The games made me do it!

Several incidents speculated to be related to video games in recent decades have helped fuel controversy.

On April 20, 1999, 18-year-old Eric Harris and 17-year-old Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and a teacher in the Columbine High School massacre. The two were allegedly obsessed with the video game Doom. Harris also created WADs for the game, and created a large mod named "Tier" which he called his "life's work". Contrary to certain rumors, however, neither student had made a Doom level mimicking the school's layout, and there is no evidence the pair practiced the massacre in Doom.

In April 2000, 16-year-old Spanish teenager José Rabadán Pardo murdered his father, mother and his sister with a katana, proclaiming that he was on an "avenging mission" by Squall Leonhart, the main character of the video game Final Fantasy VIII.

In November 2001, 21-year-old American Shawn Woolley committed suicide after what his mother claimed was an addiction to EverQuest. Woolley's mother stated, "I think the way the game is written is that when you first start playing it, it is fun, and you make great accomplishments. And then the further you get into it, the higher level you get, the longer you have to stay on it to move onward, and then it isn't fun anymore. But by then you're addicted, and you can't leave it."

In February 2003, 16-year-old American Dustin Lynch was charged with aggravated murder and made an insanity defense that he was "obsessed" with Grand Theft Auto III. Long time video game opponent and former attorney Jack Thompson encouraged the father of victim JoLynn Mishne to pass a note to the judge that said "the attorneys had better tell the jury about the violent video game that trained this kid and showed him how to kill our daughter, JoLynn. If they don't, I will." Lynch later retracted his insanity plea, and his mother Jerrilyn Thomas commented, "It has nothing to do with video games or Paxil, and my son's no murderer."

On June 7, 2003, 18-year-old American Devin Moore shot and killed two policemen and a dispatcher after grabbing one of the officers' weapons following an arrest for the possession of a stolen vehicle. At trial, the defense claimed that Moore had been inspired by the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

On June 25, 2003, two American step brothers, Joshua and William Buckner, aged 14 and 16, respectively, used a rifle to fire at vehicles on Interstate 40 in Tennessee, killing a 45-year-old man and wounding a 19-year-old woman. The two shooters told investigators they had been inspired by Grand Theft Auto III.

On February 27, 2004 in Leicester, UK, 17-year-old Warren Leblanc lured 14-year-old Stefan Pakeerah into a park and murdered him by stabbing him repeatedly with a claw hammer and knife. Leblanc was reportedly obsessed with Manhunt, although investigation quickly revealed that the killer did not even own a copy of the game. The victim's mother Giselle Pakeerah has been campaigning against violent video games in the UK ever since. The police investigating the case have dismissed any link, as discussed in the relevant articles.
In October 2004, a 41-year-old Chinese man named Qiu Chengwei stabbed 26-year-old Zhu Caoyuan to death over a dispute regarding the sale of a virtual weapon the two had jointly won in the game The Legend of Mir 3.

On December 27, 2004, 13-year-old Xiao Yi committed suicide by jumping from a twenty-four story building in Tianjin, China, as a result of the effects of his addiction, hoping to be "reunited" with his fellow gamers in the afterlife, according to his suicide notes. Prior to his death, he had spent 36 consecutive hours playing Warcraft III.
In August 2005, 28-year-old South Korean Lee Seung Seop died after playing StarCraft for 50 hours straight.
Controversy of speeding and evading the authority in racing games surfaced when a copy of Need for Speed: Most Wanted was found on one of the street racers' car in Toronto on January 19, 2006, when two 18-year-olds, Alexander Ryazanov and Wang-Piao Dumani Rossracers, were involved in an accident resulting in the death of taxi-driver Tahir Khan. Nevertheless, the police did not find any connection between the game and the incident.

In June 2007, 22-year-old Alejandro Garcia from Texas shot dead his cousin after arguing over whose turn it was to play the game "Scarface: The World Is Yours". He pleaded guilty for murder at his trial on April 6, 2011, and will serve 15 to 30 years in prison.
In September 2007, a Chinese man in Guangzhou, China, died after playing Internet video games for three consecutive days in an Internet cafe.

