Monday, May 6, 2013

13 year old slashes friends neck. Police say video games a "factor" in attack.

-Clydebank, Scotland. Police officers attributed violent video games to an attack on a 14 year old who was assaulted by his 13 year old friend. The two had met online while playing the mature rated title Gears of War 3, and had a falling out a few months later resulting in name calling over Xbox Live messages.

On April 14th, 2012, the victim and his friends had encountered the perpetrator at a local shop and left without further altercations. That evening as the victim and a friend were walking to another house, they came across the perpetrator again. Grabbing the victim and slashed a knife across his throat exposing his windpipe, the perpetrator then reportedly said to the victim “Don’t die,” before walking off.

The victim required 20 staples after the surgery done to repair the damage.

A Microsoft spokesperson made this statement,
“We have some of the most robust parental control systems to empower parents to decide how their children play and communicate. We have the greatest sympathy for the victim and his family.”
There are reasons why violent games are usually rated 'M' for mature. Images in the game can be graphic and sometimes unsettling. Most game stores won't even allow someone to purchase mature title without showing proof of ID. These young gamers will often resort to going to mom & pop stores where the owners don't care or don't pay any attention, or they cry to their parents until they give in. However, playing the games never cause kids or even adults to act out what they see or experience.

That being said, there are rare cases of a gamer who goes off the deep end. Newspapers, government officials, even court officials are always quick to jump on these cases and point the finger solely at video games, never questioning if there might be other factors. In this case, it appears to be more of a lack of self control and possible mental issues rather than video games. The fact that the 13 year old is already a parent would also imply that the perpetrator has issues with mature decision making. The argument seems to be the catalyst, not the game itself.

No comments:

Post a Comment