There are parents who tend to be rather protective of their children. Overprotective, some might say.
One pair of Italian parents had bought FIFA 2009 for their son, Mario, as a birthday present “because we didn’t want him playing violent games.” And where did that get them?
Stabbed in the neck.
It is an unfortunate occurrence, as the father, a 46-year old storekeeper, was playing the game with his son. He offered advice on tactics for improving his in-game performance, but that apparently did not go over very well with the 16-year old youth, and an argument broke out.
Mario fetched a knife from the kitchen, and proceeded to stab his father in the neck. He then returned to the kitchen and washed the knife off before his mother in the sink, before leaving it to dry on the draining board. The mother had no idea what had happened until her husband stumbled in, clutching his neck.
“I saw Mario come back into the room, he seemed calm, he went to the sink and I noticed him washing a knife,” Monica explained to the Italian daily newspaper Il Corriere della Sera. “Then my husband came into the room with a hand round his neck, dripping blood”.
Police reported that Mario had shut himself in his room, and made no attempt to resist arrest. He had received the game only days earlier.
“Mario is obsessed. He’s forever playing on his PlayStation,” said the mother.
G4TV.com suggest that “Who would have thought a guy named after a non-violent video game character would snap after playing a non-violent video game? It’s almost like there isn’t necessarily a link between violent games and acts of violence!”
Of course, an Italian being named after the world-famous plumber superhero seems unlikely to me. More to the point, one has to ask what other kinds of games he had played prior to his parents’ non-violent offering.
I’m not saying violent games caused this, but that one should probably look at all the evidence that someone who was trying to find a correlation would before making such a statement.