Lawyers claim Grand Theft Auto led Cody Posey to kill his father, stepmother, stepsister in 2004; Sony, Take-Two, Rockstar named in suit.
By Tim Surette, GameSpot
Posted Sep 25, 2006 4:03 pm PT
Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto franchise is once again the target of lawyers in a high-profile murder case. Attorneys in the trial of convicted killer Cody Posey have named Sony Computer Entertainment America, Take-Two Interactive, and Rockstar as responsible for a triple homicide that took place in New Mexico in 2004, according to news outlets in the state.
The court found Posey, then 14-years old, guilty of murdering his stepfather, stepmother, and stepsister with a gun. Posey allegedly snapped after years of physical and mental abuse at the hands of his stepfather. A judge convicted him of first-degree murder in February.
Lawyers today said Posey would not have committed the murders if he hadn't played the "murder-simulation device" Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Circling the courthouse is Miami attorney and anti-game crusader Jack Thompson, who has descended upon New Mexico and is aiding the lawyers in the suit.
How can we possibly allow people to blame media mediums for stuff like this? What if I sued Superman Returns because I put on a super suit, dove out my window and broke my leg in an attempt to fly?
I'd like to hear your feedback on media impact and how much it can really influence. Is there any solid way to prove it?