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Darius Finley was shot once in the chest after the pair struggled with the weapon at their home in Marshall County, northern Mississippi. Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said: "The younger brother allegedly got mad because he got beat at some video games and got the gun."

He said his brother, De-Andre Finley, initially said he never touched the gun. But after more questioning, the older boy admitted the weapon accidentally went off as the two struggled over it. "That version we can live with because it's consistent with the evidence," Mr Dickerson said.

He said the shotgun was too long and heavy for the younger boy to hold it against his chest and pull the trigger. "That's the reason it raised red flags," he added. He said the boys' father was outside mowing the lawn at the time of the incident.

A post-mortem is to be carried out, and the shotgun has been removed from the scene for testing. Mr Dickerson added: "Upon arrival we found a nine-year old child laying face down in the bedroom of the home. The shotgun was near where the child was laying, and casing to the opposite side of where the child was laying."

Police said it is unlikely the older brother will be charged because he is under 13, and "it appeared to be an accident anyway".

Boy Shoots Brother Dead In Video Game Row

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Sad story and sadly enough it's not an "only in America" incident as I could see it happening anywhere in the world where there are people who don't take proper precautions in storing their weapons. I feel sorry for the parents for their loss, but I'd say it sounds like they've neglected their responsibilities by not teaching their kids to handle weapons with the respect they deserve. I know it sounds harsh to blame the parents as they didn't pull the trigger, but they have to take some responsibility of letting the situation get to the point that such a thing could happen in their house. Games are just games, but guns are a VERY serious matter. And if the kids are so poor at handling disappointments that they even think of grabbing a gun to settle their differences, something has been seriously lacking in their kids upbringing. Not to mention that the gun and ammo(or a loaded weapon) should never have been so readily available to the kids.

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Sad story and sadly enough it's not an "only in America" incident as I could see it happening anywhere in the world where there are people who don't take proper precautions in storing their weapons. I feel sorry for the parents for their loss, but I'd say it sounds like they've neglected their responsibilities by not teaching their kids to handle weapons with the respect they deserve. I know it sounds harsh to blame the parents as they didn't pull the trigger, but they have to take some responsibility of letting the situation get to the point that such a thing could happen in their house. Games are just games, but guns are a VERY serious matter. And if the kids are so poor at handling disappointments that they even think of grabbing a gun to settle their differences, something has been seriously lacking in their kids upbringing. Not to mention that the gun and ammo(or a loaded weapon) should never have been so readily available to the kids.

A similar incident happend in the UK a few years back, with some kid going on a stabbing rampage after he'd seen it on a game, killing his best friend in the process. This kid was around 17 aswell, you'd think he'd have more sense.

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As much as this is a serious matter, I don't like how most of the media is trying to blame video games in similar situations as the cause of the incident. I admit some games are really violent and might even cause a change in temper, but there must be something initially wrong with the individual if he goes on a killing rampage because he saw it in a game. The government body is getting more and more annoying with their conservative view on games and how they affect individuals. I mean if every single game does affect you and can trigger some serial killer instinct, then if I'm a avid racing gamer, that means I can get into an F1 without any difficulty.

Anyway in this scenario, it's completely the parents fault, I mean, how can a kid of 9 get access to a shotgun and loaded one at that. Why weren't the weapons stored properly out of the reach of children. I've been playing video games for years, and there was always weapons in my house (my dad was a cop, and a good portion of my family is composed of hunters), and from an early age I've been educated not to get near or touch any kind of weapon, and they were always properly stored. This is a horrible story, but this scenario could have been easily avoided.

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As much as this is a serious matter, I don't like how most of the media is trying to blame video games in similar situations as the cause of the incident. I admit some games are really violent and might even cause a change in temper, but there must be something initially wrong with the individual if he goes on a killing rampage because he saw it in a game. The government body is getting more and more annoying with their conservative view on games and how they affect individuals. I mean if every single game does affect you and can trigger some serial killer instinct, then if I'm a avid racing gamer, that means I can get into an F1 without any difficulty.

:rolleyes:

Video games keep getting lambasted by the media because of such incidents, but there are instances where they are a good influence as well! I picked up the english language and Japanese from video games and you don't see that in the papers -_-

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There was a new study recently quoted in The Economist, concluding that video games is just a medium for influence, the same as printed paper, radio, TV, etc. It's what you put inside of it that matters, not how you present it. Violent games can cause violent actions, that's true. Which is why it is the parents' responsibility to make sure their children don't play them at an early age.

And what dumbass of a parent would leave their guns within reach of children is beyond me. It was an accident waiting to happen.

EDIT: I found a link to the article :

"Good game ?"

