Videogames Made Halo 3 Killer Do It After All

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Videogames Made Halo 3 Killer Do It After All

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It turns out that the judge who presided over the case of Daniel Petric, the teenager who killed his mother in a dispute over Halo 3, believes videogames are primarily responsible for the killing after all.

Petric was 16 when he killed his mother and wounded his father after being caught trying to sneak a copy of Halo 3 into the house, a game his parents refused to let him play. Petric's attorneys blamed his actions on a combination of stress and videogame addiction, but the judge in the case rejected the claim, saying there was evidence that he had plotted for weeks to kill them and that videogame addiction is not a valid defense for murder.

Initial reaction to the verdict among gamers was positive, but it turns out that Judge James Burge isn't quite as enlightened as many had hoped. Burge made it quite clear after handing down his decision that he was compelled to find Petric guilty, but that in his opinion Petric suffers from a "serious defect of the mind," and that videogames are responsible.

"The Court must enter a finding of guilty on the counts set forth in the indictment. That being said, it's my firm belief as a human being - and not as a jurist - that Daniel does suffer from a serious defect of the mind," Burge said in a transcript put together by GamePolitics. "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 dopamine surge, the stimulation of the nucleus accumbens - the same as an addiction. Such that when you stop, your brain won't stand for it," he continued. "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."

Naturally, Burge's comments have resulted in a dramatic turn-around in opinion among those who just a day ago were hailing him for not swallowing any nonsense about videogames causing people to kill their mothers; now it seems the best thing anyone can say about him is that he's at least able to set aside his personal beliefs while following the letter of the law. He also appears to believe that despite the guilty finding, Petric's case may not yet be over.

"But I believe there is hope here," he said. "I believe that it will start here and, uh, at some point when all is known about Daniel and what occurred here we will be able to achieve a greater sense of justice."

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"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."

As far as I understand, the job of a judge is to stop people arguing by banging a hammer on the table.
Basic facts: correct. Understanding of said facts: nil...

Jesus Christ, not more of this nonsense.
I hope somebody finally does some serious trails and proves one thing or the other, because I'm sick of people truly not understanding videogames.

Oh No. This can't end well

It is my opinion that as a person, not just a forum member, that jurists should stick to their respective positions and not comment on the effects of dopamine surges that come from Halo 3. You know what else causes a dopamine surge? Sex. Ban it I say!

"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."

This just made me cringe. Really? You think that this guy believed that if he killed his parents that they would respawn tomorrow? Really? He was 16... I think that you pretty much understand this part of life at that age.

*sigh* This is going to have some bad reprecussions, despite this judge coming across like the "The Internet is a Series of Tubes" guy. The whole "We don't know enough about these "Video Games"" statement makes me worried.

No, no, no, no, no, no, no god damn it news like THIS makes me want to shoot someone not the actual video games...

God, why do I feel that this is going to be used a fuel to pass that BS bill that is trying to put a warning label on Teen or above rated games. Were just lucky that Jacko has been disbarred or he would be over this like white on rice on a paper plate with a glass of milk in a snow storm.

Ooh, not the fact that he's a freaking psychopath that would easily, gladly kill both his parents out of spite, revenge. Nope. The videogames. They were the cause.

Would it have been any different if he was addicted to bad B zombie movies, and he wasn't allowed to see those?

.. I don't like stereotyping, but christ. He looks like a thug.

Disappointing, to say the least.

*sigh*

*sigh*

Well, at least he ended by saying this kid needs to be seriously studied so that a definitive answer is found. He's entitled to his opinion, but I do agree that if there is some kind of mental disorder in a small portion of the population that reacts poorly to video games, it needs to be addressed.

If some idiot manages to get this idiot to represent the entire gaming community, I am calling the ICA (International Contract Agency).

Right, I'm ordering a box full of lancers, crowbars and gravity hammers and we're going to go kick some ass!

Video games causes violent behaviour my left foot!

Actually, there is some truth to the court's opinion. Having an addiction to chocolate or nicotine is ought to be different than an addiction to a virtual reality where violence is the king, when it affects a weakened mind within a disputable familial context. The issue, however, lies in the causality and the obvious risk of turning this into ammo against games, because it has been a violent game (not as violent as some others) like it could have been a violent TV show, a violent film, a violent rock band and whatever.

What is clear is that the parents were not transmitting the right values to their son, either because they were misinformed, underinformed and thus incapable of doing what was right, or because they had no authority or didn't care enough, or maybe a bit of all.

well thank goodness judges are tied to the law, & not their opinions

Brokkr:
"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."

This just made me cringe. Really? You think that this guy believed that if he killed his parents that they would respawn tomorrow? Really? He was 16... I think that you pretty much understand this part of life at that age.

Yeah and he could choose where they respawn with the Forge editor...

What a tool.

I know that seems simplistic but think about it.

He's just a tool. We need to identify his handler :)

NO! NO! NO! That kid need to have a bullet put through his head, don't waste tax payers money, don't waste the courts time just take him behind the shed and shoot him.

