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CNN: "video games help you get in the mood to do the killing"

The Colorado tragedy was a senseless crazy act by an insane individual, but was it caused by video games? That's what an analyst on CNN said he attributed the violence to.

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Zuperman1858d ago (Edited 1858d ago )

Jesus Christ... video games doesn't make anyone violent.

WolfLeBlack1858d ago

Indeed, the difference that people don't seem to understand is that increased aggression does not equal actual violence.

Videogames, depending on the game itself, obviously, can and do increase aggression for a short while, sort of like watching an action film does, but that doesn't equal violence.

In Short: naturally passive guy/gal + violent game = slight incresae in aggression.

Naturally violent person + violent games = douchebag. Increase chance of violence, but only because that comes naturally to the eprson.

Games are a trigger, not a cause.

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lastdual1858d ago

Whenever I feel like "I'm not really in the mood to do some killing today", I just play video games, and that good old bloodlust comes surging back.

morganfell1858d ago (Edited 1858d ago )

Games are an outlet for violence and anger, not a generator of those feelings. They provide an opportunity to unleash aggression in a harmless atmosphere.

Games do not make me want to kill anymore than they make me want to hop across floating platforms to grab coins or or crawl through corridors eating white dots.

In a decade of failures, financial and integrity wise, CNN maintains their downward spiral.

Shikoro1858d ago (Edited 1858d ago )

Well, it didn't take long after the Dark Knight case for someone to blame everything on video games. Freaking journalism...

Gaming1011858d ago

If you get in the mood for killing after playing a videogame, you have serious psychological issues that could have come out had you watched violent tv, read violent books or comic books, or listened to violence glorifying music. You can not blame videogames for this. The dumb kid was nuts and was able to buy guns with zero psychological evaluations. In Canada you need a psych eval and a plethora of other things just to be able to keep a gun in the back of your car, not reachable by anyone sitting in the car - in the US you can buy assault rifles and shotguns when you're a 17 yr old punk with mental issues up the ying yang, and no one thinks twice about it.

Does anyone else see the real issue here?

Anon19741858d ago

For me while I was growing up, Dungeons and Dragons was supposed to make you go crazy and kill people. Oh, and Heavy Metal. And television. Before that it was comics books.

JhawkFootball061858d ago

It has already been reported the James Holmes was obsessed with Guitar Hero. Guess we ought to ban that game too.

http://www.tmz.com/2012/07/...

Dorfdad1858d ago

Same could easily be said of MUSIC and Movies, TV Shows, or even Books.. This whole world is looking for someone to blame when the problem is clearly with the individual.

In fact I have been more aggressive over women (not hurting them but getting me more excited and agressive than any game or video) So maybe they should be outlawed as well? Maybe just the ugly ones..

thats_just_prime1858d ago

if video game made people kill we'd have 100 million + people going out and kiling.

This is just another dumbass expliont the tragedy to push thier own believes off on people

GribbleGrunger1858d ago

Jesus Christ, couldn't they have waited for the boor bastards to be buried before they started another agenda.

It might be contentious, but PERHAPS gun sales are responsible

dedicatedtogamers1858d ago

People need to realize that videogames have become a scapegoat in our society just like many entertainment mediums.

Would you believe that comic books were once blamed for violance, deviance, and poor grades? Would you believe that Dungeons and Dragons was once blamed for corrupting America's youth and turning them into drug-binging Satanists? It's true. Videogames are simply the latest scapegoat.

MmaFan-Qc1858d ago

and i guess Richard Wagner music put Hitler in the mood to do the horrible crimes he did?

MAJ0R1858d ago

I guess their saying this now because that guy who killed all those people in Colorado was really into Fantasy RPG games.

Apparently society reached the point that they have to blame a crime on anything other than the person who actually committed it... disgusting.

