VA Tech killer played Sonic the Hedgehog, not Counter-Strike

Following the violent tragedy that took place at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, Florida attorney Jack Thompson was one of the first on the scene to speak with the media. Thompson immediately pointed fingers at the video game industry for driving Cho Seung-hui with games that the attorney calls “murder simulators” which supposedly aided the killer during his crimes. Oddly enough, no video games were found in the killer’s dorm room.

Members of the mainstream media may have wised up to Jack Thompson’s tricks – for example, when Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball called into question Thompson’s massive leaps in flawed logic and unsupported facts.

Recently, the final report from Governor Tim Kaine’s Virginia Tech Review Panel has been made public, which reveals that the killer had little to ever do with video games. As excerpted from the report by Game Politics, “Sun and her parents recall that Cho seemed to be doing better. He was enrolled in a Tae Kwon Do program for awhile, watched TV, and played video games like Sonic the Hedgehog... None of the video games were war games or had violent themes. He liked basketball and had a collection of figurines and remote controlled cars.”

The report also included the account from one of Cho’s roommates: “Cho’s roommate never saw him play video games. He would get movies from the library and watch them on his laptop. The roommate never saw what they were, but they always seemed dark. Cho would listen to and download heavy metal music…”

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