11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

September 4, 2008 -

Okay, so a pre-teen probably shouldn't be playing Grand Theft Auto.

But, as MyWebTimes reports, 11-year-old Audrey Plique's GTA gaming sessions may have saved her family's life after their car rolled over on the night of August 27th. Karen Norris, Audrey's mom, explains:

She just knew, from playing 'Grand Theft Auto.' She saw on there that when a car rolls over, it can blow up. She knew that could happen to us...

 

She showed the kind of bravery and courage you don't expect from an 11-year-old. She stayed composed. She sounded upset, but she knew the things she had to get done to help her parents and her siblings.

Audrey was just glad that she was able to save her family. It's unclear whether she saved her progress in GTA.

Via: Kotaku

GP: Thanks to several GP readers who pointed us toward this story. And, why yes, I do suck at PhotoShop...


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Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

Good grief, interactive products are the best teaching tools in the world.

name a public school that uses household videogame consoles to teach... Didn't think so!

Simple rule:  What you put into your head has behavioral consequences.  The Bible says this.

the Bible also says grasshoppers have four legs (Leviticus 11:23), that the Earth is flat (Isaiah 40:22, Matthew 4:8), that bats are birds (Leviticus 11:19), and that snakes eat dirt (Genesis 3:14). the Bible was also unclear on who Joseph's father was (Matthew 1:16 and Luke 3:2), how Judas died (Matthew. 27:5-7 and Acts 1:18), whether the righteous will live or die (Psalms.92:12 and Isaiah.57:1), and whether it was god or Satan who moved David to anger and numbered Isreal (II Samuel 24:1 and I Chronicles. 21:1). Hardly a reliable source of information.

岩「…Ace beats Jack」

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

EPIC WIN!!!

Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

Wrong! LEGENDARY Win!

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

Alos, we were NOT the ones on TV not even a day after the Vtech killing saying video games were solely responsible BEFORE THE KILLER WAS EVEN NAMED AND BEFORE THE BODY COUNT WAS EVEN KNOWN!!!!!

Honestly, if I lived in that area, I'd have punched you i nthe face if I saw you snopping around.

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

Actually, military aircraft pilots train on multi million dollar machines which are perfect recreations of aircraft cockpits and have hydralic actuator to move the cabin i nthe event of movement.

AS far as i know no civilian can afford such a thing. Show me soemone who is an average american with such a machien i nthere home and you MIGHT have an argument.

And a picture of a game console or a PC desk won't count as those don't even come close.

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

um.. jack.. read the post you moronic dimwit.

''But, as MyWebTimes reports, 11-year-old Audrey Plique's GTA gaming sessions may have saved her family's life after their car rolled over on the night of August 27th''

 

um what in that sentence exactly is false? and where does dennis say you CAN learn things from GTA?

oh.. yeah he doesnt. Congratulations, it must feel amazing to be the best at being the worst at EVERYTHING.

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

OK, THIS one's fake.

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The story says the girl thinks she learned the knowledge she used to save her family from a GTA game. Wether or not she is correct in her assumption is still being debated. As for learning, just because a person knows HOW to do something, that doesn't mean they have to. Soldiers know how to kill, but they don't just run around killing random people without any context to their actions.

 

You're a conservative, right Jack? You probably know how to work a gun, yes? That would mean you know how to kill people. So I must ask, have you killed anyone lately?

 

 -Remember kids, personal responsibility is for losers! For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007) Just to name a few...

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

Dear Attention Whore:

You know you are full of lies and you keep using religion to scare people and get your opinions and points of view as facts. You think we are all sociopaths but many of us showed you we have even more commun sense than you. You keep using religion and God´s name as if you really had the right to do it, when you truly are full of lies and deception.

You don´t care about God, or people, or children. You are just looking for fame, no matters how many people you damage on your way.

You don´t care for anybody but yourself. I´m glad the Bar has already punished you and I hope you get kicked out from the profession soon.

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Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

Thanks for improving my mood so much.  I was in a bad mood.  You made me laugh.  thanks JT.  Nothing like blabbering irrationality from you to cheer me up. 

