Video games have been accused of fuelling youth violence after a 13-year-old boy slashed a friend’s throat following an online row.
Police believe the attack, in Clydebank, Scotland, was influenced by the teenager’s use of violent video games.
He had only known his 14-year-old victim for a few months after they met online while playing Xbox game Gears of War 3.
The 18-rated game, which contains ‘strong bloody violence’, rewards players for devising ways of murdering their opponents.
Brian Docherty, chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, said: ‘These games are rated 18 and shouldn’t be played by children of this young age – but online gaming may be outside their parents’ knowledge. We need to look again at what we can do to stop this.’
The High Court in Glasgow heard the boys had a falling-out, which resulted in the victim being slashed.
Then, in a scene reminiscent of violent video games – the accused sneered at his victim: ‘Don’t die,’ before calmly walking off. The accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted assault.- Mail Online
Blaming violent games for violent children is the easiest way to shift the focus off of the real culprits responsible for this new generation of animal torturing murderers. Yes, violent games and movies can definitely contribute to violent acts - but only within those who do not understand how to process the concepts without internalising them. Obviously the best solution is to have a society that is entirely without violence, whether in the real world or in the virtual world.
The true culprits for violent children are the parents. Most of the kids who torture and murder come from homes where the parents are uncaring, abusive, absent, or simply clueless. These parent s never taught the child what it is to honour and respect life, they never taught the child that TV and video games are the product of a sick society that is centered on abuse and exploitation, they never taught the child how to recognise what is abuse and what is not, they never taught the child to do unto another as they would like to have done unto them.
Those kids are introduced to violence and they like the way it makes them feel: powerful. Finally, after feeling like an outcast their entire lives, they now feel like they have a place, a purpose - and their place is what they want it to be, no matter what anyone has to say about it. They don't know how to recognise that the sense of power they are feeling is just an illusion, that it's not practical within this life in a way that is beneficial. They don't even care that they are not benefiting anyone - in fact, they enjoy making others suffer.
Look around at the youths of this day and age: most are self involved hippies at best, and the rest are simply self interested people who simply do not know how to think of anything or anyone but themselves. Our entire generation is turning out this way, parents somehow didn't get any of the "good parenting" memo's and left the child rearing to the TV and the education system. That's not to mention the truly terrible parents who have children just to get more welfare cheques from the government and treat the children like garbage. Were we really expecting these kids to turn into microbiologists and nature conservationists? Children will do whatever they must in order to survive, to feel accepted and to feel like they belong - for some these feelings are found in the virtual world as opposed to the real world.