Daniel Petric, a 17-year-old who was on trial for killing his mom and shooting his dad after being banned from playing Halo 3, has been convicted of aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and other charges.Since writing the original article documenting how Petric broke into his father's safe to retrieve his copy of Halo 3 while equipping himself with his father's 9mm handgun, Petric's attempted last words to his parents have revisited me now and again—"Would you guys close your eyes? I have a surprise for you."—my mind accompanying the chilling lines with a vivid if not necessarily accurate rendition of the evening. [AP via Kotaku]
I remember reading the results of a psychological study on videogamers who committed violent crimes. Apparently, a small segment of them do not have the mental capacity to understand that killing someone is permanant. They just couldn't comprehend it.
It's very frightening to think that some people can become that engrossed with a game.