I have a strong feeling that the more events like the Virgina Tech shootings go down, people like Jack Thompson will only get stronger in their fight against videogames. At this point it is hard to rule out if videogames aid in massacres caused by young people, but after the shooting suspects homes have been raided, they are found to be playing games that reflect the nature of the killings. I don’t know what the solution can be to prevent situations like this, but it’s getting pretty serious with violent games and their connections to people who commit killing sprees. I think the videogame industry needs to step up now because I have a feeling political figures will start to side with Thompson and come down very hard on the industry more than they ever have.
Well the snowball effect is starting to happen. World famous television star Dr. Phil also blames videogames for the recent shootings at Virgina Tech! Read below:
“The problem is we are programming these people as a society. You cannot tell me - common sense tells you - that if these people are playing video games where they’re on a mass killing spree in a video game, it’s glamorized on the big screen, it’s become part of the fiber of our society. You take that and mix it with a psychopath, a sociopath, or someone suffering from mental illness, add in a dose of rage, the suggestability is just too high. And we’re going to have to start dealing with that. We’re going to have to start addressing those issues and recognizing that the mass murderers of tomorrow are the children of today that are being programmed with this massive violence overdose.”