Officer Blames Grand Theft Auto for London Riots

Blame game is played in London riots despite slum-like conditions.

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An unnamed police officer, speaking to the London Evening Standard, has been quoted blaming the recent London riots on the video game Grand Theft Auto.

"These are bad people who did this. Kids out of control. When I was young it was all Pacman and board games. Now they're playing Grand Theft Auto and want to live it for themselves."

The riots started after police shot a man after he was reported to have shot first. Mark Duggan was a father of four, police trailing him for an arrest after an investigation into gun crimes.

The Standard's quotes are typical when such graphic and tragic events happen, people seeking a quick out and a scapegoat without looking at the wider issues surrounding the events. Tottenham is reported to be one of Britian's most impoverished areas, with record setting teen pregnancy rates and high rates of joblessness.

Sparking the story, the quote has begun to resonate through the gaming community, not because of where the blame is being placed, but because we've heard it all before. It's tiring. The articles cites a 1985 riot in the same location after another citizen was killed by police, ironically when kids were playing "Pacman and board games."

Surely the Namco-created dot muncher was responsible for that incident.


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