Yesterday we wrote our own rebuttal to the knee jerk media reaction to news that Anders Behring Breivik played video games as a 'training simulation'. Now Nick Ross over at the ABC has taken the time to go through Breivik's manifesto, and makes some interesting points about his motivation, and his relationship to video games.
The upshot is that just ten minutes scanning the document shows that all mentions of games are completely incidental to the manifesto. In most cases he uses them as a pretence for spending ages on the computer, plotting. At worst he cites Modern Warfare 2 as a training aid for target practice - but this is a minescule reference embedded in an almanac of warfare. He mentions the rest in the context of taking a break from a hard day's plotting in much the same way that most gamers would take a break and unwind from work. I do that.
For people to leap upon the needle-like gaming references within the manifesto is to demonstrate a god-like myopia towards the haystack that enshrouds them.
If you have the time, we thoroughly recommend taking a look - well done to Nick Ross at the ABC for taking the time to really dissect what is essentially a rambling impenetrable mess of insanity, to provide real context to the idiocy of the mainstream media's attempt to drag video games into this mess of a debate.