Money quote:

VIDEO games get a bad press. Many are unquestionably violent and, as has been the way with new media from novels to comic books to television, they have been accused of corrupting the moral fabric of youth. Nor are such accusations without merit. There is a body of research suggesting that violent games can lead to aggressive thoughts, if not to violence itself. But not all games are shoot-’em-ups, and what is less examined is whether those that reward more constructive behaviour also have lingering impacts. That, however, is starting to change. Two studies showing that video games have a bright side as well as a dark one have been carried out recently.
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When I logged on to this site this morning and was waiting to be transferred, I got on my screen an advert for some computer game. The full glory of an AK-47 was presented to me, it scared the sh*t out of me :D

As the so-called experts bicker amongst themselves about whether or not violent video games begets real-life violence or apathy towards violence, I just dislike seeing guns on display like that. I cringe when I think of the misery they can cause (and have caused, for that matter).

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When I logged on to this site this morning and was waiting to be transferred, I got on my screen an advert for some computer game. The full glory of an AK-47 was presented to me, it scared the sh*t out of me :D

As the so-called experts bicker amongst themselves about whether or not violent video games begets real-life violence or apathy towards violence, I just dislike seeing guns on display like that. I cringe when I think of the misery they can cause (and have caused, for that matter).

Yes... and I bet that the men, young and old, who buy these violent video games would NEVER go to war themselves. Furthermore I bet men who have been soldiers at war don't play these games. All the men I know who play them are couch potatoes who like dressing up in camouflage gear, but would run a mile from any real conflict.

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Actually a good portion of the first decade of the video game industry is based on military development. For example, Tetris was developed by the URSS army to test the reflexes and quick resolution skills of it's soldiers. In more recent years, Flight Simulator have been a great tool to limit training cost, in both civil and military environments. Two games, that were initially made for military use only, have been transferred to the gaming community (America's Army, Full Spectrum Warrior). Although I agree on the assumption that most of the individuals that play games will never join the army or sometimes even get out, they should still be seen as a good tool in some extent.

But, coming back to the point Val was trying to make, yes some games are violent and show a enormous number of details about weaponry and in some situations war, can't we have the same exact information on pretty much all the TV stations. I've known what an Ak-47 and an M-16 was since I was 9, and this is not fault of my parents. I just have to look at the news for 5 minutes, or watch any mainstream movie or in some cases cartoons to see a glorying or frighting image of weapons and the world we live in.

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Yes... and I bet that the men, young and old, who buy these violent video games would NEVER go to war themselves. Furthermore I bet men who have been soldiers at war don't play these games. All the men I know who play them are couch potatoes who like dressing up in camouflage gear, but would run a mile from any real conflict.

That doesnt say much for the people you know moi, from personal experience I know for a fact that the modern warfare type video games are very popular amongst the military. Remember the vast majority of modern warfare is controlled via a mouse, not a gun.

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Yes... and I bet that the men, young and old, who buy these violent video games would NEVER go to war themselves. Furthermore I bet men who have been soldiers at war don't play these games. All the men I know who play them are couch potatoes who like dressing up in camouflage gear, but would run a mile from any real conflict.

i play these games, ive never dressed in camoflague gear in my life, i play football 2 or 3 times a week and im knowhere near a couch potato. shame on you moi. ive been playing video games since a kid and like playing them still. ive never once had an urge to gun someone down, drive my car like a rally driver, deliver papers or make my way through a mansion filled with all kinds of freaky things.

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i play these games, ive never dressed in camoflague gear in my life, i play football 2 or 3 times a week and im knowhere near a couch potato. shame on you moi. ive been playing video games since a kid and like playing them still. ive never once had an urge to gun someone down, drive my car like a rally driver, deliver papers or make my way through a mansion filled with all kinds of freaky things.

I'm sorry, dkw! These people I know (note I don't describe them as friends) are total plonkers, and I was wrong to assume that they were typical of game players as a whole. Please accept my apologies.

And, if you have a few minutes to spare in your busy schedule, could you practise using capital letters? :D

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I'm sorry, dkw! These people I know (note I don't describe them as friends) are total plonkers, and I was wrong to assume that they were typical of game players as a whole. Please accept my apologies.

And, if you have a few minutes to spare in your busy schedule, could you practise using capital letters? B)

no, i refuse to use capital letters. there sly little buggers, you start using them then BANG, your wearing tweed jackets.

no offence taken, just bugs me a bit when people presume all game players are spotty little nerds. ive no spots at all.....

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B) give that man a CIGAR!!!!!!

You're starting to get the hang of it. Next step is to try use the capital letter only at the beginning of a word instead of typing the whole word in capitals. Doing it at the start of a sentence is the easy place to start and once you get the hang of it, we can start with all the name-shenanigans and somesuch snobbery. :lol:

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You're starting to get the hang of it. Next step is to try use the capital letter only at the beginning of a word instead of typing the whole word in capitals. Doing it at the start of a sentence is the easy place to start and once you get the hang of it, we can start with all the name-shenanigans and somesuch snobbery. B)

dont you dare lead me down that path, i aint wearing tweed for no-one....

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