NY Post: “College Killer Crazy for Violent Vid Game”

The New York Post, a daily tabloid, has a story in this morning’s edition with this screaming headline:

College Killer Crazy for Violent Vid Game

The article, written by a pair of Post reporters, claims that NIU rampage killer, 27-year-old Stephen Kazmierczak, was “obsessed” with Counter-Strike, which the paper describes as “an ultra-violent video game.”

The Post quoted a former dorm mate of Kazmierczak’s, Ben Woloszyn:

He played a lot of video games, especially Counter-Strike, really loud.

The Post article appears to draw a linkage between the player’s actions in the game and Kazmierczak’s shooting spree:

In the game, players use imaginary money to buy shotguns, pistols and other equipment they need to move around an imaginary world in which they’re constantly under threat of being killed by roving terrorists.

In real life, Kazmierczak – who had become “erratic” recently after shunning medication for an undisclosed illness – purchased weapons like those used in Counter-Strike, including a Glock handgun and a pump-action Remington shotgun…

Down near the bottom of the article, the Post also mentions the killer’s very short-lived stints in the Army and as a corrections officer. These episodes appear to suggest an unstable nature.

GP: While the Post article seems to confirm other reports indicating that Kazmierczak had significant mental health issues, exactly why the paper chose to focus on his past video game play is not clear. Personally, I’m far more concerned about a disturbed person with a gun than I am about a disturbed person with a video game.

We should note that the New York Post is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also owns Fox News, which, as GamePolitics readers well know, frequently uses sensationalized reporting to smear video games.

Is there a connection?

Hey, as they say on Fox, we report. You decide.

I’d be remiss not to point out that game violence critic Jack Thompson alerted me to the Post report via several e-mails, one of which arrived under the subject line:

Screw Dennis McCauley and Hal Halpin and the ECA Donkey They Rode In On

I kid you not.

Full Disclosure Dept: The ECA is the parent company of GamePolitics.

UPDATE: A piece in the Northwest Herald also mentions the shooter’s Counter-Strike play:

Kazmierczak often would play the video game Counter Strike, a first-person shooting game, the roommates said, but they were quick to add that the game was nothing unusual for dormitory halls.

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    […] February 18, 2008 @ 11:52 am } · { Gaming, Industry } { Tags: NIU Shooting, Video Games } This is really gettingridiculous! As soon as that shooting happened I knew that someone was going to blame video games. By reading this post you can see that once again Jack Thompson and Fox news is at it again. This is of course why I don’t read or watch anything to do with Fox. Seriously, I want accurate news, not made up stories to try to get a decent headline! […]

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    koku ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    the video game crisis is becoming like news from iraq.
    iraq= car bomb, shooting, repeat
    video games= school shooting, sensationlast media blaming video games, repeat.

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    Funky J ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’ve long been saying that Rupert Murdoch and his media have had it in for computer games.

    The only thing Murdoch’s News.Corp is concerned with is making money.

    Threaten that, and you get noticed.

    Games threaten the income of movies and newspapers.

    But like EA came to the defense of Mass Effect, it’s time Valve came to the defense of Counter-Strike.

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    Kobra ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Let’s look beyond the history of mental illness and the scars on the kid’s wrists… he played video games.

    Oh crap, so do I!

    Boo! (everyone runs away screaming in terror)

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    Michael ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @Bogans: “Second, people still blame games for school shootings over GODDAMN MEDICATED MENTAL PROBLEMS?”
    The problem is NOT medicated mental problems. This kind of IGNORANCE really annoys me!! Mediation treats a pre-existing chemical imbalance, in the same way that insulin treats diabetes. The problem is not the medication. It’s the LACK of medication.

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    sacredchao says:

    I wander if he liked chocolate ice cream also. At this point, the percentage of people who play video games is about the same as the percentage of people who like chocolate ice cream, so saying he was a gamer has become somewhat pointless.

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    metroidprimegmr says:

    What’s Jacko going to do next?
    My guess is that he’s going to try and get the Kirby games banned. I can see it now…

    Jacko: “ZOMG!!! Kirby games should be banned because they teach children about SUCKING PINK BALLS!!!” XD

    (Yes, pun BLATANTLY intended!)

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    thecreepingwolf ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Even if someone disturbed did copy what they saw in a game, they copied because they were disturbed, not because the game “made them do it”. Though I find it highly unlikely that a mentally ill person needs any reason to go on a killing spree or any other kind of unusual behaviour.

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    Tye The Czar says:

    Good anal-gravy, oy. I’m just getting real tired of these. We ALL know what’s going to happen. We just usually go into meaningless arguments with groundless insults without any solid evidence to back them up, oy. And we just need MOAR positive news here this time. This is becoming so annoying.

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    nightwng2000 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Ian, there have been several stories that indicate that he did make some choices of being alone from time to time. The Chess Club was during high school years. But after high school, he was placed/he entered a mental health facility, a sort of group home, where he did tend to keep to himself. The head of the facility said he didn’t like being seen as mentally ill. Articles also indicate that, though he did not completely shun relationships, he was, for the most part, quiet and kept to himself. It may have been that continuing issue of not wanting to be preceived as being mentally ill. We can only guess since only he knew for sure.

    Nevertheless, while some articles are playing the loner issue high up there, I think the Herald’s article was fairly decent and deserved applause. Especially since the article was still early in investigation.

    NW2K Software

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    Black Manta ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    The thing that grabbed me in that letter was this bit:

    I am more than willing to come to your campus, free of charge of course

    Since when? I thought Jack said once to Jason Della Rocca that he “didn’t do freebies.” So why the sudden change of heart? Is he that desperate to hang onto his license and look like a decent guy that he’s willing to forego payment? Last I checked, a round trip ticket from Miami to Chicago with hotel stay wasn’t exactly cheap.

    I’d just love to see the NIU President’s reply letter: “To Mr. jack Thompson. With all due respect, please fuck off!”

    Mark of Cain, you have work to do.

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    Shoehorn O'Plenty ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    It’s incredible how sick that man make’s me feel. I would be surprised if he hasn’t tried to contact the families of the deceased trying to pressure them into taking a lawsuit against “Counterstrike Half life”…

    The sheer gall of him, offering to get up in front of these people still suffering from shock, traumatized by the event, and plug his book, tell them how he was on tv and then explain that the reason this happened was that the killer played a video game that millions upon millions of people play with no ill effects. Not his mental instability and illness. Not the fact that he stopped taking his medication. Not the fact that Fox news and all the other networks do their best to splash the shooters all over the tv ensuring them a type of fame. Not the fact that his relationship with his partner was on the rocks. The list goes on and on, yet Mr Thompson is apparently so much of an expert he knows that all of these reasons may be discounted in favour of his own theory.

