Albertville-Realschule: The Blame Game I-Video Games

It turns out that Albertville-Realschule gunman Tim Kretschmer played the popular online game Counter-Strike.

By my recollection so did Stephen Kazmierczak, Sebastian Bosse, Pekka-Eric Auvinen and Matti Saari.

Did Counter-Strike somehow influence them into their choices to commit mass murder? I seriously doubt it. Saying these people played Counter-Strike is like saying anybody who grew up in the 80’s played Pac-Man. Counter-Strike is one of the most popular online video games today. Just because a handful of mass murdering scumbags played the game does not mean that it turned them into mass murderers. There are millions of gamers across the world who play Counter-Strike who have never killed anybody.

But this is Germany we’re talking about. A country with some of the strictest gaming laws on record. I haven’t heard anyone making claims connecting Counter-Strike to the shooting but it will only be a matter of time.

H/T to Game Politics.

Jack Thompson takes on Bill Gates

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According to Counter-Strike Nation the Washington Post had the following paragraph in this article but subsequently retracted it about the Virgina Tech shooter…

Several Korean youths who knew Cho Seung Hui from his high school days said he was a fan of violent video games, particularly Counterstrike[sic], a hugely popular online game, in which players join terrorism or counterterrorism[sic] groups and try to shoot each other using all types of guns.

Now since a video game site found this before the Post pulled it you know the evil one has seen this. Lo and behold he’s sent a letter to Bill Gates, head cheese of Microsoft who makes Counter-Strike…

April 18, 2007

Bill Gates

Microsoft

1 Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052 Via Fax and e-mail

Dear Mr. Gates:

On Monday, April 16, at 3:10 pm, I was a guest, as I often have been in the past, on the Fox News Channel. News anchor Bill Hemmer asked me to profile the Virginia Tech rampage killer. I did so, noting that until that day the worst school massacre in world history was at the hands of Robert Steinhaeuser, who literally trained on the Microsoft on-line, hyper-violent shooter game, Counterstrike. I mentioned your company’s game by name. I explained that the rehearsal for such a massacre is key to being able to pull it off, as efficiently as Cho, whose name we didn’t even know at the time. Cho and Steinhaeuser were able to do what they did the first time because it was not the first time. This is why the military uses this same virtual reality simulation to train soldiers to want to kill and how to kill calmly, as the witnesses of Cho said he did.

Sure enough, last night I was doing a west coast radio interview when the host said to me, “Mr. Thompson, you are right. The Washington Post is reporting right now the following:

‘Several Korean youths who knew Cho Seung Hui from his high school days said he was a fan of violent video games, particularly Counterstrike, a hugely popular online game published by Microsoft, in which players join terrorism or counterterrorism groups and try to shoot each other using all types of guns.’

I thus went back on the Fox News Channel, and Bill Hemmer and I explained not only that I was right about your game figuring in the Virginia Tech massacre but also that the Washington Post excised the above excerpt from the story this morning. That is yet another story. The bad news for the Post however is that you can still get the excised excerpt at http://www.washingtonpost.com/…AR2007041700563_3.html?hpid=topnews. Thus, the cat is out of the bag, and his paw prints are still on the bag. Is this a great Internet, or what?

As you know, I similalry [sic] went on NBC’s Today Show with the DC Beltway Sniper still unidentified and at-large a few years ago and told Matt Lauer and the nation that the triggerman would most likely be a teen video gamer trained on a sniper video game. The tarot card was a clue, but there were other clues. I was right, as Malvo trained on your Microsoft game, Halo. NBC reported that three months later, and it was part of the criminal trial of Malvo.

Mr. Gates, your company is potentially legally liable the harm done at Virginia Tech. Your game, a killing simulator, according to the news that used to be in the Post, trained him to enjoy killing and how to kill. You knew five years ago that your on-line game, Counterstrike, so clearly figured in the massacre by a student in Erfurt that the event and the game impacted the race for Chancellor in Germany at the time!

Yet, here you are, five years after “Erfurt,” still marketing Counterstrike. having done nothing to disable the server(s) for this mass murder simulator, and it looks like “Virginia Tech” is a consequence. There’s more going on in the world than Vista. Just ask the bereaved Virginia Tech families.

Mr. Gates, pull the plug on Counterstrike today, or do we need more dead to convince you? “Virginia Tech” was the 9-11 of school shootings, and it appears Microsoft is in the middle of it, in more ways than one.

Regards, Jack Thompson

Wow, he changed it up this time. He used killing simulator instead of murder simulator. But as usual Mr. Thompson is off his rocker. I’m not going to go into the thousand ways that he’s wrong. I would hope that our readers are smart enough to figure that out for themselves. I just wanted to display this to show why I consider Jack Thompson the reigning King of All Assclowns.