Video game violence has been a hot-button issue for the last couple of years. A recent Louisiana shooting, where an 8-year-old boy killed his elderly caregiver, has riled up this debate once again. Cops have been quick to blame Grand Theft Auto IV, causing the game's publisher to respond. Take-Two Interactive has issued a statement to CNN yesterday, regarding their thoughts on this recent tragedy.
Ascribing a connection to entertainment-a theory that has been disproven repeatedly by multiple independent studies-both minimizes this moment and sidesteps the real issues at hand.
While the police have not officially named a motive for the killing, they did make sure to mention which video game the child was playing. They referred to Grand Theft Auto IV as a “realistic game that has been associated with encouraging violence”. They state that the game awards points for killing people, and that the child had been playing it moments before the shooting.
Following the Sandy Hook shooting late last year, President Obama called for new research into the possible link between video game violence and the increasing number of real world shootings. So far, several industry members, such as video game reviewer Adam Sessler, have stated their opinions on the subject.