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Submitted by XCLANN 451d ago | opinion piece

Momma where's my gun gun !

The parents of the victims took 25 games companies to court claiming that their children’s killers had been inspired by violent games; if they had never played those games, the shooting wouldn’t have happened. If this were the case would the killers parents not be to blame, because it was under their care that they were allowed to participate in these games and somewhere along the line they would have been aware of it, or even condoned it. (PC, Tag Invalid, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Scenarist  +   451d ago
I have killed someone before. can look me up if i revealed myself ...#nolol moment here

but no not over video games.. and i grew up with mortal kombat , goldeneye , doom , quake, GTA ...

heyy anybody remember Soldiers of fortune 2 ... i just thought about that gruesome game... dont know how i forgot it.
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XCLANN  +   451d ago
The same here but increasingly people are looking for scape goats and reasons why, so to stop all of these law suits and other bad press the companies should police their servers for obvious young players.
lnvisibleMan  +   451d ago
Well said
They have age ratings for a reason. The parents have no right to blame anyone but themselves.
Rooted_Dust  +   451d ago
No... policing their children is the sole responsibility of parents.

Also lawsuits aimed at Developers over content have no chance, but lawsuits over denial of access to a purchased product are another story.
Scenarist  +   451d ago
the thing is , even if it was *gasp* over video games .. .there is no way to prove it as the reason.

I mean how do you attach it to playing video games?

also ..I guess from my disagrees nobody remembers SoF2? was a great game.
titletownrelo  +   451d ago
Even if the violence from the video games inspired the killings...

-who BOUGHT the games?

-who, as the parent or guardian, did NOT enforce the age restrictions?

-furthermore, as the parent, it is your job to make sure your children know that the fantasy and violence found in media entertainment is NOT reality. That being said, who did NOT do this?
Scenarist  +   451d ago
While I agree , totally.

What Im asking is, how can you attribute a murder to playing video games other than the person admitting that themselves? just because someone played a violent video games does not mean that its the variable in the reason somebody killed somebody else
Kurt Russell  +   451d ago
Games are the reason for child violence. Marilyn Manson is the devil, Led Zepplin are his apostles.

It doesn't matter what the current fad is, it'll always get blamed by those who don't like or understand it. It then gets promoted by the TV and news media as a real possibility because they themselves are personally losing revenue to said different trends and fads. Games are their competition, and it makes them sweat.

In summary:

It's all bollocks.
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lnvisibleMan  +   451d ago
The media blamed rock n roll in the 60s, blamed movies in the 80s, now they are blaming video games. I wonder what fad is going to catch on next.
Kurt Russell  +   451d ago
Essentially they blame other mediums than themselves... Which I guess makes business sense, even if it is dickish :)
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marchinggamer  +   451d ago
The NRA is trying to point the finger at someone else now and the video game industry is the perfect choice
dennett316  +   451d ago
The NRA are ridiculous at this point. They call games "murder simulators", yet they go out of their way to promote lethal weaponry, show people how to use it and keep it operating at maximum efficiency. Their lack of self awareness is amazing.
I've played games for 25 years now, countless FPS games and beat em ups, and yet I'd have no idea how to properly load and use a gun, or even how to properly throw a punch without hurting myself.
Games are not simulators, they don't teach you how to steal cars or all the other nonsense that they've gotten the blame for over the years...it's time the media called out some of these absolutely ridiculous arguments.
XCLANN  +   451d ago
So then it would surely make sense for the companies to protect themselves and be seen to do more in stopping access on their side.
NihonjinChick  +   451d ago
I played Mario as a kid but you won't see me killing turtles and smashing my head into bricks.

People need to stopped blaming video games for their problems.
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GeisT  +   451d ago
Stupid people are stupid. Carry on world.
lnvisibleMan  +   451d ago
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
― Albert Einstein
XCLANN  +   451d ago
The thing is that the companies should have a duty after their product hits the shelves in actively trying to do something that the local games shops are being fined and prosecuted for, by allowing under age people to purchase the game, so the companies are breaking the same law by allowing it's misuse online on their servers.
Kurt Russell  +   451d ago
What you're potentially inviting is a nanny state where you give up control to a governing body in order for it to police your life and others. Personally I can't think of anything worse... Sure it seems like a quick fix to prevent under aged gamers from playing violent games, but where does that policy end in every other walk of life?

The people responsible for children playing games they shouldn't are the parents. It's their job to parent, passing the buck is not acceptable.

If I hit someone with my car, it's not the car manufacturers fault.
Kurt Russell  +   450d ago
*assumes XCLANN disagreed with no retort*
slazer101  +   451d ago
@ XCLANN Yeah! Because when your online they know what age you are. No wonder you only have three bubbles.

Edit = spelling
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dennett316  +   451d ago
Games and movies CAN inspire violence, but they cannot CAUSE people to become violent. If that were the case, there'd be tens of millions of murders every month with the violence shown in movies, on TV, in games, in books and even violent imagery in art or in music lyrics.
It cannot be argued that games cause violence, I can understand people hurting and wanting a scapegoat to place the blame on. But the fact is, they already have that scapegoat...it's the person who committed the act. They and they alone are ultimately responsible for what they have done, though the ease of access to the type of weaponry many of them use doesn't help matters.
I think that some people just refuse to accept that human beings are capable of great acts of cruelty or violence, they'd rather look for some nefarious cause that made the killer do it rather than accept that people can just be that way. Their argument falls apart extremely quickly with just a moment's thought...and I think it's time the media stopped this idiotic sensationalism and started pointing this out whenever the argument is made.
fattyuk  +   451d ago
I could fully understand how kinect based games could drive people to violence.

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