Katie: Video Game Addict Kills Mother, Shoots Father
According to many experts, video games can be just as addictive as drugs with many of the same side effects. While they might not be killing you physically, video games have a far more emotional toll on the user.
Katie Couric is talking with one father who barely escaped with his life after his son went on a shooting spree when a violent video game was taken away for him. Mark Patric, the father, said his son, Daniel, was severely addicted to video games but he and his wife had no idea how bad it could be. They simply wanted him to stop playing a violent video game and thought taking the game away from him would keep him from playing it. While it did stop Daniel from playing the game, it also sent him into a rage where he shot his mother to death and his father barely escaped with his life.
Mark is talking with Katie Couric about the time his son told him he had a surprise for him and then tried to kill him. He is also discussing the toll video games have taken on his family and the violence it brought out in his own son. While Katie talks with Mark, ABC News’ Deborah Roberts heads into the prison where she interviews Daniel to get his side of the story and to find out why he would kill his mother simply for taking away a video game.
Do you think it is the video game that pushed Daniel to kill or do you think he is mentally disturbed outright, the video game just serving as the catalyst that brought forth his aggressive nature? Does the video game make a person violent or is the person inherently violent in the first place? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
NFL Player Quinn Pitcock Addicted To Video Games
Katie Couric is also talking with NFL star Quinn Pitcock about his own video game addiction and how it interfered greatly with his professional football career.
Katie is going to be talking about the warning signs every parent needs to be aware of and how you can prevent your child from becoming addicted to video games. If your child is already addicted, Katie had the answers to weaning your child off violent video games.