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Grand Theft Auto IV

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Publisher: Take Two
Developer: Rockstar
Release Date: April 29, 2008

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Thai Teen Kills Cabbie, Blames 'Grand Theft Auto IV', Game Pulled

by Rainier on Aug. 4, 2008 @ 7:44 p.m. PDT

What does the American dream mean today? For Niko Bellic fresh off the boat from Europe, it is the hope he can escape from his past. For his cousin, Roman, it is the vision that together they can find fortune in Liberty City, gateway to the land of opportunity. As they slip into debt and get dragged into a criminal underworld by a series of shysters, thieves and sociopaths, they discover that the reality is very different from the dream in a city that worships money and status, and is heaven for those who have them and a living nightmare for those who don't.
A Thai 18-year-old high school student confessed to robbing and murdering a 54-year-old taxi driver with a knife on Monday, claiming he wanted to find out if it was as easy in real life to rob a taxi as it was in GTA IV. Police said the teen was an obsessive player of the video game, showed no sign of mental problems and confessed committing the crime explicitly because of the game. If found guilty, he faces death by lethal injection. Thailand currently has no game ratings, but the Thai distributor dropped the game due to this incident.
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