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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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Video Games....
By cscpianoman on 2/18/2008 6:19:20 PM , Rating: 2
I don't believe the video game was the problem. The problem was the individual distorting his own reality by separating himself from the rest of the world. It was a downward spiral of his own creation. He just decided to follow the downward spiral by using a video game. He got locked into a habit and couldn't let go. It could have just as easily been some violent movie or book. Shoot, he could have completely lost it while fixing his car or doing his homework.

The media loves correlations, while statisticians absolutely hate them. Correlations can get anything into the news and cause all sorts of hubbub. That is why they do and that is what Thompson is grasping onto. Hey look! Eating salsa causes ulcers! It is also a proven fact that confusing correlation and cause turns you into a dork.

RE: Video Games....
By mmntech on 2/18/2008 6:34:44 PM , Rating: 2
A caused B and B caused C so A must cause C. That's the sort of logic being used by the anti-VG people. It was the same in the 1950s where people were claiming TV watching caused juvenile delinquency. It's specious reasoning. The real problem today is this idea that nobody should have to take responsibility for their own actions. Just like when "Dr" Phil claimed video games caused the Virginia Tech shooter to go on his spree, the exact same thing applies here. Like the VT shooter, this young man had mental issues. The one thing that's different is that he was known to have these issues, but stopped taking his meds. He alone was responsible for what happened. I'm assuming he made a conscious decision to stop taking his medication. You cannot blame video games, or TV, the government, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster for what happened.

What never makes the news are the millions of people who played the same games, walked into the office the next day, and did nothing. It's interesting to note this first appeared on Fox News, who just recently aired a report containing false allegations of pornography in Mass Effect. Fox News is an abomination, though the liberal media pulls the same stunts. It's all about sensation and infotainment.

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