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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 Omega215D on 2/18/2008 5:03:33 PM , Rating: 5
Mario taught me turtles are evil and that mushrooms, especially the green ones, are uber cool.

RE: Bullshi....
By AlphaVirus on 2/18/2008 5:20:47 PM , Rating: 2

Mario is probably the longest, oldest, highest selling video game yet it never gets blamed for drug heads or people who hunt animals, turtles in particular.

Maybe this guy has not figured out that bashing on a kids playing device is still not getting him any credit. People still buy video games, people still PLAY video games and there are nowhere near millions of shootings.

If his claims of video games causing us to do things was true then I could possibly be rich with all the "Get money" cheats I have used throughout my gaming lifetime.

RE: Bullshi....
By dflynchimp on 2/18/2008 6:34:02 PM , Rating: 2
and that you will never settle down with the girl, because come the next game she'll once again be kidnapped by a gigantic nefarious mutant-turtle.

Now here's something I've been pondering tho...does counterstrike teach a person to kill themself?

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