Manhunt Blamed erroneously!


#1

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/08/04/manhunt_murder_claim/

By Tony Smith
Published Wednesday 4th August 2004 16:44 GMT
The copy of the computer game Manhunt that was discovered during the investigation into the murder of a 14-year-old boy was not the possession of the killer but the victim, it has emerged.

UK retailers Dixons and Game both pulled the title from their stores’ shelves last week after the parents of the murdered boy, Stefan Pakeerah, alleged that his murderer, Warren LeBlanc, 17, was “obsessed” by the grisly game and that it had inspired has murderous actions.

The victims father dubbed Manhunt “a manual for murder”. It was widely reported by the mainstream press, online and TV media that the game had been found in LeBlanc’s bedroom.

However, today it emerged that Leicestershire police found the game in Pakeerah’s room, not LeBlanc’s, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

“The video game was not found in Warren LeBlanc’s room, it was found in Stefan Pakeerah’s room,” a police spokesperson said today. “Leicestershire Constabulary stands by its response that police investigations did not uncover any connections to the video game, the motive for the incident was robbery.”

Police believe LeBlanc murdered Pakeerah, whom he knew, to obtain money to pay back a drug-related debt.

LeBlanc’s assumed possession of Manhunt raised the questions as to how a 17-year-old was able to get hold of the game. The game carries an 18 certificate, so it is illegal to sell it to anyone under that age. Now it has emerged that the game was owned by the 14-year-old Pakeerah, that question has not gone away. ®


#2

I still stand by my opinion that games sometimes go too far, but the mis-information by the Media in this matter is unacceptable. If this report is indeed fact, then they must be made to answer for it.

After all, they have lied to the public when they were not in posession of the facts.

I don’t blame the police for it, because they had stated before-hand that the video game might not have been connected with the murder. I’m not sure the parents themselves knew about the game - maybe their unfortunate son had kept the game hidden from them? Perhaps they had also been given false information and had decided to investigate the game themselves… :shrug:


#3

I really really hope that the makers sue Dixons…


#4

lol… manual for murder. Too bad there isn’t a game that can be a “manual for self defense when your friend comes to rob and kill you.”

You’d think the impresionable 14 year old would’ve learned from the game and subdued his assailant with the plastic bag from his trash. So much for video games influencing young people :frowning:


#5

Why do people keep letting the media cloud their thinking?


#6

I think Rockstar and Take2 should sue the parents and laywer for libel and slander. Especially considering the murderer didn’t even own the game until he murdered the dude to steal his stuff, including the copy of the game.

Gah! Stupidity!


#7

LeBlanc’s assumed possession of Manhunt raised the questions as to how a 17-year-old was able to get hold of the game. The game carries an 18 certificate, so it is illegal to sell it to anyone under that age. Now it has emerged that the game was owned by the 14-year-old Pakeerah, that question has not gone away.

Seriously… how on EARTH could he have GOTTEN it? :rolleyes:

-Tom N.


#8

yeah seriously…what video games did Hitler and Saddam play when they were children? People always need a scapegoat, and video games are the flavor of the week.


#9

media sucks. plain and simple. looking for a good way to grab peoples attention and get them on the “good side” by dealing out lies. mabey they were just misinformed, i dont know, but the media is still a big group of morons.

rockstar SHOULD sue them. and not just the family, the media company or people who misinformed the public. im sure a bunch of families got in a riot over this and now see the true story, and dont kno what to make of it.


#10

Maybe the whole thing is a conspriacy made by Rockstar to win public empathy.


#11

hey mycodesoft, that’s pretty funny. I like the way u think :smiley:


#12
[i]slander[/i]

[ol]
[li]Law. Oral communication of false statements injurious to a person’s reputation.[/li][li]A false and malicious statement or report about someone.[/li][/ol] This wasn’t slander, this was an opinion. Even though I have come to agree with you guys that a game is not responsible for murder, you are still out of bounds for some comments like these. Yes lets sue a family who had thier kid brutally murdered. What if this was your kid? Would you be so quick to say something like that?


#13

I seem to recall many an occasion when certain newspapers have lied to the public and have been made accountable for it - so how come the Daily Mail hasn’t been in hot water so far? :curious:


#14

what exactly did they say or print that would constitute a case for defamation or slander? I’m curious.


#15

“Police believe LeBlanc murdered Pakeerah, whom he knew, to obtain money to pay back a drug-related debt.”

Yep, must be the video games - they are corrupting our youth.
If video games are perceived to be that infulential, I wish someone would make one that would teach me how to break into a bank while avoiding all detection, bypassing all alarm and security measures, steal 100 billion dollars, move to a tropical island, learn to scuba dive, mix drinks, and live with some hot babe… or 2…

:twisted:


#16

You are confusing the OPINION of games being to violent, with the FACT that the media misinformed its readers.
So technically, it is slander not by the parents though, but the press in this case. But then again, if Rockstar would sue a poor parent, that would be even more dreadfull then the game itself.


#17

first of all, slander is oral. What you are talking about is defamation and I still don’t see it. I could be wrong, but please quote me a sentence or 2. Can anybody? From the articles presented so far I don’t see anything that comes close. The press is just reporting what the parents and others are saying. In fact in the first article they said (not the press) that the guy was heard to be obessed with the game manhunt. Not anything about who actually owned the game. Are you guys talking about other articles from another source? Where are you guys coming up with slander and defamation?


#18

You know what I have never played manhunt. Now after all of this I REALLY want to play it now. Rockstar is thinking that bad press is still good press. :thumbsup: :::leaves to go rent manhunt::::


#19

Ah! Post your review here afterward.


#20

I can give you my review. :slight_smile: Manhunt is boring after about an hour. You’ve only got a limited amount of ways to kill and everytime you kill some one its cuts to a short cinematic scene which takes you out of the game. Its a rental and it won’t make you go out and do anything bad, unless you’re crazy ofcourse. :smiley: I’d give it a 2 out of 5.