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Jack Thompson believes violent video games made Cho Seung-Hui cause absolute carnage on the Virginia Tech campus on Monday

The tragedy that occurred at Virginia Tech on Monday is one that many of us will remember for a long time.  Cho Seung-Hui, 23-year-old V.T. English major, took more than 30 lives before turning the gun on himself.  While the nation is still feeling the aftershock from the worst school shooting in U.S. history, some people are already beginning to exploit the tragedy for their own benefit.  

It is no secret that video games seems to have become a popular scape goat for everything that is wrong in America's youth today -- the incident at Virginia Tech is already having a negative backlash towards video games. In fact, Jack Thompson, well known for his anti-video game stance, went on Fox News to argue that violent video games had something to do with the shooter at V.T.

Even if you are against young people playing violent video games, it is most likely hard to defend Jack Thompson in this situation.  Instead of showing remorse and grief, much like the rest of the nation, Thompson decided to selfishly attempt to use the tragedy to rally Americans against violent video games.

More video game critics are coming out of the woodwork after Thompson made his statements on Monday.  It appears that Dr. Phil McGraw also believes video games desensitize and cause gamers to commit violent crimes.

This is certainly not the last we have heard of the anti-video game people.  If you want to hear what Thompson said, click here (YouTube video).

Our thoughts go out to everyone in the Virginia Tech/Blacksburg community.


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scapegoat..
By crazydrummer4562 on 4/18/2007 7:38:22 PM , Rating: 5
yeah, scapegoat indeed. I really believe that a mentally stable person would have the common sense not to let a video game influence him or her to go on a crazy rampage, I've been playing games like BF1942, GTA, CSS, you name it, for well over 5 years now and yet I have been able to maintain a socially rewarding life with no thoughts of rampaging and massacring anybody.

Violent video games don't make people kill other people, mental instability causes people to kill other people.




RE: scapegoat..
By feraltoad on 4/18/2007 10:53:23 PM , Rating: 2
What about people that persue vocations knowing they will be required to kill people i.e. military/police/private security? With that kind of inclination should they be trusted not to cross the line into homocidal mania? Obvious that's rubbish (all props to those that serve) just like saying "video games/the devil/jebus/etc. made me do it". Moreover, pricks like that would put a controller in a corpse's hand to further their cause.


RE: scapegoat..
By Bladen on 4/19/2007 7:08:23 AM , Rating: 2
I think that bullying and rejection (usually from girls) would have 1000000x more effect on the mental stability of someone then video games ever would.


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