Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

October 20, 2008 -

The father of a 15-year-old boy who has been missing for a week said that his son's disappearance was triggered by a family dispute over his video game play.

As reported by the Toronto Star, Brandon Crisp left home last Monday and hasn't been seen since. From the newspaper account:

"He left because we took his Xbox away," said Steve Crisp, Brandon's father. He says his son was losing sleep because he spent so much time playing Call of Duty, a World War II-themed shooting game. "This was his addiction."

...Although police have determined that he hasn't logged onto his Xbox since he left, they are still trying to track down anyone he might have met playing Call of Duty.

"My personal feeling is that he's met someone online through this game," said Steve. "As a parent, you fear the worst when you don't hear anything for seven days."

Brandon's parents had tried to limit his Xbox use, but it didn't work, prompting them to take the console away.

"(Kids) play these games and it becomes an addiction. It becomes their whole life," he said.

GP: Anyone who has seen Brandon is asked to contact the Barrie Police Department at 705-725-7025 Barrie P.D. has more about the investigation on its website.


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Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

It does, but it is easier to blame games than actually do something.

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

I was under the impression that he was using a Xbox instead of an Xbox 360.

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Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Xbox also has parental controls.

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

There wasn't a call of duty game for the 1st xbox.

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

yeah there was

 

Call of Duty: Finest Hour

 

 

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Got a lot of time on your hands to post on the site don't you Jack?  At least the parents did the right thing and took the system away from him.  Kids run away all the time though.  He's probably fine. 

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Hey Jack!

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Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Barrie? That's not that far from where I live. You should let the OPP handle this one, Jack.

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Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Sure blame the game rather than the fact that you've raised a spoilt brat who couldn't take his game console time being limited. Yay for shitty parenting.

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

This is really sad.

Edit: now that just weird, i got two posts at this spot but its isn't a double post. Weird. O.o

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

I'm on it. Thanks, Dennis!  Jack Thompson

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Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

You're on something, and I'd suggest you quit, that stuff is bad for you.

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

"on it"? On...what? What are you on? Are you on...top of a big ol' chubby?

And what the hell is with the little devil smilie? Why in the world did you choose that? Are you planning to do something devious?...

Oh, my...You kidnapped the boy and are going to do nasty perverted things to him! Nooooo! Somebody, quick, call the FBI! We've got to stop the molestation antics of Jack Thompson!

Or maybe you're gonna try and find him, and if and when you do, you'll do horrible things to him!...Like make him listen as you read every single useless court filing and press release you've made and are making to him. I think that would be a worse torture than waterboarding.

But in all seriousness, I hope the boy is okay and gets home safely....<reads the story again>....even though he sounds like a little brat.

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Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Desperate for a case eh Thompson? Even if you can't get involved.

 

You're not even a has-been, you're a never-was

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Wow, Jack. You are totally gay for Dennis... that can´t be healty...

 

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Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Jack doesn't know how to quit Dennis.

(Sorry to Brokeback you, Dennis)

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Nice. That really gets him.

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Jack is obssesed with many people. It´s almost like he "needs" them badly.

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Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Shame you're not allowed to take on new cases, hey "Ace"?

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Mr. Thompson, you won't be able to get anywhere near this. Even if you could, in six days you won't be able to represent anyone other than yourself in any court. You'd be breaking the law.

Court Cases don't magically fold into a animation flip-booklet just for you, sir. You're NOT getting into a court tomorrow morning in front of Activision tomorrow morning. IT DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY.

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Actually he has these 30 days to finish off any cases he is currently working on, not to create new ones - hes already barred from doing that.  If he approaches anyone offering his services as an Attorney then he can be brought up on charges.  Whilst he probably knows that, I'm waiting for him to do it anyway and wind up on the wrong side of the law.  Actually I think just representing himself on this website as an "Attorney, and you're not" might be grounds for letting the Florida Bar know.

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Actually, he had 30 days from September 25th. He has less than 5 days to wrap things up or his clients are screwed.

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Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

I never specified which 30 days.  I'm fully aware they are nearly expired.

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Fair enough.

