Here's another instance of a professional talking up the demonization of computer games in response to an unrelated tragedy.
It starts with a teenager's suicide, which various parties could not explain. Until a medical professional stepped in:
[Coronor] for south Manchester John Pollard, expressed his concern over the war game [Call of Duty] after it became a factor in "three of four" inquests into the deaths of teenagers. Returning a verdict of suicide into William's death, Pollard said: "I have to say, and this is after three or four inquests into the deaths of teens, the Call of Duty game seems to be figuring in recent activity before death. It concerns me greatly."
Classic fearsome media, linking bad behavior to the digital without any causal connection.
Let Techdirt take it away:
The link, Pollard explains, is that these kids played Call of Duty and also killed themselves. Therefore, according to Pollard, there is reason to believe one is causal. According to a source of mine, a Mr. Lo Gic, this kind of thinking indicates the coroner may have some wires crossed in his head. Otherwise, he'd have to explain why four suicides of children that played a game that has sold over a 100 million copies is anything we should be noting at all. Those children may all have drank orange juice, as well, because that's what kids do.
Conjuring up some link to fill the vacuum of tragedy isn't just wrong, it's cruel. It may delay the process by which the parents come to terms with what happened and how there may well have been nothing they could have done to stop it. What this coroner is instead suggesting is that the game played a role and the parents not restricting the playing of the game also played a role.