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

Oh and since when did you care about the children when you are trying to destroy the American First Amendment

When Life gives you lemons, you find a new god.

When Life gives you lemons, you find a new god.

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

Not trying to save your own hide here... and your video games made me argument was destroyed by a woman saying.

"Parents who use video games as a babysitter shouldn't have sex to begin with."

Uh huh and this is where JT gets PWNED

When Life gives you lemons, you find a new god.

When Life gives you lemons, you find a new god.

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

Common Sense 1 - 0 Jack Thompson

When Life gives you lemons, you find a new god.

When Life gives you lemons, you find a new god.

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

this is horrbile jack trying to capitialize and the rest of you yelling at her for what she did she was an 11 year old girl who was looking at her injured and unconcious parents. note 11 year old girl not fully trained paramedic!!!! lay off the poor girl for gods sake

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

Dearest Chal:

The American Psychological Association has found a direct CAUSAL nexus between violent video game play by teens and their increased aggression.    August 2005.  Not correlation, causation.  Keep it real.

Jack Ali G Thompson

 

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

Ah, more ammo for Hal.

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Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

Enough with the psychological studies. Show us REAL LIFE everyday cases. And not just any case involving a very mentally unfit person. That is not "everyday".

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

Increased aggression, however short lived, does NOT mean instant violence.

By the way, where's the epidemic of slingshot injuried you promised?

Maybe you can also point me to Bully's "Columbine mode" you were so sure was in it.

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

We read it. No such words.

Literacy 1
Jack Thompson 0

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

I'm proud of you for finally changing your line from "violent behavior" to "aggressive behavior."  That's a lot closer to what the APA actually said.

But you're still wrong.  Nowhere does the APA say "causal."
 
Here's what the APA actually said:
 
WHEREAS comprehensive analysis of violent interactive video game research suggests such exposure a.) increases aggressive behavior,
 
Suggests an increase in aggressive behavior. That doesn’t say much, does it? How much of an increase? What is meant by "aggressive behavior"? Those are important details that can’t be glossed over if your going to claim games are harmful and need to be regulated.
 
 
Andrew Eisen 

To isert a link, click the button that looks like a planet...

Unless you can provide an actual name or a link, then no. No there isn't.

 

-Remember kids, personal responsibility is for losers! For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007) Just to name a few...

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

This is absolutely fascinating.  Let's see if we can follow the logic of this site's owner:

You can learn GOOD things from GTA but not bad things.  I see.  You can learn to do what this girl did but you can't be inspired to firebomb cars or stab taxi drivers.

Are you people aware of how silly you are?  Jack Thompson

 

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

Hmm no one claims the game made the girl a hero.

Aside from that, there's a fundamental difference between learning something and acquiring new behaviours. You're just conflating the two because it suits you to do so.

Allow me to illustrate the matter more clearly for you:

In this case a girl learned that cars can explode from a game (except they don't really, and TV or Film could have left her with the same impression). Equally she might learn something about airplane instrumentation from a flight sim, it's simply a matter of recall, not a fundamental shift in personality.

In contrast, she did not acquire any desire to make cars explode by flipping them, or any compulsion to commit random acts of violence. These would be new behaviours, not a matter of simple recall.

So er no, you are wrong as usual. Much as I don't think the child should have been playing GTA, I also recognise the fact children aren't mindless automatons incapable of distinguishing make-believe from reality.

Gift.

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

my god jack. look at my post just 2 POSTS ABOVE YOURS.

wow you are ignorant.

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

He never said that.

Literacy 2
Jack Thompson 0

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

You can learn GOOD things from GTA but not bad things.

 

Where on Earth did GP say that?

Also, as has been discussed, the little girl didn't necessarily learn or do the right thing.  Whether or not GTA taught her that cars explode when they roll over is irrelevant.  The fact remains that the game did not force her to drag her parents out of the car (didn't even teach her that part).

Can you learn stuff from games?  Absolutely.  No one has said anything to the contrary.  What games cannot do, is make you act.  Put another way: can a flight simulator teach you to fly a plane?  Yes, but it can't make you fly a plane.  That will always be your choice.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

IMHO people under 14 should probably not be playing any of the GTA games, but in this instance it seems that the girl was mature for her age and even took from the game something that helped her family out in real life. Kudos to you young Audrey. I'm glad you're family is safe.

