Heroin Victim's Mom Wants iPhone Drug Dealing Game Banned

December 8, 2008 -

Last week, GamePolitics reported that a soon-to-be-released drug dealing game for the iPhone had been renamed in an apparent effort to win App Store approval. Drug Lords, developed by a-steroids, had its name changed to the less offensive Underworld.

Despite new title, the mother of a British heroin user wants the game banned, according to UK tabloid the Daily Star. Thelma Packard's daughter Amy has been in a coma for seven years after dabbling with heroin as a 17-year-old. Mrs. Packard told the newspaper:

My daughter’s life has been ruined by drugs. If this game is allowed to come out, impressionable kids will play it and Amy’s mistake will be repeated over and over again. Youngsters like Amy are exactly the people who download and play games like this on their mobiles.

 

I just want to help other families avoid the nightmare that’s wrecked mine.


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Re: Heroin Victim's Mom Wants iPhone Drug Dealing Game Banned

 Absolutely its the parents fault, especially if the child still lives at home. She should have been locked in said cage as well, atleast a cage without heroin.

Re: Heroin Victim's Mom Wants iPhone Drug Dealing Game Banned

according to UK tabloid the Daily Star. Thelma Packard's daughter Amy has been in a coma for seven years after dabbling with heroin as a 17-year-old.

 

Firstly - the daily star - let me just say.. credibility... HAHAHAHAH... This is the paper that features stories on 'sex killer video games degrade women' whilst having naked pictures of women called 'stella' or 'roxy' on page 3 with their clothes off.

secondly - im sorry , why isnt this story headlined 'time travel , its possible!' because this mother seems to think that the girl in the coma somehow obtained a copy of this game with a time machine, played it before it was made, and that made her get addicted to drugs... oh.. no.. wait.. she isnt saying that.. Oh.. in that case it seems that sometimes a drug addict DOES NOT NEED MEDIA TO INFLUENCE THEM to becoming a drug addict. Some people CHOOSE to enter a world of drugs, and as a result of those bad decisions end up addicted. Im sorry but there is nobody to 'blame' for that. Take personal responsibility, and stop looking to find the next scapegoat that alegedly is the 'cause' of things like drug addicts and crime. PEOPLE are the cause. nothing more nothing less. Why do people always have to have been 'caused' by something to commit crime, or 'caused' by something to take drugs. Sometimes peope just do things because they WANT to do it.

Re: Heroin Victim's Mom Wants iPhone Drug Dealing Game Banned

Ya you nailed it i think, she's worried about a game whereas her daughter most likely caved in to peer pressure or curiosity.

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Re: Heroin Victim's Mom Wants iPhone Drug Dealing Game Banned

Ohh ya, thats how the world should work, i'm offended, BAN IT! *sigh*

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Re: Heroin Victim's Mom Wants iPhone Drug Dealing Game Banned

 Whats next, we ban mario kart cause drunk drivers playing it? It'll give kids the impression that its ok to throw turtle shells at other cars!

Re: Heroin Victim's Mom Wants iPhone Drug Dealing Game Banned

Well hell, I don't want to get a blue turtle shell trashing my trunk just because I'm ahead of everybody. That thing SUCKS. x_x;

Re: Heroin Victim's Mom Wants iPhone Drug Dealing Game Banned

But you have to admit... the Bullet Bill comes in handy when you're late for work.

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Re: Heroin Victim's Mom Wants iPhone Drug Dealing Game Banned

This is funny if anything.

1. She was almost an adult, and made a poor adult decision.  That is her own fault, and slightly her parents for not raising her to know better.


2. Of course it is going to happen again and again, but the game will have no affect on that at all.  Either way it will keep happening.  Kids are poorly parented, make poor choices, and pay the price.


3. Protecting the stupid from their stupid actions destroys natural selection.  Though that is cruel, it is true.  People should not be protected from themselves.  This game should have a requirement, if it doesnt already, to limit sales to people over the age of 18, but that is Apple and the developer's problem, not the governments.  If the parents don't want them to have this game, then they shouldn't buy an iPhone for their kids, or pay attention and be more of a part of their child's life.  Natural selection happens though, and sometimes it is unfair.  Sometimes our brightest and kindest minds are taken from us.  Then we have Steven Hawkings who may not have done what he has in is life if it wasnt for his illness.

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Re: Heroin Victim's Mom Wants iPhone Drug Dealing Game Banned

 I'm offended! BAN ZEL!

 
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