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Posted 2006-11-28 by Tony Walsh
Regent Park, one of Toronto's more troubled inner-city neighbourhoods, is broadcasting a slice of life via the YouTube-based Regent Park Television. Yesterday's episode shows how local youth perceive their experiences with the infamous game Grand Theft Auto. None of the gamers interviewed in the piece seem old enough to purchase the game in an ESRB-compliant retail store. According to the Wikipedia at the time of this writing, "Over 50% of the population living in Regent Park are children 18 years and younger (compared to a Toronto-wide average of 30%)."

The kids in the video said they play GTA a few hours daily on average, and say that they like it because of the killing and stealing depicted in the game. "What makes the game good is that what you can't do in real life you can do [in the game]," one young gamer says, adding "I don't want to kill a cop or jack a car, I'm just saying it feels good to be able to do it in a game." Midway through the video, scenes from the game are comically re-enacted. The interviewer squeezes some candid moments out of the kids towards the end of the video, but they all declare "it doesn't influence me in any way." At least the game influenced them enough to make a video about it, giving outsiders an inside look at how one violent game relates to Regent Park youth culture.
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