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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Kid goes crazy, People blame the game

Via Idle Thumbs I looked up this latest bit of video game fearmongering. Seems a couple years ago in England, a kid went crazy and attacked his family. Attacked his brother with an axe and set fire to the house ... which killed his sister via smoke inhalation. This was all laid out in his complex plan which read: "Operation New Life. Kill family. Lose memory. Get adopted by rich couple. It all starts.”

What does this have to do with games? Clearly this was an otherwise normal boy who played too much Devil May Cry, because any other explanation ... like him being absolutely 100% insane (did I mention he planned on cutting himself to make it appear like a demon had attacked him? No? He did. ).

Of course, this is the Sun Online which is squeezing such wonderful journalism in between hardhitting headlines like "I had gay sex" and the Page 3 Girl.

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Brinstar said...

I am afraid of anyone who takes what's printed in The Sun seriously.

Clamatius said...

If you're not from the UK, you might not know what the Sun is.

It's a right-wing tabloid that is kind of a caricature of the news (although some of the content is news-related) and as Brinstar says, it's not exactly a reliable source.

Josh said...

Yeah, I had gathered and hence the Page 3 dig at the end.

Sadly, similar stories get very similar coverage on such place as CNN, so I'm not sure they're too deviant on this one ... though I certainly hope as much. This one doesn't have much traction here, being old news and ... well, British.