A few months back, we reported on the decision by the families of the victims of the Columbine massacre to present a case against several games publishers and developers for what they saw as inciting the shootings.
Today lawyers acting on behalf of these publishers and developers asked a Federal Judge to drop the case, as it fails to name any one particular game as the cause of the tragedy. Perhaps a better defence would have been to take the line that the very notion of playing games causes sociopathic episodes.
In April 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot and killed twelve students and one teacher at Columbine High School, USA, before killing themselves. The shocking and tragic news caused America to ask some serious questions regarding its control of firearms. Rather than turn on the powerful National Rifle Association, games developers and publishers have been blamed.
Amongst the companies named are Nintendo of America, Sega of America, Sony Computer Entertainment, Time Warner, ID Software and GT Interactive.