    Offering to speak like that is an insult. It’s an attempt to use this tragedy to springboard himself into the limelight and get some of that publicity and screen-time he desires so much. It’s exactly the same as if a company that made bandages offered to have a seminar explaining to the people who were there how good their bandages are. Or a company that makes bullet proof vests.

    Just as people at home watching day-time tv are the intended prey for those “Consolidate your debt into one easy payment!” and “Had a fall in a public place? We will win you money!” adverts, just as desperate and gullible people are the prey of “Psychic chatlines”, so victims of terrible tragedy are the prey of John Thompson’s incessant and vain crusade of self promotion. Another similarity between all of these things, the debt consolidation crowd will not tell you that you will pay more money in the end, the psychic chatlines will not tell you that anything you hear is in no way based in fact, and Thompson will not tell anyone that he has almost lost his licence through investigation for ethics breaches.

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    Ian Cooper ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    The Northern Star and Northwest Herald stories are almost as superficial and misleading as the stuff Rupert Murdoch and the Moonies are putting out. Where’s the evidence that this guy was a ‘loner’? Does a loner join the chess club? I don’t think so. I wish people would stop unfairly blaming a loner lifestyle for mass murder. Loners don’t usually kill people. Ted Bundy – labelled a loner – was actually very social, as are the vast majority of serial killers. I’m a loner – I don’t join clubs because I prefer my own company, and I’ve never once had the urge to go on a crazed shooting spree.

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    nightwng2000 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I don’t know if someone has linked to this yet or not, but the Mental Molestor of individuals, families, and communities harmed by these tragedies, John Bruce “Jack” Thompson, is apparently trying to futher interfere with a proper and intelligent investigation by contacting the college’s President.

    The story and letter are over at Gaming Today.


    NW2K software

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    Dog Welder ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @paulrus — Yes, Phelps is a disbarred lawyer, and it took quite a bit of work for the State of Kansas and the Federal Government to get it that way, too.

    The problem is his kids and a good deal of his “congregation” are all lawyers and are more than willing to sue the moment their rights to spew hate are violated.

    These guys: http://www.patriotguard.org/
    freakin’ rock, though!

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    wheelchairman2 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    there is one thing that all these so called game ‘experts’ are missing out.

    Clicking a mouse pressing a button is as far removed from pulling a real trigger on a real gun as it could be. There is no way counter strike can ‘train’ anyone to handle the weight, noise, and recoil of a gun. Aiming properly on a videogame is also not possible. Iron sights are hard to use in real life.

    I for one can tesitfy to this… i’m 17 years old, have played hundreds of these so called ‘murder simulators’ and i still find it hard to handle a rifle! Oh dear game developers, something must have gone wrong, you have failed to turn me into a highly trained, fine tuned killing machine!!!

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    kaemmerite says:

    As an amusing aside, and I don’t know how long it will last given Wikipedia’s track record of reverting changes…but currently as of 6 AM today the picture on the wikipedia article for Rupert Murdoch has a picture of Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars.

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    InJM ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    As an ex-NIU student, I can vouch for what the Herald says. I played with the guy who lived down the hall and in other dorms countless times while I was a student.

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    NovaBlack ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    the irony here is that if stupid ignorant **** like those behind fox news actually concentrated on the real issue , i.e. awareness of mental health, then perhaps this could have been avoided.

    If people knew how to spot somebody with problems, and alert the relevant authorities (perhaps university counsellors in this case) then perhaps the tragic events like those at NIU could have been avoided.

    As it is, people who (through no rael fault of their own) develop mental illness (its actually WAY more common than people realise) are often shunned. Passers by will walk to the opposite side of the road, move seats on th bus to sit away from them etc, just because its somthing they dont understand and (again through no fault) have some fear towards that person. Its nobodies fault. People naturally fear what they dont understand, and i knw from personal experience that interacting with someone with a mental illness for the first few times can be scary.

    But once you get past the urban myths and stigma, you realise they are people like anyone else , that sometimes just need to talk to someone and deal with the problems that we all have.

    Perhaps each time this kind of tragic event happens (and look at the frequency of mental illness … e.g depression -> schizophrenia often (although by no means always) when it does) fox news should put up some reports on mental illness, understanding the symptoms, what to look out for and ..more importantly HOW TO HELP THE SITUATION.

    When we fully address that issue, im sure it will have a far more noticable effect than ‘banning violent games’.

    All the press reports do it whip up fear and half truths. How on earth can students look out for the next event like this (and yes they are actually very rare despite how it seems) when they are told that anyone playing violent games could be a killer. I mean seriously. are 97% of students killers (taken from an ECA report that 97% of people under the age of 25 have/do play games). I think not.

    All is doing is making the situation worse, and causing unneccassary panic. And amongst that panic and misinformation is where the real problem indiviuals manage to slip by detection. *sigh* i wish people would realise this and actually help the situation.

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    tony selby ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    ok, after a lot of work i think i’ve finally figured out Jacks position (he voices it very poorly), at least in this case it doesn’t look like he’s trying to say that Counter strike turn the guy into a killer, however, what it sounds like he is saying is that the guy played counter strike to prepare himself psychologically for his killing spree

    now this would perhaps not be completely out of the question, however, so what? how is it any different from when abortion clinic bombers study the bible before blowing up a building. the game itself is not causing the crime, and the guy clearly made the choice himself (though his reasoning was likely impaired due to him being off his meds), and even without the games he’d have still likely committed the act

    to outlaw a game because somebody may train on it psychologically (physical training on a video game as we all know is impossible) makes no sense, as you would have to outlaw any form of creative thought or expression with it, as it could also be used to prepare ones self for a crime

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    Roozle ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “Well, well, well.

    The guttertrash do flock like some out of control skin virus, don’t they?

    John Bruce, FOX News, LaRouche too probably (if not yet, then soon).

    But, gee, look at the guttertrash that has joined in:


    Press Releases > Other press releases tab:
    “Thank God for NIU Carnage. Thank God for the Shooter. Thank God for 6 dead. ”

    Sick perverted Mental Molesting bastards.

    NW2K software”

    I’ve always hated him. Always. And now, even more.

    Also, how is this relevent to his “cause”?

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    Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “First, people STILL play Counter-Strike?”

    If they’re smart they’re playing TF2 now. But seeing as I play the Doctor class 95% of the time does that mean I will have a predisposition to run into public areas and deal out a mass healing of ailments?

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    Bogans ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Two things:
    First, people STILL play Counter-Strike?
    Second, people still blame games for school shootings over GODDAMN MEDICATED MENTAL PROBLEMS?