In September 2007 in Ohio, 16-year-old Daniel Petric snuck out of his bedroom window to purchase the game Halo 3 against the orders of his father, a minister at New Life Assembly of God in Wellington, Ohio, U.S. His parents eventually banned him from the game after he spent up to 18 hours a day with it, and secured it in a lockbox in a closet where the father also kept a 9mm handgun, according to prosecutors. In October 2007, Daniel used his father's key to open the lockbox and remove the gun and the game. He then entered the living room of his house and shot both of them in the head, killing his mother and wounding his father. Petric is sentenced to life in prison without parole, which was later commuted to 23 years in imprisonment. Defence attorneys argued that Petric was influenced by video game addiction, the court dismissed these claims. The judge, James Burge commented that while he thought there was ample evidence the boy knew what he was doing, Burge thought the game had affected him like a drug, saying "I firmly believe that Daniel Petric had no idea at the time he hatched this plot that if he killed his parents they would be dead forever."

In December 2007, 17-year-old Lamar Roberts and 16-year-old Heather Trujillo were accused of beating a seven-year-old girl to death. They are said to have been imitating the moves taken from the game "Mortal Kombat".

In December 2007, a Russian man was beaten to death over an argument in the MMORPG Lineage II. The man was killed when his guild and a rival one challenged each other to a real-life brawl. False reports initially claimed that Seung-Hui Cho, the killer in the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre was an avid Counter-Strike player. However, police reports said that roommates of Cho had never seen him play any video games. Despite these discoveries, disbarred attorney Jack Thompson continued to erroneously claim that video games were to blame.

In June 2008, four teens allegedly obsessed with Grand Theft Auto IV went on a crime spree after being in New Hyde Park, New York. They first robbed a man, knocking his teeth out and then they stopped a woman driving a black BMW and stole her car and her cigarettes.

On August 2, 2008, Polwat Chinno, a 19-year-old Thai teenager, stabbed a Bangkok taxi driver to death during an attempt to steal the driver's cab in order to obtain money to buy a copy of Grand Theft Auto IV. A police official said that the teen was trying to copy a similar act in the game. As a consequence, officials ordered the banning of the series, which led its distributor, New Era Interactive Media, to withdraw it, including the aforementioned, then-upcoming installment, from shops across Thailand.

In January 2010, 9-year-old Anthony Maldonado was stabbed by relative Alejandro Morales after an argument regarding Maldonado's recently purchased copy of Tony Hawk: Ride and PlayStation 3 console.

In January 2010, Gary Alcock punched, slapped and pinched his partner's 15-month-old daughter in the three weeks leading up to her death before he delivered a fatal blow to the stomach which tore her internal organs because she interrupted him playing his Xbox. She died from internal bleeding after suffering 35 separate injuries including multiple bruises, rib fractures and brain damage, which were comparable to injuries suffered in a car crash. Alcock was jailed for life and must serve at least 21 years.

In May 2010, French gamer Julien Barreaux located and stabbed a fellow player who had stabbed Barreaux on the game Counter-Strike. The judge at his trial called him "a menace to society."

In October 2010, 22-year old Florida mother Alexandra Tobias killed her baby because he would not stop crying while she was playing FarmVille; on February 1st, 2011, she was sentenced to 50 years in prison and the judge stated, during sentencing, "He who is the most defenseless among us was murdered by his own mommy. And why? Because he was crying during a game of FishVille or FarmVille or whatever was going on during Facebooking time that day".

On November 29, 2010 in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 16-year-old boy Kendall Anderson bludgeoned his mother to death in her sleep with a claw hammer after she took away his PlayStation.

On April 9, 2011 in Alphen Aan Den Rijn, The Netherlands, 24-year-old Tristan van der Vlis opened fire in a shopping mall, releasing more than a hundred bullets with a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun, killing 6 innocent people and wounding 17 other people, after which he also killed himself.[96] A fair amount of attention was given to the fact that Van Der Vlis had been playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and to the alleged similarities between the events in Alphen a/d Rijn and the controversial "No Russian" mission in the game (also known as the 'Airport Massacre') where the player can choose (or not choose) to partake in the killing of a large group of innocent people inside an airport terminal.


45% of this post will go to Leathrneck0311. His posts Controversial Video Games and Controversial Video Games Part Deaux fueled me to look this up.