Dee_911858d ago (Edited 1858d ago )

i dont always kill
but when i do
i prefer to play video games first..

funny the guy that did the killing said he was joker..
But since ofcourse TimeWarner owns CNN and since Timewarner (Warner Bros Pictures ) distributed The Dark Knight Rises they cant say anything like this about the movie.Instead they say "We dont know the motive,and we will make sure we have extra security at dark night rises premiers across the globe and we doubt Batman had anything to do with the killing."
Instead of closing movie theaters across the globe until they finished investigating the shooting and the suspect.the new America Money>security>Freedom.M edia Outlets make the money,laws protect... eh im over it..
/rant
Proof of controlled news and corruption is so damn evident here haha.

SilentNegotiator1858d ago (Edited 1858d ago )

I see particular politicians are once again having no moral issue in warping a tragedy into bullet points.

*guns should be banned because they can be abused
*video games should restricted because they cause violence (according to our guesses)

And surprise, surprise. The UN "arms trade" treaty is to be revealed soon. I wonder what 2 countries with no personal gun ownership, 2 countries with highly restrictive gun laws, and an administration that cares more about impressing their European friends than strengthening a weakened nation....with IRAN as the VP of the conference (?!?) ....could do.

Nothing to harm personal rights of people in the USA. For sure. Besides, we have the Supreme Court on our side! *chuckles* Like protecting state rights by deciding that taxes that aren't taxes are taxes.

Sorry if some of that was a bit off topic, but my point is this: I'm sick of the psychological warfare in US politics. So much empty logic fueled by fear and playing emotions. If you're not "them", you are evil, self-centered, and like poor children dying in the streets for your own amusement.

Psycho_Mantis1858d ago

And most importantly that people who do terrible things such as this horrific event should always be accountable for their actions. Placing the blame on video games is just a lame excuse.

pixelsword1858d ago

Sooo...

Hitler played video games?

ChiVoLok01857d ago

It's CNN. Why do we even take this article serious?

PoSTedUP1857d ago

the ignorance of blind news media outlets makes me aggravated and violent. shut the **** up CNN u guys piss me off. ok now to release my aggravation and stress out on a shooting videogame....

see what i did there? bing bang boom, cnn you lose.

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Ranma11858d ago (Edited 1858d ago )

Yes it does. I saw a gold chocobo and immediately got out my blade to chop it to pieces...

i cut off its head because i saw that in god of war, i just do whatever happens in video games because am in idiot...

really its the video games that make me do that, not the fact that i am an insane psychopath who has metal health issues, no that's got nothing to do with it. its the video games...

Computersaysno1857d ago

Videogames actually get me in the mood for drinking too much alcohol.

Someone get the conservative media here right now to take my story!

Armyless1857d ago

This debate has nothing to do with conservatives or liberals. It's the ignorant idiots versus common sense.

xPhearR3dx1858d ago

Little off topic here, but am I the only one who thought the person to very right in the pictures article was Greg Miller from IGM for a minute?

Nimblest-Assassin1858d ago (Edited 1858d ago )

[He] probably spent a lot of time in his apartment, playing one video game after the other—shooting, shooting, shooting—building up his courage and building up the excitement of when it’s going to be real for him.

"And now we’re going to find, probably on [Facebook] or anybody who knows him will say, ‘Yeah, he did have a lot of interest in that.'
"He was always playing the video games. And I’m not saying video games make you a killer. But if you’re a psychopath, video games help you get in the mode to do the killing,"

ULTIMATE FACEPALM

Look the Aurora shooting was a tragedy... people went to enjoy a movie(that was totally awesome), and they were attacked

But blaming videogames? IF YOUR A PSYCHOPATH... YOU DO NOT NEED VIDEOGAMES TO GET YOU IN THE MOOD FOR KILLING!

I never read that serial killers like Jack the Ripper played videogames to get him in the mood to kill people

"oh I'm not blaming videogames" Bullsh*t

Yeah thats why with out proof your saying... he probably played a lot of videogames, and his friend will probably say that he did

He is, you don't see people after playing videogames, saying huh... im in the mood to kill something

The guy was mentally sick... do they have any proof he played videogames to go on a massacre?

