The victim is now traumatised and his attacker – already a father – faces being locked up when returns to the dock later this month.
already a father
Something's telling me this 13-year-old has other issues. He's fixated on competitive gaming and takes it way too seriously, to the point he argues with and attacks other people over disagreements with them. While some of the children who play M-rated or 18+ games online are admitably annoying, I can't immediately blame the game or the parents for buying the game when so many kids don't go out and commit acts of violence just because their video games are violent. Now, if the parents knew about the child's tendencies and still bought this for him, then they share the burden of blame.
Especially given the quoted point, this kid does not get enough supervision in general. Who is to say that other forms of media such as movies, or the belief that edginess is cool, weren't influential in all of his behavior? Who was giving him guidance and structure so that this didn't develop into a dangerous passion? If his parents did make a legitimate effort and he simply did not respond, then he either needs professional help or to be locked up. As it stands, the kid is a menace to society.
The problem with video games is that it's still a fairly new form of media. No one's going to blame movies because they've been around for over a century. Video games didn't become popular until 20-30 years ago, making them an easy scapegoat for things like this. Besides, would you rather blame an "innocent child" or something known for having a large amount of violence (especially now with the rise of FPS games)?
Give me a break. The media makes the game sound like it was created to turn nice angel like children into murderous psychopathic demons.
Originally posted by MarioFan22
It's 18-rated for a reason.
This. Another reason why when little kids play CoD I kind of roll my eyes. Why do parents allow their children to play this sort of thing? It won't improve their social skills, they'll pick up colorful language (not just from the game, but from the other online players), and try to imitate what they see in-game. Plus some most likely get addicted to these sort of games and don't finish their schoolwork and thus lower their grade and education.
*Sigh* This again? I've already had to put up with an incident like this in my town. I personally despise FPSs with all of my being, but I don't blame the game on this. I blame the kid for not noticing he had a problem and the parent for not asking enough and letting him play a game seriously out of his age level.
-------------------- Me: Look, matey... it's pronounced ARK-EE-YUS. Got that?
Dude: Ok, you make Arse-ee-yus sound dumb when you say it that way.
Couldn't agree more with dudes. Almost everyone played a game they "shouldn't have played" before and yet almost nobody goes crazy like that kid. Otherwise I think about 90% of today's youth would have to be murderers which doesn't seem to be a reliable statistic when compared to how it really is.