Tuesday, 13 January 2009

The video game debate

Another day, another tragic story implicating violent video games in actual physical harm.

In this case, an American teenager is claiming that playing the game Halo 3 made him so perturbed that when his parents took it away from him, his only response was to shoot them.

The boy's father, who was shot in the head, survived, but his mother tragically did not.

You can read the story here

The Judge in the trial has rejected the claim, saying that the youngster had planned the attacks for weeks.

The press has a long history of using the Hypodermic Syringe theory to claim that violent video games inject their ideologies of aggression into those who play. Of course, this is a hot potato, but there's as much evidence for either side as there are proponents and opponents of each corner.