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Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

You are on something besides just borrowed time.  6 days Jack, 6 days.

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Actually its more like 4 and a half, but he won't believe it till it's D-day.

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Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

No, you're not on it, Jack.  You're never on it and you never will be.

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Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Sorry Jack, but Im sure the authorities dont need any help from a deluded ex-attorney with God complex and a belief that God is on his side.

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

wow.. pretty upsetting story.

 

Stil it has to be said that it is easier to blame a game that cant speak back, than to accept that perhaps these parents should have been monitoring his kids play.

I mean, if he has 'met someone online through this game' surely if he had been better monitored, his parents could have intervened (if that is what has happened). Better still, the parents could have perhaps become involved in their kids hobby, an easy way to monitor what they are doing without seeming like the big bad wolf.

 

Not saying it isnt an upsetting story, but surely its like blaming cannabis, if the kid OD'd on drugs. It isnt the substances fault, its an inanimate object, sadly, its the user who have to take responsibility.

If you can blame an object, then we wouldnt have murderers, because we'd always say, oh it wasnt his fault, it was the knives fault. Which just goes to show how silly placing the blame where it doesnt lie can get.

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Here's a news flash for you, Ace:  The failure of the game companies to warn of addictive behavior is blameworthy.  It raises legal liability.  The ONLY blame you seem to want to address is parenting blame.  I would think you would be for addressing all those who have blame coming their way here.  This is a product designed to be addictive, and then when parents find themselves laboring under this addiction they do the best they can.  They don't have, probably, the money to get their kid help from a psychologist.  Obama says health care insurance is adequate.  He's right.

The American Psychiatric Association is set to treat video game addiction as a mental disorder, so good  luck with the notion that games are really addictive.

Here's an idea:  How about you get off your video game-playing butt and write the makers of the game and ask them to put a warning label on the game that some kids playing it might develop an addiction to it?

Then you can say you actually did something in your life to help someone.  Jack Thompson

  

 

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Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

heres another idea jack.

 

I'm a gamer, a BIG TIME gamer, i play games a LOT and i own a LOT of games.

but i've graduated high school fine, joined the military, served my time, traveled the WORLD, and lived a VERY fullfilling life all the while. theres always more to do but for now my video game playing butt is ready to rest and i'm only 25 this year.

Wow... 25 years and i've already done more in my short lived life than most any elderly people i've ever met has ever done in their 50+ years of living. majority having never left the U.S. for anything other than canada or a small cruise along the coast.

i've seen Europe, japan, the UAE, canada, and half the United States.

what have you done besides spend your life chasing ambulances and sueing people for a bruised eye because you have the inept ability to prey on peoples misery, toy with it, then convince them its not their fault when it IS their own damned fault?

 

i've been gaming since i was a child, and i won't lie i was playing Duke3D when i was only about 10, UNCENSORED to boot (since it DOES have a censor option in the game)

know why it didn't effect me much? my PARENTS took me aside and talked to me, and specificaly my dad asked me often "Do you know what the differance between that game and whats real is?" and wouldn't accept anything but a straight answer. people who die in games can come back, but real people won't, reality is a lot harsher than any game and much tougher.

my dad also often sat down WITH me and PLAYED the games WITH me.... what a concept.. parents playing with their kids....

its (my gaming habits) never messed with my life, and its even helped to straighten it out (met my girlfriend thanks to games, and we connect very well thanks to our gaming habits. Unlike your concepts neither of us is over weight or dumb, she's well on her way to a full blown bachelors this year in information technology for example.)

its actually THANKS to games i passed school, being unable to learn very well without application, as the books and teachers methods bored me to death, video games gave me the chance to apply learning and fun into one activity, and often NOT in an educational game.

many FPS games take historical bases for their play (CoD, Wolfenstein, Brothers in Arms) as well as modern influences in politics and world order. many strategy games take ancient and world history with a few new ones seeping in that even borrow from more modern events like the cold war, and even old sci fi space combat flight sims had themes based on history (Wing Commander 4 "the Price of freedom" .... do you know what the price of freedom is jack? do you know what FREEDOM is even? or who said that "The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance"? i do, and its because of a VIDEO games no less. so heres a hint, he was a founding father and wrote the decleration of independance, you know, the one that you try so hard to dispute every day because it doesn't agree with your fanatical ways) Adventure games often had historical referances or even some connection to a famous piece of literature, like the first "Hugo" game, towards the end you had to have knowledge of J.R.R. Tolkiens "The Hobbit" in order to proceed.