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  • 8

    These are people who already have serious mental health issues. Mental instability does NOT come from playing a video game, no matter how violent it may seem. The perfect example being "DooM." A game based around demons spawning from hell and ravaging everything. Also a rather gory game to say the least. I love this game, and I used to play it all day when I was about 15. Never once did I have any violent tendencies towards anyone because this game was so brutal. Hell, I still play it. I've never had any problems with any type of video game and I can say the same thing for about 1000+ other people I've met. Isolated incidents can NOT be blamed on something everyone has access to, especially when the people "affected" by them probably don't play games half as much as most hard-core gamers.

    • Disco
    • June 9, 2011, 5:05 am
    See, there's what I like to hear. A sensible person.

    No less, video games are an outlet. They are both a way for artists and programmers to work together to produce their wildest dreams. That is amazing and those who ride upon their so called 'violence' are merely using them as a scapegoat to plead mentally insane, the reason they did it from the beginning. Are they right that they are mentally unstable? Yep, but the video games don't do it. That's like blaming ta perfectly working microwave for burning your food even though you set the time 4 minutes too long. You fucked up, you are crazy, and the video games had nothing to do with it.

    Are there video games that go above and beyond to make violence? Yes. But that's why they have disclaimers. It's a genre in itself and purchasing those games is your choice alone. Plus, it's not like people died in the games, nor while making them. It's a computer generated image, get over yourself and take personal responsibility.

    Note: I play MW2, Halo:CE, 1, 2, 3, ODST, and Reach, Halo Wars, SCII, Red Faction Guerrilla and Armageddon, Chromhounds, League of Legends, Afro Samurai, Tenchu Z, Mortal Kombat 9, Tekken of all kinds, Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom of all kinds, and Street Fighter of all kinds. I have not shot, sliced, bashed, maimed, mauled, beaten, bitten, clawed, kicked in the head, punched, not killed anyone. The only gun I shoot regularly is my Spyder MR1 paintball marker. But I play violent video games, so I am going to kill everyone, right?
    - FireRoastedFire June 9, 2011, 6:29 am
    If you just think of the large amount of people how buy/play these games and then the small number if incidences where these crazy people try to blame their stupidity on a game it really is not that much of a percentage. These people who blame video games really need to get their head out of their asses because in all actuality alcohol causes more deaths and violence in one year then video games could in their entire existence.
    - gemie89 June 12, 2011, 6:40 am
    - FireRoastedFire June 13, 2011, 7:29 am
  • 8

    So, my urge to jump from building to building and assassinate people after playing Assassins Creed isn't normal?


    • SuDoku
    • June 9, 2011, 6:54 am
    and now i am going to have to watch my back whenever it is i go to england lmao
    - 24paperwings June 9, 2011, 7:38 am
    Just em.. Stay in the area where you live and no riding horses over to here to assassinate me..
    - DarkHunter June 9, 2011, 9:10 am
    No, Curuba and I have a better plan for you.
    - SuDoku June 9, 2011, 10:06 am
    Oh dear god..
    - DarkHunter June 9, 2011, 12:07 pm
    - SuperPost June 11, 2011, 3:57 am
    Nah, it's Curuba and SuDoku, I have nothing to be scared of (:
    - DarkHunter June 11, 2011, 3:57 am
    That is EXACTLY why you should be afraid
    - SuperPost June 11, 2011, 4:01 am
    - DarkHunter June 11, 2011, 4:02 am
    ... I'm not going to your funeral
    - SuperPost June 11, 2011, 4:05 am
    That's a horrible thing to say )':
    - DarkHunter June 11, 2011, 4:09 am
    Sorry but I will not... I warned you bout SuDoKu bro.... I told you dog.
    - SuperPost June 11, 2011, 4:12 am
    Fine, I won't come to yours.
    - DarkHunter June 11, 2011, 4:13 am
    Your going to be dead before I die
    - SuperPost June 11, 2011, 4:14 am
    But I clearly won't.
    - DarkHunter June 11, 2011, 4:17 am
    Funeral? I prefer cremation.
    - FireRoastedFire June 13, 2011, 7:28 am
  • 4

    i don't believe that video games are responsible for the violent crimes that people do. if anything they are an outlet for people to use rather than the real thing. people are blaming video games because they can't put the blame on themselves or accept that they fucked up. so they create a very feeble lie that some weak minded idiots or what some broken hearted parents want to believe and they jump on the chance to get out of trouble they caused. the rest of the cases are due to mentally unstable people getting the chance to act on desires they already have. i say that if anything these video games would slow the rate of their mental collapse for the later of the two as these people have an outlet for their violent crimes.

