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Choice News FRIDAY, JUN 27, 2008  |  3 comments
Teen Crime Spree Inspired By Grand Theft Auto Video Game


The game "Manhunt" depicts horror, cruelty, crime and violence in such a manner that its availability was likely to hurt the public good.

GARDEN CITY, Long Island ‚ÄĒ A gang of teens in love with the blood-drenched digital killfest "Grand Theft Auto IV" - in which players slaughter hundreds during endless crime sprees - copied the video game's violent hero with a two-hour campaign of real-life robbery and brutality on Long Island, cops said Thursday.

The wild rampage featured such staples of the mega-popular game as a mugging, several break-ins and attempted carjackings at an intersection in tony Garden City, police said. They even allegedly knocked one man's teeth out.

"They decided they were going to go out to commit robberies and emulate the [lead] character Nico Belic in the particularly violent video game 'Grand Theft Auto,' " said Nassau County Police Detective Lt. Raymond Cote. "These teens have difficulty separating fact from fiction, fantasy from reality . . . It was quite alarming."

The series of attacks started at ...


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Hardy Harhar | WatchingtheWavesGoBy,Missouri  Find all comments by Hardy Harhar
Thanks Bernard--you're onto something. The game could include various theaters of operation, like Saudi Arabia, Israel, US, Australia, Japan. Each "theater" would have different challenges, because you can't do much street preaching in Saudi Arabia like you can in the US.
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Bernard | Australia  Find all comments by Bernard
Hardy Harhar wrote:
So, if teens are going to be inspired by a video game, what we need is a Christian video game where the main character, Johnny B. Good, gives out tracts, preaches the Gospel on the street, leads lots of people to the Lord, and starts a revival in the little town where he lives. Could we do that and get some teens to imitate that?
You could get extra points for withstanding unprovoked persecution without retaliation. Or for putting down the tracts and helping some homeless people...
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Hardy Harhar | Off the Roof, Missouri  Find all comments by Hardy Harhar
So, if teens are going to be inspired by a video game, what we need is a Christian video game where the main character, Johnny B. Good, gives out tracts, preaches the Gospel on the street, leads lots of people to the Lord, and starts a revival in the little town where he lives. Could we do that and get some teens to imitate that?
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