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Halo 3 Murderer Sentenced

It has been reported that Daniel Petric, the Ohio teen that was convicted for the murder of his mother and injury of his father after being banned from playing Halo 3 in 2007, has received his sentencing. Read on for more.

This case presents yet another instance of anti-gaming media coverage, primarily through the comments of Judge James Burge, who was quite critical of games in his January comments on the case:

This Court’s opinion is that we don’t know enough about these video games. In this particular case, not so much the violence of the game because I believe in the Halo 3, what it amounts to is a contest to see who can shoot the most aliens who attack.

It’s my firm belief that after a while the same physiological responses occur that occur in the ingestion of some drugs. And I believe that an addiction to these games can do the same thing…

The other dangerous thing about these games, in my opinion, is that when these changes occur, they occur in an environment that is delusional. Because you can shoot these aliens, and they’re there again the next day. You have to shoot them again. And I firmly believe that Daniel Petric had no idea, at the time he hatched this plot, that if he killed his parents, they would be dead forever.

During the trial, the defense argued that Petric’s obsession with Halo 3 would be worth of an insanity plea. Daniel Petric has been sentenced to life in prison with parole eligible in 23 years.

How many of you commenters have had it with idiots refusing personal responsibility and using video games as an excuse for their actions?

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Comment by MadMuppet on 2009-06-17 04:28:52 | Reply

“And I firmly believe that Daniel Petric had no idea, at the time he hatched this plot, that if he killed his parents, they would be dead forever.” - Does the judge also believe that the little people live in his TV set and the David Caruso is also defending Miami from crime. Seriously? And how may years do you have to study for a law degree or do they come in cereal boxes now?

If the judge is correct, then Daniel should plead “idiot” not “insane”…

OMG!! thats dreadful.

Comment by Andy on 2009-06-17 05:04:29 | Reply

It was ultimately up to Daniel Petric to do the deviant act he did to his parents. Although the violent video game was a contributing factor, it cannot be the only reason to blame. His parents would have not been harmed if they didn’t ban him from playing this game. The fact is there is not enough evidence to show that video games can lead to this sort of behavior, and there is no evidence to even compare it to a drug.

However, you really got to be pretty naive if you believe that your world is transformed by Halo 3.

Comment by cipher cero on 2009-06-17 07:04:07 | Reply

“His parents would have not been harmed if they didn’t ban him from playing this game.”

His parents have every right to ban him from playing a video game. He had absolutely no right to kill or hurt them over it. Sounds like the parents were taking responsibility just fine by asserting their authority to regulate Daniel’s playing by actually telling him that he can’t. They just didn’t take into consideration that their son is an idiot who realized his power to kill somebody.

Life in prison with no parole, Daniel. That’s what you deserve. Second chances are for people who can use them wisely. Next thing you know, you’ll kill someone who says that ingesting Drain-O is bad for you.

Nice to see such thoughtful responses, guys. Keep it up!

Comment by james beattie on 2009-06-17 14:22:03 | Reply

They Should’nt have banned him? if he was acting up and things they do have every right. he must of been insane to do a thing like thay it is like the manhunt case when the boy killed him in the way the game is like they do with the alchohol adverts they shoud “enjoy video games responsibly”

Comment by Dr. Evil Genius on 2009-06-17 14:58:40 | Reply

I have been playing video games since the pre-NES days. I am only 26. My mother spent her life in the arcade when she was pregnant with me and I haven’t killed anyone [yet].

As far as video games potentially having the same effect as illicit drugs, I believe this is true. If you know anything about the effect drugs have on people, all drugs doing the same thing - tell the brain to produce elevated amounts of endorphines. The elevated endorphine levels create the feeling of euphoria/high.

What does it mean for the regular dude?

Drugs = reward
Alcohol = reward
Sex = reward
Money = reward
Video games = reward

This is how the brain reacts to it chemically. So many people are in pursuit of pleasure, that they have shown they are willing to do anything to get it.

We have seen many cases of people killing, robbing, and committing other crimes for sex, drugs, and money. How can we not associate video games in extreme cases like this?

Comment by H34RT 4TT4CK on 2009-06-17 15:21:21 | Reply

“How can we not associate video games in extreme cases like this?”

