THAT PEOPLE DON'T NEED. AMERICAN CAN GET BY WITHOUT THIS IDOLIZE CRAP. THIS IS WHAT INFLUENCE THE MORAL AMERICAN. ALL THIS BRAINLESS CRAP BRAINWASHED MOST OF YOUR THINKING. A WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE WITHOUT YOUR FALSE RITUAL OF SATANISM & FALSE IDOLISHIP.

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

AMERICAN OR WESTERNER HAS BROUGHT ALOT OF IDOLIZING LOGOS LIKE NIKE, MACDONALD, MICROSOFT & ETC TO MIDDLE EAST. IN HEAVILY RELIGIOUS INFLUENCE, WE DO NOT WANT THIS CORPORATE BLINDED YOUNG MINDS. WE HAVE KIDS THAT WANTED TO BE SOME CARTOON CHARACTER. FOR US THEY BROUGHT KIDS TO WORSHIP THESE IDOLS. FOR WHAT? ALL CORPORATE CARES IS TO MAKE MONEY & NEVER CARE FOR PEOPLE.

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

THIS IS CRAZY, next thing you know they are gonna blame Charles Manson's Murders on Games, or Games Induce Mass Suicides, or That woman was raped because Games Afftected the rapist, i mean COME ON, lets get real here, games dont induce any weird behavior, IDIOTS DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! parents are just upset because they have to waste money on games, just give it a rest, its not games fault, its not TV's fault, its not Musics Fault, ITS YOUR GOD DAMN FAULT, GET USED TO IT!!!!!!!!

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

YOU all know this is condemed in the Bible! Why because GOD knows better than stupid feeble MAN! YOU are following the ways of SATAN the devil playing these games and induldging in all of this sick crap! You WILL be destroyed and burn in HELL! SHEOL!!! You are sick and twisted like your father the Devil who delights in this kind of conduct portrayed in this sick game! You can't win cause you know you are WRONG! Freedom? HA! To do what, Screw up your mind, the world and the planet going against GODS WILL!!!! AHAHHAHAHA!

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

Guys guys, i live in the uk and i have played games since i was 8-22 now and i have played every violent game there is and none of the violent games i played made me do anything wrong or be influenced cause i know it's bad etc. It's some people who get influenced easier than others that they go out and do it. Some dont, it just depends really on certian people some are more influenced than others.

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

f**k those two kids. I hope they get jailed and assraped. Stupid dumb asses "emulating" the game. They should tak eup martial arts anyway. guns are for weaklings.and that graff artists is apiss poor one at that. there is better stuff in my city done by 16 y ear olds. his stuff is shit.im suprised matrix didnt get blamed again or did it? post a url if anyone know sof anything.

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

f**k iraq and they all deserved to die f**king animals. Japan owns you all. if there was no guns you pussies would all die and f**k the brazilian shit, its pussy weak. totally. fought people from there. nothing but stupid f**ks. you people who judge fights weigh too much on hollywood and the actual sport when there is many other things to factor in that have NOTHING TO DO WITH learning to strike a person.

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

SO... and WHY does the conservative side of society NEED such a scapegoat as this game so desperately? I mean if you see how much effort goes into blaming video games for violence (stupidity....? hmm...) you would be forced to say: "Damn, someone NEEDS this scapegoat badly!" ergo, they NEED people (VOTERS!) who are f**ked in the head! They need a f**kin' armed-to-the-teeth superpsycho! What for, you ask? Well, tell me... how pliable is a voter who would let himself be influenced by a VIDEO GAME? Why, if you believe a game you'll believe ANYTHING... the only problem is trying to keep those "stupefied" people from doing something stupid (like running amok with an M-16? yes.) until the state (or whoever) tells them to vote for war, vote for injustice, vote for slavery... and go to war protecting those "ideals". #IMPORTANT# this statement is NOT just tailored to the US. Me, I'm Swiss. We have similar difficulties but because of our system it is much more difficult to manipulate the masses... no right wing conspirative here, thank you...

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

Oh, and before i forget... one of the Reasons why Switzerland is such a peaceful little place is the fact that we have a political party for more or less everyone (yes, even the commies!) not just warmongering republicans or whining democrats! (Besides: Every Swiss male has to join the army at 18, where the state hands him a high tech M-90 automatic assault rifle AND a box of ammo which he TAKES HOME after his 4 week course. This leads to a number of at least 3 Million heavily armed swiss men. Not counting the women, not counting privately owned guns. Now, here comes the HAMMER: Swiss homicide rate last year: 3 Murders. 24 Accidents with weapons, lethal. 30 Accidents with weapons, non lethal. As for the rest, killed by car accidents and the like. So... guns ARE tools. I live in a state which is a wonderful example for this statement.

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

What is with these parents, they want to blane a video game cause they can not do there job and raise children who know right from wrong. In todays sociey it is easyer to blame someone else than to take responsibality for your own failings.

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

I hope this lawsuit doesn’t go through... cant people be responsible for there own actions anymore... its always someone else’s fault. I am 16yo and I enjoy playing GTA. I am fairly docile and I actually find that playing violent video games makes me LESS VIOLENT, less arrogant... it’s a safe way of relieving stress. Especially after a hard term at school.its not hard to think of the consequences for your actions... an average 10 or 12 year old could give you the consequences for a number of situations. What is so different about these 2.. Is a video game a viable scape goat for murder… I don’t think so.

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

Am I stupid, or the box of the game say it's for 18 yr old only.Where were looking to their parents when they bought that game?It's responsability of the costumers to check the age of the buyers, so, if the law is "the same for everyone", 16 and 14 yr old people can't buy this game.People accuse RS and T2 of making violent game. I accuse them to don't check what their son's are doing. As a mother and as father they MUST check what's happing to their child. Master have been told.

