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Oslo: Modern Warfare didn’t lead Breivik to shoot

Alleged Oslo gunman Anders Behring Breivik. People read newspapers if for no other reason than to understand human behavior. We read for the crimes, the celebrity shenanigans, the “fluff” pieces. When a massive tragedy happens, we want to know why … Continue reading

The Familiar Voice Of Isla Vista’s Killer

I don’t normally blog about mass shootings when the reporting doesn’t involve violent video games, aggressive music, the occult or one of the other topics from this site. Nevertheless, I often follow the reporting anytime an incident like Elliot Rodger’s … Continue reading

Oslo Mass Killer: ‘Prison Is Torture; Give Me Video Games Or I’ll Go On A Hunger Strike’

Anders Breivik, the man serving prison time for killing 77 people in a Norway killing spree in 2011, contacted prison authorities in November, claiming he’s being held in torturous conditions and that he will go on a hunger strike if … Continue reading

Aaron Alexis, PTSD, mass shootings, mental illness and video games: the real call of duty

As more details emerge about Aaron Alexis, the gunman in yesterday’s Washington D.C. navy yard shooting that left 13 people — including Alexis — dead, many news outlets have been focusing on claims that he played violent video games “obsessively,” … Continue reading

What does “black metal” have to do with Varg Vikernes’ terrorism arrest? Nothing — sort of.

The news broke this morning that Burzum frontman Varg Vikernes was arrested in the Correze region of France after his wife, Marie Chachet, after Chachet purchased four rifles (which she was licensed to own). The couple, who have three children, … Continue reading

Violent games didn’t cause Sandy Hook shooting

Did Call of Duty make Adam Lanza kill? Not likely. I don’t know if this seems fishy to anyone else, but over the weekend, politicians and the press began speculating that violent video games must have had something to do … Continue reading

Russia talks “Manhunt” crackdown after shootings

This image of alleged Russian mass shooter Dmitry Vinogradov may look like it’s from a video game, but that doesn’t mean games were involved in the crime. It hasn’t taken long for Russian politicians to come out against violent video … Continue reading

Sanity, lone wolves, and violent video games

Anders Breivik: the Oslo shooter is “sane,” and going to jail. On Friday, major news emerged from Norway: Oslo mass murderer Anders Breivik is going to jail, and has been declared legally sane. From the beginning, attorneys have argued over … Continue reading

After horror, reclaiming power through games

A UK LARP gamer gets ready. Photo by Flickr user Bifford the Youngest. Denmark: Land of Vikings, Beowulf, Niels Bohr, Mærsk ships, GSM phones, and … live-action role-playing? In a land of 5.5 million people, roughly 100,000 LARP in some … Continue reading

Hardcore video-gaming: is it saving kids from violent street life, or ruining a generation?

In Somalia, boys face more danger out on the streets than they do in front of the game console. Is that true elsewhere? Photo by Flickr user tkru. Somalia has been known for years as a place of extreme violence … Continue reading