Spiegel Online International speculates as to whether some of the attacks in Grand Theft Auto IV were inspired by al Qaeda tactics:
Islamist forums are abuzz with a new theory: The designers of the video game Grand Theft Auto IV, they say, were inspired by killing methods developed by al-Qaida. But did the idea for the car bombs and suicide attacks in the game really come from Osama bin Laden?
For user "Abd al-Wahhab," it is obvious. It isn’t just military men all over the world who are studying the murderous methods employed by the terror group al-Qaida. Rather, designers, developers and graphic artists in the video game world, he argues, have realized that "al-Qaida is a killing school."
To support his premise, Abd al-Wahhab posts five YouTube videos. We’ve included one here, depicting a car bomb, at an airport, detonated by cell phone. Hmmmm…. Catch the rest of the videos with the Spiegel Online story.
Spiegel games writer Christian Stöcker, however, doesn’t think much of the theory:
To say that al-Qaida influenced Grand Theft Auto IV is just as absurd as claiming that al-Qaida invented violence… No way. You can carry out a suicide attack in almost every video game that contains bombs and grenades, simply by not running away.