Silent Scope in Crosshairs of Sniper Controversy

For many years, there has been a debate about what role, if any, movies, television, music, and video games have in creating violence in America. This week that debate has focused on the sniper attacks in the Washington D.C. area, and one video game named Silent Scope 3. In Silent Scope 3, you play a sniper fighting terrorism.

"It's fun, it's real easy to play. It's very easy to pick up." says 27 year old Brandon Shelley. "I mean, you can be relatively good at it in just a few minutes."

15 year old Zevin Rahn is not. "It's not gory and it's not gross like other games that I've seen like my friends play and stuff. But, still, I don't think it's right to go around killing people."

Zevin's mom, Kyle, has harsher words to describe the sniper shoot 'em up. "It's a horrible game, quite frankly."

Kyle Rahn thinks the game is especially distasteful because of the recent killings in Washington D.C. More than a dozen have been murdered by a sniper so far this month. "It makes a game out of finding someone and shooting them."

While Brandon enjoys the game, he agrees this is not meant for kids. It comes with a warning label for anyone under 17. But he doesn't think the game should be pulled because of current events.

"If you pull this game because of the sniper attacks, then, where would you eventually draw the line. Because then you could say you don't need to have car racing games because that's dangerous as well."

The game says any similarities to actual events is purely coincidental. But, many find that coincidence very disturbing.

The American Amusement Machine Association points out on it's web site, there is no proof linking the Washington D.C. Sniper to any video game, much less Silent Scope 3. And the AAMA encourages it's members to strictly enforce all parental ratings standards.