Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Work With Me, People.

I just... I just don't know what to do.

Every other day, I hear people saying shit about video games. Blaming games for everything that's wrong with the world.

And I, as a gamer, go to the mat defending my games and my community. I explain that gamers are normal, sensible people and that these stories are all ridiculous.

You're sensible, aren't you?

Of course you are.

You're good people.

I'm sensible, too.

I haven't killed anyone.

Well... Anyone lately.

So, usually, it's not that hard to defend my gaming brethren. I simply have to hold up the image of the mature, responsible gamer and all of their silly arguments fall away.

And then some moron goes and kills his parents over Halo 3.

I realize that sounds like a punchline, but it's a true story.

A 17 year old kid shot his parents, killing his mother, because they took away his Halo 3 game.

What the hell is the matter with people?

Here we are, trying to fight the good fight and morons like this are pushing back against us.

Apparently, he thought the best reaction to having a video game taken away was to shoot both of his parents in the head.

Yeah... That'll really help teach parents that video games don't cause violence.

I guess this kid's teachers forgot to teach him the meaning of "irony".

And what did the parents do with the game? What did they do with the game that they were concerned would cause their son to become violent?

That's right. They put it in a box next to a gun.

If violence was a concern, maybe it would have been a more prudent plan to GET RID OF THE GUN.

Or shoot the kid first.

Whatever.

No, instead, they took the game that anyone would know the kid was going to look for and put it next to a deadly weapon.

And now, the media has a new poster child for video game violence and the rest of us have to sit back and weep for humanity.

What a waste.

13 Comments:

At 6:12 PM, Blogger semele said...

Article should read "Mentally Unstable Teen Kills Parents". Look, the parents did what they felt was right: they kept their freakshow kid from being allowed to participate in things that would cause moral choices, when he obviously couldn't distinguish between right and wrong. This has nothing at all to do with video games - but the media will be all over it.

The upside is that the kid will not get an insanity plea as he knew what he was doing (asked them to close their eyes, took the key for the box), and knew what he was doing was wrong (tried to put the gun in the dad's hand, told sister they'd fought).

Burn him alive. We still do that in the justice system, right? No? Draw and quarter? The system's gone soft!

This kid needed a good set of lawn darts as a smaller child and this never would have happened.

 
At 6:18 PM, Blogger Bufuman said...

The system's gone soft, indeed.

Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty because of Petric's age.

A giant load of horseshit, right there. This little fuckwit knew full-well what he was doing. He made a conscious decision to murder two people (his PARENTS, no less) in cold blood. That's full-on death penalty material, if you ask me. Not to mention he's SEVENTEEN, a mere one year short of legal age for the death penalty. Hell, he'll probably be 18 by the time they sentence him. Strap the little bastard in the chair, goddammit!

I weep for humanity. Well, I would if I ever wept period. But you get the idea.

 
At 6:49 PM, Blogger Tristan Kain said...

I see the media is already glossing over the fact that the kid knew where the key to the gun case was...

Better idea for dealing with him - ship him to Inuvik. He'll be a -lot- mellower after having to deal with -45 on a regular basis.

 
At 6:56 PM, Blogger Mil'bereth said...

What a waste...I mean, it was only HALO 3. That's not even worth stealing a hobo's ham sammich.

The truly sad thing is that with today's prison system, I'm sure he'll get to play all the Halo he wants...at the expense of our tax dollars. He'll get paroled in a few years and be back on the streets. Yet if someone gets even has a tiny bit of pot on them they can get life in CA...

 
At 7:24 PM, Blogger Tphares said...

*sigh*
This is so horrible, and I felt sick reading it.
I can't see how the parents didn't pick up on how crazy their son was before this happened. They could have gotten him some help.

My thoughts go to the father, must be hard to have a loved one kill another, but the kid should be burned at stakes. It's nothing to do with videogames, he's just evil, so get ridd of him.

And yes, what the hell. >.< More fuel to the "games are dangerous" fire.

 
At 11:18 PM, Blogger Rob said...

According to the recent news, I don't think they will be touching the video game violence horshit because video games are one of the top five sales keeping this economy from sinking entirely. See? Games are good for something.

As for this kid? Well that's just sick. At least when that one dude flew to a guys house and killed him with a sword dressed as his EQ character over an in-game fued, it was somewhat funny. Killing someone because you're grounded? Why even bother with a trial. Toss him in ass-pounding prison so justice can be served properly. I'm sure he'll be the new BFF when Bubba takes away his pillow.

 
At 4:01 AM, Blogger Kensei said...

They can blame video games all they want but I highly doubt they were the only reason.

More than likely the parents were of the total control freak variety and it was simply chance that the straw that broke the camels back was a game.

 
At 10:59 AM, Blogger Imaginary of Hades said...

That almost seems surreal.
Being that it is finals week for me, this seemed like the "joke" answer on a multiple choice question a cashier might give at the register.

In the event that someone takes this game from you, what would be the best course of action?

A. Contemplate why the game has been taken away, and reflect on what you have learned from the experience.

B. Whine and complain about it, but do nothing further.

C. Play the game at a friends house, and laugh about the whole thing.

D. Be a complete retard and kill your parents. (This is a joke. Don't actually do that.)

That might be a good question to ask people.

 
At 12:02 PM, Blogger J. Scarper said...

The system's gone soft? They're going to pin it on Master Chief, not the pile of shit named...something Petric! I even forgot his name...

 
At 4:38 PM, Blogger Holly said...

"Better idea for dealing with him - ship him to Inuvik. He'll be a -lot- mellower after having to deal with -45 on a regular basis."

Oh yes PLEASE!!! That would be fabulous...having experienced that first-hand, I'm sure that would definitely knock some sense into him.

This makes me so mad, honestly! What the hell is wrong with some people??? It's a bloody video game! I don't even think it's okay to /hit/ someone, for any reason, let alone this.
I really hate people sometimes. I am just speechless at this.

Not to mention now Halo 3's gonna get a bad rap too. Honestly!

 
At 4:54 AM, Blogger T. Max. said...

Have you all heard this story about the kid who ran away from home when his parents took away his Xbox, then died falling out of a tree?

http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=212001425

 
At 7:33 AM, Blogger Keiren said...

This is crazy, when I saw the paper was The Plain Dealer, I knew it was gonna be someone from my city. Ugh, it's only Halo! ...Imagine if it was Wings of the Goddess he shot his parents over?

 
At 7:01 PM, Blogger Carlos said...

"If violence was a concern, maybe it would have been a more prudent plan to GET RID OF THE GUN."

Thats kind of unfair, I mean, would ANYONE expect someone to be STUPID enough to kill his parents over a stupid videogame? I certainly not.

I might sound like a bastard, but I love my parents and if someone shot my parents, killing at least one, I would fucking want him to die, even if he was my own younger brother, "eye for an eye" and all that jazz.

-- T. Max.
Hahaha, thats almost as funny as the story of the kid who died in a washing machine, poor kid mind you, nobody deserves die that way.

 

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