Really? Are we back to this again? Last year, Anders Breivik was a man who killed a bunch of people in Norway. He declared his reasons for committing the act to be to prevent the influence of Muslims spreading over Eastern Europe and that the existing government has failed them. This is already the reason that he gave and many of the things he published before that time reinforced that idea. He is a man who took the idea of religious and political conservatism to extremes and one of the few who actually carried out acts that reinforced what he believed in. The American media's response to this? Questioning whether or not he was a real Christian. What is wrong with these people? These are the same people who declare all Muslims to be terrorists (remember that the main difference between Christianity and Islam is who you believe to be the last Prophet). According to the article, they are trying to blame video games again. Far too many people are willing to generalize one thing, but not another. Double standard much?
First off, the man already gave his reason for why he did what he did. It has absolutely nothing to do with the video games that he played between 2006 and 2007. It would be like if I declared that I will conquer the world because I do not like it and I want to shape it in my own image, then some other guy comes along and says that my goal is world peace obtained through fear, terror, and abuse. That makes very little sense. The man had clear goals and reasons for why he did it. Unless you can prove that he is lying about it, it is kind of ridiculous. Ironically, the article states that the man who made the accusation is declared that he was not an expert on video games earlier.
Second, the man said that World of Warcraft was a hobby. A hobby is something you do in your spare time to have a bit of fun. With their 10 million account claim, you are bound to have a couple of crazy people once in a while in that group who might have a common hobby. It would be like saying all religious people are good people. That might be true if you ignore the extremists, but they do not think that they are being extreme. They believe that their way is the right way to do things. If one crazy person goes to church every Sunday, it does not mean that everyone who attends that church is crazy.
Lastly, they are just trying to look for a reason to declare the man insane by finding some sort of problem with him. This is something very difficult because he knows exactly what he did and why he did it. The rest is just a show. Unfortunately, there have been incidents against video games in general like in Germany and developers just fled the country because of the restrictive regulations on the industry. All it takes is one bad incident and then they are willing to strike against video games. One soccer riot and no one even cares despite a hundred people being injured and a couple of deaths once in a while. For some reason, this is allowed in good fun yet when killing is simulated, no one cares.
On a little troll note, when will PETA take a stand against the genocide of animals in video games? They always complain about animal rights and such, but animals in games are created with the sole purpose of being killed. Isn't this a problem that they should address or are these animals who are bred for the sole purpose of being killed insignificant to them?