The Connecticut killer and his videogames connection
- Posted December 16th, 2012 at 05:22 EDT by PSU Staff
- 21 Comments
Some media reporters are putting two and two together and making five, speculating wildly and suggesting that videogames were partly to blame for the killing of 20 children and six adults in Connecticut on Friday.
20-year-old Adam Lanza shot his mother before heading to Sandy Hook Elementary School and killing the young children before turning the gun on himself. Kotaku first pointed out the connection between the murders and the fact that Lanza was a gamer, and others have jumped on board, including U.K. radio station, Radio WM, who this morning spoke about how Lanza played violent videogames. The radio show sensationalised the connection between Lanza’s gaming habits by exaggerating videogame violence, saying that “most videogames reward you for creative kills,” which is totally untrue.
At this point, everyone is looking for a reason as to why a person could carry this heinous crime, but to jump on the violent videogames bandwagon once more is plain ridiculous. Someone should conduct research to find out what the gamer to killer ratio actually is. I think they’ll find that most these people are mentally disturbed, not gamers.
- 5:31am EST - December 16th, 2012
Been playing "violent games" since I was 12. I'll be saddened if they try to yet again blame them.
- 5:39am EST - December 16th, 2012
STFO! 80 percent of the human race plays games. shall, we blame everyone of them, who goes on a killing spree on, "games"? I think not!
- 5:51am EST - December 16th, 2012
It's more likely to be cheese. Most killers eat cheese, so cheese is far more likely to be responsible.
- 5:54am EST - December 16th, 2012
Booze, drugs and bad childhoods are the main culprits
Harr Binger | NOELOKEEFFE
- 5:55am EST - December 16th, 2012
lol... i did have a big rant all typed out in response to this but decided against submitting it .instead all i will say is ..what a bunch of shortsighted and unenlightened t w a t s they are!
Gameoholic007 | Demented007
- 7:59am EST - December 16th, 2012
Here we go again, lets start pointing fingers. I've been playing video games for over 30yrs, and I haven't shot one person. It hasn't even crossed my mind. The media has no idea what their talking about, just like when the topic of gun control comes in play. I grew up shooting guns, had no issues. Blaim the weapons, but not the dumb a s s's using them. This will never end. =/
- 3:55pm EST - December 16th, 2012
You know what would be a great way to stop people from sensationalizing video game violence leading to real violence. By not posting an idiotic story about it. You're to blame because you're perpetuating the nonsense by even acknowledging that it could be a possibility. Delete this story and never speak of it again. Don't feed into other peoples nonsense with any sort of response.
jamesobachand | snake2112
- 4:18pm EST - December 16th, 2012
Bunch of garbage. I was born in 1978 and played Mortal Kombat in my tweens (lol). I don't even care to fight, with exceptions of self defense. It's one thing to think or talk about commiting a crime and a whole other to actually commit to it. And I actually like killing, destroying and beating things on video game at times cause it relieves stress. But without further adue I will never actually do any of those things in real life. Some people are just sick in the mind in real life.
- 6:30pm EST - December 16th, 2012
I've been a gamer since 1988 and collect them as well. Thing of it is parents don't follow the rating system. They buy their kids these games like black ops and the kids play them over and over and I think it can affect a kid by desensitizing them to the same act of killing in a virtual world over and over. Now normal kids this most likely will not have any adverse effect but for the ones that do have a chemical imbalance in the brain it will and of course every parent will pretty much say their kid is normal. This is why kids don't need to be playing games like that and it's up to the parents to keep them from it just like watching violent R rated movies and so on. There are far too many options in games for kids to play that are not based on real world items and people. I grew up playing NES games like super mario bros and those are actually good for the mind I think. Still yet I was limited by my parents on how long I could play a game each day and only when it was dark or rainy outside. Kids today for the most part have no supervision are since we do live in a culture of violence the kids are going to be screwed up a bit from all the negative crap around them and on the news. The ones that already have a mental problem deep within are the ones that really make our society suffer for it's violent entertainment media.
BlindMango | BlindMango
- 8:10pm EST - December 16th, 2012
"Blame video games and ban all guns!" Yeah, that always solves the problems.... typical media morons.
- 10:20pm EST - December 16th, 2012
Well whada ya know? Big shocker there.
