Retailer drops Manhunt after media frenzy over teen murder

Grand Theft Auto makers causing media trouble again.

British electronics retailer Dixons has removed Rockstar's Manhunt title from stores, after newspapers and TV news shows reported allegations that the title had influenced a teenager found guilty of the murder of a younger boy.

According to reports in a number of British tabloid newspapers and TV news shows, 17 year old Warren Leblanc, who yesterday pleaded guilty to the brutal killing of 14 year old Stefan Pakeerah with a claw hammer and knife, was "obsessed" with Manhunt.

The title, which was released in the UK last Christmas, is a "Running Man" style game where players take on the role of a convict given a chance to escape death by killing opponents in a run-down cityscape - with extra bonuses being awarded for particularly gory or sadistic deaths.

The game is rated with an 18 certificate by the British Board of Film Classification. No media source has yet commented on how Leblanc, a 17 year old minor, was able to acquire or allowed to play the game.

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News source: gamesindustry.biz

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