In the US state of Chicago, a Democratic representative has launched a bill that would ban games like Grand Theft Auto 5. The trigger for the new debate is the increasing number of car thefts in the form of car jacking. Here, drivers are pulled out of their vehicle while the engine is running. In the last year alone, there have been 1,417 such cases in Chicago.

And in the new year, too, there were 218 attacks on drivers in the first four weeks. According to the politician Marcus Evans Jr., video games that glorify violence are primarily responsible for this and offer the corresponding possibilities. Therefore, the representative no longer wants to ban the sale of such titles only to minors, but to players of all ages. Whether the politician will be successful in the end, however, remains rather questionable.

According to the Chicago Sunday Times There have been attempts like this again and again – but each time they have failed. In general, video games have repeatedly been used as a scapegoat for violent events. And this despite the fact that several studies have already shown that violent games have no influence on people's aggressiveness. Meanwhile, GTA 5 continues to sell well. Since its launch in 2013, Rockstar Games has sold the title over 140 million times. This year the release for PS5 and Xbox Series X / S is in the starting blocks.

Source: Chigaco Sunday Times

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