GTA 4: More Real-Life Criminal Shenanigans

Submitted by: fancylad 8 years ago

Well, this time the media really can blame Grand Theft Auto IV for this kid"s crime.
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Female 125
Of course, it`s in my town
Hahahaha
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Female 31
Grand Theft Auto is pretty fun, a little violent for my taste though. I can`t even play it because I get motion sickness. DX
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Female 68
thats so dumb. How is his crime like the game, just because he stole something from a store and was hostile? that means every thief is acting like someone in GTA. So stupid to blame a game for that lol. Ignorance.
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Male 221
No this is not a videogames fault (how you can blame a video game for anything is beyond me) this a case of a crazy fuc.k with pepper spray. People, Sometimes born stupid.
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Male 22
matchstick:"Those guys are in EVERY GUY, and games like GTA let them be that way in a constructive way instead of a destructive way."

too true - look at call of duty 4 - i love that game! i havnt played gta4 but some of my friends have and they havnt gone all homicidal maniac on us yet, even though some of them are under 18 and so shouldnt technically have the game [then again they`re only 16/17] and the media is obviously wrong as our tiny undeveloped minds have not yet cracked and made us put everyone we know through a blender and spray the resulting mess on the nearest wall.
*deep breath in*
there we go, rant over.

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Male 22
this is kinda dumb. i can understand stealing it, cos of all the hype its been getting, but anyone who actually re-enacts something from the game or does something stupid because of it must be completely retarded not to know that IT`S ONLY A FREAKIN GAME!
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Male 2,159
Whadya mean cartriges? It`s only out on PS3 and X360!

But either way, the news can feck off. I love GTA IV and yet I don`t stab people and steal cars.

Also, Gregoryn95, I am none of those types of people. I have a social life and have not been traumatised by a muthafeck`n video game.

It`s not down to the game, it`s down to the retards that take it seriously and think that`s the way to behave.

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Male 388
Aye, and games have no proven links to real life violence. If you have just commented something along the lines of "OMG This game is violent it makes people do bad things", then you are clearly an idiot, with the IQ of a doorstop.

I HAVE researched into this pretty in depth for coursework, and there aren`t any studies that that show any correlation between crime, and violent video games, or for that matter any proof that violent video games cause the player much more frustration than a sports game.

The media tend to exagerrate things, and your small minds just agree to go along with what they say.

If you are going to try and say that there is a correlation between crime and violent video games, then message me on myspace (available on my profile)
Why does GTA allways get picked on? A lot of it is pretty comical.

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Male 388
I am 15. I have played this game.

It is nowhere near as bad as manhunt, but even manhunt isn`t that bad, as manhunt is about the primary human instinct - survival.
If I want to shoot somebody, then I will shoot somebody, and thats my fault, not violent video games.

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Female 465
These games make me sad :(
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Female 1,002
And video games have pretty much nothing to do with people becoming violent. Unless the game makes them mentally ill then video games are innocent.
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Female 1,002
Cartridges? You don`t really get cartridges anymore. You only get `em for the DS.
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Male 416
WTFgirl, you still use IE ? Pffff, that`s whats wrong.

Also: GTA rocks, and can understand why one would do such a thing.

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Male 55
"Good, I`d like to see this game pulled from the shelves. Rockstar makes quality games, but with horrifically desensitizing content. It`s developers like rockstar that are going to ruin the youth of america."

It`s an 18 game (in the UK), its not designed for anyone under 18 to play so that argument is void. If parents allow their child to play the game that has nothing to do with Rockstar or the games industry which has quite clearly made a game for over 18s.

