Imagine if the entertainment industry created a video game in which you could decapitate police officers, kill them with a sniper rifle, massacre them with a chainsaw, and set them on fire. Think anyone would buy such a violent game? They would, and they have. The game Grand Theft Auto has sold more than 35 million copies, with worldwide sales approaching $2 billion.
Two weeks ago, a multi-million dollar lawsuit was filed in Alabama against the makers and marketers of Grand Theft Auto, claiming that months of playing the game led a teenager to go on a rampage and kill three men, two of them police officers.
Can a video game train someone to kill?
This is the introduction to an article by reporter Ed Bradley for CBS News. What do you think? Can video games such as GTA lead to violent behaviour in real life? or could it be the other way round, that they provide an outlet for violent agressive feelings? Should video games be subjected to stricter control, so that kids cannot buy games that are unsuitable for their age?
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