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    potatojones83 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    *Begin satirical response*

    You know what? I’m pissed off! When am I going to get the benefits of “training” on my “simulators”?!?! Seriously, I’ve played through Final Fantasy VII , like, 20 times and I still haven’t been able to summon Knights of Round, much less Ifrit. I’ve been playing Marvel Ultimate Alliance recently and have played through both of the X-Men Legends games. Do I have any kind of super strength, flight, teleport abilities or even a healing factor? Heck no!!! And for some reason even through I can play every song on Hard for the guitar on Rock Band I don’t have any record companies trying to sign me! What gives?

    *End satirical response*

    Seriously though, this whole “training” thing is getting (has gotten) quite ridiculous. The point I’m trying to make is this…If you can supposedly train to kill from a game like Counter-Strike or Doom or (insert other game here), why doesn’t it work for other areas? Wouldn’t be so much easier for NFL teams to just play the latest iteration of Madden instead of going to all the trouble of training camps and practice sessions? Instead of at least 7 years of college and med school why can’t doctors just spend some time with Trauma Center? Could I get my law degree simply by playing through the Phoenix Wright games? Does the military seriously need boot camps anymore if all it takes is a little Doom to get the same results as months of physical training, conditioning and drills? If someone can give me a logical answer to this one they earn a cookie. And not just any cookie. One of those cookie monster things from Mrs. Field’s. You know the ones I’m talking about :)

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    Black Manta ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I think JT is already an ordained minister or elder of the Presbyterian church he’s a part of. So if he’s disbarred, he can always fall back on that. Wouldn’t surprise me if he went the Phelps route. That or he’d hire himself out as a speaker to various churches railing against the evils of video games to anyone willing to listen to him. Either way he would no longer be able use his status as a lawyer to sue, harrass or intimidate anyone he doesn’t like and he’ll just be another annoying, crazy old guy.

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    Lovely says:

    So wait, now games that let you buy stuff are “the evil” as well?

    … you buy weapons in almost every rpg. Oh CRAP. I’m playing an rpg RIGHT NOW!


    And summoning spirits.

    And living on an island where I get my mail sent to me buy sentient bottles.


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    Paulrus ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I read that Fred Phelps is a disbarred lawyer. Now he runs that mockery of a “Christian” church.

    Makes you wonder what Jack Thompson would do if he’s disbarred.

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    Anon says:

    @ Nathan
    I think we have a correlation between loud things and murderous rampages.
    Uh oh, those horn blast studies were actually CORRECT!

    I’m sure as hell staying away from sports stadiums from now on….

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    Diane ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    [1] “College Killer Crazy for Violent Vid Game”

    That title is so wrong. Seriously.

    It’s like–“Blind man didn’t see it coming!” or “Deaf woman hasn’t heard from estranged husband.”

    [2] I see your godhatesfags hate site, and raise you a http://www.godhatesfigs.com parody site.

    [3] Really, I just want to link to Sniper, which is only tangentially related to the above topic. I think some here may be interested–it’s a song about a 1966 school shooting, and you can be sure there was no Counterstrike or Pong involved. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NB5_N-D5sv0

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    LightWarrior ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @jccalhoun graduate student:

    I like how Jack pulls all this crazy shit over and over and finally has to go through the proces of loosing his licsence.

    When some other Lawyer only has to do one deed to go to court to defend his lisence.

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    Michael ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’d just like to add that it is IRRESPONSIBLE of publications not to highlight the dangers of going off medication. Shame on you NY Times.

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    Michael ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “So, what are the potential events that ACTALLY led to this event?
    The cessation of his medication may have put him in a different frame of mind than what he had been in for almost 3 decades.”

    Cessation of medication ALMOST CERTAINLY put him in a different frame of mind. If he’d been on meds for 3 decades and stopped, he completely screwed himself. He may as well have pulled the trigger on himself the day he stopped.

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    Reede ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Jack, jack, jack… if your going to screw someone, at least use proper grammer. “Screw Dennis McCauley and Hal Halpin and the ECA Donkey They Rode In On…”

    It should read “Screw Dennis McCauley, Hal Halpin, and the ECA Donkey They Rode In On…” Commas are your friend, remember that. Unless you think the commas have some sort of conspiracy against you. Come to think of it, that would be kind of cool, being spied on by grammatical functions.

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    koichan ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    The thing that gets me, is why games are listed as a factor: take anyone under 25 (or oven 30+ for that matter) and you’ll find they’ve played video games 99.99+% of the time.

    Gaming isn’t the exception, it’s the baseline… if they DON’T play games then it’s notable, not the other way around.

    video game penetration is roughly equivalent to TV penetration nowadays… it just amazes me people will blame stuff on games whilst ignoring TV…
    (not that i think either has anything at all to do with violence, but thats a different story)

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    Dog Welder ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    If there’s any form of life lower than Jack Thompson, it’s Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church. It’s amazing that no matter what political persuasion people are, it seems to be universally agreed that Phelps and the WBC = scum of the earth. I’m glad people are at least able to unite behind something.

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    Father Time ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    We should NEVER give up, so what if they say we can’t accept critcism, that’s a much better alternative then to let thme have their way.

    Oh and we are not losing we are winning, Grand Theft Auto sill lets you kill cops, Insomniac said they’d put more churhces in Resistance 2 etc. Jack Thompson will indeed get disbarred, and time is on our side. Eventually the scapegoating of video games will die down, and people will accept it for the harmless fun it is. It’s happened time and time again, with rock and roll, with comic books, with violent movies, and a whole mess of stuff we now consider harmless.

    Do not worry about those insignificant idiots who shout to the peaks about the false link between video games and school shootings. Despite how gamepolitics may make the picture look very few major news outlets (other than Fox) have reported on the video game link.

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    jcoit ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “Kazmierczak often plastered his door full of political comics, often bashing president George W. Bush, Rice said.”

    I think this says it all. Taken from the same school newspaper which brought us the Counter-Strike quote. I blame the U.S. President.

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    RaZor says:

    To make this matter even more ridiculous, the Westboro “Baptist” “Church” has decided to get in on the game. They’ve decided that the NIU shooter was sent by God to smite the people of NIU because apparently NIU loves the GLBT community. I won’t foul these forums with their despicable terms.

    I have friends that go to NIU. All these bottom feeders coming out of their cracks to feed on the blood of the innocents absolutely disgusts me.

    If you want to see the flyer the wingnut Westboro Baptist Church is distributing, here it is: http://www.godhatesfags.com/written/fliers/20080214_northern-illinois-university-shooter.pdf

    There’s a group organizing a counter-protest to their planned protest. Unfortunately, I’m in Arizona right now and can’t join in. And remember, any and all action against the WBC should avoid any physical harm or threats of physical harm. They need lawsuits to bankroll their “church.”

