Jack Thompson Once Again Blames Video Games
April 18, 2007 5:30 PM
comment(s) - last by
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.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
4/18/2007 11:15:45 PM
How can anyone take Thompson seriously? He says that in the columbine shootings and others the purpatrators PCs and video game consoles had violent video games on them. Well I bet some of if not most of the victims had violent video games too yet for all the "murder simulation" they had gone through they were not killers. He says people use violent video games to train to kill people. Well why not use something like paint ball or air soft these are far more realistic, hell armed forces use them to train troops. I think it less likely these shooters really do use video games to train on with much better just as accessible alternatives. He mentions an RPG called Super Columbine Massacre. Well let me ask this are murders a product of violent art or vice-versa or perhaps a continues loop of violent artistic expression leading to violent real world expression and then starting all over again. Truth is noone has a clue which is true so where does Thompson get his higher knowledge from? He claims that Super Columbine Massacre glamorizes the tragedy but from what I can see it is simple an attempt of an individual to understand what really caused Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold to perform such acts.
He also claims that many have used doom to train for school shooting well first there is no proof of that (so they owned the game along with countless other youth). Second doom doesn't seem like a very effective trainer you cant looks up and down you cant crouch jump etc. Third the graphics are poor and of monsters no less so how would this desensitize you to violence? Even if video games were used to train on (and there is no proof of that) that means that violent urges lead to the playing of violent games not the opposite. He claims in the video that a school shooter in Germany had 52 shooter games well I have more and have yet to kill or truly want to kill someone. He also said the shooter in Germany went so far as to dressed up like the hero of the game counter strike... so he dressed up like US special forces? Well there sure aren't many sources of material that have depictions of that so it must have been video games.
IN the past Thompson has also pointed out that studies show a correlation between violent nature and violent video games. Well correlation does not mean causation rather that the two variables are linked in some way that when one increases the other increases. Thompson's way a bullshitting to get his belief across is just wrong.
IMHO excessive exposure to violence could likely lead to violent nature. In mentally unstable and younger people I feel the chance of such a threat is greater such that video games could have some small impact. However there are far more stronger influences in a child's beliefs such as their parents. I would therefore support the stop of the sale of certain games movies etc to minors but I don't support Thompson twisting the facts and flat out lying to make himself heard.
"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." -- North Korean Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il
Jack Thompson May Face Contempt Charges
October 24, 2006, 9:22 AM
Research Study Claims Violent Video Games Have Desensitizing Effect
July 26, 2006, 1:53 PM
Latest By Michael Hoffman
MC Hammer Tries to Cash in on Video Sharing
January 5, 2008, 10:18 PM
Researcher: Video Games Possibly More Analgetic Than Drugs
January 2, 2008, 4:58 PM
NASA Offers Cryptic Report of Air Traffic Safety Study
January 2, 2008, 12:02 AM
NASA: Large Asteroid Could Hit Mars Next Month
December 26, 2007, 2:41 PM
JR Tokai to Build Maglev Train Service With Own Money
December 26, 2007, 1:10 PM
International Space Updates, December 2007
December 20, 2007, 8:54 AM
Gaming Peripheral Makers Look Forward to Bright Future
December 19, 2007, 10:22 AM
U.K. Moon Mission Receives NASA Support
December 19, 2007, 4:49 AM
DoCoMo, Apple Discuss iPhone Launch in Japan
December 19, 2007, 4:43 AM
International Space Updates, December 2007
December 15, 2007, 10:37 PM
Facebook CEO Called President Barack Obama to Complain About NSA Spying
March 14, 2014, 1:40 PM
Quick Note: Google Drive 100GB, 1TB Plans See Major Price Cuts
March 13, 2014, 2:45 PM
Target Missed Early Warning Signs of Holiday Data Breach
March 13, 2014, 1:45 PM
Amazon Increases Prime Subscription to $99/year Starting March 19
March 13, 2014, 8:23 AM
Bitcoin King's American Accounts Get Frozen
March 13, 2014, 3:00 AM
Time Warner Cable CEO Says Merger with Comcast is a "Dream Combination", Will Increase Innovation
March 12, 2014, 2:37 PM
Most Popular Articles
Bitcoin King Pt. II: Mt. Gox's Dictator Karpelès Proves Tragically Flawed
March 7, 2014, 1:12 PM
Hack Reveals Fallen Bitcoin CEO's Posh Tokyo Penthouse
March 10, 2014, 4:28 PM
Tesla Motors Calls New Jersey Out on New Rule Against Its Direct Sales Model
March 11, 2014, 12:01 PM
NASA Considering SpaceX "Red Dragon" for Returning Mars Samples to Earth
March 10, 2014, 2:43 PM
India Could Rock Google With Its Biggest Antitrust Fine Yet -- $5B USD
March 10, 2014, 8:12 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
Global Cyber Espionage Concerns Reveal Growing Cyber Armies
Nov 29, 2013, 11:04 AM
Is The Period Becoming an Expression of Anger?
Nov 26, 2013, 2:02 PM
NSA and Congress -- You Will Never Kill the Constitution, It's an Idea
Nov 10, 2013, 2:00 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information