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Female 62
AND!!!
(POST THREE)
I love GTA because it sparks so much interesting discussion, I`ve probably spent as much time talking about it as playing it!
marencolleen, if your hubbin is really THAT obsessed with this game, but is usually a great guy, that actually says a lot about him IMHO. GTA appeals to guys in a way we don`t really get. In real life, guys can`t be that kinda wildcard, law-breaker, rebel-type, but there`s something in guys that WANTS to be that. Look at Sean Connery, Al Pacino, John Wayne, ALL the movie heroes. Those guys are in EVERY GUY, and games like GTA let them be that way in a constructive way instead of a destructive way. So I`d say let him play, and if he wants to get a little bit "James Bond" in daily life,too? Let him, it`s FUN!
You have to give a little and take a little, and video games are like the new sports, or the new wars. Men don`t have to go out and kill Carthaginians or wooly mammoths, at least let them kill Officer Tenpenny
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Female 67
Cartridges. LOL. Yeah I`ll get my nan to do the news next time, she`ll be more clued up on current technology.
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Female 62
And yes, girlgamers DO play GTA. (BellaOnline has one of the best GTA walkthrus, and it`s written by a woman) At least until someone makes a series as fun and complex and interesting with a Female lead :)
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Female 62
I`ve played through 3 of the GTA games, and yeah, they are really immoral, but they are fictional stories ABOUT CRIMINALS, they don`t present the characters as heroes, and even young kids see the difference. I mean, how many films and TV shows do we let kids watch that are about BAD people? Sopranos? John Woo films? Even classics like "Rebel without a Cause" and "On the Waterfront" are about BAD PEOPLE. The GTA games are probably the closest thing the gaming industry has to real "ART". (OK, there are games like Final Fantasy as well.) I see this as the next level, and even though I am anti-violence, I`m a Christian, and a feminist, I totally defend their right to pursue this new artform. If you are on the cutting edge, you`re going to provoke people, and that`s how society moves forward.
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Male 650
Marencolleen, look on the bright side, at least he`s not on World of Warcraft XD

Why do the media always give us the impression that everyone is just a brainless zombie who is affected by everything around them dramatically?

We are not all 8 year olds, we should know what`s real and what`s not. (Or do people really have that little amount of free will?)

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Male 1,036
Nice lad -
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Female 387
I`m sure when Rockstar made the game, they realised that most people can tell the difference between fiction and reality. I wouldn`t play it just `cos I`m not into that kind of game. Besides all that, there`s a reason why it has a rating.

Anyway, if you ban GTA the whole economy of my local area will probably crash. Rockstar is a Scottish company.

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Male 59
omfg you morons it is not the drating games fault its the stupid drating idiots who buy the game for their 7-16 year old kids and then bitch about its to violent for the "youth of america" drat YOU stop buying games for your damn kids if youre going to be a poohead and not follow the drating rating
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Male 962
oh sweet lordy. sombody call the dailymail
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Male 1,162
Where`s the drating tazer when you need it. Tell me that`s not worth a tazering. Hippies... Damn if I was a cop on that scene I would have dragged him out in front of the camera and showed him it wasnt a game anymore.
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Female 665
that`s pretty dumb... c`mon it`s just a game... just buy the darn thing it`s not that bad....
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Male 2,216
To people complaining about the game ruining youth... sadly you`re probably right, but it`s entertaining, and thats what people want in a game, if you can make an educational or wholesome game that is as involving and entertaining, then do so, but sadly I dont see it happening.
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Male 243
video games dont kill people. people kill people
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Male 3,431
TASE HIM BRO!!!
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Male 2,506
im 13 and thats the best game, honestly its not that violent, the older gta`s were more violent, this ones just fun
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Male 118
Idiot
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Female 207
Meh, people that get addicted to that game usually don`t have much of a life. It`s like WoW, people are literally losing loved ones and jobs and whatever over it.

Kinda sad.

Cartridges?

