Violent video games came in for a mention in published reports of a wild shooting spree in Pathum Thani, Thailand earlier this week.
One publication went so far as to draw parallels between Virginia Tech rampage killer Cho Seung Hui and Kiartipong Meksawat, 21, who killed three and wounded nine before being killed by police. The Nation wrote:
The most striking [thing] is that both [Cho and Kiartipong] were loners who were fascinated by weapons and firearms… Kiartipong had a collection of weapons that included several AK47 automatic rifles, ninja-style throwing stars and a samurai sword. [Police] also found a number of violent computer games and information on firearms and explosives that had been downloaded from the Internet.
…Neither young man had received much warmth or comfort from their families. They were spiritual minded. They liked violent computer games. They did not like to socialise. Most notably, they showed icy cool during their killing sprees…
For a young man with no experience of gun battles other than in video games, Kiartipong’s gunfight with the police was methodical and calculated.
The incident, which was apparently not pre-planned, began when a police officer attempted to search Kiartipong after his motor scooter was confiscated. A story posted on The Teak Door indicates that the young man may have been part of a gang of motorcycle thieves.