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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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STFU Thompson
By Zelvek on 4/18/2007 11:15:45 PM , Rating: 1
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.

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein

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