Violent Games Blamed As Russia Grapples With Mass Shooting

Described as "Russia's Breivik" — a reference to Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian mass shooter who killed 77 in 2011 — Dmitry Vinogradov already is being linked in Russian press to the bête noire of violent video games, Manhunt, as authorities probe a workplace shooting that left six dead in Moscow.

Vinogradov's shooting spree is said to have been provoked by a breakup with a female coworker, but two Russian deputies noted his interest in Rockstar's 2003 action title, and that was enough to get government officials to discuss stricter regulation of violent video games.

A lawmaker on the education committee in Russia's duma, the nation's legislative assembly, called for a commission to supervise sales of PC games. One of the deputies who noted the connection to Manhunt said violent video games should be restricted across the region. It probably doesn't help that Manhunt already is banned in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and in Ontario, Canada.

Breivik wrote a violent manifesto, and Vinogradov is said to have done the same before the killing, though a prolonged drinking session is also believed to be involved. Still, Breivik directly referenced games like Call of Duty, for training purposes, and World of Warcraft, as a social cover, to further a shadow lifestyle in which he would plot a terrorist attack against his own government, as a strike against Muslim immigration into western Europe. So far, Manhunt seems to have no such direct connection to Vinogradov's alleged crimes.

Russia Reviewing Violent Game Restrictions [Games Industry International]


Comments

    Let's not be stupid fanboys. For people with murderous fantasies, of course video games that let you go on killing sprees will appeal to them. But it doesn't mean that every person who plays them will go on to start a killing spree. I'm pretty convinced that you would be able to find a link behind violent behaviour and video games, but I don't think video games are the trigger for going insane. I just think it would appeal to them.

    Pretty much falls under "Insane, violent person who would have gone on a killing spree anyway" PREPARE THE SCAPEGOAT

    Detective: "We have evidence to believe this attack was provoked by the breakup with his girlfriend. He was also found by his peers to be a a deeply troubled man that desperately needed mental help. Oh, and he also occasionally played video games."

    Deputies: "VIDEO GAMES ARE TO BLAME! BAN THEM ALL! EVEN YOU POKEMON! THEY ARE ALL EVIL!"

    Man, with all the hardware the FPS Russia dude can get his hands on to shoot around his own farm just for kicks.. Yeah.. Video game restrictions should stop gun crime Russia..

    The media WILL jump on just about anything though. I think it was an article on the Batman Killer I read that mentioned his love of Dance Dance
    Revolution. No attempted context. Just placed in the article as if just playing videogames qualified him to be a psycho.

    He probably also ate food, did the shopping, read books, watched movies, breathed air, wore clothes and had opinions on things. I think they should investigate those links as well, we may need to pass stricter legislation on life itself. /s

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