Grand Theft Auto Lawsuit Essay

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In the article “Can a Video Game Lead to Murder?,” Ed Bradley reports on an incident in Fayette, Alabama involving the shooting of three police officers by a teenager and a multi-million dollar lawsuit against both the makers and sellers of the Grand Theft Auto video game. In his report Bradley uses inflammatory words, skewed facts, and quotes of prominent public figures to try and agitate uninformed parents and make them more conscious of games and the effects they may have on their children. Bradley starts off his report with asking the reader to imagine a game that would let them “decapitate police officers, kill them with a sniper rifle, massacre them with a chainsaw, and set them on fire” (Bradley). This use of extremely graphic …show more content…
Bradley’s description of the game play is irresponsible because it only shows a single aspect of the game and makes the parents believe that this is the only thing the game offers. With Bradley quoting people who call the game a “murder simulator” how can parents look at that and not expect the game to be anything other than a mindless rampage through a city (Bradley). According to Meriam-Websters Online Dictionary, a simulator is “a device that enables the operator to reproduce or represent under test conditions phenomena likely to occur in actual performance” the comparison of a video game to a device that reproduces murder is unacceptable under this definition (“Simulator”). This skewing of the game’s content is an attempt to set the readers up with a pre-made view of the game that Bradley has built. This is not necessary to achieve the goal Bradley aims for. Although, the loss of life involved in this case is terrible, the facts need not be skewed against the game. If a case exists it should be evident without the help of facts skewed against the game. Bradley is not alone in his harsh tactics, however, as many others have decidedly harsh opinions as well. The amount of public figures that Bradley finds to interview is quite impressive. They range from attorneys to police officers and even law students. The bulk of all

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