 

games may have a downside to their addictiveness, but so doesn't TV, Movies, shopping, alchohol, tobacco, general labor (workaholics), and pretty much EVERYTHING in life CAN be addictive and CAN cause degredation to ones life.

such as your addiction to fighting a lost cause thats only served to strengthen the gaming community and its backers, at the same time its ruined your career.

 

 

 


 

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

You are without a doubt, the worst person I have ever had the displeasure of learning about, short of mass-murderers and the likes.

You take pleasure in trying to put down teenagers smarter, and better informed than yourself, but never have the balls to back yourself up after being contradicted. Video games, unlike cigarettes, are not definitely addictive, they have no equivalent to nicotine. Yes, they can, and are addictive to thousands of people who play them. But you look at them as if one small experience is all it takes.

At this point everyone knows about game addiction. Parents who aren't willing to intervene have no excuse. The parents in this instance did try, though I'm not sure if they were fully aware that you can have preset limits on play-time that is password protected, which is sure to help thousands of kids limit their time wisely. And guess who came up with that? It was the game industry you despise.

Now please, list a few of the ways you helped someone in, oh, say the past 5 years, through your video game "crusade."

 

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Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

And then do the same with TV and every other thing on the world...

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

"Obama says health care insurance is adequate.  He's right."

So says one of the yuppie douchebags who can afford it.

Besides, I thought oy uhad a hardon for Palin getting it.

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

An Impulse Control Disorder is present regardless of videogames.

His parents were also paying 50$ a year for him to play the game.

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Ok Jack let's just take your idea to the bitter end then shall we?  If everything must be labeled no matter the significance then let's do it.

...You go first...

I expect to see you in a T-shirt by the end of the day that reads, "I am a disbarred ex-attorney who was found guilty on 27 counts of misconduct unbecoming a lawyer."

Pictures as proof please.  After you do that, then we can talk about labeling the rest of the items in the world that could be harmful.

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Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Well.. thanks for your input Jack. Before i reply...

 

firstly.. lets keep this civil. No need to lower the tone to totally unfounded attacks on my character. If you have facts on your side to debate with, use them. If you did truly have the evidence on your side, you wouldnt need to fill up space with insults, when there was a perfectly good fact to put in its place instead.

As far as 'get off your video game-playing butt' and ' Then you can say you actually did something in your life to help someone' go, let me re-educate you on the facts.

Currently i am busy with the 3rd year of my degree at university. I probably havent managed to play more than around 10 -15 hours on videogames in the past 12 months. Im currently spending any free time i have engrossed in a university level development project and dissertation. Last year i finished my studies with an average grade of 90% (70% + puts you in the highest degree class available) so needless to say.. i work HARD, and its paying off. So at least say 'get off your hard working, correctly prioritised, self motivated butt' if you want to accurately portray reality.

 

 

Anyway. lets get back to the important issues shall we?. games such as Call of duty are NOT made to be 'addictive'. 'Enjoyable' yes. There is NO benefit whatsoever in the case of call of duty for the developers to make the game 'addictive', as wether that user plays over a long period of time or not, the developer has the money for the sale.. and thats it.. there is no subscription charge etc etc with call of duty.. so WHY would it be made to be 'addictive' over 'enjoyable'? There is no benefit for the developer. 

Additionally, what gives you the right to decide where the line between 'enjoyable' and 'addictive' ends?

According to the medical definition, something is 'addictive', when it negatively disrupts other aspects of your life. Thats when its an 'addiction' rather than being something you 'enjoy'.

For example, using the university example above, although i enjoy videogames, i am not addicted in any way.

