The situation in Thailand involving a cabbie murder with an alleged GTA connection grows increasingly bizarre...
Yesterday we mentioned a Cnet Asia report that the Thai Ministry of Health (left) had issued a list of 10 violent video games to avoid. You can see it here, in Thai.
Can't read Thai? Me neither. Here's the list in English, as translated by Cnet's Jesada Chandraprasert:
2- Man Hunt
4- 50 Cent - Bullet Proof
6- The Godfather
7- Killer 7
8- Resident Evil 4
9- God of War
Back in December GamePolitics criticized Detroit Prosecutor Kym Worthy for a.) blaming her city's crime on video games, and b.) issuing an outdated list of violent games to avoid. Here's Worthy's unworthy list:
1. Grand Theft Auto
4. 50 Cent Bulletproof
6. The Godfather
8. Resident Evil 4
9. God of War
10. Hitman Blood Money
They're the same list. The only difference is that Worthy's Hitman Blood Money morphs to Hitman on the Thai Ministry list, while Grand Theft Auto is simply written as GTA. That could be a result of imprecise translation by Chandraprasert.
So, is Thailand turning to Detroit to help solve its crime problem?
The more likely answer is that Thai bureaucrats are simply grabbing material from the Web in order to support a video game crackdown by the government.