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?