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    Paulrus ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Oh bloody hell. Hopefully he didn’t send some news station a video of him dressed in CS gear, talking about CS, and claiming his actions would be ‘straight out of CS’.


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    TBoneTony ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Remember that Counter-Strike was singled out last year when the V-Tech shooting happened.

    This, obviously does not surprise me, but it is still disturbing how a newspaper gets people all afraid about a Videogame instead talking about the more serious issue about the person himself/herself.

    sad, but seriously I would love to see Bill Gates take a stand and try to protect Videogames against this sort of shit that goes on.

    Because Microsoft is part of the Videogaming Industry, and people are more likely to listen to Bill Gates instead of us gamers because people still think we are just kids…

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    Smoking gun says:


    yea, after I posted that, I was like wait a second, that does not make sense. But it was to late. But you get the idea. I’m sick of the media using these school shootings to advance there own agenda.

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    Nessmke ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I go to NIU. I was within a few hundred yards of the building the shootings were in when they took place. I didn’t see anyone bunny hopping to go faster, taking out a knife to run faster, or crouch-jumping, so I can safely assume that CS is not the source of this problem.
    In all honesty, though, I’m disgusted with how they do this to games in the media when something like this happens. The guy played games, most college guys have, or do, play games. Just like they go to class. And read. And eat. And breathe. So on.
    As was said, I’m more distrubed that he dropped his meds and could get guns, rather then him getting CS.

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    BANE XXIII ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @Smoking Gun
    You have the right Idea, but please don’t say it’ll never happen. that type of thinking just isn’t constructive. I for one think there will be a breaking point for gamers. When we all have had enough, right now we all just shake our heads and grit our teeth at what we know as sheer stupidity of it all.
    I’ll still post my discontent with all the flat out lies I’ve been seeing on news sites and papers. I’ll point out the massive holes in their so-called reporting and point out the facts. My video won’t get that many views I’m sure, but with those who have watched we go away knowing more about the situation.
    But that’s just me though, I’m optimistic to the core.

    1st time poster, long time reader. Thank you for reading.

    Minneapolis, Mn

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    Smoking gun says:

    Well, I was just thinking how cool it would be, for everyone to get there webcams, thousands of us gamers. And record your self and very quickly express how you feel about the matter. So in other words, Say that jt is crazy, and how we gamers would never do anything like that. And that games do not cause people to go out and shoot people at a school. An express our sympathy to the family’s.

    Then post it on youtube. Imagine what would happen? thousands of videos posted, it would get on the news, (not fox but other news) and out voices would be heard. But it will probably never happen.

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    Alright, you people are on your own. I’m getting the hell out of this country while video games are still a legal form of artistic expression, I’d rather avoid being given the death sentence that seems to be the goal of these damned people.

    The thing that pisses me off the most is that there are people out there who actually believe this because it is in their main source of news. Does being in the public eye cause your intelligence to drop or something? This is beyond simple media bias, this is a gross misuse of power. This controversy is going to be far worse. Now, they are going to act as if video games are bad for everyone since he is an adult. I may be against video game legislation, but since I am an adult I figured it wouldn’t affect me too much so long as nothing is all out banned. Now they are going to hijack and I’m too pissed to type anymore.

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    Spartan says:

    An open note to the next deranged mass murder….

    Please do the world a favor and vent your rage, frustration and twisted sense of pain at game critics and TV news producers (bonus points for those of the Fox variety). Additionally, prior to your deadly deeds make sure to make a video and write a note about how all the violence, murder and mayhem on TV, in the news and movies has pushed you over the edge. Try to do some good at least once in you life during your sorry existence.

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    BearDogg-X says:

    @ Davcube

    Plus, Thompson’s been trying every dirty trick in the book just to keep his precious license.

    @ jccalhoun graduate student

    The judge Jack Thompson should sue the soon-to-be-ex-attorney Jack Thompson for giving him a bad name.

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    lorenzo says:

    The full page article I read in the UK today, did not mention video games once [for which I was really pleased], instead focussing on how easy it is to get a gun, and printing the usual guns per household statistics.

    Has anyone ever killed anyone *with* with a videogame?

    Anyway its Saturday night. I’m off to drink whisky, and let out my sociopathic character.

    Actually I’m not.

    And on a completely unrelated note, I watched a mum tell their kid to put canis canem edit [Bully] back on the shelf because it was rated 15. I wanted to go shake her hand, but she may have thought I was hitting on her. What with me being a grown up and all…

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    King of Fiji ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Am I the only one amazed that even after they have all the fact that dosen’t lead to him playing video games and instead has him not taking his medication, its still violent video games that gets blamed for the shooting?

    I mean seriously. With Virginia Tech it seems like the media went on the “Violent Video Games Did It” blame game before the fact went out. But now the fact cames out pretty much after it happened and its still the god damned video game industry’s fault. How the hell can anyone read that and still think violent video games did it after hearing that he didn’t take his medication?

    Its god darned mind boggling!!!

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    Damn, already? I thought it’d take at least a week before all the retards with megaphones would start crawling out of the woodwork. I guess it just isn’t hard to draw wild conspiracy theory-esque conclusions. Its just starting to get annoying now.

    I’m waiting for hover boards, and future-music to be invented so that all the old farts can start blaming all our problems on them instead of video games.

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    DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Of course Jack fails to realise that the shooter would have been, at the very earlist, 19 when Counter Strike was released. Since his ‘magic age of 18’ ball has already been shattered, there’s no way even HE can take this seriously…

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    Nitherean ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Easy way to keep games from being out-lawed: Become involved in the political process. VOTE. That is something the anti-video game nutcases hope we dont do, emass.

    This guy had alot of things going against him. A recent break-up with his girlfirst, going off his medication, and purchasing fire arms with intent. Just to name a few.

    I do not know Illinios laws regarding the purchase, ownership and usage of firearms. I am annoyed the firearm salesman was in shock that his guns were used in the commision of murder. What did he think his firearms would be used for? Sewing a Quilt?

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    vellocet says:

    I would just like to point out that I believe that a lot of people are seeing this argument backwards (JT being the worse offender).

    JT attacks games as the cause and we all know that playing a videogame doesn’t make us violent so we attack him. This issue is not games or whether normal people will kill others because of them. The issue here is that there are disturbed people out there who ARE violent. Naturally these people are going to be attracted to violence, whether it be movies, music or videogames. However a predisposition to violent media also does not mean that you are a violent person. The problem here is that some deranged people WILL use some games as some sort of murder simulator (if they see it that way). And some MAY be set off by violent media, but some people may also be set off by a chair.

