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26th May '16 3:38:50 PM Doug86
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* ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'', so much that Website/{{Wikipedia}} has [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_alleged_Natural_Born_Killers_copycat_crimes a whole list]] of crimes allegedly inspired by the film, including the UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} massacre (the killers having been huge fans). The {{irony}}, of course, is that the main theme of the film itself concerns how [[IfItBleedsItLeads media sensationalism]] can lead {{Attention Whore}}s to commit violent acts in the name of FifteenMinutesOfFame, with its {{Villain Protagonist}}s being an OutlawCouple whose spree of murder and robbery turns them into celebrities.

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* ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'', so much that Website/{{Wikipedia}} Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} has [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_alleged_Natural_Born_Killers_copycat_crimes a whole list]] of crimes allegedly inspired by the film, including the UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} massacre (the killers having been huge fans). The {{irony}}, of course, is that the main theme of the film itself concerns how [[IfItBleedsItLeads media sensationalism]] can lead {{Attention Whore}}s to commit violent acts in the name of FifteenMinutesOfFame, with its {{Villain Protagonist}}s being an OutlawCouple whose spree of murder and robbery turns them into celebrities.
20th May '16 2:34:35 PM BKelly95
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* ''VideoGame/{{Mass Effect|1}}'' was called a rape simulator by Fox News. Ironically, the sex scene in question was not only more tame that what you would see on [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy The Other Fox's prime time line up]], the segment showed almost the entire scene. And all of the sex scenes are fully consensual and all but one take place in a mutual relationship. And the woman behind the controversy, one Cooper Lawrence, screeched she had never played the game while condemning it. Her whole basis over the game was based on one comment. The research on this one was so poorly done that ''Jack Thompson'' called Fox out on it. Lastly, with the December 2012 Connecticut shooting, upon finding the killer's Facebook page[[note]]''It wasn't even his''[[/note]], noticed he liked the game. Cue Fox and tons of people claiming ''Franchise/MassEffect'' was behind the whole thing. And cue even more people dogpiling the haters on Facebook.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Mass Effect|1}}'' was called a rape simulator by Fox News. Ironically, the sex scene in question was not only more tame that what you would see on [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy The Other Fox's prime time line up]], the segment showed almost the entire scene. And all of the sex scenes are fully consensual and all but one take place in a mutual relationship. And the woman behind the controversy, one Cooper Lawrence, screeched she had never played the game while condemning it. Her whole basis over the game was based on one comment. The research on this one was so poorly done that ''Jack Thompson'' called Fox out on it. Lastly, with it.
* After
the December 2012 Connecticut shooting, upon finding it was found the killer's Facebook page[[note]]''It wasn't even his''[[/note]], noticed page mentioned he liked the game. ''VideoGame/MassEffect''. Cue Fox and tons of people claiming ''Franchise/MassEffect'' the game was behind the whole thing. And cue even more people dogpiling the haters on Facebook. On top of that, it wasn't even the shooter's page.



* Parodied in ''VideoGame/ImOK'', an entry to Jack Thompson's infamous challenge to make a game where the leaders of the gaming industry are killed by the player. The father of a murdered 14-year-old says that [[CaptainErsatz Jack Offson's]] claim that video games caused his son's death is preposterous, and that his son wanted to be a video game designer; however, when Offson tells him to think of games as MurderSimulators, he says, "When you put it that way, it all makes sense!" He promised to donate to charity if it would actually be made. When it WAS made, by different people (most famous would be "I'm O.K: Murder Simulation"), he said it was a joke and he would not donate. So what happens? PennyArcade donates the sum he said he would donate, with Jack Thompson's name and text "For Jack Thompson, because Jack Thompson won't". Cue to Thompson trying to have the creators [[ArtisticLicenseLaw arrested]] ''for extortion and criminal harassment''.

