Hello those who are reading this. This new entry is an expression of a more serious attitude than other entries in the past (or at least intro-to-entries, haha.). This entry is about the worthiness of video games, and the fact that I have heard of stories of people becoming obsessed with video games, even staring hours and hours on end and not taking breaks, and they even become homicidal...like a teenager named Daniel Petric, who shot his parents (killing his mother) because they taken away his copy of the video game Halo 3. At first they forbid him from buying (and eventually playing) the game, as they considered it too violent (Daniel's father was a minister at the "New Life Assembly Of God" in Wellington, Ohio). That wouldn't matter either way, as one of Daniel's friends had the game and he had access to play it, then he himself bought the game without his parents consent. Daniel allegedly played Halo 3 sometimes eighteen hours without taking a break, and eventually his parents found out about him buying the game and taken it away from him and had it in a lock-box, along with the nine millimeter handgun.
Unfortunately, Daniel would swipe the key from his father to the box and take the video game, along with the handgun, and went behind his parents and said "Would you close your eyes, I have a surprise for you." Daniel then shot both of his parents, killing his mother and wounding his father, and then handed the gun back to his father, saying "Hey dad, here's your gun. Take it." Approximately a few minutes afterward, Daniel's sister and her husband arrived to watch a football game, although Daniel kept telling them that they shouldn't come in, claiming their parents were having an argument, only to hear their father groaning and they pushed Daniel aside, his sister called the police, and also noticing Daniel in the "family van", with Halo 3 in the passenger's seat.
Daniel was of course arrested and put on trial on December fifteenth, two-thousand eight, no jury. Daniel's defense attorney claimed that the game had not had Daniel in the right state of mind, and didn't understand and exact action of what harm he caused to his parents, also stating that playing Halo 3 so long had misguided his judgement of real-life killing was permanent. The prosecuting attorney disagreed, saying that Daniel shown no remorse in the shooting of his parents and the idea of suicide (giving the gun back to his father).
The judge sentenced Daniel to twenty-three years in prison (because of his age at the time, Daniel wasn't allowed to be tried for the death penalty, although he could have recieved life in prison). He is said to be eligible for parole in the year twenty-thirty, while the rest of his family stated that they have forgiven Daniel for his actions, also claiming that the only way they can heal is by having Daniel released so they can be a family again.
Either way, I am aware of the date of when this had happened, but the extent of when, it confuses me that someone could have been so immersed into a video game and supposedly go homicidal by it...I'll never know fortunately, but it's unfortunate that someone would be driven by a video game to ruin his or her own life, like a father killing his infant child because she accidentally knocked over an Xbox, having it break (all for the excuse that the father couldn't afford to repay the person loaning him the Xbox, which this unfortunately happened prior to Daniel Petric's shooting). Another thing I should say is that video games are software meant to be played with and enjoyed, not to be taken so seriously to the point of shooting your family and or friends, or anyone in particular, there is not excuse for it.
Thank you for those who have read this large entry (my largest so far I believe), but this is an issue that I hate, because out in the world some people go insane for a mere video game, despite the obvious difference between reality and fantasy, it is just a shame that some people would go beyond both...which brings too many consequences.