Is blaming video games really the appropriate way of handling things in life? According to the father of this 8-year old boy, video games is the culprit and he may regret how he handles his son's video game habits.
" but he also beat his other son for watching too much television. " With this kind of information in the story. It makes one wonder why the child was trying to escape reality home life so much in the first place. Sounds like Dad might have a anger issue and drove his son away from the only escape he had. But lets blame the game first right?
The dad sounds like he might have been abusive asshole tbh. If the kids are playing too many games or watching too much tv, then he should have confiscated the tv. Not beaten his children! Maybe the kid was neglecting his studies and spending too much time gaming for a reason. The boy was so young too. It's so sad to think that an 8 year old thought his only option was to end his own life. He should be having fun and enjoying his childhood. :(
"The dad sounds like he might have been abusive asshole" That's for sure and it's pretty much how it was reported in the newspaper - it's just this sensationalist repackaging of the story for a bit of controversy that suggests otherwise.
indeed, and where is the mother in all of this? she's at a neighbors house she's the type of mother who let video games and TV raised their children, then blame video games and TV for what happened to them.. BAD parenting never the case nooo its the scape goat, its video games..
I would have to agree that it was more to do with how the father was acting towards the child. If the kid was already at a point where he felt all he could do was play games, it shows a real lack of interaction from the parent. It may also be the case that the child was trying to hang him self to teach his parents a lesson, not really thinking about the consequences. When you were young, how many time did you think after you were told off "I'll run away", or "they will be sorry when I'm dead"...without actually meaning it.
games didn't kill this boy. Bad parenting killed him, like bad parenting does EVERY time
Yeah,"video games".Let's just see how long video games last as a scapegoat.
unfortunately it has already lasted a long time, and this argument isn't going away anytime soon. its completely unfair to gamers, but the mainstream media doesnt care. they need something to blame other than bad parenting, or people who are simply not mentally well
If an 8 year old commits suicide, it's definitely not a video game issue. Some people simply do not deserve to have their own children. If I was the police I'd investigate the father.
It's like blaming a fork and spoon for some one eating too much. There are always underlying mental issues that cause this.
studies have shown that people didn't get fat till the fork and spoon was invented. Then with the introduction of the Spork, which is the merging of the spoon and fork, obesity EXPLODED!!! So please "Say No to Sporks"... your life and the lives of your loved ones depends on it.
Wow what an uplifting story...
Just as an aside, when can we blame videogames? We put the blame on parents, politics, the environment, personality disorders and everything in between but do videogames really not come in to the mix even just a little bit? I mean it just strikes me as odd. Nothing is that irreproachable.
How can anyone with a sane mind blame an inanimate or virtual object? Tell me how many centuries of violence and depravity has mankind been exposed to and how long has video games been around?
Anybody who thinks they know one thing about why that boy killed himself is kidding themselves! Nobody knows what series of events led him to make that decision.
lazy parents,im a dad and i don't let my son play video games during week days school days because i notice that video games affect the performance of my son when doing homework or studying so i only let him play on the weekends. during the summer break i let him play 1-2 hours a day my son is happy im happy and hes one of the top students in his class. also i sit down with him and help him study and do his homework there's no excuse in the world for lazy parenting.
BRAVO my friend! Epic parenting is right. It's clear you are in control of establishing a balanced lifestyle of responsibilities and luxuries your son I'm sure is benefiting from. Unfortunately this practice is far from the norm.
Wow an 8 year old :(
people blaming games are nuts but what a thing to come home to smh poor guy
I say BULL SH*T I think the dad killed him choked him or some thing then strung him up... NO WAY an 8 year old offed him self by HANGING.... Games had no factor in this... homicide
No, this kid was clearly emotionally disturbed from an abusive father. It makes no sense that he would kill himself because he couldn't play. If his father wasn't a massive ass about it, his son would probably still be alive. The fact that thoughts of suicide entered and 8 year old's mind is incredible sad, let alone him actually following through with it. If his father blames video games, then he clearly is in denial.
I personally would never commit suicide. I don't want to miss out on future games. But all jokes aside, I feel for the family's loss.
There is some serious issues in that household. I was doing school and playing games like OOT and Super Mario World 64 at that age. I don't see how an 8 year old can premeditate his own suicide.
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