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Florida attorney Jack Thompson has made a career of blaming high-intensity media for tragedy; including attributing the 2007 Virginia Tech massacres on video games.

Jack Thompson on Fox News  (Source: Kotaku, Fox News)
Jack Thompson finds another opportunity to blame games

It didn’t take long for Florida attorney Jack Thompson to link video games to the tragic Northern Illinois University massacre.

Fox News recently hosted Thompson, where he proceeded to pin the NIU shooter Steven Kazmierczak’s actions on violent videogames. Thompson started off, “We find from brain scans studies out of Harvard that if you get started playing, for example, violent video games you can you are more likely to copycat the behaviors in the games.”

The Florida attorney continued, “You can rehearse these type of massacres on simulators which are called video games and you can are therefore made more proficient in doing this.”

Thompson’s finger wasn’t alone in pointing at video games as fuel for the NIU tragedy. In its version of the story, the New York Post linked the killer to his habit of playing Counter Strike while studying sociology at Northern Illinois University in 2003 and 2004.

“He played a lot of video games, especially Counter Strike, really loud,” said dorm mate Ben Woloszyn, 24.

Omitted from the New York Post story, however, was that Counter Strike was a game played by many other students at school. The Northwest Herald wrote, “Kazmierczak often would play the video game Counter Strike, a first-person shooting game, the roommates said, but they were quick to add that the game was nothing unusual for dormitory halls.”

The Herald pointed to other potential issues, such as Kazmierczak’s time at an inpatient psychiatric rehabilitation center, and his reported discontinuation of his anti-depressant medication several weeks before the shooting.

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RE: Bullshi....
By kileil on 2/18/2008 5:00:24 PM , Rating: 3
Or I guess if someone was actually beat-down with a Guitar Hero axe, that would be acceptable too....

RE: Bullshi....
By spluurfg on 2/18/2008 6:12:42 PM , Rating: 5
If they ever invent time travel, I'm sure they'll somehow blame video games for the Spanish Inquisition.

RE: Bullshi....
By eye smite on 2/18/2008 6:24:33 PM , Rating: 5
It's the same story over and over. It's the parents and how they raised him that are to blame. I'm 38, played violent video games since they came out and I haven't tried to copy a game and go mass murder a group of people. If he copied the game with his attire that's not conclusive at all. There were obviously some deeper issues going on with this man to push him over the edge and it wasn't a stupid video game. No one in my age group across the country has mass murdered because of video games.

Hey, does anyone remember this?

He didn't play video games and he was sure armed to kill people if he'd aimed for them. lol

RE: Bullshi....
By spluurfg on 2/18/2008 8:01:26 PM , Rating: 3
Well, I'm not so sure if I would want to lay all the blame on the parents, given the circumstances regarding his psychological health and medication.

RE: Bullshi....
By eye smite on 2/18/2008 8:54:36 PM , Rating: 2
You know, I realize they can't put a leash on their son, but you have to admit that parents are the guiding force in a childs, adolescent and young adults life. Obviously he had been on medication for mental issues for quite sometime and as a family member, I'd tend to stay on top of that making sure he was giving an honest effort to stay on said medication. So no, I can't lay all the blame at the parents feet, but as family they do have a responsibility, no duty to keep an eye on certain things. Or they get to lose their son, as is the case here. You can bet over the weeks, months and years to come his family will stew on what they could have done to make a difference.

RE: Bullshi....
By bighairycamel on 2/19/2008 7:30:05 AM , Rating: 4
Yes the blame lies solly with him... if he would have signed up with the church of scientology long ago they would have been able to "fix" him so that none of this happened.

RE: Bullshi....
By Hieyeck on 2/20/2008 11:07:59 AM , Rating: 2
I find that everyone is taking this a little too seriously. It's all just scapegoating incompetent parenting. As video games took over the blame from TV and movies, in 30-40 years, something else will.

RE: Bullshi....
By Believer on 2/19/2008 1:26:11 AM , Rating: 2
Hey, does anyone remember this?

He didn't play video games and he was sure armed to kill people if he'd aimed for them. lol

Maybe there just weren't that many tank simulator games out by 1995 for him to know he could kill people with his stolen tank... :P

RE: Bullshi....
By fk49 on 2/18/2008 8:37:24 PM , Rating: 5
I don't think they ever expected the Spanish Inquisition

RE: Bullshi....
By Spivonious on 2/18/2008 10:00:07 PM , Rating: 5
No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!

RE: Bullshi....
By kristof007 on 2/18/2008 11:23:56 PM , Rating: 2
Hell yea they will. Age of Empires? For sure that caused it!

RE: Bullshi....
By inperfectdarkness on 2/20/2008 10:08:43 AM , Rating: 2
i agree. i'm so angry about jack thompson that i may be forced to go on a spree and kill him.

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