writes: Jack Thompson has taken the fight back to Take Two Interactive, this time on behalf of the family of Cody Posey. The then 14-year-old Posey shot and killed his father, step-mother, and step-sister in July of 2004. He is currently in custody of the state until his 21st birthday. The suit claims that his obsessive playing of GTA: Vice City is to blame.
From the Article:
The game trained him "how to point and shoot a gun in a fashion making him an extraordinarily effective killer without teaching him any of the constraints or responsibilities needed to inhibit such a killing capacity," according to the suit.
According to the suit, plaintiffs' lawyer Jack Thompson was told by a sheriff's deputy that the game and a Sony PlayStation 2 were found at the ranch.
Posey had told police he shot his family after his father, the ranch foreman, slapped him for not cleaning horse stalls fast enough. Prosecutors described Posey as a ruthless killer, but his lawyers claimed his father had abused him for years.
writes: Courts in China have begun using software to help them decide punishments for criminals: up to and including the death penalty.
From the article:
"Criminals in China face being sent to the firing squad by a computer after the introduction of a software programme to help decide the sentences handed out by courts.
Judges are using computers equipped with a sophisticated legal database as an aid to determining punishments for 100 different crimes including robbery and rape by tapping in details of the crime and the mitigating circumstances."
It leads one to wonder: Even if the software were "perfect", is criminal sentencing something we want to remove the human element from?
writes: The Escapist has posted an interview it conducted with an anonymous "Online Guerilla Marketer" entitled I'm Evil: Confessions of an Online Guerilla Marketer
From the Article:
Jack has been living the life of a corporate-sponsored internet secret-agent for "about four years, employed by two different companies," he says. In that time he's used his clandestine tactics and marketing know-how to shill "about 20 products — mostly videogames, websites, computer hardware and a few other small products." He declines to name names for fear of damaging his reputation in the industry and those of the companies he's represented."
This would be a fun job if it weren't so despicable.