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Monday, January 23, 2006

Finger Pointing

So apparently a teenage kid in America committed suicide recently. Tragic, yes. International news? No.

Unless, of course, you can somehow tie this tragic event with something like ... gaming. You know, sorta like how murder isn't interesting without an Xbox involved. So to make it news, some people simply say that gamers were party and partially responsible to this horrible event.

Course, as the Guardian points out and Game Politics has as well, it's not true. In fact, I'm willing to bet that if these so-called reporters would just do their jobs they'd probably find a lot of online networks can actually provide decent support frameworks. But that's just not as sensational as bringing out the video game boogeyman. People don't want to hear that their might not be something to blame, I guess. As if this kind of stuff never happened before Atari.

Pathetic. Society needs to stop trying to look under the bed when it should know full well there isn't a monster there.

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