video games turns in to murder?

United States
January 13, 2009 12:09pm CST
http://news.aol.com/article/ohio-teen-killed-mom-over-video-game/302589 a teens parents took a videao game "halo 3" away from him. he found the key to the lockbox and tooka gun and the game out of the lockbox walked into his parents room and said "close your eyes i have a surprise" when they did he shot them both in the head. mom died father survived. now..my hubby plays video games all the time and my kids do too at times. but its odd to think that you can get so addicted to a video game that you kill over it. its harsh to see how our children are taking the lives of family ...there are so many cases open in just the last few weeks where kids are killing their parents and its just amazing to me that it comes to this any thoughts?
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10 responses
@Barb42 (4217)
• United States
13 Jan 09
There has to be a problem with this boy or something else had to be going on between him and his parents. Games don't make people shoot others. He had to know that, by shooting his parents, he was committing a crime for which he'd go to jail. My grandchildren play video games all the time, but they mostly play sports. They got into the wrestling for awhile, but my daughter told them they didn't need to play that and she doesn't like for them to even watch it on TV. But they have always been into playing sports in school or outside enough to keep them away from the games lots. So they aren't constantly playing them. They are more outside types. Apparently this boy played the games all his waking time and that's probably why the parents took it away from him. They should have set guidelines at the first, when he got the game. I wonder if they bought if for him. I have never heard of Halo 3, so I have no idea what it's about.
• United States
13 Jan 09
my hubby has it. it has a llot of killing in it..supposedly its where aliens invade earth adn you are supposed to kill all the aliens. thats what i read online. i have only seen it played once for a split second as my hubby says he dont like it
@chriswolf (360)
• China
14 Jan 09
So sad news. In my opinion, video games are really bad things in everyday life. They ruins a lot of teenages as well as adults. I sincerely hope that video games could give the players some ways out in the future. We can not stop people from playing video games. But the video games could. They should have led them the way out, just like the film 'passengers'. That will then be harmonious society. God bless.
@bamrahkirti (1819)
• India
14 Jan 09
I think children are becoming impatient day by day and have little tolerance.Even strong words of advice are criticized by them.They always try to lead their life according to their whims and fancies and do not want that anyone should interfere in their lives,even their parents.
@EliteUser (3971)
• Australia
14 Jan 09
Hey, Oh dear, I don't know what goes into kids minds these days. Just because they play those type of video games doesn't mean they should copy what they do in the game. I would NEVER let my kids play shooting games. Happy Lotting!
• Philippines
14 Jan 09
What is very interesting to me is that this kind of scenario happen in mostly 1st world country like America. I have not yet encounter this kind of brutality towards a parent in my country at that age. And in cases that it did happen, the children are abuse to a breaking point. In this case the catalyst was a video game. A very minor infraction to commit murder. There must be something about disciplining children that are amiss. American teenagers are portrayed in movies and mtv's as rebellious and disrespectful. And this kind of character traits are the hero in the story. I think society has breed a new kind of teens when respect towards elders is view as old fashion. Kids nowadays had it easy compared to their parents.
@aerthi (22)
• India
14 Jan 09
i think that the video game must not be violence oriented. they r teaching the children unwanted things.this must be banned.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
14 Jan 09
I do think that kids are getting addicted and can't figure out the difference between the games and reality. I do think it will end up with a defense of addiction eventually.
@reasco1 (299)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Hello chantalgiardina, I remember when I was a kid we would play outside. Now they have these video games and kids have lost their imagination and they really don't play like they did when I was a kid. It's so sad that someone would take a life for a video game. some times we take things way too serious.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
13 Jan 09
That really is sad. I can see how that can happen though. Too many of those games are so violent. I think so many kids are hooked on certain video games and it's very possible that they are being brainwashed. Parents need to monitor what games their kids are playing and the amount of time they play them. Even the simple Sega games (Sonic the Hedgehog) that my 7 year old plays have a warning label on them stating that the game can cause seizures. It really makes you wonder.
@megsgem (123)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Its NOT only the videos or the music or the movies or the media or how as a society we expect our kids to grow up fast....Its not only that many kids come from divorce, see violence at home, are abussed or even that they dont get positive attention from the parents. It Is ALL of those things all the time for many kids today. Some have issues that may have been ignored or negatively exploited. The sad thing is what Frued said is so true that " The child is the father of the man" meaning that we are formed so in our childhood that it determines who we will be in adulthood....it seems that so many children are born into families that put the children last. At a time when a parent has the most influence over the developement and outcome of that persons life they tend to let the tv be a guide...let the media decide who they become and put themselves before their children....A friend once told me that we are each the picture until we bocome parents when we become the frame. It is truely sad that that mother is gone and the father is hurt and the family is destroyed as is that boys life....Why was he allowed to become so addicted....why did he have so much time on his hands that the parents did not fill will good wholesome activities...why did no one explain the theory of moderation to this boy. As parents it is our obligation to teach our children to be independent...He should have been at work instead of playing with that game...my kids played games when young but they had other things too like shoveling snow for the neighbors or leaves or helping in the garden....I feel for them all but again as mothers we need to take charge of our childrens lives...no offence to anyone!