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Video game-related tragedy represents an attitude shift?

Justin Kemppainen, Minnesota Games Examiner, writes:

In case you haven't heard, there was an incident last week involving a young Florida teen, Michael Brewer.

Brewer, 15, had borrowed $40 from Matthew Bent to purchase a video game. Calling in the debt, Bent attempted to steal a bicycle belonging to Brewer's father, estimated at a value of $500. Brewer called the police, and Bent was arrested on the scene and later released.

Calling Brewer a 'snitch,' Bent gathered a few friends, doused him in rubbing alcohol, and set him on fire. He dove into a nearby pool, dousing the flames, but still received 2nd degree burns on most of his body.

It's disgusting; it's terrible. It marks a serious moral deficit in American youth to be capable of causing such anguish to another person.

Yet there is something surprising about the news coverage of the tragedy. A perusal of several stories reveals no suggestion of video games as the culprit. Surprisingly, not even anyone like Jack Thompson has weighed in.

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