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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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RE: Something to consider.
By James Holden on 4/19/2007 1:04:13 PM , Rating: 2
That would certainly ruin some incentive, in my opinion. I'm actually not even against publishing the guy's name -- I just think that there should be some checks in place for the media to reduce the amount of the circus that's going on.

Saying who he is and what he did is one thing; saying who he is, what he did, interviewing his hair dresser, playing his personal manifesto and airing his press kit is unacceptable IMHO.

RE: Something to consider.
By kalgriffen on 4/20/2007 10:29:06 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. While I don't think legislation barring the media from airing events like this should be put in place (too much room for potential abuse). Sensationalizing these events gives the perpetrators the attention they crave. Not to downplay the tragedy, but I would like to see some self-censorship on the media's part.

I wonder how much 24/7 news channels have contributed to issues like these, and would they still be as bad if the media refused to give them in depth coverage?

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