Violent video games to blame for massacre?

The recent shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut has seen a wave of attention hit the shores of the video gaming industry. This attention has been derived from the fact that the alleged killer, Adam Lanza, was known to have played violent video games such as Call of Duty. This has led to widespread criticism of the gaming industry from the public as well as the 'higher ups' such as senator Rockefeller and the National Rifle Association (NRA).

MWEB GameZone takes a look

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DesVader2221d ago

Geez, Call of Duty strikes again. I don't think video games can be blamed for violence, I think people who do this sort of thing have a predisposition for violence already and many other factors are already at play. Still, its a warning for parents to respect the age restriction on video games.

pixelsword2220d ago

Unless he glitched and naded someone from across the state, I don't think CoD was the influence.

Choc_Salties2221d ago

I'm tired of people blaming video games. I will at most concede people might learn some ideas for how things work, but at the end of the day, that decision to pull the trigger in RL is up to the perp

pixelsword2220d ago

Yes. Video Games caused all of the violence.

Teens are perfect and do no wrong.

(rolls eyes)

deep_fried_bum_cake2220d ago

Whoa! Hold up.

The guy was 20. So it has to have been the games.


pixelsword2220d ago (Edited 2220d ago )


So... it IS their fault!

*Knocks down insomniac games with The Sonic Eruptor*

NegativeCreep4272220d ago (Edited 2220d ago )

then I can blame misspelled words on my pencil.

If a drunk driver runs down a group of kids crossing the street, the car should be held accountable for their deaths and not the drunk driver...

If an idiot burns a house down, the match that the idiot lite should be held legally accountable than the drunk idiot himself...right???


Be logically-equal.

Ogygian2220d ago

Not the point really.

Lets accept that we have maniacs in society.

Undoubtedly it's not actually the gun's fault if they go on a killing spree, but that approach really misses the point.
Restricting gun sales protects us from ourselves - if these maniacs go on a killing spree without guns then there will be far less, perhaps no casualties (as it becomes difficult).

So lets think of guns as a catalyst rather than a source of gun crime.

What is the source? The world has always had people who didn't quite fit in with society, and Lanza probably felt isolated and went mad as a result.
If we are unable to attack the source then we must go for the catalyst instead. In this case, that means attacking gun sales.

As for the drunk driver analogy, it can be refuted by assuming that:

-There is a clear cause for the driver's behaviour (drunkenness) and thus we CAN attack the source
-We know that the car is the catalyst for alcohol-related violence, so would cut back on that too except that we can't ban cars as they are actually useful in civilian society(unlike guns, which are essentially an insurance policy against other gun owners).

It really is a case of cost-benefit here, and the benefit of owning guns is minimal (what do they actually DO other than harming people or allow you to improve your accuracy/ability to harm people?). Alcohol of course is the source of much enjoyment, and without cars, modern life would be impossible outside of major cities.

Logic therefore dictates an attack on the catalyst: guns!

NeXXXuS2220d ago

Exactly. People kill people. Inanimate objects and video games don't do that... Silly media.

TukkerIntensity2220d ago

I heard he also liked to eat tacos. I blame tacos.

Dan502220d ago

He also breathed oxygen, drank water and ate food.......BAN ALL OF THAT STUFF ALSO!!!!!

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