  • 2

    Just a couple nut jobs kill people and were standing near video game at some point in their life does not mean that everyone who plays them are going to go on killing sprees. It's retarded to say that all video games make monsters of us all, I know dozens of people who play violent videos games all the time and then none of them have gone on killing sprees. What kind of world is this where if one person blames a video game for "influencing" their decision to kill someone all video games are WTF I'm not sure whose more retarded the people committing the crimes, or the attorneys, judges, and prosecutors blaming the games industry.

    i was influenced by alcohol when i killed someone. i played violent video games no less than 5 years ago. guess which one is gonna get blamed?
    - MIKYTEY June 9, 2011, 6:12 am
    oh let me guess let me guess i know this!!! WOULD IT BE THE VIDEO GAMES SIR?
    - Stags70 June 9, 2011, 6:15 am
    psh.. no... it'd be that little bullet hole you thought was a period!
    - MIKYTEY June 9, 2011, 6:20 am
    The same influence could be said for books (yes south park reference) but in reality John Lennon would still be alive if that insane schizophrenic didn't 'take the real message' from the book Catcher and the Rye.
    - gemie89 June 12, 2011, 6:45 am
  • 2

    Some kid murdered his mom and almost killed his dad over halo 3

  • 2

    how many of these people grew up in an abusive family? wouldn't that contribute more towards these actions than a video game? its like gun control, disputed and neither side is right or wrong. but both sides believe they are right

  • 2

    First off - Thank you CallmeGoogle for the props. I was just surfing around came across this website with these controversy.

    Secondly - I also think it is rather ridiculous to blame video games for the violence. Just look at our society!! I mean, I personally believe our society and culture is more screwed up than a video game, but yea no one wants to point that out.

    Like 24 paperwings said: "people are blaming video games because they can't put the blame on themselves or accept that they fucked up. so they create a very feeble lie that some weak minded idiots or what some broken hearted parents want to believe "


  • 2

    These people are crazy and don't know how to take responsibility for their actions, so they just use games as a scapegoat. People always try to blame different forms of media because it's way easier than blaming an individual.
    I don't see many gay kids blaming Kirby for their love of pink and sucking things :P

  • 1

    Its these idiots who think what happens in games is real...

    PS. You copied from Wikipedia didn't you? There are all the footnote ref. numbers (like [39] at the end of a sentence xD)

    Haha. Fa sho. Click where it says "sawce" and it'll take you to the main article. Cbf'd to cut out all the reference numbers.
    - CallMeGoogle June 9, 2011, 2:19 pm
    Holy crap! Got enough time on your hands there? Lol. Thanks, bro.
    - CallMeGoogle June 10, 2011, 9:18 am
    Not really, it takes about 2 min to skip through and delete them numbers. Paste the original into a word doc and try yourself lol
    - SkinnyBill June 10, 2011, 8:38 pm
    Pfft. I don't have Microsoft Word on my computer. You nuts?
    - CallMeGoogle June 11, 2011, 3:50 am
    OpenOffice? xD
    - SkinnyBill June 11, 2011, 9:05 pm
    More like,
    - CallMeGoogle June 12, 2011, 8:27 am
  • 1

    seriouslyopoqq - the games made me do it!

  • 1

    Funny how people are quick to blame games, yet how much do you want to bet none of them will even give guns a share of the blame? These kids didn't kill with game disks, they were all armed, either because they had parents stupid enough to leave weapons around, or because gun shops won't refuse to sell to crazy people (part of the problem is you can legally deny being mentally unstable.) I think crazy people having access to firearms is a bigger issue than games inciting violence. But of course, no one wants to mention gun control. God forbid we draw any attention to the actual weapons used to do the killing.

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