British MP Blames Counter-Strike for Race-Related Killings

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Recent race-related xenophobic shootings in Malmo, Sweden, in which an obviously disturbed 38-year old man killed one person and tried to do the same with a further 15 have inexplicably been linked to video games. Perpetual scapegoat Counter-Strike, specifically.

That’s according to video-game hating British Labour VP Keith Vaz, anyway. Despite the killings obviously being fuelled by hatred, the killer who was involved in a “year-long campaign of violence against dark-skinned Swedes”must have been a gamer. Because only gamers shoot people.

“The recent race shootings in Malmo, Sweden have been associated with the violent video game Counter-Strike,” he told parliament, requesting that it “further note that the internet-based, first-person shooting game that pits a counter-terrorist team against terrorists was previously banned in Brazil and in 2007 was associated with US College Campus massacres.”

The misguided MP also requested  parliament “ensure the purchase of video games by those under 18 years is controlled and that parents are provided with clear information on the violent content of certain games.”

Did he not notice that the shooter is Thirty-eight years old? According to the gunman’s father, he “lived in fear of immigrants taking over society,” and police reports have made no similar claims of tenuous links to video games. So where does the association come from?

Vaz apparently got his underwear twisted after reading a quote from a local man in the Times newspaper who said. “I am sure that this is down to some crazy kid who plays that sniping game Counter-Strike all day. I don’t believe in the lone Nazi theory.” Why, that’s conclusive! Vaz has previously tried to get Modern Warfare 2 banned, and has raised concern over the violence in games like Bully and Manhunt.

Recently, a woman – obviously affected greatly by the violence in her video game of choice, FarmVille – shook her baby to death.

Source : GI.Biz

Last Updated: November 18, 2010

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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