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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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By uhgotnegum on 2/18/2008 5:56:55 PM , Rating: 2
I'm serious people...

According to Thompson, "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."

He's right! They did forget the part where Mr. Obvious adds that "people who don't play violent video games are not going to copy them, because they haven't played them and can't copy something they haven't seen in the first place." Right?

Oh, and of course they forgot the part where the millions of other people who play violent video games don't go around killing people, but that point is much more subtle.

Oh, and how about the part where people were killing other people before violent video games...must've been reading violent books. Or, in video game infancy, there must've been a lot of people trying to jump across the gator infested waters by landing on the gator's closed mouth, because we copy video games (don't even get me started on the ducking and jumping over boulders...phew).

For comparison...If you are taught Spanish in school you are more likely to speak in Spanish than a person who has not taken Spanish. (eh, not quite the same, but I like it anyway)

Yay for exaggeration!

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