[QUOTE]Jack Thompson, a Massachusetts attorney who for the last 20 years has made it his mission to battle the entertainment industry about adult-rated products for children, called to ask if the boys had been playing Grand Theft Auto.
Contacted at his home Monday, Thompson said one mission of that Grand Theft Auto is for the player to plant a bomb inside a mall, similar to the situation Saturday at Wal-Mart. Thompson has appeared on many national TV shows, including "60 minutes," where he spoke out against violent video games, particularly Grand Theft Auto."
Thompson said there have been a number of similar incidents around the country blamed on Grand Theft Auto.
Kids in this age group are obsessively playing the game and copycatting." He said brain scans done by Harvard have shown that kids processing with that part of their brain leads to copycat behavior."
This is not a fanciful 'Gee I wonder if,' " Thompson said. He said dozens of studies prove a causal connection between violent videos and increased aggressive behavior.
This is not conjecture, this is fact ... Transfer of that physical act from virtual reality to real reality has a desensitizing effect," Thompson said. [/QUOTE]