It started about a 14 year old boy who has been sentanced to 13 years jail for beating his mate to death with a hammer.
It recently arose that he enjoyed playing the console game "Manhunt".
So the Sun get's out it's industrieal flame-thrower and starts to bash the games industry for "ecouraging violence" by "killing everything that moves". Now forgive me for being sinicle, but I thought 'Manhunt' was about survival (surviving by stopping those trying to kill you by whatever means) and I dont remember where in the game it says "Now you will take a hammer and go batter your friend to death."
This boy is 14 years old. He knew exactly what he was doing. Surly the decision to take a human life in such a bloody and violent manner was not 'encouraged' by a computer game.
I have been playing computer games for a long time now, most of which feature violence, but in real life I'm a very nice guy, people get on really well with me, and I have never once felt the urge to roll a grenade into a crowded room or go on a shotgun killing spree in the streets.
The plain fact is the media always wants someone to blame to make the story. They're finding that the computer games industry is becomming an easier scapegoat with each new game released.
Can't think of a better way of finishing this post, but it just really pisses me off when I see a newspaper blame a computer game when some kid kills his mate.
Edited by killakanz, 04 September 2004 - 07:53 PM.