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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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More proficient?
By Farfignewton on 2/18/2008 6:13:44 PM , Rating: 2
Has anyone here managed to turn gaming skills into proficiency with real weapons? I've fired a few real weapons and a whole lot of video game ones. Frankly, the skills don't seem to cross-over with the possible exception of reaction time. I've never seen the reload button on a firearm. I've never had my mouse kick when left-clicking. I've never had to hold my mouse steady in the air to aim at something. I've never seen a real plasma gun. Pressing "G" has not improved my range or accuracy when throwing fist sized objects, if it did, I'd be pitching for the Yankees. Every game. Making more money than A-Rod.

On another topic, has anyone seen the "murder simulaters" Jack loves to talk about? The ones where the point of the game is to run around a mall or school shooting unarmed people? I suppose there may be such a game, but I suspect the challenge level is a bit lower than the typical terrorist zombie nazi demons from hell (patent pending ;) ) opponents one more typically faces.

RE: More proficient?
By BruceLeet on 2/18/2008 8:24:32 PM , Rating: 2

I hunt large/small game with my dad in the spring and fall, deer caribou moose geese ducks, I use a .308 Winchester and a Benelli shotgun, Ive been hunting all my life and there is just no comparison.

Now you may play a certain video game and probably be good at it, but do you think your video game can train you to shoot a live moving animal a few hundred yards away with a scoped rifle, or to hit a duck travelling at 40-50mph using a shotgun.

Note, My family doesn't hunt for sport.

RE: More proficient?
By Farfignewton on 2/18/2008 9:46:03 PM , Rating: 2
do you think your video game can train you to shoot a live moving animal a few hundred yards away with a scoped rifle, or to hit a duck travelling at 40-50mph using a shotgun.

Absolutely. As long as that animal is in the video game ;). In the real world, beer cans (that someone else emptied) more than 15' away might as well be on the far side of the moon.

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