Yesterday the London Evening Standard used one quote from one police constable to blame Grand Theft Auto for the London riots. Today, despite the Standard retracting its line, the Daily Mail is running with it.
In a report today (last updated at 11:47am as I write this) the Mail reports:
"GRAND THEFT AUTO BLAMED
"A policeman said last night that children involved in the rioting and stealing were inspired by violent video game Grand Theft Auto.
"The hugely popular computer game, which should not be played or bought by anyone under 18, is popular among teenagers, with many having the game given to them by their parents.
"In Tottenham, the scene of the first riots on Saturday night, a police officer said: ‘These are bad people who did this. Kids are 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 game, which is made by Edinburgh-based firm Rockstar North, has been criticised for depicting carjackings, drive-by shootings and prostitution. It has also been accused of encouraging juvenile crime in Britain.
"Players are expected to commit crimes and build up their power in a fictional city, through selling drugs and killing rival gangsters.
"There have been fears that some gamers may try to recreate scenes from the games for real."
Of course, it refuses to print - or simply does not have the evidence to support - any such fears coming from the mouths, pens or keyboards of anybody at all.Read the whole thing via Istyosty.