Recently, a family filed a lawsuit against Rockstar Games, the makers of the GRAND THEFT AUTO series. The lawsuit revolves around the death of a tractor-trailer driver, who was killed when two boys decided to take rifles and shoot at random cars on the interstate, just like the game. They later stated that the game inspired them to commit the act. In this week's Gamers' Thumb, we'll take a look at our take on the issue.
Personally, companies cannot be held liable for introducing an entertainment product with adult content. The First Amendment gives freedom of speech so that we can have movies and games about violent criminals. These kids weren't even old enough to play the game with its 'M' Rating. Sure they managed to get their hands on it but their parents should have known, and their parents should have made damn sure they realized that it's just a game, and not something you do in real life. James
Like most people, I
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For our Games pick this week, I'm going to have to go with MARIO KART: DOUBLE DASH!! The game is the most anticipated GameCube game of the holiday season without a doubt. Game Boy Advance users can look forward to MARIO & LUIGI a Mario Bros. RPG. NEED FOR SPEED UNDERGROUND should provide racing fanatics a thrill. SECRET WEAPONS OF NORMANDY is also going to be a big hit of the week. And PC gamers without an Xbox finally get a chance to play KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC. On the other side, non-PC Xbox gamers can finally play JEDI KNIGHT III: JEDI ACADEMY. Also, Ubi Soft's cel-shaded first-person shooter XIII hits shelves. Also, the Xbox DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION game hits Microsoft's machine. Another great holiday season week's of games.