And thats the real issue. If the exact same piece of software can be played by millions of users, and only an incredibly small percentage become 'addicted' (using the definition above), then where does the problem lie? Surely it isnt hard to see what the changing variable is here mr thompson. It isnt the game. Its the person. And thats the point. When only a tiny number of people become 'addicted', and the VAST majority are unaffected surely that tells you that the thing which the addiction depends on, isnt the game, but the player.

If the player's personality is the deciding factor in wether or not somebody will become addicted then do you still say it is up to videogame publishers and developers to act as nannys and parents for every individual who may play them? Surely you must see the undeniable logic, that the best people to spot (and therefore intervene) with somebody becoming addicted, are those who know the players personality best.

And who would that be? the developers and publishers? or the parents? Who can solve the entire problem, by monitoring what the player has access too, keeping the console / tv out of the bedroom and into a communal area, and if needed put a parental lock on the console.

I fail to see how this is different to the excellent food analgoy posted earlier. Food is 'enjoyable', but people can become 'addicted' to eating. (eating to the point that it is to their detriment, e.g. obesity and poor health). Yes manufacturers make food to be 'enjoyable'.

Mr Thompson, if you sat at home for the next 30 days and decided to eat 10,000 calories a day because you enjoy a certain type of food, and became obese and suffered health problems.. who should the blame lie with? Would you say that you yourself are responsible for your own actions? Or would you write and blame the Take out store down the street, because you ordered $200 of food a day from them for the past month? I mean your entitled to do either. But you have to admit, only one of those options appears sensible. The same applies here.

Importantly, if manufacturers of food then had to make products that we wouldnt enjoy it would be a) commercial suicide (why would you pay or something unenjoyable) and b) a great loss to all the 99.9% of people out there who can eat sensibly. The same goes for ANY product (e.g. video game).

Finally, and most importantly, using your own logic, that you yourself have previously stated in other debates as proving your point,  When something only affects the tiny minority, then it isnt indicative of a 'link'  at all. When games have helped people 'learn' or occasionally saved lives, you always have said that its a thing of chance, a coincidence, and it doesnt really do anything to prove a positive link, and you know what.. i agree with you. But you now start cant painting the same picture with different brushes now mr Thompson. This too is a 'coincedence'. This story doesnt prove' games are addictive in the negative sense any more than one gamer out of millions saving a life doesnt prove  a positive link. Which is it mr Thompson?

Either you change opinion, that events like this do prove a link, thereby also conceding that all the positive stories , and therfore positive effects games are alleged to have are also true, or you stick by your original logic, therby admitting outright that this story indicates nothing.

Hows it feel being caught between a rock and a hard place Mr Thompson? Clearly as i have just pointed out, your logic is flawed one way or the other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Hahahahaha! "Obssesion with gamers and videogames" should be treated as a mental disorder too, Jack...

It causes stupidity, senility, disbarment and in some cases, farting...

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Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

"Jack Thompson, Unemployed And You Are Not"

Fixed.

Seriously, why should we take your words as truth?

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Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Hey Jackhole, what are you doing to get help for your unhealthy addiction to yourself? I mean, come'on, you google yourself on the Internet every day.

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Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

oh right. because you know, because things like FOOD could be addictive, we should write to the food companies and force them to put labels on the packages saying "you may get fat by eating this" or something like that. And as it's already been proven with food. the companies do NOT have liability just because someone MIGHT get addicted.

 

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Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

I think it would be funny if McDonalds and Burger King did that, haha.  A big sign right above their menu saying.

You May get fat by eating our food, especially by eating it for more than one meal a day.  If you are from any states that are in the top 10 of fattest states in America, just turn around because you are already too fat most likely.

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Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Obama has nothing to do with this, it's a Canadian story.

The APA is also set to treat PMS. PMS has been shown in study after study to be complete and utter bullshit.

I will not deny the addictive qualities of games, but like anything else, there is a personality type that is associated with it.

There is without question a whole other host of problems for this kid and within this family, to blame the video game is ludicrous. As I said in a post below, it's the straw that broke the camel's back.