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* Parodied in ''VideoGame/ImOK'', an entry to Jack Thompson's Thompson once proposed an infamous challenge to make a violent video game where the leaders of the gaming industry are killed by the player. The father of a murdered 14-year-old says that [[CaptainErsatz Jack Offson's]] claim that video games caused his son's death is preposterous, and that his son wanted to be a video game designer; however, when Offson tells him to think of games as MurderSimulators, he says, "When you put it that way, it all makes sense!" He promised player, promising to donate to charity if it would were actually be made. When it WAS made, by different people (most famous would be "I'm O.K: Murder Simulation"), he said it was a joke and he would not donate. So what happens? PennyArcade donates the sum he said he would donate, with Jack Thompson's name and text "For Jack Thompson, because Jack Thompson won't". Cue to Thompson trying to have the creators [[ArtisticLicenseLaw arrested]] ''for extortion and criminal harassment''. Interestingly, this trope is parodied in ''VideoGame/ImOK'', a game that resulted from this challenge. The father of a murdered 14-year-old says that [[CaptainErsatz Jack Offson's]] claim that video games caused his son's death is preposterous, and that his son wanted to be a video game designer; however, when Offson tells him to think of games as MurderSimulators, he says, "When you put it that way, it all makes sense!"
17th May '16 1:44:57 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/{{Toys}}'': the evil plot is to make arcade games that actually control military drones. By playing violent video games, kids are actually fighting in a real war without realizing it.
17th May '16 1:39:49 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Several high-profile bank and armored car robberies, including the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Hollywood_shootout North Hollywood shootout]], were allegedly inspired by the robberies depicted in the film ''Film/{{Heat}}''.

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* Several high-profile bank and armored car robberies, including the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Hollywood_shootout North Hollywood shootout]], were allegedly inspired by the robberies depicted in the film ''Film/{{Heat}}''.''Film/{{Heat}}'', in spite of the fact that many of the robbers get killed in that sequence.
17th May '16 1:37:57 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* John Hinckley, Jr., the guy who shot UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, was obsessed with ''Film/TaxiDriver'' (specifically
Creator/JodieFoster) and the assassination attempt was a re-enactment of a scene in the movie. It should be noted that Hinckley was completely batshit insane, and the scene in question didn't involve [[spoiler:Travis Bickle]] actually shooting his target.

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* John Hinckley, Jr., the guy who shot UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, was obsessed with ''Film/TaxiDriver'' (specifically
(specifically Creator/JodieFoster) and the assassination attempt was a re-enactment of a scene in the movie. It should be noted that Hinckley was completely batshit insane, and the scene in question didn't involve [[spoiler:Travis Bickle]] actually shooting his target.
14th May '16 7:46:50 PM nombretomado
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* A few years ago there was a long article in a Dutch TV guide on this subject regarding TV violence which demonstrated an infuriating variation of this trope. Although they did acknowledge a lot of research that showed that violent imagery on the TV had an influence on kids' behavior, they still tried to downplay the influence of TV violence at the end of the article and pointed the finger at other forms of media (mostly games).

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* A few years ago there There was a long article in a Dutch TV guide on this subject regarding TV violence which demonstrated an infuriating variation of this trope. Although they did acknowledge a lot of research that showed that violent imagery on the TV had an influence on kids' behavior, they still tried to downplay the influence of TV violence at the end of the article and pointed the finger at other forms of media (mostly games).



* Similarly, a pair of teenage boys once built a bomb in their garage and it went off, killing one of them. The survivor claimed they got the idea from an episode of ''MacGyver''. The show was exonerated when it was discovered that no such episode existed.

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* Similarly, a pair of teenage boys once built a bomb in their garage and it went off, killing one of them. The survivor claimed they got the idea from an episode of ''MacGyver''.''Series/MacGyver''. The show was exonerated when it was discovered that no such episode existed.
27th Apr '16 2:07:57 AM erforce
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** Considering that the director, Creator/WesCraven, is a man who made his name with [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet violent]] [[Film/TheLastHouseOnTheLeft horror]] [[Film/TheHillsHaveEyes movies]], it's hard not to see this as [[TakeThat his response]] to [[YouCanPanicNow fear-mongering]] MoralGuardians.

