Feeds

Thailand bans GTA after video game style murder

Distributor imposes self-inflicted ban following robbery and murder of taxi driver

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

A Thai video game distributor has stopped selling Grand Theft Auto, after a local teenager went on a self-confessed GTA style murder and robbery rampage.

The 18-year old high school student, who’s now in custody, recently robbed a taxi driver and stole his car, but ended up stabbing the 54-year old driver to death when he fought back with the teen.

The Thai teen reportedly told police that he wanted to see if it was as easy to rob a taxi in real life as it was in the video game.

Distributor New Era Interactive (NEI) has since halted sales of GTA and, according to a Reuters report, is urging “outlets and shops [in Thailand] to pull the games off their shelves”.

It’s not clear if NEI wants the entire GTA series pulled from shop shelves, but Grand Theft Auto: IV, the latest title in the series, is likely to be the firm’s focus.

Ladda Thangsupachai, director of Thailand's Cultural Surveillance Centre, jumped on the GTA style murder as an opportunity to criticise violent video games. “This time-bomb has already exploded and the situation could get worse,” Thangsupachai said, adding that “today it is a cab driver, but tomorrow it could be a video game shop owner”.

GTA has come under fire the world over for its supposedly violent nature, but this isn’t the first occurrence of a GTA-style crime. Back in June, a group of five US teenagers that went on the rampage in Nassau County, New York told police afterwards that they were acting out scenes from the GTA game series.

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online
Now you can run your own intelligence agency
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
Microsoft adds video offering to Office 365. Oh NOES, you'll need Adobe Flash
Lovely presentations... but not on your Flash-hating mobe
You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes
Fix issued, fingers pointed, forums in flames
HTML5 vs native: Harry Coder and the mudblood mobile app princes
Developers just want their ideas to generate money
prev story

Whitepapers

Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.