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Male 1,109
...but it`s so fun!
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Male 214
@marencolleen maybe you should get a divorce? maybe there is something else to it. hes mad because that game is so drating awsome lol. my parents say that i get in a bad mood when i play violent video games but thats not true because i come out happy because i played them.

i think that the ESRB should make a rating called NRP which means Not for Retarded people. retards who are 27 and cant get a job is who the game is not made for because they will do stupid things like theese

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Male 214
"Good, I`d like to see this game pulled from the shelves. Rockstar makes quality games, but with horrifically desensitizing content. It`s developers like rockstar that are going to ruin the youth of america." -RPGillespie dude, you still are a youth of america. and its not the company that makes them that is wrong, it is the people who buy them that will ruin the game. i think in order to purchase the game, you need to pass a psychological exam to make sure your not one of those retards who do go on shooting rampages because they have the game.

@estilopanama that is precisely why games like these are 18+ but parents will buy it for their kids anyway so that doesnt matter. this game is made for people who are not retarded enough to be influenced by GTA4 and other games like that.

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Male 1,289
:O!!!
OH NOES!
"it`s just like the video game it self" AHAAHAHA.........ha...
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Female 173
....don;t worry, he`ll get a `do you want to restart your mission` msg on his phone.
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Female 531
dude, i just hate this game, that`s all i got to say. my husband has been playing constantly since he got it. i got mad at him yesterday and hid it, he ended up tracking me down to a friends house (a friend that he didn`t even know where she lived) to yell at me to tell him where his damn video games are... i definately see a change in my husband when he plays this game, he gets mean... saturday i asked him at midnight to turn it down so i could sleep and he just told me to stop my biotchin... that is not how my husband normally acts... i despise this game...
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Male 730
Yah.. 27.. can`t buy it, doesn`t have a job? rofl.. I guess GTA doesn`t carry much weight on the resume
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Male 132
@dom, yeah I meant form the inside but yeah :P I usually jack cars then drive away slowly, cause its fun to drag the peds around >_>
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Male 127
@ sumomonkey21

GTA IV gets more coverage because it has *MUCH* better sales than manhunt 2 or condemned 2

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Male 7,933
San Andreas had an over the top character that I knew more about. I could see how Sweet was Dr. Dre. Smoke might have been Ice Cube, and Ryder was definitely Eazy-E. It just seemed natural to me. I dont know that much about the Bosnian war
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Male 317
estilopanama has such great opinions....

/sarcasm

Do some actual research. This opinion coming from the person who supports 9/11 conspiracy theorists. You`re no better than Joseph McCarthy, pointing the blame-finger at anything you see fit without looking into the facts behind the matter first.

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Male 7,933
OH and I have the game. As of now I kinda prefer San Andreas but this game adds new realism never seen before.


"Guns dont kill people, video games do!"

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Male 4,867
wahhhhhhh! u prefer san andreas
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Male 7,933
OH and I have the game. As of now I kinda prefer San Andreas but this game adds new realism never seen before.


"Guns dont kill people, video games do!"

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Female 4,197
My son is 6 and he`s plays it (not the missions or shooting, just driving around crashing into stuff) He is the sweetest most gentle child in the world. I wuv him :D
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Male 4,867
actually awesomeloser u can kick police car windows, thats how niko breaks into the cars
lol
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Male 7,933
gregory, I agreed with you until you got to point c. Do you know how hard it is to be a college athlete? Not only do they put more work in sports than most valedictorian do in school, but then they have to get atleast a C in school. Not to mention that they attract more students to join than any other group.
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Male 4,867
*ive got it and i havn`t gone on a killing spree.
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Male 132
by "too much for them" I mean too much to understand, not will cause there minds to shatter
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Male 132
"just like the video game itself"
no, no its not, you can`t kick windows in police cars or rob a gamestop
"cartridges"
research the topic your reporting on

I don`t see what the problem is with GTA, most minors only want it because there not supposed and a lot of what goes on is too much for them, but in actual content its about as violent/graphic as the departed and no country for old men, and kids aren`t committing crimes because of those? this is a classic case of blame the new medium for evil!