- 11:20pm EST - December 16th, 2012
Anyone with common sense can tell you that the issues for this guy (and all others like him) were caused by their social environments.Of course, this all gets compounded for people with pre-existing mental issues.
The only question is......does online multiplayer contribute to that social influence?
^^Just an opinion of an uneducated mature gamer.
Nick Vasquez | LitchAzazel
- 3:38am EST - December 17th, 2012
What happened to just being crazy?
sharky742 | matt1y77
- 4:57am EST - December 17th, 2012
Its seem that the knee-jerk reation to these awful incidents is to blame video games. What happened in this school is a horrid, awful thing and my heart goes out to the parents of them children, but to blame games for this is unjust and wrong! Years ago it was the video nasties (anyone remember that?) We seem to live in a world which, when something terrible like this happens needs a scapegoat to blame it on. With games being the biggest form of entertainment in the modern world, games get blamed. Im nearly 40 YO, and have played video games since the age of 11. I have never thought of killing another human and never would. The sad truth is that some peoples minds are broken and if left unfixed, thing s like this can happen.
- 9:38am EST - December 17th, 2012
you know what? these things happen everiday (difeerent circumstances), it would be time to forget the soothing/hypocritical things religion says : humanity is capable of the worst things, not because of Satan, just because violence and madness is in every human ; sending messages like "God/Jesus will deliver us from evil", "you are tested", "sinners will be refused the gate of heaven" only makes people brainless, just live on Earth, with the good and "evil" that is there, be aware of what can be dangerous and have friends around you, you don't need any religious people to say things simple as that
StankNuggs | StankNuggs
- 10:05am EST - December 17th, 2012
As someone who has played video games since the Atari, and as someone who has dealt with mental illness all my life, that I have never played a video game or watched a movie and then wanted to go kill anyone!! Maybe it's cause I'm a pothead, not sure but hey. : )
- 12:46pm EST - December 17th, 2012
I've played Doom, Mortal Kombat, a whole lot other fighters (even some where you could cut the opponent at the end, the last sword or something like that?, beat em ups, played GTA III when I was 12 or 11, loved blowing the people up to bits in GTA III, played GTA Vice City, San Andreas and Manhunt (was some PC rip so didn't have cutscenes or audio, so only played a few levels) before getting to my 15th birthday. To this day, I haven't had the urge to commit a murder or any other violent behaviour, only ever got into a couple of fights at school and generally don't feel like killing anyone I know (and even less so for strangers). Maybe I'm doing something wrong =/
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- 6:06pm EST - December 19th, 2012
Now how would the news have handled this if he had nothing but Nintendo Wii games? That's an interesting thought.
- 11:20pm EST - December 20th, 2012
I just have to say that videogames have nothing to do with acts like this. And I speak from experience. About 10 years ago I was about as low as someone could get. I was suffering through mental illness and countless acts of cruelty from my peers. I was actually so low that I had thought of doing something like this. I don't know what stopped me, but I thank god I didn't. Over the years I have gotten better with the help of medication and a new understanding of what matters in life.
But videogames do not create monsters like this. Issues with mental illness and humanity's tendencies to acts of cruelty does. In fact when I was at my lowest was when I played videogames the least. I am so greatful that I made it out of my misery without resorting to something like this, but not everyone does. It's sad, but some people just have lost any hope and it's because of the sick world we live in.
It is society that is to blame not videogames. If videogames are to blame, then so are movies, so is the news. In fact I would say the news is as much to blame as anything. They are giving these people who commit these terrible acts exactly what they want, exactly what they were hoping for, national attention. A way of leaving life as what they probably saw as being a star, or the closest they could get to it.
I think I am in a unique position. I have been on both ends of the spectrum. I have lived a life similar to these murdering lost souls, and I am now living the life of someone who is sickened by them. I don't know why I am writing all this, I hope I don't have any negative repercussions from it. This tragedy as well as all others like it hit very close to home for me, and it kills me to see people blaming it all on videogames and saying we need to get rid of videogames and completely ignoring all other aspects of these people's lives.
What caused these people to commit these acts? Sure they played videogames, but how did their fellow human beings treat them, were they outcasts, did they feel alone and without hope, were they battling mental illness? Videogames don't cause feelings like this, mistreatment and mental illness can though. Videogames don't make anyone more likely to kill anyone. But once again, mistreatment and mental illness can.
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