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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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Right, video games are evil!
By Belard on 2/18/2008 8:19:36 PM , Rating: 3
Hate these self-rightous retards.

Yeah, games teach people to kill and make them into mass-murdering pyschos! What, 50 million people play GTA SA, so were are the millions of mudering kids? Hello? Anyone? maybe 1 or 2.

If games did things like this, than I guess those of us who spend hundreds of hours playing combat flight sims can jump into an F-16 Falcon Fighter jet and fly it, do manuvers and land.... er, no. In real life, we'd spend maybe hours trying to figure out how to start the jet... And most likely would end up crashing before we took off.

Perhaps it was something else? maybe the guy didn't get a good homesome breakfeast? yeah, he ate way too many McDonalds breakfest food-like stuff everyday! Maybe he wasn't good at oral. Maybe he was just nuts and wasn't on his meds?

Maybe if he wasn't sold 3-4 guns, he'd only have shot people with his Wii remote?!

Next, we'll be blaming video games on Adolf Hitler... oh yeah, Video Games did that too, see: http://youtube.com/watch?v=kYvZnTFpip0




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