    This is an interesting clip in which Dee Snider talks about how Tipper Gore sought to find bondage and sodomy in his song about foot surgery:

    But because a very few messed up people just happened to play videogames doesn’t make the games the culprit. The conclusion here is that Jack Thompson is obviously such a deranged person and should not be allowed near a video game.

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    Mark of Cain says:

    I am going to have my work cut out for me derailing the efforts of these activists. At the the Scientologists haven’t stepped in, yet. All those at NIU or nearby please join me. We will not let them take advantage of our suffering.

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    Mad_Scientist ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    But people do, all the time. Though it’s a lot harder to drum up support for something like banning or restricting the Bible than banning or restricting video games. And people who stereotype all Christians come off as bigots to the majority of the population, while people can make uninformed statements stereotyping “gamers” without rising as much ire in a lot of people.

    Regarding killers playing video games, I’m just waiting for people to finalize realize that pretty much everyone from certain generations plays video games now, so pointing out the fact that a killer played a particular video game, by itself, has about as much relevance as pointing out that he breathed oxygen.

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    nightwng2000 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Johnny Johnson,
    Actually, there’s no evidence that he was a “violent person”.

    He had an undisclosed mental health problem, but that isn’t evidence that it was violence related. Just going off medication won’t make someone instantly violent. Something, a word or act, overhearing and (mis)interpreting something overheard, any number of things might have set him off while he was off his meds that might not have had the same effect if he had been on his meds.

    We just don’t know. And only he could have answered that without speculation.

    NW2K Software

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    […] GamePolitics reminds its readers that the New York Post is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who is also responsible for the game-demonizing abomination we call Fox News. There’s obviously no evidence to suggest that this is all part of Fox’s anti-games agenda, but since Fox started using tenuous links and conjecture as valid news a long time ago, I hereby proclaim that Rupert Murdoch personally had this story written and is also planning to assassinate Hal Halpin. Mainstream reporting — the evidence is always there if you make it up. […]

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    kurisu7885 says:

    GOD F***ING DAMNIT!!!!!!

    Why does history HAVE to keep repeating itself!!!

    And this just shows how desperate Thompson is to have ANY game connection. He likely wants to show that even adults should be denied access to violent games.

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    nightwng2000 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Well, well, well.

    The guttertrash do flock like some out of control skin virus, don’t they?

    John Bruce, FOX News, LaRouche too probably (if not yet, then soon).

    But, gee, look at the guttertrash that has joined in:


    Press Releases > Other press releases tab:
    “Thank God for NIU Carnage. Thank God for the Shooter. Thank God for 6 dead. “

    Sick perverted Mental Molesting bastards.

    NW2K software

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    Ebonheart ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ Benji

    Lol! I read that and I spit my drink all over my desk when I saw that.

    And I would lke to add something, I believe Lewis Black said it best.

    “I’d be nice if we could get someone to teach us [Americans] it [common sense], but who the **** are we gonna get?”

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    Shiro ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    well… this proves the point that FOX is nothing but a group of lying bastards
    people actually believe what they say? what a sad world we live in

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    Benji says:

    A mentally ill person, John Hinckley Jr., tried to kill Ronald Reagen in an effort to impress Jodie Foster.

    Clearly, we must immediately, for the safety of us all, ban Jodie Foster.

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    Cidas ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I still think it is too early, even for gamepolitics to rule out the involvment of videogames. We do tend to get over defensive over prelimnary reports, especially when those reports are later disregarded for.

    I personally would consider that it might have been a factor, but in consideration to everything else its involement would be minmal in impact. However, I am not a certified psychologist or anything so I certainly cannot belive that my word is true. I’ll just wait for the reports later on.

    On a whole irrelated topic, I saw Bill Clinton speak at my university, and got to shake his hand also. I was too dumbfounded to say anything, but he is a very eloquent speaker. He didn’t say anything about videogames or anything, but brushed on the subject of public health care (universal health care) and talked a little bit about mental illnesses and how we need to be more proactive about it. I don’t know who I will vote for, but it was an opportunity I’m glad I didn’t pass up.

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    ThadExMachina says:

    Post hoc ergo propter hoc.

    If the offender played Counter-Strike at some point before killing innocent people, it must be the reason for the killing.

    Stunning, really. I can’t wait for the part where anybody who disagrees is decried and incessantly mocked.

    I think the problem with all the classic, logical fallacies is that they’re all named in Latin, so people don’t notice them when they happen in English.

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    Uh... ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    The fact that Kazmierczak might have played video games is irrelevant due to the fact that he was mentally ill and possibly suffered from psychosis when he took himself off his medication. If he was set off by something, that trigger could have been anything, including his own disturbed mind.

    Tabloid trash will not see this fact, or the rest of the story in a rational light. Instead they will speculate, further the moral panic spreading in our country, and cause more damage by giving this killer the press he most likely desired–much like the Virgina Tech and Columbine shooters received after their heinous crimes.


    Its easy to want to give up the good fight and let these “trashloids” run our games through the mud but I believe that with this online community, and many others, we can have our voices heard. We’ve done so before with Faux News on the Mass Effect debacle, and also with our favorite conservative blogger who reported on the single sex scene in the game. We should respond to this article in the NY Post, and other similar sensationalist articles that will no doubt surface, with brief but poignant e-mails, letters, and phone calls.

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    Dog Welder ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Pichi — “Also, some people want to be ignorant. They don’t want to look at facts because they just KNOW they are right no matter the evidence.”

    And that’s Thompson in a nutshell. You can mention the following in this case:

    –Suspect was legally an adult when Counter-Strike came out in 1999.
    –Suspect had military training and possibly civilian weapons training.
    –Suspect had a history of mental illness of some sort.
    –Suspect was taking medication for aforementioned mental illness.
    –Suspect was legally able to purchase weapons (and did so.)
    –Suspect stopped taking the medication that made him normal.
    –Suspect was an avid Counter-Strike player.

    Jack will pick one of those facts and run with that one and ONLY that one.

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    nightwng2000 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    And that’s the short version of the story.

    Of course, there are a great many details, and the Northwest Herald does an excellent job of diggning into that issue. And the overwhelming stories about how he was while he was on his meds versus what happened when he went off them paints a very decent picture of his life over the last 10 years. There are, of course, many details we’ll never know, but I think that these stories in detail give us a fairly accurate… “rationale”… for what happened. Even if we can’t excuse or fully understand what happened, we can get a fairly decent image of why it happened. In some part anyway.

    NW2K Software

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    Pichi ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ FlashnFuse

    Some reasons I see:

    Some people are just looking for blame, they don’t care for facts, they just need to blame something. No matter what to help them feel better or sleep at night. They think all causes have a simple effect.

