A Thai teenager has confessed to robbing and killing a taxi driver – then allegedly told police he was trying to recreate a scene from Grand Theft Auto. There’s no denying the facts or fudging the issue here – he was copying the game. It’s a 100% confirmed copycat crime. There’s going to be trouble over this. Big trouble.
“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 police investigator Veeravit Pipattanasak told news-gathering superblog Retuers…
The other details of the case make rather gruesome and depressing reading, particularly for GTA publisher Take 2 which is well used to seeing its GTA crime mega-franchise blamed for all of society’s ills – but having GTA specifically fingered for a killing takes it to a new level.
The game has been taken off the shelves in Thailand by its local distributor. Expect media “fuss” of a hitherto unknown level over this one.
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