PS: You're pretty much irrelevant up here. No one knows or gives a shit about who you are.

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

No, you have the mental disorder.  When are you going to come in to meet with this nice psychologist I have hired for you?  I know the US is over medicated, but buddy, you need medication for the way you act and go about your life, luckily you don't have a job anymore.

The game has an M rating, which is why the child should NOT have been playing it in the first place.  If the parents were doing their job parenting, this problem would not have happened in the first place.  You can act like Hillary Clinton and Joe Leiborwhore, but blaming anyone other than the parents is what is allowing other bad parents get away with now raising their damn kids.

If the parents really wanted to be tricky, all they had to do it act like it for the RROD and that they shipped it to Microsoft, and ever report to MS that exact same thing just to ship it to them for them to ship it back a month later.  Then turn around and start doing more family events right before it gets back. (bowling, family walks around the neighborhood, family board game night, going and doing other things outside...)  Then when the Xbox comes back keep up with the household get togethers.  If the child refuses, then try family get togethers with their grandparents or cousins if they are around the same age.  Then the parents and grandparents urge for the child to get into some sort of sport. (Football, basketball, baseball, tennis, swimming, soccer, running, whatever else their school offers...)

Another thing would to make sure they DONT HAVE THE TV AND GAME CONSOLE IN THEIR ROOM!  Only have a TV in your living room and den/family room. (whatever you want to call it, my family had a TV room [living room] and a video game/movie/computer room [den])  Then with only 2 TVs, maybe 3 if the parents have one in their bedroom, then you can have a parent watching TV in both rooms, tv in one and a movie in the other, playing video games yourself, or at least be on the computer next to them while they are playing so you can monitor what is going on.  (AKA yell at them for cussing, I swear if I hear a little kid swearing while playing any game online again... these parents deserve to be beaten they way they are not beating their kids for letting them talk the way they do when playing these games.)

The developers to not developer games to be addictive, they make them to be good games.  Just like a restaurant makes food to taste good.  Just when someone eats too much food you normally dont say they have a food addition.  TV shows are made to be entertaining as well, but they are only 30 minutes to an hour long.  You have some very 'addicted' people who watch those shows every week, and would watch them every day if they could.  I do believe that game developers to make their multiplayer have certain goals to achieve that should take a lot less time.  Like 1 million kills, when it should only be something like 10,000 or 1,000 with this weapon.  If you have to play the game 3-6 hours every day for 3 months straight and still not even be 1/4th of the way through an achievement they have been working toward, then it needs to be scaled down, but I do understand that more hardcore players want those achievements, especially professional gamers, and people in college that just don't have a ton else to do before parties and after classes, or before classes, and well... a lot of free time in college that there is no social center where too many people are at since they are normally recovering from the night before.

Either way, those games are typically categorized as hardcore games, and are normally M rated as well.  Children like this 15 year old should NOT be playing games like this in the first place, and if they do, their PARENTS should be around to monitor their language, manage their play time, and make sure it is stuff they are okay with their kids being exposed to.  I would go as far as setting the sound to play through the TV for everything the kid can hear other people say as well.  That way the parent can decide if the people playing those games are the type of people I want my kid playing with.

All in all, it is BAD PARENTING no matter how you look at it.  I can NOT blame it on anything or anyone else, because by doing so would be moronic.  The developers should not have to make a label for a game that may be addictive when:

A. Child is too young to be playing the game in the first place.
B. The parents are not monitoring/parenting their kids while playing the games in the first place.

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Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

I might be in the minority but i don't really consider a 15 year old to be a child, nor do i see a problem with a 15 year old playing this game.

 

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"Children like this 15 year old should NOT be playing games like this in the first place"

Actually. That's for the parents to decide, not you, Jackhole or the Government.

This particular 15-year-old probably shouldn't have played it, at least as much as he was.

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"Children like this 15 year old should NOT be playing games like this in the first place"

"Actually. That's for the parents to decide, not you, Jackhole or the Government."

