While en route to an Auburn University football game this weekend, twenty-year-old Burgess was arrested for allegedly stealing a truck, kidnapping a woman and ramming into nine parked cars, reports WDSU. But, wait – it gets dumber.
“During questioning Burgess allegedly told an officer that he ‘wanted to see what it was really like to play the video game Grand Theft Auto,’” according to WDSU.
Here’s a better way to find out what it’s really like to play Grand Theft Auto: Get a Playstation. Sure, it’s kind of expensive, but let’s be realistic: It’s still way cheaper than $80,000 bail, which is how much Burgess had to post in order to get out of jail.
Burgess allegedly stole the truck after a man left it running in a parking lot and stepped out of the vehicle, leaving a woman in the passenger’s seat. Cops claim that after jumping into the truck, Burgess tried to leave the parking lot, woman in tow, but found himself blocked. Naturally, he opted to ram into nine parked cars instead. Now, he’s facing nine counts of hit-and-run, as well as charges of theft of a motor vehicle and simple kidnapping.
As most of us know, Grand Theft Auto is a video game and doesn’t actually mimic reality, which often includes hard time for serious crimes. If Grand Theft Auto showcased the reality of people trying to entertain themselves in virtual prisons for hours and hours on end, it would be called Minecraft.
Imagine what the world would be like if people just took free reign to act like video game characters. Actually, it might be kind of awesome to live in world where people randomly smash things a la Donkey Kong and sporadically throw fireballs like Mario, at least as long as we all have extra lives and Game Genies.
Still, to the people who aren’t convinced there’s a link between gaming and criminal behavior, let this be a lesson: Don’t let your kids root for Auburn.