Detroit Prosecutor Issues (outdated) List of 10 Violent Games to Avoid For the Holidays

December 4, 2007 -
Detroit is the second most dangerous city in America, according to 2006 crime statistics.

Top Prosecutor Kym Worthy (left) thinks violent video games may play a role. As reported by the Detroit News, Worthy has issued her 3rd annual list of the Top 10 Most Violent Games. Of the titles, she said:
It's no wonder we're seeing the crimes we're seeing lately...  Please do not buy these video games and bring them into your home. It desensitizes [children] to violent acts.

From the Detroit News article:
Grand Theft Auto topped a list of the top 10 most violent video games... The video game "absolutely glorifies" carjacking, Worthy said, and encourages shooting, running over pedestrians and other violent acts.

Other video games on the list make a sport out of buying and selling drugs, show children witnessing the murder of their father and Rapper 50 Cent being involved in the drug underworld.

It won't be especially difficult for parents to avoid purchasing the games on Worthy's Top 10 List, since most of them are at least a year old; some are several years old:

1. Grand Theft Auto (last released on consoles 2004; PSP, 2006)
2. Manhunt (2004, we assume they mean 2007's Manhunt 2)
3. Scarface (2006)
4. 50 Cent Bulletproof (2005)
5. 300  (Feb, 2007)
6. The Godfather (PS3 - March, 2007; other versions, 2006)
7. Killer-7 (2005)
8. Resident Evil 4 (Wii, PC 2007; other versions 2005)
9. God of War (2005; we assume they mean 2007's GoW2)
10. Hitman Blood Money (2006)

GP: We understand that politicians are going to compile lists of this sort around the holiday shopping season. Is it too much to ask that they do their homework, figure out which games are actually in demand right now and offer parents guidance that is more relevant?

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pie needs to stop talking but we do have the first amendment soooo its just a suggestion

[...] Detroit has a bit of a crime problem and prosecutor Kym Worthy is looking to bring that down by issuing her third annual list of the “Top 10 Most Violent Games” for parents. As GamePolitics points out, the list isn’t looking to be topical or specific; wide brush strokes will do. For example, if reading literally, the original Grand Theft Auto, the original Manhunt, and last year’s Scarface round out the top three. 50 Cent Bulletproof comes in at number four — because that already forgotten 2005 title is on every any kid’s wish list for 2007. [...]

[...] Detroit has a bit of a crime problem and prosecutor Kym Worthy is looking to bring that down by issuing her third annual list of the “Top 10 Most Violent Games” for parents. As GamePolitics points out, the list isn’t looking to be topical or specific; wide brush strokes will do. For example, if reading literally, the original Grand Theft Auto, the original Manhunt, and last year’s Scarface round out the top three. 50 Cent Bulletproof comes in at number four — because that already forgotten 2005 title is on every any kid’s wish list for 2007. [...]

She forgot "Night Trap"

*head desk X 9000*

Detroit is number one in the 2007 rankings

Wow, this is one old list. Has anyone ever heard of the game F.E.A.R.? The games main point is that it is a horror story. These are all console games, it's like games on computers don't even count. These are the people who need to go back to junior high, because they have no idea how to do a proper research assignment.

NO NORMAL HEALTHY PERSON WILL BE IN ANY WAY EFFECTED BY THESE GAMES. If your some crazy, trigger happy nutter by all means take their advice, also I would advise not to buy manhunt 2, it was banned for a reason and ia actualy sheer crap to play. OTHER THAN THIS PLEASE IGNORE ALL THE MESSAGES THESE IDIOTS GIVE YOU. GAMES HAVE NO NEGATIVE EFFECT ON NORMAL HEALTHY PEOPLE.

CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE OTHER VEIWS

YOU CAN FIND ME AT: figsnake12@googlemail.co.uk
ALL IDIOTIC ARGUMENTS WELCOME

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It is funny to hear that stuff about rappers like they are the only celebs who does crazy stuff or this kind of behave.

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