    Then there are those with an agenda. From anti-gaming to media outlets that see gaming taking up slices of their profits. Anything to crush the industry so that their’s is secure.

    Also, some people want to be ignorant. They don’t want to look at facts because they just KNOW they are right no matter the evidence.

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    Canary Wundaboy ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    What REALLY gets me is them describing Counter Strike as ‘ultra violent’. I mean…it’s actually quite mild. Maybe JT should come over mine and we can play some Gears of War co-op sometime?

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    Terrible Tom ( User Karma: -1 ) says:

    Are those brain scan studies he speaks of the one that says when you play video games your brains release endorphins? Guess what else causes the release of endorphins… LEARNING.

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    Cattleprod ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “You see, Jack Thompson is advocating Sodomy and beastiality!!!”

    We knew he was obsessed with gay porn, but the beastiality is new…

    Two simple questions:

    1. Who owns the rights to Counter Strike?

    2. Why aren’t they suing our favorite gay porn distributor for slander and/or libel and/or defamation?

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    Ebonheart ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Do REMEMBER, a tabloid started that story. Tabloids are notorious, for lies they were made soley for the purpose of entertainment. Do REMEMBER the news has gone from reporting the news to reporting ENTERTAINMENT. The news reports sensationlistic news for the sole purpose of keeping viewers. And what better to keep them than by reporting fear?

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    Dog Welder ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Strangely enough, it never really seems to come up. It gets mentioned but you have idiots like Jack saying, “ZOMG! VIDEO GAMES DID IT!” and that sadly gets the press.

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    GryphonOsiris ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “Screw Dennis McCauley and Hal Halpin and the ECA Donkey They Rode In On…”

    You see, Jack Thompson is advocating Sodomy and beastiality!!!

    Now that we see what a reactionary statement is, lets move on…

    Elomin, normally something like that, because it doesn’t garner a shock reaction, is just given the most brief of mentions because the new agencies want to trump up something that can cause a panic. If you are familar with “The Music Man” or at least “Trouble in River City”, it follows along those lines. Create a scare about something rather mundane (in the case of The Music Man, a pool table) then start harping about the evils of said mundane thing to whip the mob into a fervor of panic about it. Then start ‘selling’ a solution, cure, fix that will ease all their minds and put a nice and tidy profit in one’s pocket. This, in a nutshell, is broadcast news.

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    GPman says:

    If we ban everything that makes mentally ill people kill we would have gotten rid of the Bible years ago.

    Just strike me as odd that when somebody kills in the name of God, nobody blames the Bible, they just blame the individual as being mentally ill. Why isn’t it the same here?

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    Elomin ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I was just reading the Guardian newspaper today and it says Kazmierczak did not take his medication before he killed those people. From what I know all those that have killed and has been blamed on video games were on medication but did not take them before doing so. Not being from America is this ever commented on in the major news broadcasters?

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    nightwng2000 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Oh, and just in case anyone wants to post a comment on that Northwest Herald article and needs more than 100 words:
    Write your comment in a word processor, copy and paste, and DON’T move the cursor in the comment box (not even a space, which is funny because spaces count as words).
    Mouse your cursor to the code box and click there. The word count should stay at “1”. Enter the code and hit the post comment button.

    I noticed that though it says it only allows 100 words, John Bruce’s post was longer. I wondered how he did that. Then I realized he probably just copy/pastes his press releases into lots of comment sections to spam all the news articles and make certain his lies and deceit are spread everywhere.

    NW2K Software

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    chopperlink ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Jack Thompson and all these other anti-game activists are really just a bunch of barbarians in dress in suits. You think that they would argue in a decent way, but say “SCREW YOU” to you opponents just proves that these anti-game activists don’t give a flying rat’s ass about the other side’s opionion just as long as they get it they’re way. Dennis, you should really show that comment to newsstations and such to prove how “professional” Jack Thompson is.

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    nightwng2000 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “Andrew Eisen Says:

    February 16th, 2008 at 12:27 pm
    Oh, and you don’t commit suicide in Counter-strike either.

    Andrew Eisen “

    I went to see if there was a console cheat code for “suicide”, but I think it depends on which “Counter Strike” it is.

    NW2K Software

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    Roozle ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Just read Jacko’s press release. I’ll just post it here…

    “jackthompson wrote on Feb 16, 2008 4:21 AM:
    ” IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE – Feb. 16, 2008
    Illinois School Shooter Rehearsed for Massacre
    on Counter-Strike Video Game
    On Friday, Miami attorney Jack Thompson appeared at 10:15 am on the Fox News Channel to warn of the role of violent video games in numerous school shootings such as the one authored by Stephen Kazmierczak at Northern Illinois University, as well as Columbine and countless other such incidents.
    Thompson specifically mentioned the ultra-violent first person shooter game Counter-Strike which was played obsessively by Robert Steinhaueser, the author of the worst school shooting in European history-at Erfurt, Germany-and by Cho of Virginia Tech, as reported by the Washington Post. You can see Thompson’s specific reference to Counter-Strike on Fox yesterday morning in streaming video at http://www.gamepolitics.com.
    Note that Thompson said to the Fox anchor that it was too early to know if Stephen Kazmierczak was into violent video games like Counter-Strike by saying “We’ll see.”
    Well, now only the blind will not see, and by their choice.
    The following is to be found presently on-line at the Northwest Herald at [www.nwherald.com]
    From his two college roommates, as reported yesterday afternoon:
    “Kazmierczak would often play the video game Counter Strike, a first-person shooting game, the roommates said, but they were quick to add that the game was nothing unusual for dormitory halls.”
    What is unusual is for school shooters not to have wittingly or unwittingly rehearsed themselves on these murder simulators. These games not only feed an appetite for violence but they are teach killing tactics and scenarios.
    Yesterday afternoon at 3:55 pm, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich opined on Fox News that “violent video games” figure in these massacres. He was right. Thompson was dead on right in identifying Counter-Strike as a likely training device.
    Thompson wrote legislation passed unanimously and signed into law in Louisiana about these murder simulation games. A recent poll taken by the video game industry itself found that 65% of Americans want federal legislation to restrict the sale of these murder simulators. That percentage will grow after the Valentine’s Day School Massacre.
    Contact Jack Thompson for more information
    Jack Thompson is a Miami attorney who has appeared on roughly 250 national and international television programs about the hazardous sale of violent video games. He has appeared on 60 Minutes twice, the Today Show eight times, and before state legislatures testifying as to this public safety hazard. He was recently profiled on ABC’s Nightline, and he is the author of the internationally distributed Tyndale House book Out of Harm’s Way about this problem. The publisher deleted from this book the chapter presenting a fictionalized account of a student who jumps onto the stage of a school auditorium and opens fire with a shotgun. The publisher said it was “too disturbing” and would alarm the public.”

