TechnoFile: Halos are for Angels not Teenage Boys


Today, California congressman Joe Baca has proposed legislation that would require video games rated “Teen” or higher to be sold with a health warning label that says: “this game may make you aggressive.” Puberty should probably some with the same warning.

In October 2007, now 17-year-old Daniel Petric shot both his parents in the head when they wouldn’t let him play 17+ rated Halo 3. ( Halo Wars, the latest in the alien franchise, debuts a demo on February 5th. ) This week, a judge rejected a “video game addiction” defense and tried Petric as an adult. If found guilty, he could receive life in prison for killing his mom. The boy’s dad survived and forgave the boy.

Of the murder, Microsoft said, “We are aware of the situation and it is a tragic case.” They might as well have said, “Bummer. Well, sometimes we bathe in money”. Still, we’re skeptical. Numerous studies have been conducted that prove there to be no link between violent video games and aggressive behavior.

Halo 3 sold more than 8.1 million copies in the first two months after its release in November 2007 and was the most popular XBox Live game in 2008. Maybe manboys wouldn’t be such sociopaths if they put down the remote and left their dark gym-sock tainted rooms?

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