Everytime someone goes on a rampage nowadays, video games are blamed. The hysteria pretty much started to peak around the time of the Columbine tragedy.
Last Friday 18 year old Sulejman Talovic started shooting people for no apparent reason in a Utah mall. 2 police officers in the mall, at least one of them off duty having dinner in that mall, eventually shot and killed him.
Since the kid is dead, everyone with an opinion or even remotely associated or interested in the story is seeking a motive, one of the most popular of course is the dreaded video game gambit.
Gaming site Kotaku.com has quotes, links and more comments regarding the Salt Lake Police Chief Chris Burbank’s latest comments during the investigation, the key one of which is this:
Although nothing will be completely ruled out in the search for a motive, some of the possibilities that have been rumored on Internet blog sites so far seem to have no merit, Burbank said.
For instance, detectives as of Friday had found no evidence that violent video games may have influenced Talovic. In fact, Talovic did not even own a computer or a video-game system, Burbank said.
Well, I wouldn’t say Rockstar Games is out of the woods just yet, but hopefully the hysteria will settle down in the coming years.
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