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

I hate to admit it, but the family of these dumbf**k kids WOULD actually be doing the smart thing. With the decade worth of sue anything laws that were passed 1 after the other by the liberal Clinton administration, these kids probably would have got a slap on the wrists, and GTA would have payed the price for their actions.Luckily these kinds of stupid lawsuits are getting thrown out of court all the time by Bush administration appointed supreme court judges. Hopefully the same will happen here.

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

it just goes to show how dumb yankees arejust look at the slaughtering they're doing in iraq that never reaches american news companies owned by jewsthey're so dumb they've "accidentally" killed several of their own troops as well as Canadians and brits in "friendly fire"of course they're going to copy video games and start killing people for no reason they don't realize that their actions will have concequences eg. columbinenext the kids are going to sue their own parents for having ammo in the house saying that was the reason they went around randomly killing peopleREALIZE THIS YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE ARAB TO BE A TERRORIST!

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

as no doubt lots of people have said: In england all the GTA games have recived an 18 certificate from the BBFC and it is a criminal offense to sell these games to anyone under 18, that includes buying the game and giving it to your F**KING mindless kids who are too stupid to think through their actions (and get told to blame the game by their blood sucking lawyers) At least after a few more incedents like these the Americans might start looking at their antiquated gun laws. (less gun crime in the whole uk than the average American city anyone?)

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

GTA games have a M (Mature) rating in the U.S. It is illegal for clerks to sell M rated games to anyone under 18. This is hard to enforce with there being more video game stores in most individual states (there are 50 states in the U.S.) than most of the countries in the world. A small number of parents are in too much of a hurry to even look at these ratings anyways, and then complain when they see their child playing the game they just bought them.As for gun laws in the U.S., many more people protect themselves and their property with firearms than do people who use them for illegal crimes. As seen in the U.K., all that taking away law abiding citizen's guns does is invite theives to have nothing to fear in robbing people. Thankfully the United States hasnt fallen to socialism yet and the people still have the right to protect THEIR property from the common thief. I would much rather have an odd illegal shooting here and there, than have robbery rates increase by 500%.***On a side note, during WW2 U.S. citizens sent very large numbers of their own guns to England because the Allies knew that if Germany made a successful beach landing the citizens of GB would be totally unable to carry out partisan attacks for the simple reason that prior to the war England had strict gun laws and almost none of the common people had guns!

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

Why not sue honda, toyota and other car manufacturer's while there at it.I think the parent's of these kids are just trying to try to blame somewhen when in reality it's the parent's fault for letting there child play an adult game. if a 15 year old get's hold of an aduld video and goes out and rapes do they blame the porn producers? I didnt think so.

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

Okay Number One .THe parents of those Children should have been monitering the games and thing thier children watch/play. the games have ratings USE THEM!Second .. Havent we heard all this before like acouple of years ago with bevic & butthead and the kid that set the house on fire ?Well in my option i watched bevis & butthead when i was young and never tried anything as stupid as that . also ive played nearly EVERY gta to come out in teh us . and still ive had no urge to go and shott at traffic with shotguns !!!! The children shouldn't be given mercy but yet Thier full sentance a crime such as that ensures. and stop this whole "The VIDEOGAME made me do it " Crybaby bullshit excuses.

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

for all of you who think that the game made the kids do this you are a fockin retard...the kids know what thay did and thay know it was rong... and how did the kids get a shotgun?... looks like the mom and dad dont watch there kids to well thay need to be put in jail and have there kids takin away from them.. and remember people games dont kill people people kill people =)

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

BULLSHIT!!!this game is not even meant for adults who want to play a fun game, not some mentally unstable fscktard kids who think it is real. let's see them type in gunsgunsguns in real life. And blaming the game? wtf is with that, the parents should take the game off them and if it is a friend that has the game, ban them from going to the kids house. OH, the parents buy the game for their retard kid on christmas or birthday, and then complain to take2 and the courts because 'the game made my innocent little boy get a shotgun and start shooting cars'. OMG f**king hipocrites. Also this game has 18 yo rating. THese kids should be in a nut house, not in there living room playing ps2.and americas gun laws are f**ked upfeel free to comment on what i said

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

i think that this is bull shit...i mean...if these kids are seriosly phucking going out and doin these bull shit things..then..phucking put them in a nut house...PUNISH YOUR KIDS....they need disiplin...dont just let them go out and shoot up the corner store...and also.. WHAT THE PHUCK WHERE THE PARENTS DOING...HOW DID THEY NOT SEE THE CHILDREN WALK OUT OF THE HOUSE WITH A PHUCKING SHOT GUN...IDIOTS!!!!

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

yo know...you dont have 2 be 18 to pllay these fuking games...if you are mature enough...then...plaay away//but..if you know that your kid is gunna put his free time into bad use...dont but or rent the fuking game for them!!!!!...dont let them play if they are imature ass holes!!

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

Ok..I bought GTA 1 and 2 and the cheesy england "combo" pack and my parents watched me play it. They played it too! They even bought me GTA 3 and Vice City, and I never once felt the urge to do anything illegal...hello...THE KIDS ARN'T RIGHT IN THE HEAD!!!..(aside the point).. I'm waiting for your next game Rockstar Entertainment!

GTA Accused Of Inciting Murder

First of all, these kids were f**king idiots, and obviously insane. Second, the kids' parents are basically to blame for everything, for A: Giving their nutjob kids access to shotguns, and B: Letting them play this f**king game. I'm sixteen, I've played every GTA, and so far I haven't killed anyone. And by the way, these bullshit lawsuits have been around forever, it isn't Clinton's fault. And Bush is a f**king douchebag, conservatives hate video games as much as f**king Joe Liberman does.

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