By now, one would assume that Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two Interactive is used to replying to such incidents.
The company opted to come forward after a Louisiana sheriff's department mentioned that GTAIV may have played a role in the shooting death of an 87-year-old woman. As reported by CNN , the woman was shot and killed by an 8-year-old boy, and authorities have suggested that the boy's interaction with GTAIV may have been an influence. Here's Take-Two's response to the situation:
"Ascribing a connection to entertainment–a theory that has been disproven repeatedly by multiple independent studies–both minimizes this moment and sidesteps the real issues at hand."
Well, duh. But that doesn't make for a good headline, now does it? And of course, nobody bothered to ask the other question, which may be relevant: What exactly was an 8-year-old doing with GTAIV in the first place? Gee, last I checked, the video game industry took strides to protect that child by placing a certain rating on the box. That rating, which is "M" for "Mature," means the game probably isn't suitable for anyone under the age of 17.
The kid's 8 and he was playing GTAIV, the one that comes with this big ol' rating and warning label? Yep, our bad. Not the parent or guardian . No, of course not. … man , are we stupid.