Some video games lead directly to speeding and car crashes, Judge Paul Kelly has said. The Donegal District Court judge suggested that young men were playing games that featured high speed car chases and that these games encouraged people to think they could outrun gardaí.
Judge Kelly was passing sentence on 22-year-old Daryl Kelly for speeding and driving at gardaí. He subsequently crashed his car into a wall. The judge said he had seen many more young men in his court on similar offences and linked this increase to video games.
There is no suggestion that Mr Kelly, who was convicted, was inspired by a video game. Popular games, like Grand Theft Auto, have been criticised in the past for encouraging crime and normalising violence. However, there is little scientific evidence to suggest a causal link between playing violent games and committing violent crimes.