Scottish Police Head Blames Gears of War for Vicious Knife Attack

May 3, 2013 -

According to this Daily Mail story (by way of The Escapist), the leader of the Scottish Police are blaming Gears of War for a vicious knife attack. While the crime does have its roots in playing the game online - where the victim and the accused first got to know each other, the chairman of the Scottish Police Federation thinks playing the game in and of itself was somehow a catalyst for the crime.

The crime happened in April of this year in Clydebank, Scotland: an unnamed 13-year-old male slashed the throat of a 14-year-old male, cutting him deeply enough to expose his windpipe, according to police. This, police say, was the result of an earlier falling out between the two teens online while playing the game. Prior to that falling out, the boys met each other online in-game and hit if off in late 2011. Later on the two would meet in person. But as 2012 rolled on something happened between the two boys and they were no longer friends...

"The reporting officer was of the opinion that the violent videogames played online by the accused may have been a factor in his conduct," Andrew Brown, the prosecutor in the case told the court.

Brian Docherty, the chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, told the court that "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."

While Microsoft a rep expressed sympathy for the victim and his family, the company pointed out that the Xbox 360 has parental control features in place to keep age inappropriate gaming and entertainment away from those who shouldn't be using it - for example 13 and 14-year-old boys.

Source: Daily Mail by way of The Escapist


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Re: Scottish Police Head Blames Gears of War for Vicious ...

Julius Caesar on a rubbercrutch! Set up the GUNDAMNED parental controls before letting you 13 year old kids play a mature rated game & quit blaming them for their bad parenting.

What we got here is failure to communicate!

Re: Scottish Police Head Blames Gears of War for Vicious ...

13 and 14 year olds and mature rated games.  Kind of like those shootings I've heard about recently where a kid with a gun accidently kills a kid with a gun.  There is a point where a person has the mental capacities to deal with games, and guns.  That's why as a society we've deemed that rules and supervision are necessary to ensure safe usage.  So, where were the parents?

BTW, that's not a condemnation of games or guns.  I'd dare say millions of children have been well raised while being exposed to both.  It's an issue of parenting in my opinion.

Sadly, when parents become lax, then we end up with legislators trying to Nerf our lives.  In the end, the many will suffer for the ignorant and lazy few.  Though so far legislating common sense hasn't seemed really beneficial.

 

Re: Scottish Police Head Blames Gears of War for Vicious ...

13 and 14 year olds do have  the mental capacity to handle these games unless there was something mentally wrong with them.

Don't blame the parents on what the 13 year old did. At 13 you are not a child anymore. For 10,000 years a 13 year old was an adult and did not have parents to watch over them and that proves they can make there own decisions. So why now turn around and condemn the parents for something they had no part in. Put the blame where it belongs on the one who did the deed.

Also we know that a video game will not turn you in to a killer so why stop a 13 year old from playing. Did you think that maybe the parents where fine with them playing the game and why stop the 14 year old he did nothing wrong he was the victim.

Anyways does not matter this shit happens all the time.

Re: Scottish Police Head Blames Gears of War for Vicious ...

Yeah, I remember the effective knife weapon in Gears of War. Those deadly things kill in one hit, you know. Remember that epic final battle at the end of Gears 1 where you had to charge a turret with only a knife?

As a police officer, this asshole should know better than to pass judgment prematurely without evidence.

 
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