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London Riots? Blame Grand Theft Auto

Why can't we all act like Pac-man instead?

Police are expecting even more anarchy tonight on the streets of London, following on from Saturday’s Tottenham riot which originally began as a peaceful protest. Tweets are pouring in by the hundreds, reporting numerous scenes of vandalism and police activity, a brutal confrontation expected to ensue as the night progresses.

It has also been reported that Birmingham is now under siege, and like the Tottenham riot, the attacks are said to be in retaliation against police for the death of Mark Duggan on Thursday, August 4th. The 29 year-old was shot dead by a specialist gun crime unit after brief “firefight” in which he was said to have brandished a weapon, though the investigation is still under way.

It’s suspected that most of the rioters are simply opportunists, a number of storefronts having been looted during the raids. One constable commented that the increasing presence of violent video game is a main factor in encouraging youths to participate in such criminal activities:

These are bad people who did this. Kids out of control. When I was young it was all Pac-man and board games. Now they’re playing Grand Theft Auto and want to live it for themselves.

Sure, video games are now much more engaging and from time to time they will include content which is deemed corrosive by the daily tabloids, though as we have touched upon, anyone with a modicum of moral fibre knows better than to emulate what they see on-screen, the blame being firmly placed upon the individual instead.

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  1. DrOf1337
    Tends to spoil major games.
    Since: Jan 2010

    Of course, if they were all inside playing GTA then they wouldn’t be out burning my neighbourhood down, so swings and roundabouts really.

    Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 21:08.
    • Kennykazey
      Member
      Since: Mar 2010

      Why you so blue?

      Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 22:26.
      • a inferior race
        I'm special
        Since: Jul 2009

        He is a VIP.

        Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 22:58.
      • MaD dOctoR 79
        Member
        Since: Dec 2010

        yeah yeah yeah games invented violence we never had violent people before there were games etc

        but seriously I’d actually blame those flash mob T-mobile adverts for this…as it has obviously given the dreggs and slime of this country am idea of how to catch the police of guard…bloody twitter.

        hope all of you and your families are safe and sound…

        hope all the scum get what’s coming to them sooner rather than later…

        Comment posted on 09/08/2011 at 01:58.
      • MaD dOctoR 79
        Member
        Since: Dec 2010

        sorry clicked wrong reply button :)

        Comment posted on 09/08/2011 at 01:59.
  2. Deathbrin
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    But GTA London was set in the 1969!

    Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 21:10.
    • yogdog
      Member
      Since: Feb 2010

      Haha, touche!

      Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 21:12.
      • Foxhound_Solid
        Is a smart cookie.
        Since: Dec 2009

        Well played ;-)

        Comment posted on 09/08/2011 at 17:34.
    • Sympozium Pawa
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      Getaway was modern and it was quite successful in the charts, that’s obviously the game these guys have been playing.

      Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 21:49.
  3. the bottler
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    What a brilliant comment! There have riots since the dawn of time – even before GTA! Judging by how poorly policed this whole series of events is, perhaps he should get his head from out of his arse and do some fucking police work!!!!!!

    Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 21:18.
    • the bottler
      Member
      Since: Feb 2011

      Sorry about the language – it just frustrates me. Surely there are more important things to do than point the finger at computer games, especially when allegedly the cause of this was the police.

      Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 21:25.
      • Smallville2106
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        Don’t apologise, funny as fook!! lol

        Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 21:41.
      • Smallville2106
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        Funny comment not the situation and goings on etc.

        Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 21:42.
      • the bottler
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        I know. The situation is terrible. But surely the time for pointing the finger is after the event. He should get off his soap-box and change into his riot gear and give his frontline boys a hand.

        Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 21:52.
      • Crocadillian
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        I don’t see why people are treating this comment so seriously, we all know it’s misinformed and stupid, and a lot of misinformed, stupid comments are made every day.

        Comment posted on 09/08/2011 at 00:28.
      • bg
        Banned
        Since: Apr 2010

        This comment is hidden.

        Comment posted on 09/08/2011 at 13:04.
  4. gideon1451
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Been watching this for the last hour. It’s shocking. Someone on BBC’s feed suggested that it was ‘people looking for a bit of excitement in the summer holidays’ :|

    Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 21:20.
  5. rht992
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    i thought video games prevented crime? or was that just in america?

    Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 21:24.
  6. MegaBonez
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    It had to happen didn’t it! It’s always games!

    Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 21:25.
    • Louise
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      Exactly. Anything bad happens, and it always reverts back to video games. I can’t believe i didn’t anticipate them blaming GTA and such.

      To be honest, i’ve only just heard about these riots. Typical that i’ve been out of the country for 2 months, and now i’m coming back to London and this is going on :/

      Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 22:40.
  7. BIGAL-1992
    Member
    Since: Jan 2009

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t remember GTA actively encouraging Riots.

    Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 21:29.
    • MegaBonez
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      If they knew anything about games, they’d blame Mercenaries 2!

      Comment posted on 09/08/2011 at 00:28.
  8. Adiemus
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    well its clear that pacman is responsible for obesity in the over 30 then! and the fascination with ghosts on living tv!

    Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 21:29.
    • sesameseed
      Member
      Since: Mar 2009

      And he spent his youth popping pills until he felt invincible too!

      Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 21:41.
      • Adiemus
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        Ah yes! Forgot about substance abuse! Pacman and GTA! The main cause of societies problems!

        Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 22:06.
  9. MICKY17
    Member
    Since: Dec 2008

    It seems that the hobby we cherish so much is being the scapegoat again.

    Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 21:35.
    • DrNate86
      Member
      Since: Apr 2010

      It is sad and incredibly ignorant. Especially when we know it is really all the fault of the French.

      Comment posted on 09/08/2011 at 00:51.
      • philbert8
        The Frankie Boyle Of TSA
        Since: Sep 2010

        Well said brother, the surrender monkeys are to blame for everything. Quite like some of their cheeses though, ooh and their patisseries.

        Comment posted on 09/08/2011 at 09:58.
      • DrNate86
        Member
        Since: Apr 2010

        They do make good cheese and pastry. I also blame them for my diabetes.

        Comment posted on 09/08/2011 at 12:26.
  10. wirralsman
    Member
    Since: Oct 2010

    Can we also blame violent films, rap music, CSI, and school history lessons where we learned of violent uprisings during the Roman times?

    Comment posted on 08/08/2011 at 21:39.
    • DRCD1
      Member
      Since: Dec 2008

      Trust me, history lessons have made me want to start a riot more than any video game…

      Comment posted on 09/08/2011 at 00:33.
    • Klart
      Member
      Since: Jun 2010

      Off topic, but I like your Autobahn :).

      Comment posted on 09/08/2011 at 14:44.

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