UK newspaper The Times
has added Gran Turismo
to its short list of "killer games." Sony's racing sim joins Manhunt
, and Canis Canem [Edit]
(but not oft-targeted series Grand Theft Auto
-- or Pac-Man
landed on the list following the trial of two boy racers
whose reckless driving led to a fatal car crash, killing 79-year-old Phylis Williams. Both men were cleared of "causing death by dangerous driving"; instead fined relatively small amounts (£1,000 and £750), in addition to having points deducted from their licenses.
Immediately preceding the crash, one of the "bloody chavs
," 19-year-old Christopher Hayden, had been playing Gran Turismo
(on an in-car LCD monitor) while parked alongside a road. The court seemed convinced that playing the game encouraged Hayden to engage in the impromptu race; The Times
took it a step further, placing GT
in the company of "killers." *Sigh* ... another game catching the blame for senseless tragedy...
[Via Guardian Unlimited