    What won’t Jacko use to promote his agenda? I mean seriously.

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    Arion ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    So Rupert Murdoch hates violent games…

    maybe Penny Arcade was onto something with thier Mass Effect strip awhile back..lol Are gamers godless liberals?

    and as evidenced quite a bit on newshounds.us and other left wing watchdog groups…FOX news and thier pundit parade really pushed for Mitt Romney in this election. And many of us know how Romney feels about violent video games…heh heh

    I could be just drawing conclusions…but remember. video games makes on awesome scapegoat for those that never played them.

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    BaronJuJu ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    LOL….Might as well have said it was from the Weekly World News and included a story on Bat boy. Would have made it more believeable.

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    David Ikari says:

    I like the Posts links to Counterstrike. “He bought weapons with MONEY, which he then used to kill people.” That’s some pretty conclusive evidence there.

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    DCOW ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    the common counter-arguement to “I play games and I’m not violent” that people like jack thompson use is “we don’t care” or ‘you haven’t gone violent YET” so trying to reason with them is impossible

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    Andrew Eisen ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “In the game, players use imaginary money to buy shotguns, pistols and other equipment they need to move around an imaginary world in which they’re constantly under threat of being killed by roving terrorists.”

    Unless you’re, you know, playing as a terrorist.

    Couple things to point out here:

    -Counter-strike is a deathmatch game.
    -While there are shotguns and handguns, there is no Remington or Glock
    -The game characters where jumpsuits and vests. Kazmierczak’s dress (or Steinhäuser’s for that matter) aren’t similar.
    -There’s no reward for killing hostages.

    Andrew Eisen

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    Axmand says:

    Its looks like the communications media in EE.UU has some kind of “deal” between them, because when a media say something the others say the same thing without “own trial” its sad.

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    Toxicity² ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    The fucking instant I heard about the school shooting I knew that the media and Jack Thompson and all those assholes would be jumping to exploit the students’ deaths.

    It’s amusing how these school shootings get blamed on Counter-Strike, one of the most unrealistic shooters ever. You can get shot several times and run around like nothing happened, you can reload all your guns very quickly while jumping around, you can snipe people with 100% accuracy, as there is no scope sway….

    That, and moving a mouse on your table and clicking is nothing like holding a gun and shooting it.

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    sheppy says:

    Best article so far on the killer…


    Sullied in the comments section as Jack Thompson refuses to read this article and instead posts his press release. Thank you, Jack. This guy spending over a year in a mental hospital, his reluctance and refussal to come to grips with his mental illness, and his abrupt ceasing of medication (ask any psychologist what effect that has…. you know soo many, Jack. Or at least you quote them hap hazardly). Nor could this have anything to do with the killer having mimmicked negative behaviors in the past due to the exposure and attention it rewarded him with (mimmicking a fellow inpatients cutting behavior).

    Nope, it’s that fucking video game. Everyone who’s played it is a walking timebomb waiting to explode. Well, with luck, this students killing spree took out five of his fellow timebombs. Sixteen just injured… shame. If he had trained a little harder he could have taken more of his fellow unstables out of the general population. Goddam, I feel so dirty for typing that. That’s just evil… is this the mental condition you train yourself to exist in, Jack?

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    RJ says:

    Let’s not forget that the Army teaches individuals how to SHOOT. So, um, wouldn’t that negate JT’s Counter Strike theory of teaching the player how to shoot?

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    Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    So Jack sends a TABLOID article to Dennis and he thinks he made some kind of point? Between that and Fox News he really isn’t even trying for any reputable news sources.

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    jkdjr25 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    I’m betting that he had Schizophrenia. Based on what little information is available and the fact that his behaviour shifted erraticly after he ceased taking the medication that sounds like the most likely scenario. Especially if you understand why people in his position willingly stop taking the meds.

    People with a chemical imbalance have a tendency to stop taking the meds because their behaviour evens out. They start to think that they are cured so they don’t need the meds any more. This tends to lead into either a vicious cycle of starting and stopping or a tragedy like what happened here.

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    BlueWolf72 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Lets face it, no one’s blamed Frogger for jay walking. Lets not even get me started on Pitfall. I have yet to see this game get blamed for rope oe vine swinging. Video games, as a whole, are a source of entertainment. To some they enlighten and to others it is a escape of boredom.

    When a doctor saves a life and is interviewed THEY would never say “It was all possible from the video game training I received”

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    Twin-Skies ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “The New York Post, a daily tabloid, has a story in this morning’s edition with this screaming headline”

    Keyword: “Tabloid”

    Why would I want anything written on my toilet paper/fire kindling seriously?

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    tanj ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    The point is not that the army should be blamed, but that actual military experience would probably have more of an effect than any video game experience.

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    Chard says:

    What baffles me is WHY this is still selling? Replace NIU with V-tech or Columbine and it’s EXACTLY the same story. When (god forbid) another tragedy of this nature strikes, it’ll be the same then, the VERY same phrases. “Ultra-violent”, “obsessed”, “murder simulator”. Aren’t the public getting bored of reading the same article over and over?
    Bad enough the tabloids profit from tragedy, worse still the people who want to buy it

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    nightwng2000 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I wouldn’t even blame the Army. We don’t know why he was discharged. It may have been a legitimate reason. It may not have even been due to mental health reasons.

    Why does the media not want to blame the individual who committed the act? Because “responsibility” doesn’t sell, “sensationalism”, at ANY cost, does.

    NW2K Software

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    DeusPayne ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Additionally, it should be noted that their ‘source’ for saying he played these games are former dorm mates. I remember when someone set fire to my high school, everyone pretty much said whatever they wanted to reporters just to get on the news. There’s so much that could be wrong with reporting stuff like that. They could be lieing about Kazmierczak, they could be lieing about being former dormmates, they could be lieing about what games.

    In other news, a drunk bum at the scene said he saw the devil posses the souls of the living, and that the pink elephant will never be able to play the piano again.

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    Terrible Tom ( User Karma: -1 ) says:

    Nightwing – “He was released from the Army for an undisclosed condition.”

    So instead of blaming the Army mentality they blame video games.

    EVEN THOUGH the main purpose of any army is ultimately to kill and of course not be killed.

    Why can’t we place the blame on the person who committed the crime? Responsibility.

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    garrett ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    The New York Post has been, for as long as I had lived in New York, to be a tabloid right up there with the National Enquirer. No one in the Daily News or the Times took it seriously. It’s filled with inaccuracies and sensationalism. It bends it’s views to match Murdoch’s, just like Fox. But I guess that is what people eat up, and is yet another reason why Rupert Murdoch is so rich.

