Alexandra V. Tobias, a young mother and casual game aficionado from Florida, is at the center of a tragic murder. The Jacksonville resident pleaded guilty to second degree murder this week, admitting that she'd killed her three-month-old child because he disturbed her while she was trying to play Farmville.
In her confession, Tobias said her baby started crying, interrupting her important game. She shook him, smoked a cigarette to calm down, then shook him again. She says he may have hit his head at some point. I wonder if she finished harvesting her crops?
Tobias could face life in prison. Keep your fingers crossed.
While it is very difficult to find time to play games when you have a three month old child, the fact is, they sleep a lot. If you're creative, you can squeeze in some Farmville and not have to shake anyone. Games really aren't at fault here. I blame the depersonalizing onslaught of late Industrial Capitalism and the inherent unfairness of the American class system... but it could have been errant chemicals in this lady's brain.
I'll bet when anti-game activists talk about murders caused by games, they'll leave this one off the list because it doesn't help the argument. Very few rational people could believe Farmville caused this woman to murder her child, even though she was playing the game pre-murder. Farmville will get a well-deserved pass, but I'll bet if this crime was committed by a man, and he had been playing Slaughterhouse, the media narrative would be very, very different.