British tabloid the Daily Mail has highlighted the dangers of Nintendo's pet sim Nintendogs, following an animal attack on a 9-year-old girl.
Megan Walker was mauled by Saracen, a bull mastiff, while playing the game at a friend's house. The dog dragged Megan from the sofa and sank its teeth into the girl's face, removing her lip.
The Daily Mail attributes the attack to the sounds of barking emanating from Megan's DS "game station" during a bout of Nintendogs.
The girl's grandmother, Jean Taylor, told the paper, "I think this game should carry some kind of warning. People should be told not to play it when there are dogs in the room. I blame the game for what happened to Megan. If they hadn't been playing it I don't think the dog would have gone for her."
The Daily Mail concludes that the friend's mother was unavailable for comment, but "it is understood that she told police that Megan may have kicked Saracen and that is why he attacked her".
Doctors managed to re-attach Megan's lip following the attack and the dog was later destroyed.
Am I the only one getting seriously irritated by parents/grandparents/media blaming entertainment (video games, TV, movies, music, etc) for bad things that happen?
How about not leaving a child alone in a room with a dog that's known for being aggressive? How about teaching your child that it's bad to kick dogs cause they might attack you if you do so?
Instead of taking responsibility, they just blame the video game. How many people in this world play that game around dogs? Probably thousands, and when 1 dog (who got kicked by the girl) attacks her for it, it's automatically the game's fault. W T F ?
Should we put warning labels on all movies, tv shows, video games, music, etc, that have the sounds of a dog barking? I guess we need to take hot iron to every dog and roast a label on it that says "I might attack you if you kick me".
I feel bad for the girl, but feel worse for the dog. It was put to sleep because it was attacked and then attacked back, which even humans do (if someone kicks me, it's go time).