UPDATED: English newspaper claims rioters "inspired" by video games

Posted on Tuesday, August 9th 2011 at 11:17 a.m.

London has been plunged into chaos as rioting erupted in the wake of the shooting of a civilian by police.  Opportunistic looting soon followed as police resources were stretched to the limit.

The British press, always the model of journalistic restraint, took this opportunity to claim that young looters were inspired by Grand Theft Auto to embark on their looting spree.  The Standard quoted a police officer and one Enfield resident.

We’ve been here before, many times.  The well of blaming society’s ills on video games, in spite of their vast usage by normal everyday law-abiding citizens, never seems to run dry.

UPDATE: Apparently the Standard changed its mind and video games aren’t to blame now.

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