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article imageVideo game 'Minecraft' blamed in school violence case

By Owen Weldon
Sep 29, 2013 in Gaming
A nine-year-old boy in Orlando, Florida, was sentenced to home confinement by a state judge, because he brought weapons to school, and the video game Minecraft is being blamed.
The student, who has not been named, went to his school with an unloaded handgun and a magazine with six bullets, as well as a steak knife and a sledge hammer (a small-handled one), according to Kotaku.
According to Inquisitr, the boy's dad believes that his boy was trying to imitate a character in the game, and it was the game that inspired his son to bring the weapons to school.
According to VR-Zone, the father also said that characters in the game use hammers to dig and guns and knives to protect themselves from zombies.
Minecraft is an open world game that has no specific goals for the player to accomplish, allowing players a large amount of freedom in choosing how to play the game.
Gunning down zombies is something that players are not able to do in the regular version of Minecraft. The only way this is possible is if players played the PC version, which has to contain the mod.
The child is now back in the custody of his father.
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