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THE BUZZ: Today’s issue of the UK newspaper the Daily Mirror features the headline, “I’ll do a Grand Theft Auto massacre,” on its front page.

The quote was made by Ryan Donovan, who was jailed for 25 years yesterday after shooting crew members on board the submarine that he was stationed on. “The defendant just giggled and said he was thinking how to start a massacre,” Prosecutor Nigel Lickley told Winchester Crown Court. “He started talking about Grand Theft Auto where you start a massacre and rack up points by killing.” Donovan had requested a transfer to a Fleet Auxiliary Ship but it was denied because he disobeyed a cleaning order, prior to the request.

EGM’s TAKE: What Donovan did is unforgivable and their can be no excuse for his actions, however we don’t feel that blaming his actions on a video game is right either.

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Daily Mirror Features ‘GTA Massacre’ Headline

Today's issue of the UK newspaper the Daily Mirror features the headline, "I'll do a Grand Theft Auto massacre," on its front page.

By Matthew Bennett | 09/20/2011 09:03 AM PT

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THE BUZZ: Today’s issue of the UK newspaper the Daily Mirror features the headline, “I’ll do a Grand Theft Auto massacre,” on its front page.

The quote was made by Ryan Donovan, who was jailed for 25 years yesterday after shooting crew members on board the submarine that he was stationed on. “The defendant just giggled and said he was thinking how to start a massacre,” Prosecutor Nigel Lickley told Winchester Crown Court. “He started talking about Grand Theft Auto where you start a massacre and rack up points by killing.” Donovan had requested a transfer to a Fleet Auxiliary Ship but it was denied because he disobeyed a cleaning order, prior to the request.

EGM’s TAKE: What Donovan did is unforgivable and their can be no excuse for his actions, however we don’t feel that blaming his actions on a video game is right either.

Do you feel that video games are reflected badly in the press?

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About Matthew Bennett

view all posts

Matt is one of the longest-serving members of the EGMNOW team. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Find him on Twitter @mattyjb89