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British Prime Minister Backs Violent Game Inquiry
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British Prime Minister Tony Blair is backing an investigation into violent games after calls for action from Leicester MP Keith Vaz. This latest round of controversy has been caused by accusations that the Rockstar PS2 title Manhunt is responsible for the murder of 14 year old Stefan Pakeerah. According to the police, the console game was found in Stefan's bedroom, despite it having an BBFC rating of 18+. Stefan's parents are quoted as saying Manhunt acted as an "instruction manual" for the murder.

Mr. Vaz told the House of Commons in Prime Minister's Question Time: "The parents of the victim believe that the perpetrator of this savage attack was influenced by the video game Manhunt.

He urged Mr Blair to commission new research into a possible connection between video games and violence and to meet with a delegation of concerned parents.

The full BBC article is available at the link below.

PM Backs Violent Game Inquiry
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