When I was a kid and got into an argument with a friend, we stopped passing notes to each other in math class and sat at different tables in the cafeteria. In this day and age, it’s common to find feuding teenagers shot or set on fire. This new generation of violent assholes really ups the bar, and gives us hope for the future.
Michael Brewer, the 15-year-old who was set on fire by his friends, celebrated his birthday today, after an exhaustive past year. Citing $40, a bicycle and a video game as reason enough to douse someone in alcohol and flick the switch, the three boys responsible for burning over 65% of Michael’s body are sitting in jail and are rightfully being tried as adults.
Rightfully? Yeah, definitely. We all use the “we were young and stupid” excuse at some point or another, but usually it’s being paired with a story about cheating on a partner, breaking into a car, or writing bad checks. Can you really use that as a scapegoat for setting someone on fucking fire?
After the Columbine attacks, parents and legislators alike tried to curb the amount of violence allowed in video games. Clearly, that affected nothing whatsoever, and incredibly entertaining games like Red Dead Redemption and MadWorld are still on the rise.
It seems though, that video games are the new generation’s equivalent of football, hockey and other violent sports. The only difference is that the demographic of those playing the games are more depressed, psychotic and unstable than their dumb jock counterparts.
For now, we’ll just have to reminisce over the days of yore, when video games were less about gratuitous killing and more about raping Indians and when murder was over important things, like fresh Nikes and crack rock.