Halo 3 incites teen to murder? WTF?!

Seriously, wow. I’m minding my own business perusing the news section of gamespot.com in search of information for a new article when I stumbled across this gem.

This leads me to question the addictivness of games. Not whether or not people can and do get addicted to the point of craziness, ie: shooting your parents for telling you to get off the damn Xbox, but whether or not it was inevitable for these poor people.
For example, if the teen had been ridiculously obessed with say, the works of Shakespeare, to the point that he no longer functioned as a member of society would they have blamed Hamlet for his actions? Or would they have just said he had an addictive personality and was mentally unstable?
Which he clearly is. I mean, even the judge said it. Why does the fact that he snapped over Halo 3 and not say, being told he couldn’t go to the football game cause this type of sensationalism? The public fascination with watching video games crash and burn is odd.

So, the question is…are video games really more detrimental or addictive than any other vice? Or do they just get a bad wrap because they’re easier to target than cigarettes or alcohol? Or because video games are marketed to children? Though you’d think finding out you have a problem with addiction at the age of seven might keep you from snorting cocaine off a public toilet seat at twenty.
But I digress. Though this was a tragic event, I have to wonder how it got to that point. The article clearly says the boy planned the murders for weeks in advance. Was he acting perfectly normal during all this? Or, like many parents, did they simply take this as a “phase” and dismiss his behavior? All I know is I’ll be sleeping with one eye open once the kiddos hit puberty.
P.S. Question…why was there no trial for this kid? Seemingly the judge made the ruling without the aid of a jury of peers. Any readers out there in the legal business that could answer that?