A 16-year-old Columbia male has been charged with murder after shooting his friend while they were playing a video game. Columbia police department said Cisco Knightner, 17, was reportedly playing a basketball game with three of his friends when an argument started. The suspect pulled out a gun and shot Knightner in the head. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Because of his age, the shooter has not been named. TV station WLTX19 reports that he was Knightner’s lifelong friend. Police said he turned himself in and was charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. He was booked at the Richland County Detention Center, though authorities have not said if they plan to charge him as an adult. "I never thought that a friend would just do that to him," said Knightner’s 11-year-old sister, Faith Knightner-Diggs. Another fatal shooting incident took place on the same night in Columbia, in which a teenager and a taxi driver shot each other following … [Read more...] about Argument over video game leads teenager to shoot and kill friend
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You knew it was coming. I knew it was coming. It comes after every shooting involving a young person, with the predictability of the sun rise. Say their ridiculous invective with me now: “The problem is video games.” This time, the mouthpiece delivering the opinion was Kentucky governor Matt Bevin. Governor Bevin raised the subject while speaking with radio host Leland Conway the Thursday after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. While the initial topic was gun control, Bevin brought it around to “culture” by implying a cultural shift was to blame for the rise of school shootings. The gun is not the problem. We have a cultural problem in America and people have got to face up to this … And then you look at the culture of death that is being celebrated. There are video games that, yes, are listed for mature audiences, but kids play them and everybody knows it — and there’s nothing to prevent the child from playing … [Read more...] about Governor blames shooting on ‘cultural problem’ of video games *sighs*
On Wednesday, 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Florida, a scenario that has become all too familiar to anyone who reads the American news. Now that the obligatory genuflection at the altar of thoughts and prayers has been completed, pundits and politicians around the country have moved on to the next step in the uniquely American ritual of gun violence: casting about for scapegoats that can bear the terrible weight of blame for these crimes — particularly those that have nothing to do with guns. Mental illness has become a convenient talking point, despite the fact that mentally ill people are responsible for only a tiny fraction of gun violence — and are far more likely to experience violence than to commit it. And now Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has reached down into the political grab bag of scapegoats to pin the blame on another familiar boogeyman: video games. In an interview on the Leland Conway show, Bevin says that “guns are not … [Read more...] about Kentucky governor blames video games for school shootings
In the wake of a shooting that left at least 17 dead on Wednesday in a high school outside Boca Raton, Florida, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin (R) focused on violent video games as part of a "culture of death that is being celebrated" and leading to these kinds of incidents. "There are video games that, yes, are listed for mature audiences, but kids play them and everybody knows it, and there's nothing to prevent the child from playing them," Bevin said in an interview on WHAS' Leland Conway show Thursday morning. "They celebrate the slaughtering of people. There are games that literally replicate and give people the ability to score points for doing the very same thing that these students are doing inside of schools, where you get extra points for finishing someone off who's lying there begging for their life." a 2011 Supreme Court decision that prevents content-based restrictions on games. "It's garbage. It's the same as pornography. They have desensitized people to the value of human … [Read more...] about Video games, not guns, to blame for school shooting, says Kentucky gov.
In September of last year, the developer of Firewatch issued a DMCA takedown against now infamous YouTuber PewDiePie after he used a racial slur during a live stream of another title. The incident didn’t make headlines only because of PewDiePie’s profile or the fact that the game Firewatch wasn’t directly involved—this also represented a rare instance of legal rights being asserted between game maker and game streamer. As much as video games are an interactive medium, in recent years an entire scene has grown out of people such as PewDiePie streaming video games online. Be it live streaming on Twitch, or Let's Plays or other types of video content on YouTube, gaming has gone from just something players do at home, to something that they also watch other people do online. As these streamers and personalities have grown in popularity, so too has the discussion over the rights of streamers and developers in regards to said content. Are streams covered under fair … [Read more...] about The (still) uncertain state of video game streaming online