He was a cold blooded killer nothing less.

he stole the game back, took his Dads handgun than walked up to them and said "Would you close your eyes? I have a surprise for you."

They trusted him and thought they were getting a nice surprise, then he shot them and ran off with the game.
Not take the game back and play it with the sound off like a normal fucking addict would have, but nooooo he had to shoot them.

You know what better just send him to Iraq or some other America hating country wearing a US flag, have fun douche-bag.

I play Halo 3 most days and I've never EVER had the urge to kill anyone (except a couple of complete tits I knew at school a few years back. But I digress...). Fine, ban games like Manhunt where the emphasis is on killing for the sadistic pleasure of it, because those are sick. But don't blame videogames in general for one person's stupidity because he happened to be addicted to games. Does that judge have kids? Grandkids? How many hours a day do THEY play games, I wonder...?

Yes, games are like drugs, but then so is everything else!

We just need to make sure psychopaths and their parents never get their hands on games in the first place. Either that or people like this judge take a moment to look at the TONS of violence in other media that gets a pass.

I agree with other posters, with 16 you don't really mix reality and game that much unless you have a serious mental disorder...and if that is given, it's just a matter of what reason to do such acts comes first...

Brokkr:
"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."

This just made me cringe. Really? You think that this guy believed that if he killed his parents that they would respawn tomorrow? Really? He was 16... I think that you pretty much understand this part of life at that age.

Aye, I was going to quote the same text. It's fucking ridiculous. He claims to not know enough about games, which makes that retarded comment 100% false assumption. He's assuming that whatever Game Petric was playing was somehow brainwashing him into thinking that humans in the real world can re-spawn. And what's sickening is that people will believe him. When will the world wake up and realise that it's only those fucked up in the head to begin with who do these things. Petric was quite clearly just a thick bastard with some major issues.

Brokkr:
"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."

This just made me cringe. Really? You think that this guy believed that if he killed his parents that they would respawn tomorrow? Really? He was 16... I think that you pretty much understand this part of life at that age.

The judge just made an absolute fool of himself. If Petric actually believed his parents would respawn (which I highly doubt), the guy is undeniably, 100%, one flew over the cuckoo's nest INSANE! If the judge thought the kid was insane, he shouldn't have convicted him.

Saying this after the fact is like painting a humungous bulls-eye on Petric's conviction and handing the kid's lawyers a appeal sniper rifle.

It's quite clear that the guy was already insane, just look at him... What the judge doesn't get is the fact that games aren't inherently what made him kill, but the fact that his parents denied him his intention to play, along with a usually violent life (presumed), resulted in him losing his mind and killing his mother.

Sure he was addicted, but not that much is known about how games influence the gamers to actually blame them for something.

Now on the funny side: He TKed I guess...

Hopefully this innocent young man is exonerated and Master Chief is justly punished for murdering this young man's parents. Apparently, Master Chief thought parents respawn...

What an effing joke.

Brokkr:
"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."

This just made me cringe. Really? You think that this guy believed that if he killed his parents that they would respawn tomorrow? Really? He was 16... I think that you pretty much understand this part of life at that age.

Of course he didn't; the Bible told him that they'd respawn in better positions where they could watch over him from Heaven sniper-camp for all of eternity.

Again, why blame Halo for this?

-- Steve

Jman1236:
God, why do I feel that this is going to be used a fuel to pass that BS bill that is trying to put a warning label on Teen or above rated games. Were just lucky that Jacko has been disbarred or he would be over this like white on rice on a paper plate with a glass of milk in a snow storm.

agreed. this wont end well

O plz if some new law uses this as justification to be past any one with sense will just shoot it down like similar shit has been in the past

My favoured saying

I dont know about this game (but I will pass a uninformed judgement anyway)

He thought his parents would re-spawn

RE- DO THE DAM CASE WITH SOME COMPITENT JUGE WHO KNOW WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT

And here I thought the whole 'video-games kill small children' theory had been dropped by now. Just once, I want someone who is one trial for murder say that the reason that they did it is because they saw a lot of news reports about it on FOX News. I would LOVE seeing the newscasters try to figure out who to blame.

Avida:
Yes, games are like drugs, but then so is everything else!

That's what I was thinking. Anything can become an addiction, because while they may not be physically addicted, they can become psychologically addicted, like I believe this guy has become.

Anyways, this guy was addicted, and when that addiction was taken away, he acted irrationally, like any addict would. Video games aren;t to blame.

Hypothetically, you can get addicted to anything. Videogames just happen to be the popular target of today.

If I kill someone over my favorite TV show, can I plea that I thought that they'd just be reintroduced in the next season?

I believe that videogames are entirely to blame as the catalyst of this argument (as drugs or money can cause other disputes). But until I see a game pick up a gun and shoot someone, the argument seems pretty fallacious.

What a load of bullocks, any kind of addiction can be motive for murder, and videogame addiction is just as valid.

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