Video Game Leads Child to Violence on Eve of Grand Theft Auto 5 Release

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Recent shooting has media expert urging video game industry to stop promoting violence and depravity on the eve of Grand Theft Auto 5's release.

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When will the video game industry be held responsible for encouraging violent behavior in children?

A recent news story on CNN has Dr. Ted Baehr, media scholar and founder of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, asking, “When will the video game industry be held responsible for encouraging violent behavior in children?”

In Slaughter, Louisiana on Aug. 21, an 8-year-old boy shot and killed his 90-year-old caregiver after playing a violent video game.

The video game the boy is thought to have been playing before the shooting was Grand Theft Auto IV, known to be the most controversial video game of all time due to its connection to real life crimes.

"For a game that rewards stealing, vandalism, murder, and rape, and advertises its virtual realism, it should be no surprise that it’s once again receiving heat," said Dr. Baehr. "These sick, violent images are dangerous enough for susceptible teenagers, let alone 8-year-olds."

Baehr urged Rock Star Games to contemplate the values they’re instilling in vulnerable minds and rethink producing violent, immoral games especially as they are about to release Grand Theft Auto 5.

Baehr reminds them that violence in the media effects violence in society as more then 500,000 studies have shown.

Dr. Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) ministry and director of its family guide to movies and entertainment, Movieguide® (http://www.movieguide.org). CFTVC and Movieguide® are an international non-profit ministry, advocacy group, and watchdog dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”

For more information, visit http://www.movieguide.org or call 1-888-248-6689.

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