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Boy Commits Suicide Over Video Games?

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According to IndiaTodayan 8-year-old boy named Ankit Kumar committed suicide on Wednesday after his father rebuked him for playing video games too much. His father says he reprimanded his son because his excessive gameplay was getting away from his schoolwork and studies. 

He not only scolded Ankit for playing video games too much, but he also beat his other son for watching too much television. After rebuking both sons, he left to go to the market and his wife stepped out to go to a neighbor’s house. While they were away, Ankit used the television's table stand at his house to help him tie a rope around the iron bars of a window. When his parents returned, they came home to Ankit hanging from the window bars.

Are games really to blame?

According to IndiaToday’s article, it seems as though they think Ankit committed suicide because of the scolding his father had done before he left to the market; however, I want to question this. There is no real proof that one event was the cause for the suicide.

Is it truly safe to say that his brother did not do the same because he was not excessively involved in game-playing like his brother Ankit was?  It seems like the article on IndiaToday might be making this claim.

Are video games truly worse than what we see on the television? Are they different or the same? And if they are different, is it users experience with them that makes them different from each other?

Overall, it is truly sad that a boy of eight would think of such a thing to do. Could it have truly been his excessive game playing giving him this idea? And what games could have he been playing? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

Originally Published Sep. 13th 2013

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Alexa Serrano is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.



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  • 1
    brandon_5438 6 months ago
    no i don't think so clearly it was because the boy felt like he was a disappointment to his family and had a father who didn't care about him it's sad but games are not the one at blame here.
  • 39
    Max Jay 1 year ago
    Featured Columnist
    The mainstream media does this literally every day. It seems like Fox News and CNN hear of a tragedy and then the producers say, "see if he/she played games, this is definitely something to concentrate on."

    When it comes down to it this is the media using something that is not fully understood by the majority of society to boost ratings and get views. Media and consumers alike need to understand that poor parenting is almost ALWAYS the root of terrible things like this.
  • 27
    Caden Moniz 1 year ago
    Featured Correspondent
    That's crazy.
  • 56
    Rothalack 1 year ago
    Staff Editor
    Oh it's totally the video games fault. Yup, absolutely. Didn't you know I committed suicide a year ago because of a video game. Damn those video games...
    *sarcasm* If you didn't notice.

    I feel its plainly obvious that he committed suicide over how he was treated. It just so happens that the reason he was being treated this way was because of video games. I do believe a parent can easily pick up a gaming console and take it away, not scold the poor kid.

    Just because video games were mentioned in the story, it has got to be the video games fault, you can never blame the parents.

    I can't wait until video games are old news and news can decide to blame the next thing... I wonder what the next thing will be... First it was radio, then it was TV, then it was comic books, then it was Metal now it's video games.
  • 25
    Germaximus 1 year ago
    Correspondent
    Are you serious? His father was clearly abusive but you wanna blame video games.

    It's possible that someone in an online video game harassed the poor kid enough to push him too far but I think it makes more sense that he couldn't stand his fathers abuse anymore.
  • 31
    Alexa Serrano 1 year ago
    Columnist
    Yea, that's exactly why I was questioning the article. The article was essentially blaming video games for what occurred. And I am showing that it must have been a recurring abusiveness from his father probably.
    Last edited 1 year ago
  • 25
    Germaximus 1 year ago
    Correspondent
    ohhh lmao Sorry. I totally read that wrong. =p
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    Alexa Serrano 1 year ago
    Columnist
    Oh lol. I didn't even realize you read it wrong. I thought that when you said, "but you wanna blame video games"... you were referring to the IndiaToday as being the "you."
  • 25
    Germaximus 1 year ago
    Correspondent
    Yeah I glossed over the "according to the article" part. =p Sorry!
  • 31
    Alexa Serrano 1 year ago
    Columnist
    It's okay, haha.