Well said!  This has everything to do with proper parenting - or rather the lack of it.  Mature-rated games are perfectly fine for some kids, while other kids probably should not have access to them, but the parents need to know which type of kid theirs is, and they need to figure out how to deal with it without making the situation worse.  Clearly these parents messed up, otherwise there wouldn't be a problem.  Blaming the videogame just shows how far they'll go to deny responsibility for the problem they caused.

Those who say "Oh kids shouldn't have a console in their room" are just trying a 'one size fits all' solution, which is probably what the parents tried.  Those solutions don't work.  You have to know your kid, you have to know what the kid is playing and how it will affect him or her, and you have to apply rules and guidelines CONSISTENTLY (which is where most parents fail).  Applying a draconian solution late in the game (no pun intended) can only make things worse.

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Well spoken, DeepThorn, well spoken.

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"Warning: By buying this product for your child, they may do something regretable and you may have to speak with the police. If you mention this game when talking to them you may be hassled non-stop by a disbarred attorney that still has a knack for ambulance chasing to suit his own ego."

Re: Missing Teen is Call of Duty Player; Dad Blames Game

Warning: By buying thier product for your child you may be proving that you are a bad parent since this game is rated for mature audiences only, which means adults.  Please actually parent your children while they play this game.  If you do not, we are not legally responsable, because you are the one that is the bad parent for even buying this game for them in the first place.  You stupid Artard. 

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Have you visited a video game arcade in the last year?:

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MechaTama31I sure have. Dorky's barcade in Tacoma, WA.08/20/2014 - 5:56pm
Matthew WilsonI have not been to a arcade in years. I know arcades are still big in japan.08/20/2014 - 5:38pm
Sleaker@AE - Ah no it's called GroundKontrol - I was just referring to it as a Bar-Arcade.08/20/2014 - 4:39pm
Andrew EisenStill looking for confirmation that High Moon Studios (dev behind the PS3/360 versions) isn't working on it.08/20/2014 - 4:38pm
ZenGotcha.08/20/2014 - 4:37pm
Andrew EisenI already updated the story with it!08/20/2014 - 4:36pm
Zenhttp://www.gonintendo.com/s/235574-treyarch-isn-t-working-call-of-duty-advanced-warfare-for-wii-u-either08/20/2014 - 4:36pm
ZenLet me send the link for the Tweet as well...they state Treyarch is not working on it. Grabbing it now.08/20/2014 - 4:34pm
Andrew EisenWhere does it say that "NO dev is working on it"?08/20/2014 - 4:33pm
ZenHere's the link for my last comment: http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/08/20/call-of-duty-advanced-warfare-not-coming-to-wii-u08/20/2014 - 4:24pm
ZenWell, Call of Duty is skipping Wii U completely it seems...they updated that NO dev is working on it. Great way to just skip a market.08/20/2014 - 4:24pm
Andrew EisenYeah, Dave and Busters back in 2011 was the last time for me.08/20/2014 - 4:16pm
ZenWell, I tried lol. We just got a Dave and Busters on the beach but haven't been there yet...may go this weekend.08/20/2014 - 3:52pm
Andrew EisenIt's called The Bar-Arcade? Missed opportunity. I would have gone with Barcade.08/20/2014 - 3:25pm
SleakerThe Bar-Arcade however did have a lot of good pinball machines, they were however always taken as the place was packed..08/20/2014 - 1:17pm
Sleakerso I've been to an Arcade-Bar, not that great of a place has some okay machines, but generally over-packed. And then all the kid-friendly ones have is ticket-games nothing actually good unfortunately :(08/20/2014 - 1:14pm
Andrew EisenIf it has an area dedicated to arcade machines, I'd say it counts. Arcade machine in your house though, nope.08/20/2014 - 12:16pm
ZenDoes it count if you have actual arcade machines in your house?08/20/2014 - 12:01pm
E. Zachary KnightWith the current poll, I guess it all depends on how one defines "arcade". If Chuck E Cheese or similar multipurpose businesses count, then that is a yes for me.08/20/2014 - 11:59am
ZenLet the ax fall Sleaker...lessons MUST be learned...08/20/2014 - 11:44am
 

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