I still think the media is utterly wrong as far as the Montreal shootings go. I live in Montreal. The shootings happened 10 blocks from where I live, one of my friends' brothers was in the same school, in the same room, when the guy started capping people. The shooter wasn't sane whatsoever. Why would he commit suicide if he were so deep into thinking life was a video game ? And why hasn't anyone questionned the reason as to why the person can't distinguish fictional violence from actual violence ? Ten years ago, the hot topic was blaming underage violence on TV shows and the like. Now they've moved on to video games.
The headlines in the news yesterday read "Shooter's favorite video game : "Columbine Super Massacre"". Just great. Super. Instead of looking deeper, just explain the entirety of the events on a half-witted fact that was found on his website. This wouldn't ........ me off that much, but the fact of the matter is that what happened that day is going to seriously hurt the once booming gaming industry of my city. I mean, Montreal was becoming a real big player in the domain of computer artistry...and now people will start getting in their way, under the guise that it causes extremist teenage behaviour.
And that's the other thing. The shooter wasn't a teenager. He was an adult. Do they blame video games for every murder, every beating, every ounce of violence in society ? No. But when it happens in school...well, that's another story.
The events that went down are a tragedy. But just like is the case in most tragedys, people are jumping to conclusions before getting a serious grasp of the situation. Everyone is still engulfed by the fear, and thinking in fear will lead them nowhere.
My 2 cents.