A little late to the post party on this one, but in case you haven’t heard, three men were convicted of first-degree murder in the “Xbox Slayings” in Florida.
The three men killed six people in a vengeance attack after one of the victims evicted one of the men from her grandfather’s house and kept his stuff, which included an Xbox game system.
Check out the AP story on Yahoo! for the details.
You hear that? That’s the sound of people MILKING the Xbox detail for what its worth to attract attention to a vicious crime. If you read practically every headline in America about this case without reading the story, you’d think that six people were beaten to death over a game of ‘Madden’ or that the Xbox was used as a weapon. Nice. Way to be balanced. Of all the items in dispute, we pick the Xbox. Read the story and see how much the Xbox actually factors into this.
Also check out blogs like Kotaku for some of the reaction to this. One money comment on Kotaku essentially points out that during the ’90s, something like this could have been called the “Air Jordan” slayings — zoom in on something popular, and put it in the headline.
I hate it when this happens. It makes us look old and desperate for a story.