The Oslo Massacre and the danger of damning a medium

VG247: The World of Warcraft habit of Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was presented as initial evidence in his trial yesterday. Julie Horup examines the fallout amid media demonisation of games.

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torchic2312d ago

as a lady on twitter brilliantly put it:

"here's a court of intelligent people discussing Breivik collecting carrots in World Of Warcraft."

just wow. I understand that prosecution may have used his WoW activities as evidence purely based upon the amount of time he spent playing the game (otherwise they should've have included MW2 as evidence), but still. calling WoW a violent game? really? way to make gaming look bad.

andron6662312d ago (Edited 2312d ago )

Well to be fair WoW only pops up (as Cod probably will to) because he spent time playing them.

And it's covered in the trial not because the court blames games, but because the prosecution is portraying his life and what he spent his time doing before the massacre.

Unfortunately some media will probably use this material in a sensationalist way...

blackhammer2312d ago

Let's beat this dead horse some more. Correlation does not imply causation.

DeadIIIRed2312d ago

Statistically this is true: Murder rates rise whenever ice cream sales rise. Just by looking at the numbers you'd have politicians wanting to ban ice cream, but it actually has to do with the time of the year (hotter months cause both to rise at the same time).

Fez2312d ago

Over 100 million gamers, each killing 70 people each will wipe out the 7 billion strong human race.

Azurite2312d ago (Edited 2312d ago )

He was also the following things:

Be afraid.

The amount of players in World of Warcraft is more than a lot of countries, it's silly to blame the medium.

Tyre2312d ago (Edited 2312d ago )

Games have nothing to do with this and projecting the actions of an individual onto the masses and vice versa is Stupidity with no end.

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