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** Considering that the director, Creator/WesCraven, is a man who made his name with [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984 violent]] [[Film/TheLastHouseOnTheLeft horror]] [[Film/TheHillsHaveEyes [[Film/TheHillsHaveEyes1977 movies]], it's hard not to see this as [[TakeThat his response]] to [[YouCanPanicNow fear-mongering]] MoralGuardians.
24th Apr '16 6:32:19 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* John Hinkley, the guy who shot UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, was obsessed with ''TaxiDriver'' (specifically JodieFoster) and the assassination attempt was a re-enactment of a scene in the movie. It should be noted that Hinkley was completely batshit insane, and the scene in question didn't involve [[spoiler:Travis Bickle]] actually shooting his target.

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* John Hinkley, Hinckley, Jr., the guy who shot UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, was obsessed with ''TaxiDriver'' (specifically JodieFoster) ''Film/TaxiDriver'' (specifically
Creator/JodieFoster)
and the assassination attempt was a re-enactment of a scene in the movie. It should be noted that Hinkley Hinckley was completely batshit insane, and the scene in question didn't involve [[spoiler:Travis Bickle]] actually shooting his target.



* ''Film/AClockworkOrange''. A gang sang "Singin' in the Rain" during a rape, arguably as a result of the film's influence. Apparently, it also inspired a murder known as "The Clockwork Orange Murder", where a boy killed his best friend in his backyard. Indignant over the allegations, Kubrick had Warner Brothers [[CreatorBacklash withdraw the film from distribution in Britain]] until after his death.

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* ''Film/AClockworkOrange''. A gang sang "Singin' in the Rain" during a rape, arguably as a result of the film's influence. Apparently, it also inspired a murder known as "The Clockwork Orange Murder", where a boy killed his best friend in his backyard. Indignant over the allegations, Kubrick Creator/StanleyKubrick had Warner Brothers [[CreatorBacklash withdraw the film from distribution in Britain]] until after his death.



* ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'', so much that Website/{{Wikipedia}} has [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_alleged_Natural_Born_Killers_copycat_crimes a whole list]] of crimes allegedly inspired by the film, including the UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} massacre (the killers having been huge fans). The {{irony}}, of course, is that the main theme of the film itself concerns how [[IfItBleedsItLeads media sensationalism]] can lead {{Attention Whore}}s to commit violent acts in the name of FifteenMinutesOfFame, with its {{Villain Protagonist}}s being an OutlawCouple whose spree of murder and robbery turns them into celebrities.



* Both John Hinkley Jr. and Mark David Chapman were fans of ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'', and it probably doesn't help that Holden Caulfield refers to having a "people shooting hat". Though in Salinger's defense, the people shooting hat was a one time joke.

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* Both John Hinkley Hinckley, Jr. and Mark David Chapman were fans of ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'', and it probably doesn't help that Holden Caulfield refers to having a "people shooting hat". Though in Salinger's defense, the people shooting hat was a one time joke.
8th Mar '16 2:18:19 PM MorphinBrony
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However, [[SocietyMarchesOn the more widespread acceptance of video games as a medium]] [[TimeMarchesOn thanks to those who grew up as video games were becoming a major industry now having children of their own]], combined with some games like VideoGame/{{Hatred}} embracing the idea of senseless violence and bombing, as well as the fact that video games are protected as free speech in the United States as of a 2011 ruling by the Supreme Court, has all but rendered this trope [[DiscreditedTrope discredited.]]
23rd Jan '16 9:41:58 AM nombretomado
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* The reason why you can't find the StephenKing novel ''Rage'' in print anymore (It's still available as part of ''The Bachmann Books'' anthology) is because he voluntarily pulled it after several school shooters mentioned it has having influenced them to commit the acts.

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* The reason why you can't find the StephenKing Creator/StephenKing novel ''Rage'' ''{{Literature/Rage}}'' in print anymore (It's still available as part of ''The Bachmann Books'' anthology) is because he voluntarily pulled it after several school shooters mentioned it has having influenced them to commit the acts.
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