Kid Blames ‘Grand Theft Auto’ for Crime, Because That’s Original
I don’t report on just any old “person says video game A caused bad thing B” story, but I had to take particular note of this one because of its unusual stupidity. An 18 year-old kid (yes, he’s a kid, if in brain only) is on trial for injuring his two little brothers, ages 11 and 15. He claims he was trying out a move he saw in Grand Theft Auto called “door-checking,” where you run your car along side a pedestrian, then open it to hit them.
So what’s the problem? You can’t do that in Grand Theft Auto. Take it from me, someone who has sunk hundreds of hours into the series (and surprisingly hasn’t killed anyone in real life!), it’s just not in the game, though I will say I’ve seen it before in a bunch of feature films. You CAN however roll down you window and spray passersby with a full clip of Uzi bullets, interspersed with a few lobbed grenades, but that’s a different court case entirely. The kid is using the game reference to try to get tried as a minor, because only a minor would be dumb enough to do something that dangerous by being inspired by a video game.
Off-topic, what’s the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done inspired by the media? I would say for me it has to be executing professional wrestling moves on my trampoline with my friends. I’m shocked that no one left childhood with some sort of permanent childhood spinal injury.