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12/20/08 6:56 A

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I dont really worry about articles like this. Back in the day, articles and politicians would say the same things sbout comicbooks. In 1989 the Simpsons were protested because it was too "raunchy" last year they won a family entertainment award. these articles are just the growing pains of a growing industry.

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12/19/08 12:23 P

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This kind of reminds me of the situation when an extramarital affair is discovered. People seem to think that the affair caused the breakup of the marriage whereas the marriage was already foundering and the affair was more a product of that.

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12/15/08 11:27 P

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truthfully, I don't want to play Halo...but not because I'm crazy enough to think I'd go psycho and kill people...shesh!

No, people are first crazy, then they do crazy stuff. The video game is just a side issue. Now the crazy thing could be an infection, a misconception of reality (like the one that wanted to live out GTA), or just frustration/anger/insanity (uncontrolled)--but it's still crazy that is NOT game related.

That being said, there are some (GTA boy) that should be forbidden from (and should avoid) some (or all) video games. But that's based on characteristics that already exist in the person.

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12/15/08 5:57 P

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yet another reason why i don't read the papers or watch the news.. if i want to know about something i'll just look it up myself and scan for what i want to know.. all the news articles today are junk! always so negative and leaving key bits till the end so that the 'reader' doesn't bother with it and is misinformed.. ugh!

i swear people need to learn to use their brains better..

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12/15/08 4:03 P

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'Halo 3' Being Linked To Teenager Murdering His Parents
Posted by Raymond Padilla - Monday, December 15, 2008 12:12 PM
It seems like every time video games make significant progress towards complete mainstream acceptance, some idiot kid sets the effort back ten years (not a scientific estimate). That's exactly what's going on in Elyria, Ohio. A little over a year ago, the son of a pastor threw a fit, murdered his mother, and shot his father. That's a terrible and tragic thing. Unfortunately, the whole ordeal is blamed on Halo 3. According to

"Daniel Petric was so angry that his father would not allow him to play the violent video game Halo 3 that he killed his mother and shot his father, then tried to make it appear to be a murder-suicide, prosecutors told a Lorain County judge this morning in the boy's murder trial."

It's extremely annoying that one of the first things people will see when they read the sourced article is the phrase "violent video game Halo 3". A lot of people are going to make the ridiculous assumption that Halo 3 made Petric kill his parents. The article later states that Petric was frustrated at being stuck at home with a severe staph infection, but that's at the very end of the story. The article fails to mention that staph infections can spread and affect the brain. Just a theory here, but perhaps that had more to do with the kid's behavior than Halo 3?!? Or maybe the kid was just a complete nutter. I mean...look at him. Either way, Michael Sangiacomo's article is crap.

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