Here we go again. There has been another mass shooting in the United States and violent video games are brought to blame by the mainstream media faster than you can say Wolfenstein 3D. We have heard this on-and-off since the Columbine high school massacre in 1999 and it’s getting quite tiresome.
Yes, Eric Harris (Columbine massacre) was a Doom fanatic and immortalized himself on the Internet by creating in-game levels that closely resembled his high school. Yes, Anders Breivek (Norway massacre), Adam Lanza (Newtown massacre) and Aaron Alexis (Navy Yard massacre) were all big fans of Call of Duty. But are these bloody 1st-person shooters really the trigger that sends volatile young men over the edge? Why did they all share a common affinity for violent video games? Continue reading