Games Like GTA Blamed For London Riots

By   /   Aug 9, 2011


The freshest episode in the running series of accusations and blames on games for real-life violence was observed once again as a London policeman blamed the recent riots in the city on ‘crime-related and violent videogames.

The unnamed policeman spoke to London Evening standard, and suggested that the riots were a display of violence which is clearly displayed in games such as Grand Theft Auto and similar.

“These are bad people who did this,” he continued. “Kids out of control. When I was young it was all Pacman and board games. Now they’re playing Grand Theft Auto and want to live it for themselves.”

Incendiarism and looting started in Tottenham on Saturday night and spread to other inner-city locations because the police fatally shot a local man who was reportedly armed with a replica firearm on Thursday, according to reports.

A Metropolitan policeman stated that due to the incidents of the riots over 160 people have been arrested so far, while 16 have been charged for a number of crimes including burglary and possession of weapons.

Sure, riots aren’t very civilized acts, but first was it necessary for two or more cops to fatally shoot a man for carrying something that looked like a real gun? Even so, are games really what cause people to show their anger over the killing of a possibly innocent person? And as if riots didn’t ever take place when good ol’ Pac-Man was the game everybody used to play.

If games really indulge people into rioting in protest against something potentially wrong, then what about violent protest like the Briton riots in 1981 and 1985. Was stuff like Battletoads and Contra doing the damaging influence then? In fact, games really are completely irrelevant to the scenario if you think about it, and they are almost used as an excuse for people to give reason to things they dislike.

I won’t be surprised if people simply become enraged for the amount of self-shielding accusations people are putting on games and their possible relation to violence.

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