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Feb 19 2013

Hags of Lag – Learn to Report Honestly

The Hollywood Reporter’s taken an “interesting” stance on Adam Lanza (the American School Shooter at Sandy Hook)

Note how they blame Videogames (I will point out? There is a reason why we want our gamer population to behave a bit more “sensibly”. Because calling people fags and various racist things makes us an easy fucking target for stupid arguments like this. Because when they want to go find a “gamer” all they see is you sprouting lines about niggers and kikes, pakis and dykes… Do you really think that makes you a good representative for the Hobby?).

See the problem here is The Holywood Reporter is engaging in bullshit journalism. And you cannot let it go unanswered because journalism spreads information. If the information is bad then “fuck!”.

Adam Lanza played video games because he lived in a western nation where video game play is common. If he was “influenced” by Anders Breivik killed people because he was a neo-nazi with a fucking delusion. He was straight up mentally ill. He believed in some sort of plot and specifically targetted people to “destroy” the plot. His entire world view was one of hate and malice and fear. In his mind he was justified in killing so many innocent people because that’s the problem with a delusion. He wasn’t fighting for a high score, but to achieve something that he thought would be achieved through this behaviour.

Adam Lanza is a symptom of a very very american disease of “running amok”. I do love the fact the article thinks you can fire a gun just because you play a game. Really? I have raced cars around Silverstone on Gran Turismo but no one’s going to give me a F1 during the next Grand Prix.

That’s right. Let’s look at DRIVING in games. Does your car have a WASD key? Does it go forward when you press up on the arrow keys? Do you slide around when you press the spacebar as a handbrake? No? Funny how a game can teach you to shoot a gun at people but not how to drive.

The Staff at Hollywood Reporter

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  1. 1
    glodson

    Last night, I played a game. This morning I tried to channel my powers of light to stop time so I wouldn’t be late.

  2. 2
    SidBB

    The Hollywood studios increasingly find themselves competing with (and perhaps gradually losing ground to) video game companies in the fight for the attention of their biggest target demographic: young males. I’m not surprised that a Hollywood trade publication would want to spin video games in this way. I’m growing cynical enough to believe that instead of just incompetent journalism, this article might be influenced by a deliberate PR effort to capitalize on tragedies like Sandy Hook to portray video games in a bad light.

  3. 3
    Kevin

    I’m good at Wii 100-pin bowling.

    Everything else — not so much.

  4. 4
    Mark W.

    As was summed up so succinctly by a cartoon I saw weeks ago, “Does anyone remember the box stacking epidemic of the mid-90′s…yeah, me neither.”

  5. 5
    Aliasalpha

    There was a great piece on Penn & Teller: Bullshit about games teaching you to shoot guns. They took a kid who was an avid first person shooter player, gave him an assault rifle (under controlled conditions) and see what happens:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=MaF9nbLo8as#t=896s

    The bit at the end of the episode is quite interesting.

  6. 6
    IB

    Thanks to a recomendation in an earlier post by Avicenna, I gave SWTOR a go, and have been playing it alot. Maybe someone should take my lightsaber chopsticks away from me just in case.

  7. 7
    Carpets

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