GTA V Bombshell Revealed!

GTA V Bombshell Revealed!

GTA V, the video game that’s all the rage (pun intended) has inspired a man to go on a real-life crime spree, because, he told investigators, he had been playing Grand Theft Auto and “wanted to see if it was as much fun in real life” as it was in the new GTA V game he had just been playing. This bombshell announcement was revealed just last week. The man stole a car, kidnapped a woman, and smashed up numerous other cars in the process.

But this bombshell revelation was not the first time the game has inspired real-life criminals; far from it. In fact, numerous real-life crimes have been inspired by the game. Some have been deadly, and some were stopped before anyone could get hurt. Last year, a little boy, just 11 years old, stole the family car and went on a joyride. He was caught before any major accidents took place, but he told investigators he was attempting to recreate scenes from the game.

Psychologist Stacy Kaiser says that doctors are seeing an upswing in people, both children and adults, who attempt to recreate the games because the game play is so realistic. “We’re seeing cases of kids emulating these games because the games are so realistic they want the sensation of the real experience in real life.” ABC News reports that the makers of Grand Theft Auto would not respond to any media requests for commentary on this latest real-life crime spree.

According to at least five major medical and psychological associations, including the American Medical Association, media violence has been linked to increased aggression, and this is supported by thousands of studies and two large meta-analysis.

Despite these findings, the statements of five major associations and recorded, official police reports about crimes inspired by Grand Theft Auto, there are many people who like to play video games who don’t believe there is any link between violent video games and increased aggression. There are also numerous scientists who have published their own studies stating that video games are not linked to aggression.

Some people feel that because they themselves play video games and are not violent, that means that there is no link between video games and an increase in aggression. These same people also deny accounts such as the one which happened over the weekend. For example, there was a story about an 8 year old boy who killed his grandmother after playing GTA V and investigators concluded that the game inspired him to shoot his grandmother in the head. Despite there being police reports stating this fact, hundreds or people took to social media to deny the video game had anything to do with the killing. Those same people also launched many ad hominem attacks on the reporters who delivered the news as “retarded,” “idiotic,” ‘moronic,” “stupid,” “unprofessional,” and accused them of having “no journalistic integrity.”

Now, a new GTA V bombshell has been revealed over the weekend with the theft and kidnapping that was carried out by a man who told investigators he wanted to see if the game was as fun in real life as on the screen. Despite this recorded fact, there will undoubtedly be people who deny it happened or simply resort to name calling the person reporting the news.

By: Rebecca Savastio

Psychology Today

ABC News

Iowa State University

Psychology at Iowa State

12 Responses to "GTA V Bombshell Revealed!"

  1. just stop   October 1, 2013 at 8:56 am

    there will undoubtedly be people who deny it happened or simply resort to name calling the person reporting the news.

    your as good at playing victim as you are at journalism.

  2. Alexander   October 1, 2013 at 4:29 am

    What a Poor, lazy excuse for journalism! Bombshell…really?

  3. Joe   September 30, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Please ignore the trolls. And by that, I mean this article.

  4. B   September 30, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    If ur under 17 why are you playing this game, ur not even allowed to own the game!!

  5. Caty Barron   September 30, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Why the Grand Theft Auto petition won’t accelerate its release to PC…

  6. VJL   September 30, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    A few previously mentally unstable people emulating the game out of the 15+ million who bought it is not an epidemic.

    I jumped off our garage as a kid with an umbrella like Mary Poppins as a kid let’s ban Disney because I was stupid.

  7. sovan   September 30, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    the game made so much money in a short period of time, people are jealous of rockstar. gaiming and real life dont mix, and kids shouldn’t be playing this game at all. minus well unblock porns and leave your porn tape in the dvd player then. im glad rock star didn’t comment for the media as they look ways to accuratly proves themself that the game is just an enjoyment it does have wanring and labels, for example mature audience only and a made up fantasy world, as a human you are responsible of making your own choice and decisions if your a retard seek retard school

  8. mikey   September 30, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    8yr olds and 11 yr olds shouldnt be playing the game! But for the adults who are trying to recreate these video game crimes in real life maybe they should seek help but too use articles about the young children is not fair. The game is rate M for mature (17+) So children at 8and11 should even be watching it played let alone playing it themselves.

  9. gtav   September 30, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    IKR, Misterncie Guy

  10. Orderly Chaos   September 30, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    It’s quite strange the attack that came from the 8 year old boy… Considering it wasn’t even at beta stage when that attack happened, also there is an 18+/M rating on the game. Alot of studdies have been published that since the video games industry has arrive crime levels have dropped year on year.

    Id like to add this with: Everyone blamed books, then it was the radio then T.V for violence and laziness. Now it appears that people who are probably the same type of people who believe that being gay is a sin and that everything is offensive. The torture in the game, it added to the story and was a key plot point in one of the characters character development.

    GTA V is about free will with no consequences. Real life is not.
    Video games are for what ifs and fantastic creative media that delivers a story to us in which we control.

    To round this off, Children’s parents are the ones who are in the wrong to let them play this game or any game that isn’t in the age range of the player playing this media.

    Let me ask you this, if a parent buys their child a porn video/dvd to watch, is it the parents fault or the minds behind the porn DVD?

    More people have copied movies and books than video games.

  11. Misternice Guy   September 30, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    clearly anyone that does these things for any manner of reasons is not mentaly stable.but hey a new game just came out thats a bit more realistic than most so lets blame that. im not denying the fact that this person may have said he was playing the game and thats y he did it. not mentaly stable obviously. if you cant tell the diffrence between a game and real life you should not be playing video games in the first place. i mean seriously your holding a controller!!!!!

    • Baldr   September 30, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      There have been hundreds of studies going back to the 1980s that shows a correlation between youth sports and increased aggression in kids. Some studies have shown a correlation between board games and increased aggression.


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