British Tabloids Are Blaming Call Of Duty And... Dynasty Warriors

Initially, Mass Effect incorrectly (and embarrassingly) got the blame for the tragic Sandy Hook school shooting. Now, British tabloids are picking up the "played video games" angle to single out Call of Duty and Dynasty Warriors.

Today's morning edition of The Sun carries this headline: "KILLER'S CALL OF DUTY OBSESSION". The sub headline reads "Massacre loner addicted to controversial vid game" and features a photo of the killer, Adam Lanza. As Eurogamer points out, the double page spread is titled "BLACK OPS BUNKER" and contests that Lanza played "bloodthirsty computer games such as Call of Duty" in the windowless basement of his mother's house. A plumber named Peter Wlasuk apparently visited this basement and recounted his visit to the tabloid.

"It was a beautiful house but he lived in the basement," Wlasuk said. "I always thought that was strange. But he had a proper set up down there -- computers, a bathroom, bed and desk and a TV. There were no windows."

The plumber recalled how the boys loved the military and had military posters all over their walls. Continuing, Wlasuk added, "I'm not blaming the games for what happened. But they see a picture of a historical gun and say, 'I've used that on Call Of Duty.'"

The Daily Mail, meanwhile, is calling out "shockingly violent fantasy war game" Dynasty Warriors as Lanza's title of choice. It's unclear what The Mail sourced for that information. Guess that's why it's a tabloid!

"Historical guns" were not used at Sandy Hook. And Dynasty Warriors (above) features swords and spears -- neither of which were used. None of it seems to matter. And while not all pundits agree, some are looking for something to blame, and they've found it: video games.

The Dark World of Adam Lanza [The Sun -- Thanks Ken!] KILLER ADAM LANZA 'OBSESSED' WITH VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES [Daily] UK tabloids single out Call of Duty, Dynasty Warriors in coverage of Sandy Hook school massacre [Eurogamer]


    Zzz can't we just not feed the trolls

      But but but they're soo hungry!

      He was crazy, his mother was clearly also a bit nuts from all accounts. It sounded like she fed his paranoia and insanity with her preparation for the coming apocalypse. Not CoD or the pretty boy sparkly fest that is DW

    CoD has sold HOW many copies? Assuming all or most teens who play it become murderers, the human race would be mostly extinct.

    The problem is gun access. The fact of the matter is, you can't shoot people without guns.

    This just in, Tabloids are the trolls of the news world!!! With FOX news as their king.

    “It was a beautiful house but he lived in the basement, There were no windows.”
    Well there's your problem. An unfit mother puts an autistic child in a basement with no windows, trains him to use guns etc. Sure, let's not blame the mother for anything, it's all video games.

    Video games and CoD are so mainstream now, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn't played a fps sometime in their lives...The media really do clutch at straws. How about blaming the failing mental health system instead, or is that too hard? I'm tired on gaming being the scapegoat for these loonies.

      Also, i don't agree with this "cease fire" on Friday, it's like we, as gamers, are apologising for what happened.

    And everyone is surprised by this bull why? Tabloids aren't for reading - they're for lining the bottom of bird cages and anything else where shit may gather.

    wow! the media is stupid they see video games and bam! they jump on it! they just think gun massacre....... guy plays a video game with a gun in it...... its the video games fault! Without taking into account that every little kid owns call of duty from the ages of like 8 - 15+ also what i read on here, the other factors such as his crazy parents which if they were paranoid about this bullshit 21/12/12 crap would have those guns avialable in their homes and the ideas that have been feed into his head would have turned him insane! so the media should be blaming america! and its stupidity!

    The biggest problem with attributing the blame solely to Video games is nothing is done. If his Mother didn't own Semi-Auto weapons with 30 round clips this would have ended differently. If he couldn't access the weapons at all what would have happened? If his problems where recognised and diagnosed this would not have happened.

    If he didn't play video games this still would have happened.

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