Grand Theft Auto pulled off shelves after teen murders taxi driver

Grand Theft Auto IV is one of the most popular video games of 2008. However a lot of controversy has been surrounding the game due to its content. MADD, Mother Against Drunk Driving, recently spoke out about the drunk driving content of the game soon after it launched earlier this year.

Reuters is reporting today that a Thai video game distributor has pulled the Grand Theft Auto IV off the shelves after a teenager confessed to robbing and killing a taxi driver in an attempt to recreate a scene from the video 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,” Sakchai Chotikachinda of New Era Interactive Media, told Reuters.

After further investigation, Police said the teenager, a big fan of Grand Theft Auto, showed no signs of mental problems and had confessed to committing the murder of the taxi driver because of the video game.

The teenager said that he did not mean to kill the taxi driver but wanted to see how easy it was recreate a scene from the game and stabbed the driver to death when fought back.


Source: Reuters