GTA 4 Pulled in Thailand after Teen Player Robs, Murders Cabbie

By Aaron Linde, Aug 04, 2008 12:08pm PDT A Thai video game distributor has pulled Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3, 360) from retailer shelves after an 18-year-old high school student confessed to killing a taxi driver while recreating a scene from Rockstar's open-world action title.

According to Reuters, the teenager told Thai police that "he wanted to find out if it was as easy in real life to rob a taxi as it was in a game."

The youth faces death by lethal injection if found guilty of robbing and killing the 54-year-old taxi driver, pending further investigations and a trial.

"We are sending out requests today to outlets and shops to pull the games off their shelves and we will replace them with other games," said New Era Interactive Media marketing director Sakchai Chotikachinda. "We are also urging video game arcades to pull the games from service."

The murder has sparked action by Thailand's culture ministry, which has made calls for tougher video game regulation such as a rating system and a restriction on hours that youths can play games in public arcades.

"This time-bomb has already exploded and the situation could get worse," said Thailand's cultural surveillance center director Ladda Thangsupachai. "Today it is a cab driver, but tomorrow it could be a video game shop owner."

Grand Theft Auto IV has seen a great deal of controversy since its release this past April, proving a viable target for organizations such as the Parents Television Council and Mothers Against Drunk Driving

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  • Pretty awesome. I learned something today that will allow me to get away with murder. When driving home from work today I will wrecklessly speed, mow down pedestrians, crash my car into cyber cafe, walk up the steps to the roof of a skyscraper and grab the hidden RPG, shoot down the police chopper that is now hovering over my head telling me to drop the weapon and lie down on the ground and then jump off the skyscraper but miraculously live through it.

    When I wake up in my jail cell I will turn to the prisoner next to me and say "Hey, what the shit is this? In the game I always wake up at the front door to the hospital with a zero star wanted level. I think I found a bug. Do you have Rockstar's #? I wanna make my one call now!"