Guns, Video Games and bad reporting

Tragic death caused by parental carelessness connected to video games:

“Mistaking a loaded gun for a video game controller, a 3-year-old in Tennessee accidentally shot and killed herself, officials said. … Cheyenne’s mother told police officers that the child was used to playing a shooting game with the Nintendo Wii video game console and likely confused the real gun with the realistic-looking black toy gun, the sheriff said.  “The unfortunate thing is that thisNintendo game called Wii had what looks like a solid black, basically automatic-looking type mechanism that operates the game,” he said. “Unfortunately, the stepdad also had a .380 caliber black Smith & Wesson. The child was used to playing the video game.”

Meanwhile, when it comes to actual events, the article states that

“We’re not looking at criminal intent,” Ashe said, adding that no criminal charges have been filed. “There was a terrible lapse of judgment here.”

I am sorry, indeed this is a very tragic event, heartbreaking – but to start the article out comparing the Smith & Wesson to a Wii controller – to use that as your introduction to the story is just very shoddy, moral panic-driven journalism.



Six years of Digital Conversations – wow. Started this thing in January 2004 as a place to think through some of the stuff I was doing in my B.A. …wow. My blogging resolution for 2010 is to get back to using this space as a place to flesh out the thoughts in my head, no matter how unformulated they may be.

Two Tech Questions

Two burning technical questions that I have been looking for a solid answer for. First of all – I am wondering if there is a way to play XBox 360 games from an external hard drive. I know that you can store saved games on an external, but want to know if they can be executable directly. (I keep thinking that Microsoft should have this as an extension hardware…). Secondly, I know that the PS3’s are not backwards compatible with PS2 (or 1) games (except the first batch, which I did not get one at the time out of sheer laziness) – but I was wondering if there was a way to make it backwards compatible myself (w/a chip I seem to recall hearing …). Anyways – if anyone has any direct information, that would be great.

Rainy Holiday

Am on my annual pilgrimage to eastern Canada for summer fun (and work of course). However, the forecast shows rain, rain and more rain. It is one of the few times I hope the weatherman is blatantly wrong – or else, why have the beach so close when you are stuck indoors! And the weather gives me little excuse to procrastinate my long to-dop list – bah!

Crunch Time

November has barely started and I am already exhausted. You would think that this would teach me to stretch everything out over the course of the semester; to strategically plan work so that is flows with my (social/family) life instead of violently clashing with it.

I have so many things that I wanted to blog about over the course of my semester – perhaps I can still get a few belated posts out before I start the all encompassing process of writing a final paper in a subject that I know little about beyond the course material. Don’t get me wrong – it’s great to be forced to jump into the deep end of the pool – always a gem or two at the bottom.

In the meantime – all I can say is WOW – I can’t believe it’s November and it is 18 degrees celcius in Montreal!