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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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@#$* him
By cubby1223 on 2/18/2008 6:46:33 PM , Rating: 2
I have friends down at NIU, one who saw everything out his dorm window, and he had a friend who was in the lecture hall at the time. And then don't even get me started on FOX News, they were first to break the story, by getting nearly every detail of it wrong.

Thompson is using a tragic event that has nothing to do with video games, and using it solely for personal gain. Fuck him. How about blaming the man who gave a gun to someone who was previously in a mental institution, and still on psych meds?

To make the car analogy, rich people own Ferraris, thus the way to become rich is to buy a Ferrari. That's how fucked up the video game analogy is, and anyone who gives this jackass publicity.

Pardon my French.

RE: @#$* him
By OdinX on 2/18/2008 6:49:14 PM , Rating: 2
he needs to brush his yellow snaggle tooth. Before making wild accusations.

RE: @#$* him
By EE Pete on 2/18/2008 10:58:56 PM , Rating: 2
My friends and I were watching the news and we were finding a lot of mistakes that were being reported. Don't get me started on the press announcements. I felt like walking down there and slapping the reporters for not paying attention to what the speakers where saying or what their colleagues where asking.

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