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 â€œyear-long campaign of violence against dark-skinned Swedesâ€must have been a gamer. Because only gamers shoot people.
â€œThe recent race shootings in Malmo, Sweden have been associated with the violent video game Counter-Strike,â€ he told parliament, requesting that it â€œfurther 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.â€
The misguided MP also requestedÂ parliament â€œensure 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.â€
Did he not notice that the shooter is Thirty-eight years old? According to the gunman’s father, he â€œlived in fear of immigrants taking over society,â€ 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. â€œI 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.â€ 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