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Male 4,867
awwwww everybody shut the fcuk up.
its a dratin game. i`ve got i havnt gone on a killing spree. the whole point of GTA is you can do stuff you wouldn`t do in real life without any consequences.
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Female 4,197
"The youth are constantly exploited and exposed to desensitizing material, through movies, pornography, advertising, TELEVISION"

That just reminded me. Remember all the copycats after Jackass became a big hit? At least ten years before my neighbours were throwing themselves off their second story roof onto rocks, throwing mousetraps at each other (only wearing shorts)

If kids are gonna do stuff THEY ARE GOING TO DO IT. They don`t need any influence if the thought is already there. I really REALLY hope they don`t take the game off the market cuz I really wanna play it (when I get a PS3 in fifty years time)

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Male 124
As far as desensitizing the youth of America, and indeed any youth, sure, GTA4 has content that exactly that, and of course, a mature rating isn`t going to keep it out of the hands of people who aren`t old enough. However, I support Rockstar because their games are incredible, I was there at midnight for the release of GTA4. The youth are constantly exploited and exposed to desensitizing material, through movies, pornography, advertising, TELEVISION. It takes integrity and conviction to realize that although they are fun and enjoyable, aren`t necessarily meant to be emulated. Jack Thompson isn`t right, but he also isn`t wrong, and the same goes for people arguing against him. Unfortunately, as the saying goes, a few bad apples ruin the bunch, as is being demonstrated in the video.
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Male 928
Another point: should religion be restricted because of the prevalence of religious violence? Or because right wing loonies shoot abortion doctors and Mormon cults rape their children in Texas? Of course not.
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Male 153
"B) They have a mental/psychological problem in the first place, which they then would have commited a crime like murder regardless of a computer game.

Why didn`t the kids who play Doom/Duke Nukem/Wolfenstein shoot each other or commit crimes????"

That was the basis for the reason why Columbine happened, cuz the kids were into Doom. Although obviously it`s bullpoo. try explaining this to Jack Thompson, he`ll just tell you to Fudge off and die.

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Male 928
This should not under any circumstances be pulled from shelves. If they let this be taken off the market, do you know how many movies with similar content would also have to be pulled? I`m sure hundreds of games, DVDs, shoes, clothes, and other items are stolen every day that AREN`T GTA4. But no one gives a poo about those.
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Male 153
Indeed, Pabasa. He tried to harass Rockstar until they filed a restraining order. afterwards, they added in the Pwn Jack Thompson mission. The guy you kill, his name is Tom Goldberg, of Goldberg, Ligner, and Shyster.
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Female 4,197
If people are gonna go on crime sprees it`s cuz

A) They don`t have the money so they will steal. This has been happening since Jebus was around, except it was food then. That was a survival thing, not because ppl are too lazy to work or the country doesn`t pay it`s poorer sections enough like today.

B) They have a mental/psychological problem in the first place, which they then would have commited a crime like murder regardless of a computer game.

Why didn`t the kids who play Doom/Duke Nukem/Wolfenstein shoot each other or commit crimes????

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Male 4,012
Jack Thompson - 1

an embarassment to the gamer society.

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Male 1,079
noob
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Male 70
wow....what a loser!...27 years old and of all the things to steal he steals video games? yea i was hoping to see one of the cops taser his @$$.
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Male 1,825
and thats nothing like the game.
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Male 1,825
he didnt even play the game yet? so it was cause he wanted the game, not cause he played it and turned violent. mothers did the same type of thing when they wanted to get tickle me elmo for their babies
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Female 12
dude. cartridges? wtf.
how about not since last drating decade.
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Male 153
in the 21st century,or c) People who are horrifically stripped of life because they have a traumatic experience playing this game. Honestly, the real issue regarding youth right now is why stupid students who really have no academic future in life can get into higher learning institutes because of sports.
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Male 153
"RPGillespie: Male, 13-17, Western US. YOUR NOT OLD ENOUGH TO PLAY IT!

GTA IV is not for kids!"