For the simple fact that there are millions of gamers, and by your logic, millions of potential murderers. True, there’s a feelgood for getting that head shot, for accomplishing that mission and just running over people with a car in a VIDEO GAME. However, I don’t feel the need to go out and buy a gun, when I drive, I don’t feel like turning slight right and running someone over.

I think it’s more to do with the mindset of the individual. One who does not have a reasonable perception of the world allows himself to live in the game world as a coping mechanism, and the killings in game show how ‘easy’ it is to kill in the real world.

I can differentiate between the two realities and when I say I want to kill someone, believe me, games are not the motivator, the instigator is. Though I haven’t actually followed through with it, I have a good reasonable head on my shoulders.

Comment by Dr. Evil Genius on 2009-06-17 15:53:33 | Reply

This is why I said extreme cases. As stated before, I have been playing games for more than 20 years and haven’t done any of these things. Just like there are many drug addicts that haven’t committed any violent crimes to support their addictions.

In extreme cases it can be linked TO - but not cited AS a primary cause or an excuse.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2009-06-17 20:51:52 | Reply

Non sequitar argument, end of.

In extreme cases people that have a biological mother who grounds for swearing them could be murderer, it can’t be cited AS a primary cause but it could be linked.

And thus, there is the flaw in your argument.

The game has nothing to do with it and it is being used purely as an excuse for someone who doesn’t carry the same in built morals as normal society.

Comment by Takumi on 2009-06-17 15:19:04 | Reply

What a twat, how thick can someone get that they actuallydo this, you can see it in his eyes he is a gormless motherfucker, ruining it for the rest of us.

Comment by it0 on 2009-06-17 17:04:01 | Reply

The judge believes when you become addicted to games, you become delusional and therefore it’s a matter of time before you confuse the virtual world with the real world.

I do believe that Patrick was addicted to games and would go to great lengths to get what he wanted because of his addiction. I don’t think that because of the virtual world where he played in would cause him to think that his parents would respawn. That’s for a psychiatrist to decide.

He killed his mom because he was addicted and has mental issues not because he played games. I would predict the same result if he just played pacman or super mario. As the judge said he doesn’t think the violence is the problem.

Comment by tony on 2009-06-17 18:49:26 | Reply

It was obviously going to happen if you take away the xbox 360!

Comment by Wardieboy on 2009-06-17 18:59:55 | Reply

a nut job is always going to be a nut job, if video games hadn’t been invented they’d be blaming the last violent film he saw or the last hip hop record he listened to. Don’t get me wrong I too sometimes get the urge to kill but I believe this is due to the amount of weed I smoked as a child. Halo 3 rocks!

Yeah I agree that a nut job is always a nut job, he must have been just an agressive child through whatever circumstances and just can’t deal with authority status which sent him over the edge.

I don’t think you can blame the games in any way with a person’s mental state of mind, as he probably flipped out about many other things in the past leading up to his killing of his mother.

Then there’s also the possibility that he was suffering mental abuse from his parents - who knows!

Comment by Wardieboy on 2009-06-17 21:05:34 | Reply

true story Jason, I wouldn’t be surprised if in the future it came out that it was actually his randy uncle’s fault for bumming him when he was 5.

Comment by L3X on 2009-06-21 11:02:59 | Reply

People people please, video games are a weapon in the wrong hands, I’m addicted to video games. I know right from wrong, I was sent here to do something extraordinary with my life or with others, think of it as reincarnation, maybe it had something to do with this. I’m a big Halo addict, when my system wasn’t reading the disc,I had withdrawal symptoms, like drugs, sex, alcohol, things can be revered. It just takes time. And the dude with the list forgot cigarettes, anyhow, Some people (SOME)are right about this whole issue and most are wrong. What I don’t see is people basing their life on things like books or movies or actually things that happen everyday.

Comment by SilentTrinity on 2009-06-22 17:33:11 | Reply

to think that a person like this would be sent to jail hell be dead in a week or someones bitch in a day sigh let me explain something here drugs cause a change in the chemical composition in the brain video games don’t. Games are like watching a movie it is a thrill seeking adventure (just stay with me) People who believe that they can kill people because they played a video game are the most stupidest people they believe that they can get away with this but then they realize the true reality and cant handle that so people blam the thing the person did the most ie Video games, this was just another way of the goverment to show how bad games are for people if anything they should ban video games to idiots

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