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

got to say , that i agree with another poster here, that to be honest this means pretty much nothing (unfortunately!).

I mean lets face it, she didnt learn ANYTHING from GTA. For a start a car that rolls over RARELY just explodes in real life. (mythbusters thankyou!).  I mean in all honesty she actually could have caused more damage pulling them out.

In all honesty i just think this was a kid, who, when in a stressful situation just decided what she thougth was best based on instinct. I REALLY dont think (sadly) this means anything in terms of 'look games are proven to be good because of this'. ( iI mean credit to the kid though for at least trying to do something, which is a lot more than many adults i know who would have sat there in shock!) 

Even if we do take this on face value... a) she shouldnt have been playing it underage and b) its one person in millions..

Thats the difference between us and JT. We can admit that something doesnt have any factual weight to the games good/bad debate if it genuinely doesnt. We dont have to cling on to every straw that we see, and squeeze every last bit of distorted, untruthful half-truth out of it to further our agenda. I mean yeah, its a feelgood story, and worth talking about, but i dont think anyone is going to kid themselves. I mean we dont NEED to kid ourselves. No narcissistic personality disorder to satisfy here. No need to make up 'facts' when there is already plenty of good fact out there. I mean come on, look at the fact that we are all gamers and yet none of us (i hope) go out on rampant killing sprees. For me personally,  that is all the proof i need.

 

Stupid Is As...

Wow...just freaking wow...

You guys spend so much time and effort screaming your heads off that there is no correlation between media and a person's socialization. But, when it can be spun in your favor...

First, a car WILL NOT EXPLODE IF FLIPPED. Read that again. Period. End of story. A car may explode for numerous reasons, but her line of logic: it flipped, its gonna blow; is fatally mired in ignorance.

Throw in the fact that you never, EVER move an accident victim until assessing their inguries under normal circumstances. Now, a car exploding is not a normal circumstance and the vic should definately be moved. But you must remember that she had absolutely no idea or notion whether the car was going to explode.

So, when we take the spin away we are left with: young child makes a very, VERY dangerous decision based on ignorance developed through playing GTA.

1. Based on her assesment of the situation (upside down car) there was no reason, at all, to conclude an explosion was iminent.

2. She moved a crash victim for no reason. This is so far up the "are you an idiot" list that it is shocking that no one has brought it up yet.

Re: Stupid Is As...

Right, ignorance. Coz every 11 year old should know the intricacies of automotive technology like adults do.

Right she's an idiot. Coz every 11 year old know everything about first aid.

Well that settles the argument, which should sit really well with me except that, SHE'S ELEVEN YEARS OLD!!! You'd be lucky enough to find an eleven-year-old kid who wouldn't stop crying form terror after experiencing a car crash.

Really, stupid is as stupid... posts.

Re: Stupid Is As...

Give her a break.  She's 11.

Re: Stupid Is As...

<i>Wow...just freaking wow...

You guys spend so much time and effort screaming your heads off that there is no correlation between media and a person's socialization. But, when it can be spun in your favor...</i>

Causation and correlation are different things, genius. Nobody is denying that media can influence us. What we object to is censorship, as well as the idea that there's a direct CAUSAL effect between media violence and real world violence.

 

Re: Stupid Is As...

Well every form of media can have an effect on us, shape our thoughts and feelings and gives us ideas and inspirations whether they be negative or positive. It doesn't matter whether it is GTA or the Holy Bible. But it depends on the person in question. People are fundamentally psychologically different from one another and how they react to different stimulus.

With that said, the vast majority of normal people including children have a pretty firm grasp on the difference between right and wrong, reality and fantasy and what is or is not accesptable to do in real life. Violent media is not going to influence them to commit violence because they know that violence in real life is wrong and that the media in question is fake and meant as a form of entertainment to escape from reality and do things you couldn't or shouldn't do in real life.

Re: Stupid Is As...

She was trying to do what was right, And everyone came out ok. Plus there was a chance that an explosion might  of happened.

