Nehemiah Griego was being held without bail in a juvenile facility as authorities revealed that he was “unemotional” when talking about the massacre but perked up when he talked about his love of violent games, including “Modern Warfare” and “Grand Theft Auto.”
ESRB ratings: Mature.
For the uninitiated, mature ratings recommend 17+ and most chains require a showing of ID by the purchaser. I'm twenty-six and, all joking aside, still get ID'd for my games.
A 15-year-old video-game fanatic accused of killing his parents and three younger siblings because he was mad at his mom will be tried as an adult, a New Mexico prosecutor announced Tuesday.
Sounds like bad parenting and lack of personal responsibility of the parents.
This isn't to say, of course, that the family deserves their death because of their poor oversight, or that the boy is absolved, but let's reflect, for a moment, on the fact that there was a plain ol' disclaimer saying the game wasn't for children and wonder why the ******** this kid was playing those games - so much so that by age fifteen they were his favorite (implying he had been playing them for some time.)
This is all assuming that "perking up" at the sound of a favorite hobby indicates causation rather than, well, the hobby of someone who is almost certainly a psychopath given his lack of emotion during preliminary interviews. Do video games make people psychopaths? Doubt it. Of the bazillion people playing video games, most are not psychopaths. More likely, this is just a psychopath who liked vidya.
But I understand that people of a certain generation are incapable of recognizing that a multitude of variables don't all indicate causation and instead need a scapegoat, absolving aaaaaalllll parties of accountability. The NRA will need someone to blame to take the heat off of gun control options, and Democrats from pro-gun states will blame video games so they can offer a justification for voting against legislation that doesn't include video game scrutiny. Whatevs.
Neighbors said they’d often seen Nehemiah walking around in Army fatigues. Local media said the home schooled teen wasn’t allowed to play video games, and that his family never let him watch violent shows on television.