Taunting Tragedy?

Prosecutors link taunts to stabbing in the Chicago Tribune (registration required) describes a murder that may have been triggered by taunts hurled while playing a video game (thanks Mike Martinez). This previous report on the Trib (registration required) has more of the gory details on the story, which has also been picked up by the UPI. According to the articles an 11-year old boy died from stab wounds after taunts were exchanged during a session of some unnamed video game. What's not clear is how the taunting ties into the stabbing, as the earlier story says the 16 year-old who was arrested for allegedly stabbing the younger boy was also alleged to be the one who was delivering, rather than receiving the taunts. The later story repeats much of the earlier story verbatim, but omits some of those confusing details along with some descriptions of the evidence, so it may be that some of the finer points that were reported at first have since come into question.
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You're kidding, right?

Myself and just about everyone I know in my age bracket played video games CONSTANTLY, even through college. I'm talking violent FP shooters, talking smack, the whole shabang. Nobody I know has done anything violent, nor do they even own a flippin gun. Heck, a coworker is in his mid-to-late 40's and he still loves playing games (Thief and such) and he is not violent at all.

The same "problem with gaming" could be said about people that like to watch gorey horror movies. These movies have been around for a while now, but how often do we read about kids wearing hockey masks and killing teenagers at Makeout Point (or some other thing).

Honestly, if you let yourself get taken over by a game, you've got bigger issues. If you find the fantasy realm of "Riddick" bleeding into your daily life and feel the need to snap someone's neck or stab someone with a shiv, then I really doubt a video game triggered that. Reading a dark book too many times or getting too involved with a television series would probably "trigger" you just as easily.

If not "violence from games," you'd be stalking Amanda Tapping from Stargate because you think she's a Go'uld or start carrying knives and learning Martial Arts to become more like V (good movie by-the-way).

If you find yourself obscenely addicted to a game (like, playing every day until 2AM on a work night) then it's not video games that's the problem, it's you.

Maybe you have an addictive personality.
Maybe you're depressed and you feel gaming fills the void in your life.
Maybe you have no friends and take solice knowing that in a video game you're part of a group.
But I find it hard to believe that a "video game" caused any of it.




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-Fry, Futurmama

This comment was edited on Mar 20, 12:44.
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