Rockstar's blockbuster hit Grand Theft Auto IV has been pulled from stores in Thailand, following claims from a teenager that it motivated him to kill a taxi driver and steal his car.
The 18 year old high school student committed the crimes on the weekend, and was discovered soon afterwards with the wounded driver in the backseat. He confessed to his crimes yesterday - if found guilty, he faces the death penalty.
"He said he wanted to find out if it was as easy in real life to rob a taxi as it was in the game," said chief investigator Veeravit Pipattanasak to Reuters. Apparently, the student was an 'obsessive player' of the game.
As a result, the game's distributor in the region, New Era, has removed the game from sale.
"We are sending out requests today to outlets and shops to pull the games off their shelves and we will replace them with other games," said Sakchai Chotikachinda, New Era Sales and Marketing Director.