Katie explores the dangers of video game addiction and the effect it has on families today. First she speaks with Mark Petric, whose son Daniel shot him and his wife after they took away his violent video game. Mark’s wife died, and he barely escaped with his life. ABC News’ Deborah Roberts also shares her behind bars interview with Daniel. Then, NFL star Quinn Pitcock on how his video game addiction interrupted his professional sports career. Plus, the warning signs your child may be a video game addict.
Adam Lanza in Newtown, James Holmes in Aurora and Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris at Columbine were all said to be obsessive video game users. Daniel Petric from Wellington, Ohio also played violent video games to the extreme, and when his parents tried to take them away, he shot them point-blank. He killed his mother, but his father, Mark Petric, survived.
“It’s like being tortured.” –Mark Petric
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ABC News correspondent Deborah Roberts traveled to Ohio for an exclusive interview with Daniel in prison. Daniel has had five and a half years behind bars to come to terms with his unthinkable crime.
“I know it’s nobody’s fault but my own.” –Daniel Petric
— Mona (@Have_a_Heart_US) May 1, 2013
It’s hard to imagine how Mark Petric would find the strength to forgive Daniel after murdering his mother and shooting him in the head, but he has. Mark reflects on his relationship with his son today, and how he has been able to move on from the horrible tragedy.
“He deserves forgiveness.” –Mark Petric
— Peggy Iralson (@PeggyIralson) May 1, 2013
Not all stories of video game addiction end in violence, but the consequences can still be devastating. When Quinn Pitcock was drafted into the NFL it was the culmination of a lifelong dream. But a growing addiction to the popular military-style video game “Call of Duty” turned that dream into an unexpected nightmare.
“The games are a way to separate yourself from reality.” –Quinn Pitcock
@katieshow Thank you for having Quinn on the show today. One of my favorite Buckeyes. So proud of him
— Pam Mason (@pmason03) May 1, 2013
Dr. Michael Welner is one of America’s top forensic psychiatrists and the chairman of The Forensic Panel, and Coleen Moore is a counselor at The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery. They are experts in the field who know firsthand the potentially dangers impact violent video games can have on a person’s behavior.
“They are desensitized to violence, desensitized to gore.” -Dr. Michael Welner
@katieshow Great show Katie. I agree w/Welner. Some video games do desensitize. Problem is what happens when kids leave ur home?
— UndrcvrMother (@UndrcvrMother) May 1, 2013
How can you tell if someone you love has a dangerous video game obsession? Renowned psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner shares the signs you should look for.
“This is where you are losing control of your daily function.” –Dr. Michael Welner
@katiecouric if you’re missing work,eating,or other obligations then yes i agree they’re addicted
— Darn7_7 (@Darn7_7) May 1, 2013