From the article: "Creators of violent video games should be prosecuted if copycats take their content into real life. It's high time game makers face the legal consequences of their creations, a top government official says.
This reaction comes in the wake of a brutal slaying of a city taxi driver by a teenager obsessed with blood-and-guts shoot-'em-up game Grand Theft Auto. He wanted to see if robbing and killing a cabbie was as easy in real life as on screen.
Grand Theft Auto has been criticised for depicting violence including beatings, car-jackings, drive-by shootings, drunk driving and prostitution.
"When a player copycats a crime he or she sees in the game, the game maker should be prosecuted," says Somchai Jaroen-amnuaysuk, the deputy director of the Welfare Promotion, Protection and Empowerment of Vulnerable Groups Office.
"Prosecutions will automatically force game makers to act more responsibly," Somchai says.
Dr Somprot Sarakosas, a former spokesman of the Human Security and Social Development Ministry, agrees the government should explore legal avenues against all parties responsible for such violence."