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Police believe games “may have been a factor” in violent assault

Monday, 6 May 2013 01:37 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Video games have been implicated in a violent assault by a teenage boy on an online gaming buddy.

A 14 year old Scottish boy confessed to cutting the throat of a 13 year old friend whom he had met online playing Gears of War 3 – which is rated R 18+ by PEGI.

“The reporting officer was of the opinion that the violent video games played online by the accused may have been a factor in his conduct,” prosecutor Andrew Brown said, according to the Daily Mail.

Scottish Police Federation chairman Brian Docherty also seemed concerned that the offender’s gaming habits were related to the crime.

“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,” he said.

In response, Microsoft pointed out pointed out that it has robust parental controls which would have allowed the youth’s parents to control his access to violent games.

Nobody seems to have made any mention of the mechanism by which games are supposed to have enabled this crime, although it was noted that the two boys were arguing about video games when the assult occured and had been trading heated messages via Xbox Live.

UKIE boss Dr Jo Twist told us last year that no credible research has ever established a causal link between violent media and violent actions.

Thanks, Kotaku.

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22 Comments

  1. Richenbaum

    we should also ban all shoes because people have killed each other over sneakers. and Son of Sam said his dog told him to kill all those people so clearly dogs are responsible for all violence and should be banned too.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Rosseu

    There should be a law that prevents assholes from blaming video games for violence

    #2 2 years ago
  3. G1GAHURTZ

    Glaswegians are known to stab each other for fun, anyway…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dragon246

    From eurogamer-
    “On the night of 14th April 2012, the accused grabbed the then 14-year-old victim while he was on his way to a house and struck him across the throat. The accused said, “Don’t die,” before walking off.

    The cut was so deep it exposed the victim’s windpipe and required 20 staples after surgery. The victim is said to have been left traumatised. His attacker, WHO IS ALREADY A FATHER, faces prison.”

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-05-03-senior-scottish-cop-attacks-online-gaming-after-13-year-old-boy-slashes-a-friends-throat-following-gears-of-war-3-session

    I think, uh, maybe something else is responsible for this, like I don’t know, maybe goddamnawful parenting?

    @Brenna,
    Maybe you can add this tiny extra detail in the article, just for lolz :D

    #4 2 years ago
  5. FeaturePreacher

    There is a silver lining to this. At least he’s not as crazy as this guy is and his parents are.

    Boy tries to rape mom, kills her, over Call of Duty ban

    No one can beat us Americans in terms of craziness or stupidity.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ Wow.

    Americans…

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Mjorh

    14 years old plays +18 games , so what u expect ? its fuckin obvious that under 18 years old can’t take that kinda intense violence …
    Parents gotta take the goddamn age rating seriously

    #7 2 years ago
  8. redwood

    remember how at the start of GOW 1 marcus is in the slammer?.. well now you know he “actually” got there//

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Mjorh

    @9 LOL! +1!

    #9 2 years ago
  10. sh4dow

    @5:

    I especially loved this part:
    “he used the rifle his mother had given him as a gift when he was 11-years-old.”

    On some occasions, things have a way of working themselves out. Because it sounds to me like she wasn’t fit to be a parent to begin with and now she at least can’t produce more offspring.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Christopher Jack

    Please, games could be a catalyst but only in the same way movies, television, heck even toys are. Most kids will act aggressively if they had anything they’re used to getting taken away & it really comes down to both parenting & their mental condition on how far they’ll act out.

    I mean my parents had violent games when I was younger & they allowed me to play it but only because I was capable of displaying empathy because they were a little worried that children who couldn’t & were over exposed to violence would act out much more aggressively. Sure I chucked the occasional tantrum when they took away a toy or video game because I was lazy but I never got violent.

    I just couldn’t imagine a normal personal capable of displaying empathy doing something as outrageous as ending another person’s life because they were slightly angry, particularly over a video game, it’s just barbaric.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DSB

    Speaking of kids who lack empathy..

    #12 2 years ago
  13. theevilaires

    @ 5 I read that over the weekend too and was wondering why they didn’t post that on the site….Then I remembered Johnny Cullen is no longer part of the staff

    #13 2 years ago
  14. The_Red

    This wasn’t a good week :(
    First that COD kid who tried rape and finally shot his mom and now this.

    Also, “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”

    WTF!? It’s not like Gears is an online web browser game that parents can’t know about. Seriously? They thought just because their game had online, it was an online title on some website, hidden from parents and NOT a physical retail game (I know getting an M rated game isn’t too hard for minors but still).

    #14 2 years ago
  15. deathm00n

    @15 From that you can see that it’s better to understand something before talking about it. That’s the impression I got too, like it was an facebook game or something like that.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Hellhound30x

    2 things here POLICE! First look at the ESRB rating on the box of the game. I says, intended for 17 years or older. Okay now find out who bought them the game in the first place. Was it the parents? Then its bad parenting. Either way to be honest, that 14 year old was no little kid, if he is a father himself. The kid sounds like trash.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. The_Red

    @16
    Yeah. The more depressing part is that such incidents deserve a through, in-depth and unbiased analysis and even debate. Sadly, what we get instead is the sensationalistic shows from likes of Katie Couric using scare tactics to attack violent video games.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. DSB

    @18 Study it sure, but it’s not like you’re dealing with a murder epidemic with a specific cause and effect that can just be prevented.

    That’s a media narrative, creating a good story that has whatever meaning you want to attribute to it, on the back of a tragedy that is fundamentally meaningless. In some stories videogames are the villain, in others it’s rap music. Even though the only actual villain is just a screwed up kid with a .22 rifle.

    Meaningless acts of violence have always been a fact of life. It may have a lot of different factors playing a part (some societies are more violent than others) but I think it’s folly to think that we’ll ever be rid of it, videogames or no.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Richenbaum

    before this the scapegoat was violent movies, before that it was violent comic books, before that it was evil rock music, before that it was dancing and Elvis, and so on and so on.

    what we really need is some new form of media to appear for the out of touch geriatrics to transfer their need to misunderstand and blame everything, but what the hell is going to come out that can be even bigger than video games at this point?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. The_Red

    @18
    True. I’m not saying the media’s narrative is true.

    If an actually unbiased study of these cases takes place, they’ll find the answers that are as old as time itself. Terrible acts of violence like these have always existed and there have been many deeper issues behind them. Sadly because of all the hype, negativity and people like Katie C, people only see the newest thing (The vid game) and not things like, I don’t know, a 22. rifle given to a 11 year old as a gift.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. DSB

    @18 Yup, and since the beginning of time I reckon it’s been every bit as hard to accept.

    People turn bad, and commit horrible acts of violence. It’s always easier to blame lycanthropy or demonic possession or videogames than it is to accept the fact that sometimes the world creates a violent person.

    If parents are blind to their kids development, or maybe the kid doesn’t show any signs of what’s going on inside, then there’s not a lot you can do.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Richenbaum

    Y’ALLZ SOME KINDA PRO-WEREWOLFER??!

    #22 2 years ago

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    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

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  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]