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Man denies hitting kids during game

A West Hartford man denied charges that a violent video game drove him to violence against children.
David L. Barr, 38, pleaded innocent in White River Junction District Court to two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence, which carry a combined maximum penalty of two years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

According to an affidavit filed with the court, a school nurse called Hartford Police to report suspected abuse of two boys, ages 11 and 10. Police met the boys and saw a large bruise on the upper right arm of one boy and smaller bruises on the upper left arm of the other, court records state.

The boys told police they had been playing "Halo 3" with Barr - a video game in which players attempt to kill each other - and every time one of the boys killed Barr's character he would punch the boy in the arm, police said.

When interviewed by police, Barr admitted punching the boys while playing video games with them, but said he was drinking at the time and did not realize how hard he was hitting them, according to court records. Barr told police that when he saw the bruises on the boys the next day, he told them to say they had been hurt playing baseball, police said.

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Sangria3743d ago

Video games don't learn players to be violent. The violence is already inside some players before playing, they just need a trigger. If video games make you a potential killer, so there must be at least 10 millions killers that pretend to be called Niko Bellic.

Calvin_ISA3743d ago

It's like saying watching Emeril will make you a professional chef. Complete and utter bullsh1t. But the blame finger has to be pointed at something, and video games are their easy target... :(

Voiceofreason3743d ago

It can take years to be a cook. It only takes pulling the trigger to be a murderer. Hardly the same thing there.

LeonSKennedy4Life3743d ago

It takes a couple swipes of the Wii-mote. Ever play cooking mama?

nomad1173743d ago

Easy to tell that guy has some anger issues.

Farsendor13743d ago

Barr admitted punching the boys while playing video games with them, but said he was drinking at the time and did not realize how hard he was hitting them, this isn't do to violent video games that one sentence explains everything.

LeonSKennedy4Life3743d ago

How 'bout you DON'T kill Barr's character???

It's common sense, boys.

idiots.

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