Young Boy Found Hanging over Wii Dispute

By Jorge Ba-oh 27.06.2008 17

A young boy was found hanging by his school tie after an argument preventing him playing his Wii.

The Telegraph report that 13-year old Jake Roberts used his birthday money to buy a new game for the console, however when he returned a row ensued with his parents as his sister was using the TV.

Hours later his father found him hanging from his cabin bed by his school tie. Jake had a temper problem, and may have been influenced by an episode of the BBC hospital drama Casualty, where a youngster also hung himself pre-watershed.

His father said: "I don't think he meant to hang himself. I think he was mad about the computer game and did something stupid." Jake's unfortunate death was recorded as accidental.

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condolences.

Not wanting to be an arse, but is this C3 newsworthy? The Wii wasn't really involved in any way, he didn't jab himself in the eye with the remote or bosh his head in with the nunchuck. It's an unfortunate event, but I think having it as a news article on the site only helps fuel the climate of tabloid hysteria that surrounds the medium of videogames.

Less posty, more gamey.

Bad Parenting.

Hmmm. Is blame going to sway towards Casualty or general video gaming? Let me think...

D_prOdigy said:
Hmmm. Is blame going to sway towards Casualty or general video gaming? Let me think...

Casualty? No this is the sort of thing that gets gaming in trouble, people overreact to the stupidest things and do things like that...it also reminds me of the 'video games cause violence' arguments, I always play games and Im not violent, its only the chavvy people who always fight and play "games" that get that argument started.

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Smilie

Less posty, more gamey.

artmonkey said:
Smilie

Me or the kid? If me then SmilieSmilie if tthe kid then, wellSmilie you need fixing

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Seriously, wtf. There is no furore or anything of the sort from this or the orignal article.

Condolences.

Thats very sad. As in emotionaly. Its horrible people should have to do this. Made me very sad when I read it.

RIP, hope you get to play your game, wherever you go
Smilie

My pictures wont appear so heres a smiley

This is why the connection between the Wiimote and the nunchuk should be wireless. This could have been avoided!

Martin_ said:
This is why the connection between the Wiimote and the nunchuk should be wireless. This could have been avoided!

Hung by his school tie.

I stand by my previous post Smilie

So many I thing I could say, but I just keep my mouth shut.

Was Jake Roberts about to play a wrestling game...or a snake game...did he ever watch Snakes on plane :O who knows!

It shows that games cause violence and self harm. They should take games like Manhunt and Grand Theft Auto off the market immediately. Also ban programs like Casualty and ER from pre watershed!

Flynnie said:
It shows that games cause violence and self harm. They should take games like Manhunt and Grand Theft Auto off the market immediately. Also ban programs like Casualty and ER from pre watershed!
Quack.

Seriously the kid had mental problems.

For all we know it was a Mario game or Pokemon.

I sold my soul to Sony for a PS3...

I don't think I want to be on a site that allows members to joke about a kids death. This could have very well been your little brother or sister you know.

I'm all for freedom of speech but the people who use it should use common decency. If I don't see an improvement in moderation then I think I'll go elsewhere for Nintendo news.

Sorry for your loss.

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