Evening Double Standards


Breaking news from the frontline! Yesterday we reported the news that Grand Theft Auto was being blamed for the London riots.

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.

The quote was attributed to a police officer in Tottenham and the Evening Standard ran the headline you can see above. Later editions of the paper did not have the same headline, thanks in part to our friends over on MCV.

Last night a Sony distribution centre was set on fire, which we reported here. The Evening Standard reported the news in their business section with a quote from Sony, ‘There will likely be some impact on deliveries’. The paper then commented,

This was seen as a major understatement by industry sources who pointed out that retailers tend to hold relatively little stock due to the fast-turnaround nature of DVDs and games, which sell very quickly when they become hits. “These are products that really do not stay on the shelves for long,” said one senior industry source.

What game do you think the Evening Standard used in the print edition? A game that London will soon by crying out for as ‘supplies face disruption’?



  1. The people at the Evening Standard are geniuses.

  2. This posses me right off when a newspaper blames video games for just about anything.>:( They are not willing to have a debate about what is the actual cause and just use their scapegoat to cover up their lazyness.

    I reckon that the real reason while kids as young as 10 are looting because their parents are telling them to do it. Nah, it can’t be as that is the most likely reason. but no,it has to be be video games according to the media. >:(

    I really wish the riots would end this very second as lives are being ruined by scum and i would hate to hear that someone has burnt down a TSAer’s house. Also they have prevented honest, innocent people from working which as a results costs them a day’s wages which they may need to pay the bills. I hope these rioters get arrested and forced to share a cell with someone call “big kev” who says “hello” to them in the “nicest” way possible.

  3. News papers love to blame entertainment in times of riots etc. First it was rock music, then violent movies, then rap music and now video games.

  4. I blame Korpiklaani.

  5. I can see two youths from my window chasing petals round the village meadow. I wonder if they were inspired by Flower, bless them.

  6. It’s probably their bags of smack that they’re chasing aboot :D

  7. There must be some GTA-nut near the editor or something.
    That’s some massive focus on a two or three year old game.

  8. I don’t get it… the warehouse is part of the music industry so how is games and movies effected??

    • The Sony DADC (Digital Audio Disc Corporation) plant in Enfield was struck by looters last night, who were thought to have made off with thousands of pounds worth of *equipment and games, CDs and movies* before the site was set on fire.This could have far-reaching consequences for consumers across Europe, as the plant is a key games pressing and packaging factory and a major link in the chain of Sony’s DVD, CD and PS3 European games distribution process. There’s a very real possibility that releases will be delayed as a result, or that supplies of certain titles may be very low due to the damage casued to the facility.”There will likely be some impact on deliveries,” said Yoko Yasukochi, a spokeswoman at for Japanese electronics and entertainment giant in Tokyo.”We cannot determine the cause of the fire or the extent of the damage yet because it’s not possible to enter the building,”The Sony DADC plant is also where some *PC games get pressed, as well as a manufacturing point for Blu-Ray and UMD.* The site also doubles up as a high-tech research lab, with leading work on optical technology being conducted there.

  9. Considering The Riot Act was passed in 1714 & gta was released in the early 1700s, it’s easy to see a connection.

  10. i just looked out of my window, and that sony warehouse is still smoking.
    either that or there’s another fire right near it.

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