Thailand, which last year banned YouTube because of a posted video that insulted the country’s king, is now trying to halt the sales of GTA IV due to the murder of a 54-year old taxi driver. A local 18-year old confessed to robbing and murdering the taxi driver while trying to recreate a scene from the the game.
“We are sending out requests today to outlets and shops to pull the games off their shelves and we will replace them with other games,” said Sakchai Chotikachinda, sales and marketing director of New Era Interactive Media. If found guilty after trial, the 18-year old student will be facing death by lethal injection. Police said the teenager is an obsessive GTA player, and that he showed no sign of mental illness during questioning. Apparently, he claims that he wanted to see if it was just as easy to perform the deed in real life as it is in the videogame.
Turns out, it is. What the lunatic didn’t realize is that it’s not as easy to get rid of the wanted stars. Putting a halt on GTA IV is not the optimal solution to a problem like this, clearly people that are ready to kill a person “for the fun of it” could just as easily be triggered by numerous things. Should we put a ban on Lethal Weapon 4 as soon as someone claims that movie to be the reason for their sins? It’s just tragic when something like this happens, but banning a game doesn’t equal banning murderers.