UK paper goes for the Black Ops II jugular after child killings

Uk national paper, The Sun focuses on Black Ops II in the wake of the Connecticut child killings.

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Blastoise2348d ago (Edited 2348d ago )

Christ there is so much wrong with this I don't know where to begin.

"The Sun's coverage includes a “myView” piece by child and education psychologist Teresa Bliss, who says, “There is no doubt that what children watch affects their behaviour”. “It isn't healthy for children to watch people destroying other people,” she says."

The guy was 20 years old for one thing, he is not a child. He doesn't see things and think "I'll do that" he can think for himself. I have never played Call of duty and thought "lets kill someone" because I'm mentally stable. If you're letting someone who does thing's based on what they see then they must be a young child and they shouldn't be playing Call of duty anyway.

"Chillingly, his favourite video game was said to be a shockingly violent fantasy war game called Dynasty Warriors which is thought to have given him inspiration to act on his darkest thoughts"

Yeah, real chilling. I can totally see how a game about Japanese samurai's gave him the idea for a mass shoot out. /s

It's so annoying because they're blaming something they clearly have never bothered to learn about or understand.

It's almost similar to when they blamed suicides on My Chemical Romance. They always need something to blame instead of just accepting that these people need some kind of help and that these gun laws are seriously flawed.

DasTier2348d ago (Edited 2348d ago )

Off topic, but Dynasty Warriors has nothing to do with Japanese samurai. Dynasty Warriors is infact based in China during the fall of the Han Dynasty. We cant have someone slander the greatest game series of all time now.

Oh and if she thinks this game is shockingly violent then she certainly needs to broaden her research into what shes writing about.


And I don't believe gun laws are to blame, rather the fact that you teach someone with mental disabilities how to use them. Thats just asking for trouble.

Simon_Brezhnev2348d ago

Dynasty Warriors isnt even that violent. Hell you dont even see blood in the game. They dont use guns either. It's human nature to always find something to blame. Just to justify their point of view.

-GametimeUK-2348d ago (Edited 2348d ago )

As a child I played Mortal Kombat 2. I am talking pre-teen here. I had played all sort of games that were mature rated my whole life. I am pretty much the perfect example of someone who according to these idiots should have killed someone by now (I'm 25).

Yeah, I have never even had the urge to attempt to rip someones head off Sub Zero style. Its down to the individual. Games are not to blame.

bumnut2348d ago

I played Mortal Kombat too, I have never ripped out anyones spinal cord though.

Jobesy2348d ago (Edited 2348d ago )

@ Blastoise,
"They always need something to blame instead of just accepting that these people need some kind of help and that these gun laws are seriously flawed."

Aren't you doing the same by defending video games, then blaming gun laws? Connecticut had some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. It's not about guns, video games or music. It's about these mentally unstable people that society ignores and pretend everything is ok. I just saw on the news yesterday some kid killed his grandma with a bbq fork. Should we be banning bbq forks? Over 30,000 people die in car crashes each year, should we ban cars? Norway has some damn strict gun laws, that didn't stop Anders Breivik from killing 69 and injuring over 100 did it?

The one thing in common here is a mentally deranged person. Thats the issue, not video games, not guns, not bbq forks.

-GametimeUK-2348d ago

On the surface you appear to have 1 upped Blastoise, but in reality all you have done is provided a really bad analogy. Comparing a Gun to a Game is very extreme. An actual weapon is totally different than being corrupted by a game. Not attacking you, I just think your point was flawed.

I do agree with the rest of what you said about it being down to the person. I agree 100%. Also you may want to take note that a pitchfork is not primarily a weapon and neither is a car (they can be used as weapons, but they are not intended to be used as them) where as a gun IS a weapon. That is whole different discussion lol.

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MrDead2348d ago

The Sun run with this headline because it sells papers and it taps into the fears and prejudice views of its readers. It seems they think it has nothing to do with the ease of purchasing firearms in the U.S. and the fact the guy was vile, sick and disturbed, the game had nothing to do with the actions this person made.

It was his doing nothing and no one made this happen but him.

SilentNegotiator2348d ago

You can't blame ease of purchase. Obtaining guns ILLEGALLY is easy.

BATF says: 93% of all firearms used in crimes were illegally obtained, unlicensed, etc. And if I remember correctly, I think they said that something like 80% of convicted criminals that used guns in their crime would not have been able to legally purchase it.

The overwhelming majority with weapons use them responsibly. You can't blame guns on human nature and our failure to address the troubled loners who create several warning signs before committing their crimes.

TheFirstClassic2348d ago

I think what really needs to be done for these situations is to have at least one trained and armed guard in every school, somebody who could handle situations like these. I could be wrong but I think that almost came to pass a couple of years ago but Obama shot it down. Can't remember why.

wallis2348d ago (Edited 2348d ago )

To anyone interested if you want to leave a formal complaint to the sun and it's staff just leave a voicemail on your answer phone. They'll find it.

They can spout whatever they want but I think it's time game journalism moved on from this topic. Is such retard fodder even worth criticising? It feels like mocking the learning impaired but I feel even worse for comparing people with such severely impaired brains and thinking abilities with people who have down syndrome.

But after all that's happened I do feel a burning hatred for the notion that people can profiteer off sensationalism related to such a horrific fucking tragedy. For that I sincerely hope the people who wrote that article in the Sun burn in hell for displaying such an astounding lack of respect and solemnity at this time. It's less about the dissing games and more to do with the idea that this is little more than a childish attempt to play on people's pain and anger at such a time to sell more newspapers. For blaming blops 2 they are morons, but for trying to manipulate and push their product right now they have to be some of the most despicable people imaginable.

bunt-custardly2348d ago

This is the same profiteering as the Australian radio station who called up the hospital and pretended to be the Queen. Then the nurse who took the call and put it through killed herself and is now referred to (by the Sun) as the "Hoax nurse".

Why did they feel the need to make jokes when the royals were already going through a hard time. I know it's the royals, but they are people too.

The imagery of the press as hounds in coats and hats really does ring true sometimes.

sdozzo2348d ago

Inappropriate for them unless there is imperial evidence linking the two.

Also shows lazy journalism.

KrisButtar2348d ago

i was talking to my parents about the horrible thing that has happened and also that they are blaming video games for it. my parents said "its no different from when they were kids and something bad happened the media blamed elvis and his hip swinging."

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