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Master And Servant

A common sight these days. The addiction of getting beyond level 20 whether its just angry birds or Doom can be quite gripping. Apparently the two kids associated with the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 were addicted to Doom.


Grand Theft Auto is referred to a number of times in defence of various crimes in the UK and the States. 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.


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. they were all found guilty.


In September 2007 in Ohio, 16-year-old Daniel Petric snuck out of his bedroom window to purchase the game Halo 3 against the orders of his father, a minister at New Life Assembly of God in Wellington, Ohio, U.S.


His parents eventually banned him from the game after he spent up to 18 hours a day with it, and secured it in a lockbox in a closet where the father also kept a 9mm handgun, according to prosecutors. In October 2007, Daniel used his father's key to open the lockbox and remove the gun and the game. He then entered the living room of his house and shot both of them in the head, killing his mother and wounding his father.


Petric is sentenced to life in prison without parole, which was later commuted to 23 years in imprisonment. While defense attorneys argued that Petric was influenced by video game addiction, the court fully dismissed these claims.


Surveys and research are pretty thin on the ground however if you trawl the internet. Many that can be found are short term or limited in scope. In the meantime, the games industry continues to grow, overtaking music sales in some countries.


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Taken on June 7, 2010