- July 30th 2004

Manhunt inspires killing, parents of victim say

The parents of a 14-year-old murdered with a hammer by a friend say the alleged murderer's obsession with Manhunt is to blame for the crime, according to the BBC news. The victim's head was hit so hard with a hammer that it was fractured in several places, and he also suffered multiple stab wounds, injuring his kidney and liver. The family of the victim says the two boys were acting out scenes from Manhunt, but a spokesman for the Entertaiment and Leisure Publishers' Association denies that assertion:

... We reject any suggestion or association between the tragic events and the sale of the video game Manhunt. ... The game in question is classified 18 by the British Board of Film Classification and therefore should not be in the possession of a juvenile. Simply being in someone's possession does not and should not lead to the conclusion that a game is responsible for these tragic events.

Despite the denials, British electronics superstore Dixons has removed the game from its stores. Score one more for bad parenting.

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