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    nightwng2000 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Tabloid trash is still tabloid trash.

    REAL FACTS which surfaced:
    He was a B student.
    He was seen as respectful to others.
    He was not a loner (even having been a part of the chess club in school and having received praise from other college students).
    He was on medication for an undisclosed mental condition.
    He was released from the Army for an undisclosed condition.
    He received praise for his college work, which included work with the criminal justice system, including prisons.
    He lived with a woman at some point (haven’t seen any interviews with her).
    Neighbors say he was, for the most part, quiet.
    His medication obviously was working decently with little to no negative side effects (hence, the previous positive statements about him).
    His erratic behaviour began shortly after stopping his medication.

    So, movies, music, tv shows, books, video games, magazines, whatever, clearly had NO significant effect on the first part of his 27 years of life. Not to the degree of violence he now suddenly showed.

    So, what are the potential events that ACTALLY led to this event?
    The cessation of his medication may have put him in a different frame of mind than what he had been in for almost 3 decades.

    And with that differing frame of mind, some event occurred that set him off. An event which he may have actedly differently to had he been on his medication.

    His reasons for going off his medication? Unknown.
    The event that occurred during his being off his medication? Unknown.

    Speculate all you want. The Truth, The WHOLE Truth, And Nothing But The Truth beats out agenda seeking guttertrash any day of the week.

    NW2K Software

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    Zerodash ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Whatever. Its useless to talk about these topics anymore- people like JT only care about furthering their own egos (Jack Thompson suffers from a personality disorder himself, anyway). The sensationalist media is just trying to sell papers.

    As ALWAYS, this is a case of a person with a psychological disease going crazy. Its much easier and more politically correct to blame something unrelated like games than to actually focus on mental illness.

    Are we to believe that games made this guy crazy?

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    Wes says:

    I would venture to say that The New York Post is just pulling that quote about Counter Strike from the article that ran in NIU’s student newspaper on Friday about the shooter. Don’t know how reliable the quote is, especially given that it just happens to mention the same game that our friend Jack Thompson was talking about on FOX earlier that morning.

    See: http://www.northernstar.info/article/2354/

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    Robb ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Using the New York Post as a news source is like using the Weekly World News as a news source. Next thing you know, Bat Boy will harken the end of world. By sending GP the news article with the “screw you” attached, it is Jacko citing a source known for entertaining fiction. It exemplifies his credibility.

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    DarrelBT says:

    You know why I’m in such a pessimistic mood? Because I don’t care anymore. I’m sick of this sort of crap and the people who are like the ones in the article outnumber those who DO play games. Let’s face it. we are fighting a losing battle and Jack Thompson is winning despite the fact that he’s putting up with a lot of shit in court, because he’s getting exactly what he wants. Everyone will now hate us gamers and the only thing we can do is kill ourselves or give up our hobby.

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    Ken ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Since when is the New York Post a reliable source of news? After VT, the Washington Post said that Cho played “violent video games”, but then did their research (something Jacko never does because we all know he’s right) and found out he didn’t, so they retracted their story.

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    DarrelBT says:

    Why don’t we just give up?

    Why don’t we just give up our hobby and start doing something else? Maybe then these people will keave us alone. I am sick and tired of this crap. If I don’t fight, I’m wrong because I’m letting them win, if I fight, then I’ll be in more crap about how gamers will never accept criticism.

    But if I never play games again, they can’t blame me anymore.

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    jccalhoun graduate student ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Let’s keep in mind that Jacko has always said that he didn’t want to ban these games just ban the sale of them to minors.
    The killer was 27.
    Counter-Strike was first released in 1999.
    Since it is only February, let’s assume that the killer hadn’t had a birthday yet this year. That means that he would have been 19 when Counter-Strike was released. That means that if Jacko is telling the truth when he says that he doesn’t want to ban the sale of violent games just the sale of them to minors then Jacko should not have anything to complain about because the killer was not a minor when the game was first released.
    Moreover, as Counter-Strike was originally released as a mod, if such a law were to have existed back in 1999 it wouldn’t have mattered anyway since Counter-Strike was free. CS was not for sale until years later.
    So either Jacko should have nothing to say about this or he is lying when he has said that he doesn’t not want to ban the sale of violent videogames to adults.

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    DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    I’ve always hated him. Always. And now, even more.

    Also, how is this relevent to his “cause”?”

    He thinks EVERYONE is gay.

    No, really, he does. He’s basically using bronze-age bible-thumping to force himself to believe that he and his family are the only people EVER going to heaven, EVER, and everyone else is a godless heathen who deserves eternal damnation.

    Yes, he IS that self-absorbed.

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    THE-TICKET says:

    lolololollololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololol ! then zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ! i’m over it ……… who the hell reads the newspaper ( except for sports section ) anyways ?

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    tony selby ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    as for the revered Phelps, he’s somewhat getting on in years, when he passes wouldn’t it be a wonderful twist of irony for the surviving families of war veterans to picket his funeral with signs that say “thank god for dead intolerant asshats”

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    Goddammit says:

    They say Counter Strike like it’s news that these shooters played the game. You know whom else plays CS? Millions of other gamers! The odds aren’t rare that he and many other shooters would be playing that game. Even still, it’s not like the game could train anyone at being a school shooter, if even a decent one.

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    chadachada(123) ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I think the fact that he could go to the store and buy a gun is irrelevant. If i wanted to kill lots of kids at a school or place, for whatever reason, I don’t need a gun, guns just make it slightly easier. The problem here is that no one on campus had a gun to shoot back.

    But that’s an argument that will never be settled…

    Couldn’t someone sue Thompson for Libel and Slander for saying that Cho played violent video games? Honestly, they really could. Same with EA and Bioware for the Mass Effect incident. Sue for libel/slander, and eventually these people will be forced to get the facts right before slamming people.

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    Mike says:

    Doesn’t the post say he was in the Army for awhile? Doesn’t the army teach people how to use these weapons. Obviously he was discharged, but the fact is everyone points the finger at gaming and ignores other facts…. Why was he discharged? We’ll probably never know cause he once got a high score in CS back in 2004.

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    Dracis says:

    Of course Jack Thompson is lying jccalhoun. Unfortunately JT’s diatribes have little to do with a real lack of concern for children or the well being of anyone but himself.

    I really don’t have the patience to post a comment on all of these articles about the latest tragedy involving the media sensationalism, but I just wish we could do something more than commment here. As much as I hate to say it, I wish we could sue the bastards that report the lies that always seem to be told.

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