I just read the article called "Mortal Kombat named in teen killing of 7 year-old girl." I am completely fed up with people finding outs to blame absolutely anything other than themselves for sheer brutish stupidity. The public needs to know that although there is violence in videogames there is no link between that and real life violence. An unnamed witness to this slaying said that they thought Mortal Kombat was the influence in this slaying, but as one of the murderers said "...I was drunk..." That quote alone should prove to you why the teen did it. He was drunk. I'm not saying that drinking is bad -- far from it, but it does impair one's ability to think and make rational decisions such as whether to beat the hell out of your sister or not. Any semi-intelligent person, even when drunk, wouldn't even let that thought come into their head, however I believe that there are IQs which are factors for these teens. I do not believe that these two teens were very smart to begin with, the article says that they were babysitting this young man's little sister and they decided to get drunk? I must question their intelligence at that point, and when drunk a person becomes less and less intelligent, a mind normally recesses in age mentally the more a person drinks. These people were not very smart to begin with and as they got drunker and drunker they just lost intelligence to the point that it sounds like a good idea to beat someone, and not anyone, one of their little sisters up. A game is NOT responsible, the people who killed the girl are. Games provide an escape from reality and that is it, and the phrase 'escape from reality' is used because they are not real. People who cannot distinguish the difference have many problems ahead of them. I know this sounds like an out-of-order rant, but it makes me angry when people blame games and I hope more than just I can find sense in the writing.