How about you idiots fix your stupid ass law in which you allow anyone to bare arms... Never seen someone in your country using it to protect themselves... only to cause death and fear

OR BETTER YET FIGURE OUT HIS MOTIVE.. BEFORE JUMPING ON THE PLAYS VIDEOGAME BULLSH*T WAGON!

And he had tear gas? Really? America... get your shit fixed, and maybe then you could attempt to blame videogames

Lord_Sloth1858d ago (Edited 1858d ago )

Japan doesn't allow people to have guns. SURPRISE!!! Guns are still there among the Yakuza. Japan better get their s*** together and fix their stupid gun laws!!!
/s

The only thing "fixing our stupid gun laws" would do is make it harder for good people who wish to defend their families get guns.

Yes, let's make sure we can never defend ourselves again!

No, blaming video games isn't right, but neither is pointing the finger and trying to blame anything for a senseless tragedy, gun laws are among them.

TekoIie1858d ago (Edited 1858d ago )

@Lord_Sloth

"Yes, let's make sure we can never defend ourselves again!"

You think Trayvon Martin would have died if it was harder to get guns? You think Mr Zimmerman would have had the balls to follow a complete stranger if he didnt have a gun?

Many people (who end up being innocent) die from the stand your ground law and it creates more bad than good...

Nimblest-Assassin1858d ago

@lord_Sloth

Look... I understand that people need to defend themselves... but a majority of the time, people abuse that power

How come no one at that theatre had a gun to defend themselves? That should have been a perfect time... but no one knows when trouble will come and threaten their family

You say it becomes harder for good people to defend themselves... but its a lot easier for bad people to harm others now

Guns are used to intimidate people...

The yakuza acquire guns illegally, but in america, you can walk into a store and get one

ChipChipperson1858d ago (Edited 1858d ago )

Every year, people in the United States use guns to defend themselves against criminals an estimated 2,500,000 times – more than 6,500 people a day, or once every 13 seconds.151 Of these instances, 15.6% of the people using firearms defensively stated that they "almost certainly" saved their lives by doing so. In 90% of these instances where gun self-defense is used, a single shot is not fired. The right to bear arms and conceal carry is deters crimes. The cities that have high crime are the ones with the strictest gun laws.
Of course you're blaming our gun laws. We have a right to own firearms and civilians use them for home defense ALL THE TIME. Just because the news is giving this so much media attention you assume that our Second Amendment is to blame. Most of the maniacs who use guns to kill never even got them LEGALLY in the first place. Norway loves hunting, of course Anders Breivik killed teens at a camp which killed more civilians than this incident. Guns weren't to blame in that incident, it was his him being weirdo and embracing extreme political ideology.
And in response to your "Why didn't anyone use a gun to defend themselves in the theater" that's because in the city of Aurora it is unlawful to conceal carry a firearm.

Imalwaysright1858d ago

If you want to protect your family you should get better locks, an alarm and an ovrchaka!

"The only thing "fixing our stupid gun laws" would do is make it harder for good people who wish to defend their families get guns." and the irony is that it makes ridiculously easy for someone that wants to harm your family to get guns too. Americans still have the cowboy mentality.

sjaakiejj1858d ago (Edited 1858d ago )

Did you even read what he said? It's pretty sensible. He clearly stated that Video Games do not make you a killer, but that there is a certain appeal to violent video games to killers, which is perfectly sensible.

@ChipChipperson
But the question remains - would people have to defend themselves 2,500,000 million per year in the U.S. if guns weren't available legally? Would as many criminals have access to guns or other deadly weapons if they weren't allowed?

Comparing the gun crimes in the U.S. against regulated countries brings up an interesting picture - U.S. Gun Crimes are significantly higher than they are in any other developed country.

On that note though, I don't believe Gun Laws have anything to do with this incident at all - He would've been able to acquire the guns regardless.

Norway's probably a bad example though, as hunting guns are legal there.