Tokyo Stabbing Puts Damper on Konami's MGS4 Launch

Konami seems to have caved to the notion that video game violence begets violence. The company has canceled three events in Japan for the launch of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patrios for the PlayStation 3 after last weekend’s stabbings in Akihabara, Tokyo’s popular electronics and anime district. A 25-year-old man, who was arrested by police at the scene of the crime, is suspected of driving his truck into a crowd of people, killing three, and then stabbing more than a dozen others, including four fatally. He has yet to be charged with a crime (in Japan, prosecutors have 20 days to charge a suspect with a crime before they must release him).

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