October 2003: Video games and violence argument surfaces again
Ten years ago, the families of Aaron Hamel and Kimberly Bede, both shot by teen stepbrothers William and Josh Buckner, filed a $246 million lawsuit against Rockstar Games, Take-Two Interactive Software, Wal-Mart, Sony Computer Entertainment America. At the heart of the lawsuit was Grand Theft Auto III, which the Buckners claimed inspired their actions. Hamel was killed and Bede was injured as the Buckners randomly shot at tractor-trailers on the highway. The Grand Theft Auto series as seen its share of controversy over the years, and has time and again been linked to a number of violent crimes. In the case of Buckners, they eventually pleaded guilty.
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