A 16-year-old Italian boy in Turin has cut his father's throat after a dispute over a video game.
The boy is said to have lost his temper after his father kept giving him advice on what moves to make. The teenager then snapped "I know how to play myself" and swore at his father.
His enraged dad then switched off the console without letting his son finish the match.
The boy then took a knife from the kitchen, returned to the living room and silently stabbed his father in the neck. He then calmly washed the knife and went to his bedroom.
His mother found her husband bleeding and called the ambulance and police. The man was in a critical condition, but survived.
This unfortunately is not a unique incident as increasingly more of these types of violent occurrences have surfaced in recent news due to the addictive nature of such devices. Do you manage your childrens use or overuse of video games.
so, what if he had been watching South Park at the time, or playing ping-pong? would those be considered evil?
millions of kids play video games and you never read stories like this about them slashing their parents' throats. this kid was obviously sick in some way.
my son played all kinds of video games before he got interested in playing the guitar. he played many games that are considered violent but never once acted out in a violent manner.
but i do agree, parents should limit their children's time on the computer or video gaming only because they need other pursuits, including physical activity, to be healthy and well rounded.
Blame the video games, not the parenting!
I've played violent games my whole life, and never laid a finger on my parents (except when my mom jumped out from behind me and surprised me - I've had 12 years of intense martial arts training... I dropped away and kicked her instinctively, but immediately apologized)
Intense martial arts training? You know what Pr0metheus what I want to say to you will get me banned, so I will say HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
What rubbish,ive played violent video games and never had any homicidal tendancies,its all crap,you are born with a killer gene i think and he cant of had much love for his parents to dish out that retribution
This more or less the parents fault because most of them never teach their kids the difference between reality and fiction. Sure, you can argue all you want saying that video games are directly responsible, but if that's the case, then why am I not insane? I played games like grand theft auto and metal gear solid as a kid, but you don't see me going around shooting others in public. Plus, I even used to watch films like Predator and Terminator, since I was 8 years old. Yet that didn't affect my psyche at all, and everyone else that I know in real life hasn't been affected either negatively by watching a lot of violent films or playing violent games as kids.
you see, for every research you want to prove that video games are direct cause for a rebellion, there's just as much proof that shows there is no link as well. The difference between the people I know and myself is that we had parents that actually explained to us early on the difference between what's real and fake. Whats right and whats wrong.
most parents today don't even bother doing that. if you ask me, thats the real problem. as jellydonut25 allured to, parents treat video games as baby sitters which is outright wrong.
I have no doubt there will probably be more such stories makin headlines too. Addictive behaviors tend to remove one from reality and anger easily when interrupted as this boy was. Tis sad. My sons go on that multi-player Halo but least they know enough to step out into the real world and romp with their friends.
OMG are you serious? Wow that kid needs anger management classes and no more video games.
The younger generation has no concept of the real world or a virtual world, in fact they think virtual is real world.
Unfortunatly we are going to continue to hear more and more of these stories and lets face it. We do have to put some blame on the parents especially the ones that allow video games to be baby sitters.
video games as baby sitters. just as bad as the TV being baby sitters.
My son loves video games and I have been known to play some on occasion as well, that said, video games should be used for enjoyment and not as a way to "keep the kids busy" or act as a baby sitter. I hope that my son benefits in some way from his games as have many extremely successful people in the technology industries. Video games do not make kids kill or act out, bad parenting or underlying mental issues do.
Video games are played occassionally but we have our child in other activities away from the video games and internet we focus on family time.
I've been playing video games for 30 years both non-violent and violent ones and like 99.99999% of people who play these games, I will never murder anyone.
With anything there are always going to be extremes where someone 'snaps' - this time it happened to be a video game...if you remember the Boomtown Rats song..I don't like Monday - it's based on a real story about a girl who killed people in her school because she didn't like mondays.
The same could be said for people watching violent movies etc.
My personal view is that these things may be the trigger but there's always an underlying problem that has nothing to do with the video game or the movie or anything......
If you take the number of murders you have in the world every day, and then find out how many are due to video games, you'll find it's a very small percentage!
That is horrible!
My son use to love his video games, but now he only plays occasionally when friends are over and he is bored.
I hope it was Wii Sports.
That is absolutely too scary - I just published a hub on video games addictions! Ye Gods!
viva la liberalism.
I think we all know who won this match of Mortal Kombat.
The one who declared himself the victor without ever entering the arena?
Video games are not babysitters and too often are treated like they are...
Parents should not have video games in their house unless they play as well so they can continue to stay involved with their kids and what they do...the less time your child spends with good, active parenting, the more rebellious he or she is going to be...
Yeah, that Soccer video game was particularly violent.
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