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Violence in video games…or are we just looking for something to blame.

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I grew up on gaming and will be the first to admit the times have changed. What was once a 8-bit adventure of jumping over obstacles or solving a riddle or saving the princess has become a cine-graphic action packed animated movie. If it doesn’t blow up or isn’t real in someway it isn’t selling it seems. This article goes a bit further trying to show how society blames video games on murders and actions taking by a human being.

Lets start off with this article I found over at Kotaku.com

Xbox Developer Dead in Murder-Suicide

Very sad news from Redmond, Wash. Melissa Batten, 36, a software development engineer in Microsoft’s Xbox division, was murdered by her estranged husband, who then shot himself to death, earlier this week. Her husband, Joseph Batten, was also 36. He had also worked for Microsoft but most recently worked for Wizards of the Coast, publisher of hobby games such as Magic: the Gathering.

Ouch.  The full article is here. http://kotaku.com/5032443/xbox-developer-dead-in-murder+suicide

The thing that bothers me is that I played the games they where both involved in. If you skipped the link to read the full article. She worked on games like gears of war and halo 3 and her husband who killed her and then himself worked for Microsoft also and then wizards of the coast for magic the gathering.

http://kotaku.com/5032615/thailand-pulls-grand-theft-auto-after-murder

The above link is another article from kotaku.com and it’s about how Thailand stopped the selling of grand theft auto 4 after a teenager admitted to robbing and killing a taxi driver in re-creating a scene from the game. The police reports claim that the youth wanted to see if it was easy to rob and kill a taxi driver like it was in the game.

OK. At this point I’m thinking. Stop hiring people with a past to develop games or our kids have lost all sense of whats real and not and whats right and wrong.

http://kotaku.com/5032591/murder-suspect-too-busy-playing-guitar-hero-to-notice-impending-arrest

OK i knew something was weird about all the Guitar hero 3 people. I found this one kinda funny because to be honest he could of been on a perfect run on Through the Flames and the stupid police had to try and ruin it. Bad cops Bad. The 30 year old man was wanted for suspicion of killing a man in Charlotte he was then found living in Jacksonville. When the police approached him he was calm and collected playing a video game without a care in the world. This one gave me chills cause I live in Florida and i might have dueled this guy on the xbox. *shakes*

http://kotaku.com/5032451/fake-ransom-demanded-over-nintendo-computer

OK this one i can comprehend you know. We all want that Wii for Xmas. So snatch a kid from around you way you know, get some money go buy your Wii so you can play it for the rest of your life in jail. Makes sense.

My question is do we seriously blame games for our members of society with problems. I don’t blame our developers they make entertainment. Us blaming game designers or gaming company’s for our faults is like me saying i broke my ankle after trying to fly off my bike like the E.T. movie. Spielberg I’ll see you in court! lmao. My suggestion is this. Make consoles available now to young adults 18+ like cigs. Got I.D? or parents step up and watch your kids. At least till they grasp the concept of whats right from wrong.

Thanks to kotaku.com for the entertaining articles which this article is based on. enjoy.

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