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Teenage Murderer Says He Loves Violent Video Games. NBC Thinks There’s A Connection.

Kotaku- Last week, 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego killed his entire family: both parents and three siblings. He confessed to the crime, saying he did it because he was frustrated with his mother. And he got really excited to discuss violent video games with the police, according to an NBC report.

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jack who1249d ago

the game put the gun in the house? in his hand? if yes then i see the connection.

NewMonday1249d ago

most of gamers are under the voting age that is why games get targeted insted of the real issues, paranting and easy acsses to guns.

like that line from The Ides of March:"Can't vote. Too young. Too bad"

wheresmymonkey1248d ago

thats bollocks mate the average age of a gamer is 33.

Games ar ebeing used as a scapegoat because americans don't want to face up the fact that the second ammendment is woefully out of date and that the gun laws need a drastic rethink.

Its a lot harder to go on a killing spree with a knife than it is a assault rifle.

Dirtnapstor1248d ago (Edited 1248d ago )

@wheresmymonkey:

right on...average gamer is in their 30's

As far as the 2nd amendment being out of date!?....easy to state that when it does not apply to you, yes?!?!
Killing spree with a knife more difficult? Tell that to those that lost their lives on 911! How many planes were there? and how was it done?

Dig a little deeper my friend and you will see that gun violence is considerably low compared to other acts of violence...did you know when the stats come out regarding "gun violence", it includes the numbers from those who lawfully defended themselves at that of law enforcement...?
Most media individuals who spout "informational data" concerning the gun genre really have no clue as to what they're saying. Similarly to the misinformed idea that video games create killers. A scapegoat.
The Atari 2600 game Berserk in the early 1980's was to blame for teen violence and suicide-look it up. This whole scenario is nothing new.

TopDudeMan1248d ago

omg he plays violent video games. That must be why he did that.

omg he likes pepsi more than coke. That must be why he did that.

omg he has short hair. That must be why he did that.

omg he likes sports. That must be why he did that.

Dammit people the issue isn't why the kid was fucked up, the issue is that no one spotted it or did jack shit about it. You don't just one day decide to murder your family. That doesn't happen within the normal spectrum of emotions and that should have been picked up on by the people around him. There will definitely have been unmistakeable signs.

zerocrossing1249d ago (Edited 1249d ago )

"Teenage Murderer Says He Loves Violent Video Games. NBC Thinks There’s A Connection."

He likes "violence" and by extension "violent" games, a lot of us like violent games but we don't go and butcher people, the people who do that are "psychopaths" trying to blame violent games for the actions of a madman is ludicrous...

DwightOwen1249d ago

Why is it that when some psycho goes on a killing spree, authorities always try to take guns/video games/civil liberties away from those who DIDN'T do anything?

Hanso1248d ago

because actually removing the gun industry in America will make a lot of rich people sad^^

TheGameHuntah1248d ago

That's why the law won't happen.
I believe they are going to make noise and maybe remove the assault rifles as a "legal weapon", but it's easy to target other industry like video games. Rich people won't lose that much and the community will think they are safe.....
Funny place with live on.

SolidStoner1248d ago

very free country! you are allowed to buy guns and shoot people, but you cant smoke pot and play videogames... wtf?

how about movies... they look more realistic with heavy crimes and stuff... but no... they make more money for US, it must not be the case...

money money money! I love you USA! if sh*t had a price, then US would say that sh*t is GOOOOD!

Parasyte1248d ago

Because games are a scapegoat. They would rather attack them than deal with real issues like bad parenting and mental health.

creeping judas1248d ago

Because there is no Marilyn Manson to blame, or somone like him, so they need to find another scapegoat.

ApolloTheBoss1248d ago (Edited 1248d ago )

Am I the only one who thinks that this is all just a huge conspiracy to bring down the videogame industry. Stuff like this happens every single day and the media only shows us the ones that they think will get people thinking. This is happening too often to be a coincidence.

mushroomwig1248d ago (Edited 1248d ago )

Nothing like that will happen, 10/20 years ago you could replace the term 'video games' with 'rap', nothing will happen but people will always need a scapegoat.

ChickeyCantor1248d ago (Edited 1248d ago )

" Nehemiah Griego did not elaborate on a motive for the shocking crime, but he had plenty to say about his love for video games"

If you're this disconnected from what you just did; killing your parents and 3 siblings. Then it has NOTHING to do with video games.

Also from the actual article:

" The father, a reformed gang member who used to run a halfway house for ex-cons on his property, had taught his son how to shoot, police said."

Yeah video games...

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