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Police are hunting a hooded man who stabbed a passer-by as he waited to buy a new edition of a notoriously violent computer game.
Up to 100 people witnessed the knife attack as they queued ahead of the midnight release of Grand Theft Auto IV.
The 23-year-old victim was attacked as he passed the queue outside Gamestation, in George Street, Croydon, at about 11pm.
Police said he did not call for help but a witness informed police who found him a short distance away.
The creators of the hugely successful Grand Theft Auto series have come under fire for their depiction of casual violence, drug dealing and prostitution.
notoriously violent computer game
You know a lot of people are criticizing the new GTA game for being a negative influence on our youngsters, and a lot of people are saying that kids playing this game will be more likely to go out into the real world and commit similar acts of violence.
By that logic, considering most of my generation spent time playing Pacman, We would be sitting in a dark room, listening to monotonous music and munching pills. Ohhhh!..."