Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Grand Theft Auto can be your reality too

Wow, I just know Jack Thompson would have had a lawyergasm over this: Man thinks he's living inside Grand Theft Auto.

A young man was admitted from prison to a psychiatric facility after reports that he had been acting in a bizarre manner. He had been arrested for stealing motor vehicles and assaults with weapons. At interview he was found to be experiencing the delusion that he was a player inside a computer game (adult-certificate game, widely available) in which points are scored for stealing cars, killing assailants and avoiding police vehicles. Psychotic symptoms had emerged slowly over two years.

Even though Jack Thompson is no longer allowed to practice law, you just know people will scream bloody murder over this and claiming that it proves the link between violent video games and violent behaviour.
Even though the aforementioned young man has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.