Re: Stupid Is As...

There is a bigger chance that an explosion will happen in my house (which has not overturned) right now, but I'm not going to wake my wife and kid up to take them out on the street.  There's always the possibility of explosion, but that doesn't mean we should treat the real world as if explosions are a definite possibility.  This girl acted foolishly.

Random Explosions

*Peels a banana* This looks so tasty.

*Bites into the banaEXPLOSION*

*Opens a newspapEXPLOSION*

*Rubs a kittEXPLOSION*

Hey, Guys! Did I ever tell you about the timEXPLODES!

The poster above me is a complete retard and ruined his entire statement with the phrase "There is always a possibility of an EXPLOSION!"

"

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

"Press X to flip Wartho...  I mean car"

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

I'm reminded of that Simpsons episode "I learned that the center of gravity on the Canyon Arrow will cause it to flip when turned. I also learned that Rhino's will do whatever they can to stomp out fires. Thank you Stone Phillips!"

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

At least there's one kid out there who can tell the difference between fantasy and reality. I haven't played it, but do cars explode once they roll over in GTA IV like they did in past games?

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

no they just become undriveable, the reason why the cars blew up in the gta 3 series is because the game creators wanted to save memory. i'm getting techincal but thats how come you keep get cars respawning... btw i frown upon kids playing gta, but in a RARE instance like this one, yeah it really did save a life! (or a whole family for that matter)

Jesus Jack Jones Thompson told me to do it!

Jesus Jack Jones Thompson loves you, so kill for his amusement so we can get money for the new "People's Temple of Jesus Jack Jones Thompson"

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

Unfortunately none of you appear to have read the full story. Otherwise you would have known that after paramedics came to patch everybody up she shot them in the back to get her money.

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

just how JT wants it... in the arse 

Jesus Jack Jones Thompson told me to do it!

Jesus Jack Jones Thompson loves you, so kill for his amusement so we can get money for the new "People's Temple of Jesus Jack Jones Thompson"

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

This is every bit as ridiculous as the idiots that parade around saying video games are murder simulators. A car will NOT explode from flipping over. It simply will not happen. The girl could easily have done more harm than good if someone had severe injuries and she tried to move them out of the vehicle. Don't hold this crap up and try to use it to defend us, it's embarrassing.

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

Regardless of whether or not the car was in any danger of explosion, the basic facts remain the same: This 11-year-old girl pulled her family from a rollover because she felt believed that it was possible for the car to explode because she played GTA and that's how things work in GTA.  Whether or not the family needed to be pulled out or not is irrelevant.  She's being hailed as a hero, and she attributes her bravery to what happens when you play GTA.

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

So, your arguement is that cars never catch fire and/or explode in real life, ever.

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

Catching fire is certainly a possibility, but if the car was no longer moving and the engine was off, it wasn't going to spontaneously combust. Explode? Absolutely not. Ever.

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

 ITT: people with very little world experience try to sound like experts.

 

The /b/tards around here remind me of people who watch youtube videos of rollovers and claim that there is no way for a jeep to do an endo/reverse endo while climbing/descending a very steep incline/decline.

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

Real world cars are not made of explodium, and removing hurt people for no reason from a metal box that is equipped with safety belts and crumple zones, and taking them onto the highway where cars are travelling at speed is ENDANGERING their lives, not saving them.  Not only did this 11 year-old idiot potentially worsen her family's injuries by moving them, she also placed them in more harm by removing them from the protection of their car.

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

 Any first hand accounts are just video game playing morons and any pictures, even if they appear in databases maintained by federal or local transportation authorities are photoshops.

Also, kitchen fires never happen unlike the sims lol.

Re: 11-year-old Girl Saves Family, Credits GTA

Eh... I dunno.

On one hand, it's great to see a positive story relating to Grand Theft Auto.  Heck, there might be more stories like this than we know since humans have a penchant for only focusing on the negative.

On the other hand though, this is an 11-year-old playing an M-rated game and it sounds like the only thing she learned from it is that cars are made of explodium.

Conclusion: nice try, please search for more.  This isn't the positive story we are looking for.

 
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