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The Video game controversy
« on: October 15, 2008, 10:10:52 PM »
There has been a lot of reactions towards video games. Similar to other forms of media, video games have been the subject of debate and censorship. Such criticism often stems from the inclusion of controversial material such as graphic violence, sexual themes, drug use, nudity, profanity, criminal behavior or other provocative and offensive content. Video games have also been studied for links to addiction and violent behavior. Some studies have found that video games do not contribute to these problems, while others claim to have established a link. Recently, several groups have argued that there are few if any scientifically proven studies to backup such claims, and that the video game industry has become a scapegoat for the media to blame for various social ills. Furthermore, numerous researchers have proposed potential positive effects of videogames on aspects of development (social and cognitive) and for psychological well-being. This is according to Wikipedia.

Now i want to ask some of your opinions regarding on this matter.  I thought coming up with some incidents related to this.

Several incidents speculated to be caused by video games in recent decades have helped fuel controversy.

    * In November 2001, 21-year-old American Shawn Woolley committed suicide after what his mother claimed was an addiction to EverQuest. Woolley\'s mother stated, "I think the way the game is written is that when you first start playing it, it is fun, and you make great accomplishments. And then the further you get into it, the higher level you get, the longer you have to stay on it to move onward, and then it isn\'t fun anymore. But by then you\'re addicted, and you can\'t leave it." It should be noted there is no proof Woolley\'s mother ever played the game.[27]
    * In February, 2003, 16-year-old American Dustin Lynch was charged with aggravated murder and made an insanity defense that he was "obsessed" with Grand Theft Auto III. Long time video game opponent and former attorney Jack Thompson encouraged the father of victim JoLynn Mishne to pass a note to the judge that said "the attorneys had better tell the jury about the violent video game that trained this kid [and] showed him how to kill our daughter, JoLynn. If they don\'t, I will."[28] Lynch later retracted his insanity plea, and his mother Jerrilyn Thomas commented, "It has nothing to do with video games or Paxil, and my son\'s no murderer."[29]
    * On June 7, 2003, 18-year-old American Devin Moore shot and killed two policemen and a dispatcher after grabbing one of the officers\' weapons following an arrest for the possession of a stolen vehicle. At trial, the defense claimed that Moore had been inspired by the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City,[30] although some have later pointed out that the defender would have said anything to avoid blame.
    * On June 25, 2003, two American step brothers, Joshua and William Buckner, aged 14 and 16, respectively, used a rifle to fire at vehicles on Interstate 40 in Tennessee, killing a 45-year-old man and wounding a 19-year-old woman. The two shooters told investigators they had been inspired by Grand Theft Auto III.[31]
    * On February 27, 2004 in Leicester, UK, 17-year-old Warren Leblanc lured 14-year-old Stefan Pakeerah into a park and murdered him by stabbing him repeatedly with a claw hammer and knife. Leblanc was reportedly obsessed with Manhunt, although investigation quickly revealed that the killer did not even own a copy of the game. The victim\'s mother Giselle Pakeerah has been campaigning against violent video games in the UK ever since.[32] The police investigating the case have dismissed any link, as discussed in the relevant articles.
    * In October 2004, a 41-year-old Chinese man named Qiu Chengwei stabbed 26-year-old Zhu Caoyuan to death over a dispute regarding the sale of a virtual weapon the two had jointly won in the game Legend of Mir 3.[33]
    * On May 24, 2005, the four-month-old daughter of a South Korean couple died of suffocation after being left unattended for five hours while her parents played World of Warcraft at an Internet cafe.[34]
    * In August 2005, 28-year-old South Korean Lee Seung Seop died after playing Starcraft for 50 hours straight.[35]
    * In September 2007, a Chinese man in Guangzhou, China, died after playing Internet video games for three consecutive days in an Internet cafe.[36][37]
    * In December 2007, a Russian man was beaten to death over an argument in the MMORPG Lineage II. The man was killed when his guild and a rival guild challenged each other to a brawl in the real world.[38]
    * On September 4th 2008, a 11-year-old boy unintentionally killed himself with a .22 caliber rifle, imitating Halo. [39]

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