Lol thanks to my perverted cousin, i learned msot of the terminology used in this game at age 8.

"Jack Thompson is gonna have a field day with this one..."

He already had a field day when he found out that in an assassination mission you have to kill a lawyer who happens to rant on about the damage that video games are causing to society.

"Honey, I know EXACTLY what you mean...but unfortunately, it`s way too late to reverse any damage that the different mediums of entertainment have caused. But it`s good to see someone in your age range (13-17) care about that kind of thing. You don`t see that anymore. It`s a rare thing. Keep being yourself, and always stand for what is right, even if you stand alone."

estilo, the thing is, people who play this game are either a) 18 and up, b) horrifically educated about what they are talking about thanks to life in

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Male 153
"RPGillespie: Male, 13-17, Western US. YOUR NOT OLD ENOUGH TO PLAY IT!

GTA IV is not for kids!"

Lol thanks to my perverted cousin, i learned msot of the terminology used in this game at age 8.

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Female 128
wow, thats drated up.
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Female 2,074
RPGillespie:

"Good, I`d like to see this game pulled from the shelves. Rockstar makes quality games, but with horrifically desensitizing content. It`s developers like rockstar that are going to ruin the youth of america."

Honey, I know EXACTLY what you mean...but unfortunately, it`s way too late to reverse any damage that the different mediums of entertainment have caused. But it`s good to see someone in your age range (13-17) care about that kind of thing. You don`t see that anymore. It`s a rare thing. Keep being yourself, and always stand for what is right, even if you stand alone.

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Male 188
could*
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Male 1,361
RPGillespie
Male, 13-17, Western US
78 Posts Monday, May 05, 2008 2:28:36 PM
Good, I`d like to see this game pulled from the shelves. Rockstar makes quality games, but with horrifically desensitizing content. It`s developers like rockstar that are going to ruin the youth of america.

You`ve got to have played atleast 1 gta, and no offence you sound abit wierd talkinfg about ruining the youth of america, being a, youth of america

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Male 188
gta 4 wasn`t even that violent i played and focus more on the driving then gun fight and it ruined because you couldent just order a taxi
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Male 483
he seems like a delightful young fellow....
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Male 3,301
Jack Thompson is gonna have a field day with this one...
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Male 109
i always wondered how this game got more media coverage than manhunt 2 or condemned 2, which have as much if not more mindless violence.
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Male 1,361
Cartridges?

Blank cases, i guess, instead of putting actual games up for display for einstein here to nick, they put up blank cases and store the discs, somewhere else

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Female 744
Hehe, kick the windows more, dumbass. That guy is so lost in his own little law-breaking world.
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Female 924
Video works fine for me. For all who cant see the vid: Basically, a 27 yr old stole a bunch of copies of GTA4 and got busted.
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Male 3,369
Cartridges?

Correct me if I`m wrong, but unless it`s a handheld, it`s not taking cartridges.

RPGillespie: Male, 13-17, Western US. YOUR NOT OLD ENOUGH TO PLAY IT!

GTA IV is not for kids!

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Male 1,550
WTF, where are those ass*hole cops that taser and nightstick people who cooperate when there are douchebags like this guy who actually deserve it???
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Female 157

<=[ What`s wrong?

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Male 1,228
Thanks to me it is now the lowest rated thing on this site, 1.0. lololololol wont last long
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Male 217
Good, I`d like to see this game pulled from the shelves. Rockstar makes quality games, but with horrifically desensitizing content. It`s developers like rockstar that are going to ruin the youth of america.
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Female 427
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Male 1,228
multiples? So he wanted to like; resell what he stole?

HEY SKIP THE IPODS MAN GET THAT GTA4

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Male 142
27 years old.
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Female 157
It`s just a white box =S
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Male 19,879
Link: GTA 4: More Real-Life Criminal Shenanigans [Rate Link] - Well, this time the media really can blame Grand Theft Auto IV for this kid`s crime.
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