Halo 3 Killing Trial Comes To An End
I know Halo 3 is not a Nintendo title, but I am sure you have heard of this case and are interested in the results. Below is what the judge had to say about the case.
The Court must enter a finding of guilty on the counts set forth in the indictment. That being said, it’s my firm belief as a human being – and not as a jurist – that Daniel does suffer from a serious defect of the mind.
This Court’s opinion is that we don’t know enough about these video games. In this particular case, not so much the violence of the game because I believe in the Halo 3, what it amounts to is a contest to see who can shoot the most aliens who attack.
It’s my firm belief that after a while the same physiological responses occur that occur in the ingestion of some drugs. And I believe that an addiction to these games can do the same thing. The dopamine surge, the stimulation of the nucleus accumbens – the same as an addiction. Such that when you stop, your brain won’t stand for it.
The other dangerous thing about these games, in my opinion, is that when these changes occur, they occur in an environment that is delusional. Because you can shoot these aliens, and they’re there again the next day. You have to shoot them again. And I firmly believe that Daniel Petric had no idea, at the time he hatched this plot, that if he killed his parents, they would be dead forever.