Remember in the ’90s when everything bad thing that any child ever did was 100% the fault of video games and Iron Maiden? There were public witch hunts anytime a kid did something wrong, and the media would go into a frenzy, and senators would try have games banned, and it was usually just complete nonsense and trying to find a scapegoat to blame for the behavior of impressionable youth. Anything except the parents taking responsibility, right?
Are you ready for a trip down Nostalgia Avenue? Up in Canada, an 11-year-old boy had an all-night marathon session of Grand Theft Auto, at which point he decided to see what driving feels like in the real world. At 11, most of us had a pretty good idea that there are consequences for our actions and that we shouldn’t do things that could put tons of people in danger, even those of us who grew up playing video games…
“(He) had just been finishing playing Grand Theft Auto at home and wanted to find out what it was like driving a car,” said Sgt. Schmidt, of the Ontario Provincial Police.
Picture yourself cruising down a Canadian highway, swerving past deer and elk, on what is essentially a skating rink once it snows. You see a car driving really, really slow.. about half the speed limit.. you look over, and there’s a little kid sitting there, barely able to see over the dash, then he puts the pedal to the medal and just guns it with no regard for anything at all.
11 year old boy returned to parents after failing to stop for police on Hwy400…
Wanted to drive after playing #GrandTheftAuto
— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) November 27, 2016
He just doesn’t seem to know that there are bad things that can happen when you do stuff like this, this isn’t some evil kid who was trying to hurt people. When you die in Grant Theft Real Life, you don’t just wake up outside a hospital with a few bucks less in your wallet. Most of us understood this growing up, and could differentiate from games and reality. It’s really hard to blame the games when stuff like this happens, but that’s usually the knee-jerk reaction from parents and the media.
This is every parent’s nightmare when they ignore the warning label and buy their kids a Mature rated game. Guaranteed there are some smart, responsible kids who are going to be stuck playing puritanical classics like Goat Simulator because hot-shot over here had to ruin things for everyone.
“What happened is the vehicle was first going under the speed limit, about half the speed limit. Then (he) switches over to the other lanes, continues to travel accelerating to well over the speed limit, 120 or more kilometres per hour. The vehicle then stopped and as the officer tried to get out and talk to this driver, find out what was going on… the vehicle took off again,” said the officer.
The boy was returned to his parents shortly after, who must have been so glad that everything was okay.