Note to self: Give Stockton, California a wide berth. The townsfolk there have apparently turned violent, thanks to Grand Theft Auto IV.
At least, that’s the impression given by a report in the Stockton Record. Running under the headline Grand Theft Auto IV Criticized by Stocktonians, the story cites interviews with just two people and gives the clear impression that GTA has adversely affected their lives.
Parent Greg Within told the paper:
My son Peter was never really aggressive, but once he got into video games, ‘GTA’ being one of them, he started to push, hit, talk back, and just become a different person.
A GTA player blamed his bad behavior on the game as well:
Mark Wellis, 19, said he was involved in an altercation a week after he purchased "Grand Theft Auto IV." At the time he noticed that he had become less sensitive to violence. Wellis doesn’t completely blame the game for his violence, but it did affect him.