Submitted by VerbalKint27 978d ago | opinion piece

The Sun Newspaper Shoots Itself In The Foot, Can't Blame Games For It?

It was no surprise to see The Sun Newspaper jump on the violent video-games bandwagon this last week in relation to the awful events at Sandy Hook.

“KILLER’S CALL OF DUTY OBSESSION” read The Sun’s frontpage headline. It didn’t matter that some of the rag’s quoted sources dismissed the game as a trigger; we all knew what The Sun was trying to do: sell their ailing paper with sensationalism rather than sound reporting and facts.

The piece is littered with passive-aggressive statements towards games, labelling them ‘Bloodthirsty’ and such but a few days later The Sun has chosen the evil and corrupting Call of Duty: Black Ops II as one of its 2012 Games of the Year. (Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, PS3, Xbox 360)

chukamachine  +   978d ago
The sun is a pos newspaper.
BrunoM  +   978d ago
Wow really here we go again ..

Don't people see games are as movies music and so on .. They don't make a person go out and do something as ugly as killing young kids ..

That kind of dark shit is with in the person not in a "video game" I play call of duty and dosent make me wanna go out and shot people .. I play Mario and I don't wanna go out punch bricks and jump on people I play kill zone and that dosent make me wanna go out and kill aliens .. Hummm wait a second that last one yaaa lol

Well point is games have to be look as as movies music and even books they don't make any one go do anything it has to be in the person and if it is in them playing or not playing a game in the end won't make a difference
FreshRevenge  +   978d ago
Why would you want to kill an alien? Whatever did it do to you to receive such violence?
hazelamy  +   978d ago
firstly, i think using the word news when you're talking about the sun is almost false advertising.
well, the same applies for almost any murdoch "news" outlet. ^_^

secondly, millions of people play these games, just because one person who had issues, who may have played these games, goes on a rampage, doesn't mean the game had any part in causing it, and even if in this case it did, that doesn't mean it will do the same for anybody else.

nobody knows what set this guy off, he might not have known.
we certainly won't now he's dead.

i had a look on the fox news site after the shooting to gauge their view.

they had a piece about proposed gun control, they didn't offer any pro or anti opinions, but just below they had a piece about an american soldier who was on holiday in mexico and got arrested for what the mexican authorities were claiming was an illegal gun, their report said the gun was most likely legal.

maybe i'm reading too much into that, but i get the feeling this was a none too subtle bit of pro gun news to offer their counterpoint to the proposed gun control discussion.

like they didn't want to openly say they're against gun control, but wanted people to know they were.

but like i said, maybe i'm reading too much into it.
Relientk77  +   978d ago
Never heard of this newspaper. Also, how can The Sun even have a newspaper, no one lives on the sun.
CoTton_MoUtH  +   978d ago
I play COD everyday doesn't make me wanna go out and kill kids but it does give me great hand,eye coordination to shoot you.
Detoxx  +   978d ago
I feel sorry for you, COD sucks
GalacticMuffin  +   977d ago
You can't acquire the same level of enjoyment from a game, so you pity someone who does? That's okay. I feel sorry for you, you've forgotten what playing games is about: FUN.
Brian1rr  +   978d ago
You need to try other games bro
TheModernKamikaze  +   978d ago
If I play Angry Birds,does it make me want to throw birds at people in real life? No, but I would to the media.
ZeroX9876  +   978d ago
^ this, I want to see
hazelamy  +   978d ago
i could just see somebody in the freezer isle of their local supermarket throwing frozen turkeys around, shouting how "angry birds made me do it" ^_^
Godmars290  +   978d ago
Wouldn't it make you want to throw birds at pigs not people? And then throw them through walls and such.
TheModernKamikaze  +   978d ago
well, you could say some people are pigs.
imXify  +   978d ago
Yaaay more ads for CoD :D
TopDudeMan  +   978d ago
Yes, I agree. Don't buy the Sun. Ever.
You can read it. But only if you haven't bought it.
Dark_Overlord  +   978d ago
The only page worth reading in the sun is number 3 ;)
hazelamy  +   978d ago
unless they're giving away something free, i think it might have been the sun, or the mirror, that gave away both series of Life On Mars, the british original, on dvd.
jetpacksheep  +   978d ago
Oh Sun...do you ever learn?
MultiConsoleGamer  +   978d ago
England has one of the best educational systems in the world and yet their tabloids are the dumbest on the planet.

English people are some of the most polite people on the planet and yet their tabloids are the most vicious and cruel.
gcolley  +   977d ago
England has a terrible education system
momthemeatloaf  +   978d ago
Blaming a video game for a tragedy like this is the reason why we can't stop these tragedies from happening. You're looking at the wrong things! You need to get to the root of the problem.

1. Parenting

Parents are to blame. They are the ones that can only be close to their child enough to know what is going on with them and with is wrong with them. Ignoring it and them or not doing enough to get them help is the root of the problem.

But these media people are parents, and probably bad ones too so they will never admit it's the parents fault.

Playing video games is an escape from the pain, not a breeding ground for potential killers.
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GraveLord  +   978d ago
Is The Sun even a real newspaper? Isn't it like some kind of parody thing? I swear all their stories are made up.
VerbalKint27  +   978d ago
I am sad to say that not only is it a real newspaper but actually the biggest selling daily newspaper in the UK which has been poisoning the minds and dumbing down Britain for too long.

Somehow despite being a "Family" paper and moral guardian of the country it also has a topless girl on page 3!

In the 80's they had a school girl called Sam Fox as their best ever page 3 girl whilst also reporting about sick peado's after children.

You really couldn't make up what this so called newspaper writes and pretends to stand for.
iistuii  +   978d ago
I hate the Sun, but she wasn't a schoolgirl. She was 16, legal age.
And it was her mother who sent in the first pictures.
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Deku-Johnny  +   978d ago
You can't really call it a newspaper when it fails to report news. It's just glorified toilet paper.
onandonandon  +   978d ago
Be careful reading The Sun, seeing page 3 might turn u into a rapist!!
ALLWRONG  +   978d ago
I use The Sun Newspaper... to light my grill and fireplace, or when I run out of toilet paper.

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