Mass Effect' Facebook Page Attacked Because Misidentified Shooting Suspect Liked It

In the wake of the terrible tragedy in Connecticut, initial reports said the shooter was a 24 year-old named Ryan Lanza. Online, people quickly located a Ryan Lanza on Facebook and searched through his profile to see if there were any "clues" they could pin the shooting on. They found their clues...but the wrong Lanza.

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Myst1828d ago

I know it was a tragic event and there was even another in China where several were stabbed in a school; but to lay blame especially on Mass Effect is quite a jump. Then again it is in the heat of the moment at this point so I take it people aren't going to even look into what Mass Effect is or even want to given that it is "linked" with the shooter. Perhaps in time the tune will change when and if they find more information that will put the pieces of the puzzle together.

Septic1828d ago (Edited 1828d ago )

Yeah you're right; the media and people in general won't even bother looking into what Mass Effect is. I can already imagine the headlines now,game notorious for sexual content grooms violent behaviour in players.

Mass Effect is the gaming equivalent of the likes of Star Trek. If the media does run with it I hope someone puts them in their place.

It seems to me that the gaming medium, regardless of its recent exposure to casuals, will always be blamed for atrocities like this because it's still a medium that some people don't understand, haven't bothered to really understand and research and one that is just an easy scapegoat for people to utilise in their desperate bid rationalise the horrible actions of young individuals of this nature.

Sykoticz1828d ago (Edited 1828d ago )

Agree but i bet it was like this in the 70's when there were other in things like the yo yo. It's just games/gamers turn to take a beating at the moment because they are getting so big now.

Mounce1828d ago



daggertoes831828d ago

Yep here we go again... Its always easy to blame video games.

DeadlyFire1828d ago

Movies like Saw and Hostel are far more inspiring of murder than any video game, but still you have to be taking crazy pills to do anything like what has been done. Anti-depressants are very common cause of all of this I believe.

bicfitness1828d ago

Couldn't possibly be because the kid was mentally disturbed and had access to two handguns and a semi-automatic rifle - all registered to his MOM.

Wtf is wrong with people? I understand First Amendment rights, and no one is saying you don't have the "right to bear arms". But how many "arms" does one need? And an assault rifle? Wtf for?

Its pretty frickn' obvious by now that guns aren't necessarily the issue. Its the people and the access. Whenever I read something like this, I am glad to live in Canada - not just for the health care. Sure, we had an incident in Alberta not too long ago, but nothing near the prevalence of senseless gun crime that you see in the States.

I have relatives in the US and each one of them has personally experienced gun-violence. Even my 88 y/o aunt got held up for her purse outside of a church. Its despicable that sensible people can't seem to find some middle-ground or moderation in gun control legislation. Furthermore, these crimes are escalating, not decreasing in frequencey and the only solution I've heard so far is to INCREASE gun access, for protection. Here we have an example of a society destroying itself.

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iamnsuperman1828d ago (Edited 1828d ago )

Why Mass effect of all games :/....Right so media get wrong guy. Angry, emotional, dumb mob then looks him up and sees a video game and immediately thinks they are the worlds best detective and have deciding it is Mass Effect's fault. Right so not only is the media indulging in the killers actions but they blamed the wrong man and also put the blame on to something else (well FOX did). It seems these people should be more angry at the media than Mass Effect.

TopDudeMan1828d ago

Just another wave of people who are uneducated about video games looking for something to blame.

I mean, hitler had a moustache. Does it then go to say that all people with moustaches start world wars? Should moustaches be banned?

Now, okay. The guy didn't play the game, but even if he did, it wouldn't matter. If he was unstable enough to do that just from playing a game, he'd have been unstable enough to do it after watching a movie.

Oh, and this "dumb mob" - to use your words, not mine - could have been very dangerous. What if they tracked this wrong man or a friend of his down? What would they do then? Some people's reaction to tragedy can be violence. The media would have been to blame for that.

iamnsuperman1828d ago (Edited 1828d ago )

"Oh, and this "dumb mob" - to use your words, not mine - could have been very dangerous. What if they tracked this wrong man or a friend of his down? What would they do then? Some people's reaction to tragedy can be violence. The media would have been to blame for that."

I probably shouldn't have used the word dumb but anyway. I agree with you which is exactly why I hate trail by internet phenomenon which has been happening recently. In the UK we are having a big paedophile story with celebrates. Everyone on the internet said this guy was a paedophile and he was getting threatened. Even Philip Schofield jumped on the band wagon and got it totally wrong saying he got his information from the internet. Trail by internet is wrong but for some reason people do it

goldwyncq1828d ago

Cause the ending was so horrible that it inspired the perpetrator to do the shooting, PERHAPS?

But seriously, games always get to be the scapegoat, never films or literature. I believe the guy was just whacked up in the head, not because of gaming or anything.

TheOneWhoIsTornApart1828d ago

That was completely inappropriate

GanjaMan1828d ago

Dumb americans (like you) dont realise this is because of your stupid gun laws and how guns are easily available, did you know their are more guns shops than mcdonalds in America. Seriously how mnay more innocent people need to die before your thick goverment realises it needs to look at it's gun laws, whats that now, 3 massacres in the space of 6 months, you can't even go to a the cinema to watch a film or go to school without feeling safe now!

goldwyncq1828d ago

Nope, it's not the abundance of gun shops, but the lack of control and security that leads to crimes like this.

Grap1828d ago

i love how when ever u say u should ban guns they sa people have the right to defend themselves. i guess none of these 5 years old have Ak-47 to shoot the maniac.

ALLWRONG1828d ago

Despite what people think about the US there isn't a gun store on every corner. I feel if you are required to have a license to drive a car, you should require a license to own a firearm. Besides on the same day the shooting happened ,a guy stabbed 22 children in China. Maybe China should take care of it's "stupid knife laws"

GanjaMan! How can you feel "unsafe" in American cinema when you're not in America? Your comment is filled with so many inaccuracies. BTW hasn't your country had a problem with bombings?

Kyosuke_Sanada1828d ago

Let's not his stop on his game preference. His clothes provider, the companies of his favourite food, and may be even the car he rode in should be incarcerated....

caffman1828d ago

its not even the right person!

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