Singapore may have banned Mass Effect last year (and later un-banned it), but gamers there do not want to see a Grand Theft Auto ban.
As reported by the Electric New Paper, gamers in Singapore are concerned that last week’s cabdriver murder in Thailand may prompt a video game backlash:
‘It’s a game, it’s just for fun,’ said student Julius Wong, 20, who completed [GTA IV]… ‘What makes the game popular is that you get to do things you don’t normally get to do in real life.’ Playing the game was ‘stress relief’.
Student Poh Koon Kiat, 23, was also against a ban, saying it would be a knee-jerk reaction. ‘I don’t think games affect how I act in real life,’ he said.
ENP reports that GTA IV was a huge seller in Singapore, with 20,000 copies sold during its first week at retail. Local distributor IAHGames said it was unaware of any move to ban the game.