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Videogame Leads To Beetle Extinction

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Posted September 4, 2007 - By Stephen Johnson

We've heard a lot of theories about links between kids playing violent videogames and kids acting violent in real life, but now games are leading to the extinctions of an species! Rad!

Apparently,  Mushiking (Insect King) is a popular beetle-fighting game in Japan. Its popularity lead to a craze for keeping actual beetles as pets, and the most prized of all companion beetles is a subspecies of stag beetle found only in the Amanos Mountains of southern Turkey.

So bounty hunters from Germany and Japan roam the Turkish hills and capture the beetles for sale.

 “We are watching with great sorrow a struggle between the Japanese and the Germans and all we want to do is end the trade in our stag beetles. These stag beetles are significant as they have six antennae instead of four. They are being collected for economic reasons rather than research purposes. The stag beetle is under threat of extinction. It must be stopped," said Nazim Sonmez, a member of Amanos Environmental Protection Association

Times Online: Video game puts bounty hunters on the trail that could wipe out the stag beetle

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