Violence de-coded


Curly and Larry were surprised at the sounds that had come through the vent over the past 3 weeks. And their fear increased when Moe who arrived for a quick visit confirmed that these indeed were sounds that he regularly heard in his San Francisco neighborhood which frequently saw gang wars breaking out in the middle of the street. After all, this was Oklahoma, an extremely peaceful place which did not see this kind of violence.

What the trio didn’t know was that the basement room from where the sounds were coming from had recently been taken over by Charlie, a teenager who had recently bought a copy of the Grand Theft Auto V console game and was playing it for more than 16 hrs a day.


This post has been written for Alistair’s Photo Fiction : October 6th 2013 where the post had to be written keeping the photo at the top of the post as the basis for the same.

29 thoughts on “Violence de-coded

  1. Beautiful story and written with a sensitive heart. It’s sad how video games are destroying the lives of children and turning them into criminals. What we need is stable, emotional and happy homes and not just materialistic belongings.

    • @Vishal, well, what do you do? When parents substitute time spent with children by giving them access to these games, this kind of phenomenon is bound to happen, isn’t it ?

    • I would take an exception to that, Video games destroying lives of children….really…? So basically tapping buttons in a particular sequence is gonna turn people into criminals…I wonder how many of the radical section play video games…

      • @Ayush, I never suggested that video games was destroying the lives of children, I just wrote a post which talked about pigeons worried about violent sounds emanating from the basement, that’s all πŸ™‚

  2. A lovely prompt and a wonderful way of using the prompt. Grand Theft Auto… he he.. what a twist. πŸ™‚ I remember how irritating the dialogues from this game are. My son used to play it at one time. It was tough getting him unhooked from it. πŸ™‚

    • @Jyothi, thanks a lot, and yes, given that I have played an older version of GTA, I know how addictive the game can be πŸ™‚

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